MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida man who admitted to recruiting foreign baseball players for the operators of a steroid-dispensing clinic has been sentenced to prison followed by house arrest.
The Indians sold out their April 10 home opener against Detroit in 11 minutes. The team said Tuesday that Progressive Field, which has been remodeled this winter, will again be packed to capacity for the 22nd straight year for the opener. Cleveland drew just 1.4 million fans last season - 29th in in the majors - and the club hopes the changes at the ballpark will help bring more fans downtown.
The Yankees are intrigued by the speedy combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner atop their lineup, and manager Joe Girardi said that it could be seen often this season.
Joe Maddon slotted Kyle Hendricks in the rotation, but the right-hander knows he has to work even harder this spring to keep the spot.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has led his team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, will make his annual visit to the Rangers' camp on March 28 when they play the Padres.
Alex Johnson, the 1970 American League batting champion, died Saturday at age 72, reportedly due to complications from cancer.
The Red Sox, already with a reputation of having one of the top farm systems in baseball, are to be on the cusp of adding to their prospect coffers with Yoan Moncada. But even without the Cuban infielder, Boston not only has a ton of talent, they have a good amount of it at the upper levels of the system. The Sox top two prospects, Blake Swihart and Henry Owens, look solid at big league camp.
MLB announced that it has named LatinWorks, the award-winning full-service cultural branding firm, as the league's creative agency to reach Latino fans. LatinWorks will direct MLB's national campaign to emphasize its multicultural diversity and connect with its Latino fans more directly and extensively.
To contend in the National League Central, the Reds will be counting heavily on contributions from a healthy Joey Votto during the regular season. But the club will not rush its first baseman into the starting lineup during Spring Training.
For all the talk to this point in Spring Training about the improved first-step quickness of Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, the other area he's gotten quicker in is every bit as important. He is now thinking faster entering his second full season, and that could have an immeasurable impact on his defense at an all-important position.
As he has undergone multiple surgeries to remove a foot-long tumor from his spine and continued to play high school sports with titanium rods in his back, Thompson Ritter has maintained a passion for baseball that was enriched when he accepted Alex Wood's invitation to work out with the Braves during Monday's practice.
Matt Harvey impressed in batting practice against his fellow Mets, showing off a curveball that he shied away from in favor of a slider early in his professional career.
The Yankees closed out the workout portion of Spring Training with a combination intrasquad game/simulated game Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. A pitching machine was used instead of real pitchers and situations were created. For example, both halves of the first inning began with a runner on first.
Phase One of the Wrigley Field 1060 Project remains relatively on target despite a cold winter, Cubs officials said Monday afternoon during a media tour of the construction zone.