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Judge wins Yanks’ right field job, Severino 4th starter (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge lines an RBI single off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. Yankees' Starlin Castro scored. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Aaron Judge has won the New York Yankees’ right field job and Luis Severino has earned the fourth spot in the starting rotation. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Aaron Hicks will be the fourth outfielder. ”That was a very tough call,” Girardi said.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:16 pm

Twins send ByungHo Park to minors despite strong spring (Yahoo Sports)

Minnesota Twins' Byung Ho Park heads for first base after hitting a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Francisco Liriano during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 20, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have made slugger ByungHo Park one of their final roster cuts despite a strong performance at the plate throughout spring training.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 6:46 pm

Treinen, owner of 1 save in the majors, gets Nats closer job (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2016 file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen delivers in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Treinen will start the season as the closer for the Washington Nationals. The 28-year-old Treinen, a right-hander, has one career save. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Blake Treinen will begin the season as the closer for the Washington Nationals, even though he has only one big league save. After Washington went a winter without landing a ninth-inning man and a spring training trying to figure out who would earn the role, manager Dusty Baker announced Thursday the 28-year-old Treinen won the job. Baker, general manager Mike Rizzo and pitching coach Mike Maddux waited until the team’s final day in Florida – the Nationals were playing an exhibition game at the Boston Red Sox – to settle on Treinen, who found out Thursday morning that he would be the reigning NL East champions’ closer.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 6:36 pm

Rangers CF Gomez wouldn’t want to be with any other team (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Texas Rangers' Carlos Gomez celebrates with Delino DeShields after Gomez hit a two-run home run during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, in Surprise, Ariz. Gomez would play any position for the Rangers. The outfielder just wouldnt want to play for another team right now. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Carlos Gomez would play any position for the Texas Rangers. ”It’s no question, I’m on the right team,” Gomez said. After a resurgent six weeks late last season, filling a need for the Rangers and regaining his confidence at the plate, Gomez returned with an $11.5 million contract early in the offseason.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 5:38 pm

Rangers and 2B Odor reach 6-year deal with option for 2023 (Yahoo Sports)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Second baseman Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a new six-year contract that includes a club option for 2023.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 4:58 pm

Pirates RF Polanco to skip Canada trip with shoulder issue (Yahoo Sports)

Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco prepares to bat against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of their baseball game in Cincinnati Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will not travel with the team when it heads north on Thursday for two exhibition games in Montreal. Polanco, projected to be the Pirates’ starting left fielder, has played in just one spring training game since returning from his run with the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic, where he hit .579 in five games. General manager Neal Huntington also said the team has not yet received Polanco’s visa to travel to Canada, which made it an easy decision to keep him behind.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 1:30 am

Mets’ Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence (Yahoo Sports)

New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) works against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was penalized 29 games, Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes 59 days and Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera 82 games. Familia is eligible to continue to participate in all spring training activities and exhibition games and leading up to the Mets’ opener on April 3 against Atlanta, and then must sit out the team’s first 15 games.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 12:24 am

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