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MLB union head says page turned on Levine spat over Betances (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances throws ahead of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The head of the baseball players’ union says ”that page has been turned” in the spat regarding New York Yankees President Randy Levine and what he said about reliever Dellin Betances’ agents. Levine had called Betances a victim of ”over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality” by his representatives at an arbitration hearing on Feb 18. The Yankees beat Betances in the case, and he will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:48 pm

O’s OF Bourn says he was hurt in a football training drill (Yahoo Sports)

Baltimore Orioles' Michael Bourn at bat against the New York Yankees in a baseball game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Baltimore outfielder Michael Bourn hasn’t played football since his sophomore year in high school. Bourn, who signed a minor league contract on Feb. 20, will be out for four weeks, making it difficult for him to be ready for Baltimore’s April 3 opener. Another veteran major league outfielder, Craig Gentry, signed two days before, plus the Orioles want to take long looks at Rule 5 outfielders Anthony Santander and Aneury Tavarez.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:26 pm

Indians 2B Kipnis sidelined by rotator cuff injury (Yahoo Sports)

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, center, gets set to field a ground ball as Michael Martinez, right, and Ronny Rodriguez, left, watch at the team's baseball spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has a strained rotator cuff and will stop throwing for a couple days.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:45 pm

Cardinals’ Wong still bothered by right shoulder injury (Yahoo Sports)

Kolten Wong is still bothered by a right shoulder injury from a tumble he took while playing left field last September at Wrigley Field. The St. Louis Cardinals second baseman said Saturday he’s been dealing with ”tenderness” in the shoulder. ”As soon as I started throwing, I could feel the pain right away,” Wong said.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 12:58 am

Dodgers’ Kershaw debuts with spotless inning (Yahoo Sports)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw warms up before a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Even though it was just one inning and 12 pitches, it was a good enough start for Clayton Kershaw. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace helped begin the team’s exhibition season Saturday in a 5-3 win against the Dodgers’ spring training co-tenants, the Chicago White Sox. The plan, as explained by manager Dave Roberts before the game, was to have Kershaw work only one inning.

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 11:45 pm

Cards say Garcia could make it to big leagues this year (Yahoo Sports)

Cuban outfielder Adolis Garcia could make it up to the St. Louis Cardinals at some point this season, according to general manager John Mozeliak. Garcia, who turns 24 next Thursday, agreed Friday to a minor league contract with a $2.5 million signing bonus and was in camp Saturday ahead of the Cardinals’ exhibition opener against Miami. Garcia earned MVP honors in Serie Nacional, Cuba’s highest league, in 2016 after hitting .319, with 14 homers and 71 RBIs in 81 games with 15 outfield assists.

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 11:14 pm

Strop agrees to deal adding $6.35M in guaranteed money (Yahoo Sports)

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop throws during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop have agreed to a contract adding $6.35 million in guaranteed money through 2018, a deal that includes a club option for 2019. Strop went 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA in 54 appearances last year, helping Chicago win the World Series for the first time since 1908. The 31-year-old Strop is 15-20 with a 3.23 ERA in eight seasons with Texas, Baltimore and the Cubs.

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 1:08 am

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