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Rodriguez hits single in exhibition return to plate

Alex Rodriguez (R) of the New York Yankees shares a joke with the team's special advisor Lee Mazzilli in the dugout, before the start of their spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies, in Tampa, Florida, on March 4, 2015Disgraced drugs cheat Alex Rodriguez was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos as he hit a single in his first exhibition game at-bat since returning from a performance-enhancing scandal. The New York Yankees slugger hit a two-strike single to left field Wednesday in a spring training plate appearance. He also walked and hit into an inning-ending play in the Yankees' 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. "I am just feeling really good that I get to play the game I love," said the 39-year-old Rodriguez.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 7:25 am

Rodriguez gets walk in first game in 18 months

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees(Reuters) – Alex Rodriguez singled in his first at-bat in nearly 18 months as the formerly banished player began his attempted comeback with the New York Yankees with a Spring Training contest in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday. Rodriguez, 39, is coming off a 162-game suspension for his role in a drug scandal and is attempting to work his way back with the Yankees. His journey began with the exhibition contest that saw him finish 1-for-2 with a walk. Rodriguez received a mix of cheers and boos early but mostly positive reaction by the end of his action.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:43 am

Yankees’ Tanaka on track for pre-season debut

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees speaks with teammates in the dugout before the start of their spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, on March 4, 2015Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka is moving closer to his first game of spring training for the New York Yankees. The Yankees have been keeping a close eye on Tanaka, looking for trouble related to the partially torn right elbow ligament that sidelined him for part of last season. He threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Florida. "Gradually, I've been able to build up pretty well thus far," Tanaka said in comments posted on the team's website.


Posted on 5 March 2015 | 3:22 am

Chicago baseball legend Minnie Minoso dead, trailblazer in racial integration

Baseball great Minnie Minoso, the first black major leaguer to play for a Chicago team, died on Sunday at age 90. Nicknamed the “Cuban Comet,” the Chicago White Sox legend was a major figure in the racial integration of Major League Baseball in the 1950s. Minoso became the first black player on the White Sox when he joined the team in 1951 and became one of its most popular players, nicknamed “Mr. White Sox.” Born in Havana, Cuba, Minoso signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1948, the year after Jackie Robinson broke the major league’s color barrier.

Posted on 1 March 2015 | 9:11 pm

Former White Sox great Minoso dies

Former Chicago White Sox player Minnie Minoso throws out the first pitch before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 26, 2014 in ChicagoMinnie Minoso, the Cuban-born White Sox star who was Major League Baseball's first black player in Chicago, has died, the team said Sunday. The White Sox didn't release details of Minoso's death, but said he passed away on Saturday night in Chicago. "Our organization and our city have suffered a heart-breaking loss today," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. Minoso began his major league career with Cleveland in 1949 and became the first black player based in Chicago when the White Sox acquired him from the Indians in 1951.


Posted on 1 March 2015 | 8:09 pm

White Sox ace Sale fractures foot in freak accident

MLB: Game One-Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox(Reuters) – Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale suffered a fracture to his right foot while unloading his truck at home and will besidelined for at least three weeks, the team announced on Saturday. The White Sox are still hoping Sale will be their Opening Day starter in April, but his preparation will now be limited after damaging his foot by landing awkwardly when he got off the back of his truck. I don't know what the timetable is," Sale told reporters.


Posted on 1 March 2015 | 2:46 am

Pirates say sickened to see cap on ‘Jihadi John’

The Pittsburgh Pirates says it is "absolutely sickening" to see one of their baseball caps worn by Mohammed Emwazi, named by British and US media as the Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John"The Major League Baseball team reacted to an old photo of Emwazi published Friday by Sky News showing him wearing a version of the Pirates' black hat bearing the club's golden letter "P" on the front. "The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride," the Pirates said in a statement.


Posted on 27 February 2015 | 11:08 pm

Sky News shows student picture of ‘Jihadi John’ in baseball cap

Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 5:21 pm

British TV shows student picture of ‘Jihadi John’ in baseball cap

A masked, black-clad militant brandishes a knife in this still image from videoSky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management.


Posted on 27 February 2015 | 5:12 pm

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup

Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto shed no new light on reported off-field issues involving outfielder Josh Hamilton and said he was home rehabbing from shoulder surgery. “I’m not going to get into any kind of situation or information regarding Josh Hamilton,” Dipoto said Thursday in Tempe, Ariz. “He’s not here in camp with us. He is at home rehabbing from a surgery and I’m going to leave it at that.” Hamilton met with MLB officials in New York about an undisclosed disciplinary issue on Wednesday. — Masahiro Tanaka intensified his workout at a Thursday morning bullpen session in Tampa, Fla., and the New York Yankees liked what they saw from their right-handed ace.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 12:34 am

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Keep your torch, Olympics – Cincy has a baseball – Cincinnati.com


Cincinnati.com

Keep your torch, Olympics – Cincy has a baseball
Cincinnati.com
The Olympics can keep its torch – Cincinnati has a baseball. After all, what better way to pave the way to the All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park on July 14? Over the next four months, an actual MLB baseball will travel with community leaders to …

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 11:53 pm

Baseball weather! – Charleston Daily Mail (blog)


Baseball weather!
Charleston Daily Mail (blog)
Waynesburg, but heavy snowfall and single-digit temperatures, many days below zero, throughout February have delayed the installation of the playing surface and critical work on the concourse needed to make the facility operational for baseball.
WVU baseball park opening delayed a monthWest Virginia MetroNews

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 8:48 pm

Fantasy Baseball Position Primer: Corner Infield – Yahoo Sports (blog)


Fantasy Baseball Position Primer: Corner Infield
Yahoo Sports (blog)
Many of you have been managing fantasy baseball teams for a decade or more, so you can remember a time when power stats were available everywhere, at all positions. Back in the day, we used to get 25 and 30-homer seasons from middle infielders who …

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 4:33 pm

Fantasy Baseball 2015: Round 1 Mock Draft, Sleepers to Watch to Win Your … – Bleacher Report


Bleacher Report

Fantasy Baseball 2015: Round 1 Mock Draft, Sleepers to Watch to Win Your
Bleacher Report
There are several keys to winning a fantasy baseball league, but two things in particular can make or break your season. For starter's, you have to hit a home run with your pick in Round 1. This has to be a superstar who will deliver numbers that

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 3:30 pm

4 fantasy baseball pitchers ready to bounce back in 2015 – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

4 fantasy baseball pitchers ready to bounce back in 2015
USA TODAY
Let's take a look at some 2015 rebound candidates among starting pitchers, and for each a sense of how close he'll come to matching his previous peak level. We'll call it the “rebound factor.” 1. Yu Darvish was cruising along in the first half

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 3:21 pm

High school baseball 2015 Top 25 composite rankings – MaxPreps


High school baseball 2015 Top 25 composite rankings
MaxPreps
Perfect Game and Baseball America each ranked 50 teams in their preseason rankings while Collegiate Baseball News ranked 30. MaxPreps had 100 teams in its preseason rankings, but only the top 50 were considered for the composite rankings.

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:24 am

Hartford baseball team announces ridiculous possible names – SI.com


SI.com

Hartford baseball team announces ridiculous possible names
SI.com
Hartford, the state capital of Connecticut, is getting a Double-A baseball team in 2016. As Double-A rules dictate, it will have an insane name. The team announced 10 possible names at a press conference Wednesday by children wearing hot dog hats.
Hartford Team Lists 10 Possible Names: Blue Frogs? Yard Goats?Hartford Courant
New Hartford baseball team to release list of 10 possible namesSportzEdge.com
We have the power to name Hartford's baseball team the YARD GOATSSB Nation
FOX CT -Meriden Record-Journal -WFSB
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:18 am

Baseball statistics – The Economist (blog)


The Economist (blog)

Baseball statistics
The Economist (blog)
IT WAS still snowing in the north-eastern United States, but two American rituals of seasonal renewal got underway on March 3rd. The first was the start of games during the month-long spring training period in Florida and Arizona that precedes the

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 4:22 am

Mega fantasy baseball preview – USA TODAY


Mega fantasy baseball preview
USA TODAY
In this edition of the For The Win Podcast, Ted Berg and Nate Scott welcome USA TODAY Sports fantasy baseball writer Steve Gardner to talk all things fantasy baseball. Ted and Steve talk breakout stars, players to avoid, and talk about a bunch of young …

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 8:31 pm

Varsity Baseball Returns to NYU After 41 Years – New York Times


New York Times

Varsity Baseball Returns to NYU After 41 Years
New York Times
Members of New York University's first varsity baseball team in 41 years may be too young to understand the magnitude of the challenges they face. That appeared to be the case when the Violets made their debut in a three-game series at Oglethorpe …

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 3:01 am