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High school softball season begins Monday

Shadle Park and University high school softball coaches prepare for Monday’s first day of practice.


Alex Bregman becomes 7th Astros player hit by pitch in 5 games

Houston’s Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a breaking ball from St. Louis reliever Ramon Santos, the seventh Astros player plunked in five spring training games.


Kwang Hyun Kim works two perfect innings in debut as Cardinals starter

South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim is proving problematic for major league hitters so far.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Spring Training roundup: Giancarlo Stanton become latest Yanks injury woe, likely misses opener

The New York Yankees continue to have health problems, a year after they set a major league record by putting 30 players on the injured list.


George Springer heckled as Astros continue spring boobird swing

The Houston Astros continued to get booed on the road at spring training as they visited the home of the New York Mets.


A Minny switch: Miguel Sano moves across diamond for Josh Donaldson

Miguel Sano impressed the Minnesota Twins last season when he bounced back from a winter injury and hit a career-high 34 home runs.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton likely to miss opening day with strained right calf

Oft-injured New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will likely miss opening day because of a strained right cal


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Mariners’ Kendall Graveman, back from Tommy John, loves baseball again: ‘I’m blessed to be able to put on a uniform’

Kendall Graveman’s voice softened and even wavered a little discussing the memory.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Spring Training roundup: Yanks’ Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery, will miss season

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino has an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

J.P. Crawford spent his offseason putting on muscle and tweaking his swing. Will it pay off for the Mariners’ shortstop?

For J.P. Crawford, his new path of commitment to finding success at the major league level ran parallel to another sort of long-term commitment – home ownership.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Larry Stone: Ahead of ‘huge year’ as the Mariners’ starting second baseman, Shed Long is working hard to improve defensively

You can see them together virtually every desert morning, Shed Long and Perry Hill, working on whatever quirky drill the 67-year-old zen master of the infield has devised.


Larry Walker bundle of nerves after touring Hall of Fame

Former Colorado Rockies star Larry Walker was a bundle of nerves after touring baseball’s Hall of Fame to prepare for his induction this summer.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Yanks’ Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for year

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2020 season.


‘The wall won’ – Matt Kemp tries to revive career with Marlins

Three-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp is mounting a comeback with the Miami Marlins.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Creators of original Phanatic call redesign ‘an affront’

The creators of the original Phillie Phanatic accused the Philadelphia Phillies of “an affront to our intellectual property rights and to Phillies fans everywhere“ with the team’s redesign of the …


AP Interview: Decisions came quickly for Boston’s Chaim Bloom

Chaim Bloom has been the Red Sox chief baseball officer for less than four months and he’s already made two big decisions that will shape his legacy.



UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

For the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger, one pitch led to three surgeries and so much missed time

In 2019, MLB’s 30 teams combined to throw 732,473 pitches. Some went where they were intended, others did not. Some were thrown with conviction, others with regret. And one ended …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Kyle Seager knows he could be traded at any time: ‘They have to do what’s best for the Mariners’

In terms of clubhouse real estate, Kyle Seager now inhabits an exclusive location.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Matt Calkins: Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has rocked the game, but it might also be good for it

The Astros’ cheating scandal was as disgraceful as it was disgusting and will forever taint the careers of those involved.


Player discipline possible for future sign-stealing offenses

Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Under sunny skies, Mariners tout youthful energy, opportunity in first full spring training workout

In past years, the first day of full-squad workouts has often been greeted by cooler temperatures, cloudy skies and even rain. Tuesday, though, as the Mariners held their first full-squad …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Rob Manfred apologizes for calling World Series trophy a ‘piece of metal’

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has apologized for what he calls his disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a “piece of metal.”


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Ouch: Offshore sports book sets odds for Astros’ HBPs

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s stern warning that the intentional beaning of Houston Astros in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal hasn’t stopped an offshore sports book from putting …


Nats look back at Series, then ahead, as full workouts start

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wants his players to go ahead and think about the special moments of winning a world championship in 2019 but also to make sure to …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Mariners’ young duo of Justus Sheffield, Justin Dunn hoping to make mark in starting rotation

Left-hander Justus Sheffield and righty Justin Dunn are two pitchers the Seattle Mariners will be counting on in their starting rotation in the future.


Pirates’ Josh Bell eager to prove 2019 was no fluke

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell is eager to prove his breakout 2019 season was no fluke.


Clayton Kershaw to Dodgers: Use anger over cheating Astros as fuel

Clayton Kershaw is pleased that practically everybody in the sport seized the opportunity to tee off on the Houston Astros and Commissioner Rob Manfred’s handling of the scandal over the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Yankees’ Aaron Judge says Astros should be stripped of 2017 title

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge feels the Houston Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series championship.


Batting champ Tim Anderson says he won’t change his style

As far as Tim Anderson is concerned, winning a batting title doesn’t change his status.