AL East News and Rumors
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.Upvote Share Tweet
Drew still learning nuances of playing secondMLB.com 17 hours agoStephen Drew accepted the challenge of learning a new position on the fly last season, instantly becoming a second baseman in the Yankees' eyes when he dropped his bags in the clubhouse. He's hoping that a full spring will allow him to finish that trans…Upvote Share Tweet
New Bucs battery makes most of first pairingMLB.com 17 hours agoThe Bucs plugged in a new battery on Wednesday. Gerrit Cole and his spring ERA both liked the connection. In the start against the Blue Jays, a 4-1 Pirates loss, Cole was paired in game conditions for the first time with Francisco Cervelli, and the two …Upvote Share Tweet
First game in pinstripes 'amazing feeling' for DidiMLB.com 18 hours agoFor all of the winter discussion about Didi Gregorius' upcoming challenge in taking over Derek Jeter's old position, the new Yankees shortstop says that he hasn't heard any comparisons from the fans during these first weeks of workouts at George M. Stei…Upvote Share Tweet
Pillar's RBI Double Leads Blue Jays Past Pirates 4-1nytimes.com 19 hours agoMarcus Stroman looked sharp in his first spring training outing and Kevin Pillar hit an RBI double Wednesday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1.Upvote Share Tweet
Gausman's short spring debut part of Orioles' planMLB.com 19 hours agoKevin Gausman's spring debut didn't last long, as the right-hander worked a scoreless first inning on 14 pitches in Wednesday's game against the Tigers. But that's all part of the Orioles' plan, as the club hopes the young right-hander can avoid getting…Upvote Share TweetIt took nearly 18 months for Alex Rodriguez to get back on a baseball field -- and just one at-bat to get back into the game with a single his first time up in Wednesday's spring training game between the Yankees and the Phillies.Upvote Share Tweet
Slowey makes strong first impressionMLB.com 20 hours agoKevin Slowey, who is trying to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, tossed two scoreless frames in the Phillies' 3-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 21 hours agoRed Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will be out indefinitely after an MRI showed a strained left oblique muscle, manager John Farrell said Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Middlebrooks embraces fresh start with PadresMLB.com 21 hours agoHealthy and happy, Will Middlebrooks has impressed early in Padres camp, especially defensively. Middlebrooks would love nothing more than to get back to that place where he was in the second half of 2013, the year the Red Sox won the World Series.Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays keeping open mind about closer situationMLB.com 22 hours agoThe Blue Jays are still at least a couple of weeks away from making a decision on their closer situation, but there's a scenario where both Brett Cecil and Aaron Sanchez could share the role.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com 22 hours agoThe news was doubly bad Wednesday for Joel Hanrahan, the ex-All Star closer who was trying to prove himself to the Detroit Tigers: He needs another Tommy John, so the Tigers released him. Hanrahan had elbow surgery early in the 2013 season when he was w…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 22 hours agoThe Tampa Bay Rays have selected right-hander Alex Cobb as their Opening Day starting pitcher.Upvote Share Tweet
Healthy Spring Training important to BreslowMLB.com 22 hours agoAs Craig Breslow trotted out to the mound in Tuesday's exhibition game against Boston College, the Red Sox left-hander had an unusual feeling. After dealing with left shoulder tendinitis in 2013 and then a strained left shoulder in '14, Breslow pitched …Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Mar 4 (yesterday)Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam in his first game for Detroit, and Ian Kinsler added a three-run homer against the Baltimore Orioles.Upvote Share Tweet
Homegrown Yankees finally cause stir at camp as Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Luis Severino impressnydailynews.com Mar 4 (yesterday)The crowds at Steinbrenner Field are decidedly smaller this spring, just as the buzz about this Yankee team has been decidedly muted.Upvote Share Tweet
Breaking Down A-Rod's First Game BackMar 4Karl Ravech, John Kruk and Buster Olney evaluate Alex Rodriguez's performance in his first baseball game in nearly 18 months.
A-Rod Singles In First At-BatMar 4Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez singled to left field in his first at-bat since he was suspended by the league for use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Replacing Derek JeterMar 4Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius discusses replacing Derek Jeter and how he will fit in New York.
Longoria, Rays Excited For New SeasonMar 2Rays third baseman Evan Longoria discusses being a leader on the team and what new manager Kevin Cash can bring to Tampa Bay.
How Marcus Mariota Will Adapt to the NFLMar 4Read Peter King’s profile on Marcus Mariota: He was nearly perfect in a Heisman-winning campaign last season. Nonetheless, no prospect is under more scrutiny right now than the Oregon quarterback Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The M…
ESPN NowMar 4Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and a noted distressed-asset investor, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Atlanta Hawks,...
Sources: Lionsgate chairman bids for HawksMar 4Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and a noted distressed asset investor, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Atlanta Hawks, according to league sources.
The Truth About Marcus MariotaMar 4INDIANAPOLIS — With all due respect to pockmarked Jameis Winston, off-field landmine Dorial Green-Beckham and small-school (Hobart!) marvel Ali Marpet, Marcus Mariota has more coaches and scouts staying up nights watching video than anyone in the 2015 d…