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Fans give Angels festive sendoff
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The Angels celebrated "Moving Day" on Thursday, giving their Arizona-bound equipment truck a sendoff with a fan event that included autograph signing by past greats Chuck Finley and Garret Anderson plus current left-hander Tyler Skaggs.Share Tweet
Mariners prospect Dylan Unsworth pitched eight shutout innings, scattering two hits, to put South Africa into the winner's bracket on the first day of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier with a 7-1 win over New Zealand at Blacktown International Sports…Share Tweet
Hit the road: Mariners' truck heads to campThe surest clue that baseball season is near? How about the Mariners' fully loaded equipment truck pulling out of Safeco Field on Wednesday to begin the three-day haul to Peoria, Ariz., to set up camp.Share Tweet
Jezebel What Dating Abroad Taught Me About Stateside Racism | Gizmodo Your Stupid-Ass Typing Style Mdeadspin.com Feb 10 (yesterday)Jezebel What Dating Abroad Taught Me About Stateside Racism | Gizmodo Your Stupid-Ass Typing Style Might Not Actually Be So Bad | Gawker Curtis Sliwa’s Guardian Angels Are Looking for Trouble | Jalopnik My Aston Martin’s Warranty Has Already Paid For It…Share TweetThe loss of designated hitter Evan Gattis, perhaps until the start of the regular season or beyond following surgery to repair a sports hernia, will free up some at-bats this spring. The Astros will get a better gauge on up-and-comers like Matt Duffy, T…Share Tweet
Phils acquire Featherston from Halos for infield depthThe Phillies added some infield depth to their system on Wednesday by acquiring Taylor Featherston from the Angels for a player to be named or cash.Share TweetMLB.com Feb 10 (2 days ago)The Orioles may be gearing up for a run at one of the best starting pitchers left on the market. According to a report Wednesday by FoxSports.com, Baltimore is "making progress" in its pursuit of right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who pitched to a …Share TweetFirst baseman Mitch Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for Wednesday.Share TweetYu Darvish says he feels stronger than he did before elbow surgery last spring and plans to be back on the mound for the Texas Rangers by mid-May or early June.Share Tweetyahoo.com Feb 9 (3 days ago)The Los Angeles Angels are about to do a dangerous thing. They are about to take a stance on a subject as divisive as the designated hitter. Is it acceptable to take a selfie at a baseball game? The Angels are not only saying yes, they are encouraging i…Share TweetAstros' Castro is first arbitration loss, gets $5MShare Tweet
Around the Horn: Relief pitchingMLB.com Feb 9 (3 days ago)This is the fifth of a six-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Astros' projected starters and backup options heading into next season. Up next: Relief pitching.Share Tweet
Rebounds could give Angels boost in 2016A bevy of players -- players with good track records, in fact -- are coming off down years and are in need of a rebound. If they do bounce back, perhaps the Angels will find out that they didn't really need that shiny new left fielder or that accomplish…Share Tweet
Astros have 3 eyeing rebound '16 seasonsThe Astros will hit the field at Osceola County Stadium next week for the start of their final Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla., with much anticipation. The team is coming off its first playoff berth in 10 years and was six outs away from eliminating …Share Tweet
Mariners looking for rebound seasons from 7As the countdown begins to the start of Spring Training, it's time to zero in on what to expect when the Mariners gather in Peoria, Ariz., for the first time under manager Scott Servais. We'll look at all the moves made by new general manager Jerry Dipo…Share Tweet
Rangers on the rebound entering campThe time has come to begin the final countdown to Spring Training as Rangers pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 19. The usual storylines are in play going into camp concerning position battles, top prospects, new players and those on the rebound. The …Share Tweet
Ark-Monticello, St. Cloud St. shine at Houston Winter InvitationalMLB.com Feb 5 (7 days ago)Travis Steinke singled in the go-ahead runs in a four-run ninth inning to lift Arkansas-Monticello past Tarleton State 10-6 in the opening game on Friday of the fourth annual Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros.Share Tweet
Crane ready for another Astros playoff runMLB.com Feb 5 (7 days ago)It was this time a year ago that Astros owner Jim Crane raised a few eyebrows by making the bold proclamation his team would make the postseason in 2015. Crane didn't beat his chest about his prediction when speaking to the media Friday at Minute Maid P…Share Tweet
Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs and AstrosESPN.com Feb 5 (7 days ago)Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs and AstrosShare Tweet
Around the Horn: Starting pitchingMLB.com Feb 5The addition of veteran right-hander Doug Fister to a one-year deal last month rounded out the Astros' offseason moves, giving them another proven arm to add to what is the deepest starting rotation they've had in years.Share Tweet
Garret Anderson joins Angels' 'Moving Day' rosterFormer All-Star outfielder Garret Anderson will join Chuck Finley and Tyler Skaggs for "Moving Day" at Angel Stadium, the team announced Thursday.Share Tweet
Mariners expect big things from young BoogWhen new Mariners skipper Scott Servais and general manager Jerry Dipoto preach to their players this season about the need to control the strike zone, work pitchers and ultimately do whatever to get on base more often, they'll find a ready pupil in Boo…Share Tweet
Hulett up for challenge of managing PhilippinesTim Hulett, who manages the Rangers' Class A Short-Season team in the Northwest League, is at the helm of Team Philippines for the World Baseball Classic qualifying round.Share Tweet
Kershaw Struck By Liner, Loses Part Of ToothMar 20Clayton Kershaw was hit by Andy Parrino's broken-bat liner in the bottom of the third inning in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the A's. Kershaw remained in the game.
Bacon-Loving Rangers Fans Rejoice!Mar 18ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell discusses the new bacon-related items being offered by the Texas Rangers this season.
Future Cloudy For Yu Darvish's ReturnMar 13Stephania Bell explains the unknown of when Yu Darvish will be able to return and whether he can avoid a second corrective surgery down the line.
Yu Darvish To Undergo Tommy John SurgeryMar 13Tim Kurkjian reacts to the news that Yu Darvish's season will end before it even begins as the Rangers' ace will undergo Tommy John surgery.