NL East News and Rumors
Brad Hand Helps Marlins Beat FIU 7-2nytimes.com 2 hours agoBrad Hand needed only nine pitches in a perfect first inning Monday for the Miami Marlins, who beat Florida International 7-2.Upvote Share Tweet
'Eager' prospect Jenkins grabs front office's attentionMLB.com 4 hours agoBraves president of baseball operations John Hart and manager Fredi Gonzalez were among the many members of the organization who seemingly made a point to watch Tyrell Jenkins complete his live batting practice session on Monday.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com 4 hours agoThe Yankees will open the Grapefruit League schedule Tuesday with a game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Adam Warren will start against Phils right-hander Jerome Williams at Bright House Field.Upvote Share Tweet
Sharp Harvey focuses on curve in live BP sessionMLB.com 5 hours agoMatt Harvey impressed in batting practice against his fellow Mets, showing off a curveball that he shied away from in favor of a slider early in his professional career.Upvote Share Tweet
Courageous teenager works out with Wood, BravesMLB.com 6 hours agoAs he has undergone multiple surgeries to remove a foot-long tumor from his spine and continued to play high school sports with titanium rods in his back, Thompson Ritter has maintained a passion for baseball that was enriched when he accepted Alex Wood…Upvote Share Tweet
Let's Appreciate Danny Espinosa's Big, Beautiful Mustachedeadspin.com 9 hours agoOh, hey. I'm Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, and I have a ridiculous mustache now. This is how I look, on purpose.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Spring may bring final chance with Phils for AumontMLB.com 10 hours agoPhillippe Aumont seems to have made a few thousand adjustments to his delivery since he joined the Phillies following the Cliff Lee trade with Seattle in 2009, all of which led to what could be the righty's last chance with the team.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets Inject Drama Into Camp, Hoping to Entertain Fansnytimes.com 21 hours agoSpring training is the only time when the team’s production arm and its cable channel, SNY, have extended access to players, so SNY has been shooting videos to use during regular-season games.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Mar 1 (yesterday)Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals.Upvote Share TweetThe Phillies lost 6-2 to the University of Tampa, who are ranked No. 1 in Division II. God, I missed meaningless baseball.Read more...Upvote Share TweetPhillies second baseman Chase Utley will not be in the lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees at Bright House Field. Utley sprained his right ankle in January and has not fully recovered.Upvote Share TweetNationals outfielder Bryce Harper made it clear Sunday what he wants to see change this season. He wants to improve his numbers from last year. He wants to stay injury-free. He wants to get better at the plate.Upvote Share Tweet
A-Rod's status for early games uncertainThe Yankees will play an intrasquad game on Monday at Steinbrenner Field and then open their Grapefruit League schedule on Tuesday against the Phillies in nearby Clearwater, Fla. Whether Alex Rodriguez will be in the lineup both days is still a matter o…Upvote Share TweetThe Nationals are the consensus favorites to win the NL East, but the Mets and Marlins think they might both have something to say about that. For the Mets, optimism begins with a rotation stacked with power arms and more of them in the Minors.Upvote Share Tweet
Haren likely to start first Grapefruit League tilt ThursdayMarlins manager Mike Redmond said Sunday that veteran right-hander Dan Haren likely will be the starting pitcher for the Grapefruit League opener on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.Upvote Share Tweet
Fernandez throws first session since Tommy John surgeryMarlins ace Jose Fernandez took another step Sunday in his rehab from Tommy John surgery when the right-hander threw a short bullpen session off the mound for the first time since last May.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets hope patience for Juan Lagares turns to leadoff payoffnydailynews.com Feb 28 (yesterday)There was a time when Kevin Long made it is his mission to get Robinson Cano to stop chasing pitches out of the strike zone.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Feb 28 (2 days ago)Breathe easy, Miami Marlins fans. Superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton is doing fine and was even able to finish Saturday's intrasquad game after being hit on the left hip by a pitch from Henderson Alvarez. Henderson Alvarez plunks Giancarlo Stanton with…Upvote Share Tweet
On Baseball: Pioneering G.M. Is Eager to Mold Another Winner in Atlantanytimes.com Feb 28 (2 days ago)John Hart, formerly a general manager with the Indians and the Rangers, is fired up about resuming his position in the front office and “restarting” the Braves.Upvote Share Tweet
Colors of Mets Blend to Make Glove of Goldnytimes.com Feb 28 (2 days ago)No matter the glove, no matter the design or its weight, or color, it is what Juan Lagares does with it in center field that has propelled him to new heights.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets' Saturday workout forced indoors by rainMLB.com Feb 28 (2 days ago)Steady rain washed out much of the Mets' scheduled workout on Saturday, leaving players -- with four days until the Grapefruit League season begins -- scrambling to fit in their scheduled exercises.Upvote Share Tweet
Nats GM On Scherzer, Starting RotationMar 1Nationals GM and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo explains the decision to sign starting pitcher Max Scherzer and how that affects Jordan Zimmermann's status with the team going forward.
Stanton Hit By Pitch In Batting PracticeFeb 28Buster Olney and John Kruk react to Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton being hit by a pitch in live batting practice Saturday and explain why Stanton being hit in practice could be a good thing.
Marlins Striving For A ChampionshipFeb 27Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and second baseman Dee Gordon discuss expectations for this season and Stanton talks about stepping into the batter's box after last year's season-ending beaning.
Marlins Improving, Need More Than StantonFeb 27If the Marlins want to contend for the division title, Curt Schilling and Buster Olney say they need help from more than just Giancarlo Stanton.
ESPN NowMar 2James Harden's suspension is just a blip on the road to an MVP season, according to ESPN's J.A. Adande: "He's getting his teammates involved. ... To m...
On Los Angeles, St. Louis and How It All Shakes OutMar 2I’m like everybody else with this Los Angeles thing. I’m on page 24 of a 300-page book, and it’s not all that interesting so far. But I hear the end is compelling, so I’d rather speed past the next 230 pages and go straight to the climax. Tell me what t…
Philadelphia Sixers waive newly-acquired center JaVale McGeeMar 2The Philadelphia 76ers have waived newly acquired center JaVale McGee, according to league sources.
With Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler injured, the odds are against a deep play…Mar 1Yet again, the Bulls are the NBA's most injured team. With Jimmy Butler now out along with Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose, a deep playoff run will be nearly impossible, Michael Wilbon writes.