NL West News and Rumors
Clayton Kershaw pitched five innings in his penultimate tuneup for the season opener in Australia, giving up five hits to a split squad of San Francisco Giants during their 3-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Dodgers.Upvote Share Tweet
Australia, Baseball’s Diamond in Roughnytimes.com Updated 10 hours agoThe Diamondbacks and the Dodgers will play two exhibition games and a two-game, season-opening series in Sydney, but it is not the first time professional American baseball journeyed to Australia.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants prospect Escobar knocking on door of MajorsMLB.com Updated 13 hours agoThe Giants Futures squad was in Scottsdale on Sunday afternoon, playing a split-squad game against a handful of regulars. And yet, 21-year-old Edwin Escobar was on the mound in Glendale, facing the archrival Dodgers before a packed house and going toe-t…Upvote Share Tweet
Life is good for stacked Dodgers squadMLB.com Updated 13 hours agoThese are the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are star power. They lead the National League in name recognition. They are a truly big deal and they are not positioned to suffer shrinkage any time in the foreseeable future.Upvote Share Tweet
Nicasio Helps Rockies Beat Royals 10-1nytimes.com Updated 13 hours agoJuan Nicasio thinks he's headed for the best season of his young career.Upvote Share Tweet
Pair of calls upheld by replay in Padres-D-backs gameMLB.com Updated 14 hours agoD-backs manager Kirk Gibson used a replay challenge for the first time Sunday when he asked umpires to review a first-inning play at first base. With Chris Owings at first base, Paul Goldschmidt hit a grounder to first that Tommy Medica bobbled and then…Upvote Share Tweet
Giants Split-Squad Beats Group of Prospects 8-0nytimes.com Updated 14 hours agoMadison Bumgarner moved one step closer to his first opening-day start for San Francisco. The left-hander even got some work done at the plate.Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers locker monster startles the heck out of poor Juan Uribe (video)yahoo.com Updated 16 hours agoJuan Uribe can tell that something is off, it appears, when he sits down at his locker at Camelback Ranch. Otherwise, all is quiet for the next few moments inside of the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse until... "Boo!" goes the locker monster. Al…Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers and Diamondbacks will not have expanded replay in Australiayahoo.com Updated 17 hours agoMajor League Baseball's expanded replay system made its long awaited debut on Monday and has been utilized at select spring training games since. Though not everybody is entirely comfortable with the guidelines or in complete understanding of how the sy…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated 18 hours agoJUPITER, Fla. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cuban free agent shortstop Aledmys (Ah-led-mees) Diaz to a major league contract and he'll report to spring training on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Mattingly says OF Kemp is close to returnESPN.com Updated Mar 9 (yesterday)Matt Kemp is close to returning from offseason ankle surgery that has prevented the star outfielder from playing in a game this spring, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.Upvote Share Tweet
Beckett Struggles in Dodgers' 8-5 Loss to Marinersnytimes.com Updated Mar 9 (yesterday)Los Angeles starter Josh Beckett gave up three home runs in three innings in the Dodgers' 8-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in split-squad game.Upvote Share Tweet
Miller, Saunders Go Deep as Mariners Rout GiantsBacked by early two-run homers from Brad Miller and Michael Saunders, right-hander Erasmo Ramirez cruised through four scoreless innings to send a Seattle Mariners split squad to an 18-3 rout of the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.Upvote Share Tweet
Maholm, Baxter Boost Dodgers in Tie With RangersPaul Maholm pitched three steady innings and Mike Baxter went 2 for 2 with two RBIs for a split squad of Los Angeles Dodgers in their 5-5 tie with the Texas Rangers on Saturday.Upvote Share Tweet
Gregorius, Goldschmidt Help D-Backs Beat AngelsDidi Gregorious doubled in two runs and Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI double in the Arizona Diamondbacks split-squad's 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.Upvote Share Tweet
Brantley Has 4 Hits, Indians Tie Padres 4-4 in 10Michael Brantley extended his strong start to the spring with four more hits, including two doubles, as the Cleveland Indians tied the San Diego Padres 4-4 in 10 innings Saturday.Upvote Share TweetWhite Sox pitcher Jose Quintana was hit in the shin by a line drive Saturday and removed from Chicago's 6-4 loss to an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad after just two batters.Upvote Share Tweet
Anderson Goes 3 Innings, Rockies Beat A's 5-4Brett Anderson pitched three positive innings in his first start against his former team on Saturday, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.Upvote Share Tweet
Hall of Famer Whose Pen Charted Path for Jackie RobinsonWendell Smith, a reporter for a black newspaper, advised and pressed Branch Rickey in numerous private letters on the signing of Robinson.Upvote Share Tweet
Making up for lost time, K-Rod on scheduleFrancisco Rodriguez, who arrived in Brewers camp about two weeks late, said he would throw live batting practice on Sunday before making his first appearance in a Cactus League game either Wednesday against the Angels or Thursday against the Padres.Upvote Share Tweet
Padres welcome well-traveled CastellanosIf Alex Castellanos has learned anything from his peculiar offseason, it was to never get too attached to one organization. Since Oct. 23, Castellanos has been property of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Rangers and now the Padres, who claimed him off waivers fro…Upvote Share Tweet
Greinke closer to return after BP sessionDodgers pitcher Zack Greinke successfully tested his healing right calf on Saturday by throwing a two-inning, 34-pitch batting-practice session at Camelback Ranch.Upvote Share Tweet
Despite low batting average, Morse feels greatDon't let the numbers deceive you: Michael Morse has been one of the most locked-in hitters in Giants camp this spring.Upvote Share Tweet
Spring Headlines: Free agent Ervin Santana now seeking one-year deal; Oliver Perez signs for two years with Diamondbacksyahoo.com Updated Mar 8 (2 days ago)Baseball is back. As we get closer to the regular season, be sure to stop by The Stew each morning for your get your daily helping of spring storylines. As opening day draws closer, free agent right-hander Ervin Santana is reportedly lowering his demand…Upvote Share Tweet
Puig, Dodgers Throw Out TroutMar 6Mike Trout gets tagged out at home plate trying to complete an inside-the-park home run.
LA Hot Button: Odd Man Out in Dodger OutfieldMar 4The ESPN Baseball Tonight crew answers this week's LA Hot Button question: Who should be the odd man out in the Dodgers outfield: Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier?
Greinke Injury UpdateFeb 28Stephania Bell discusses the latest on Zack Greinke's calf injury.
Giants Would Temporarily Share BallparkFeb 28Jerry Crasnick discusses the reason behind the San Francisco Giants' willingness to temporarily share AT&T Park if the Oakland A's build a new stadium.
Free Agency, A PrimerMar 10Ten things you should know about the NFL’s 22nd annual free market, which kicks off Tuesday at 4 p.m. (but which is already in full swing because of legal and illegal tampering): 1. Cornerbacks are this year’s quarterbacks. When a pedestrian corner like…
Joakim Noah leads way for Chicago Bulls against Miami HeatMar 9Led by an emotional Joakim Noah, the Bulls managed to beat the Heat in another regular-season game but know an NBA King isn't dethroned in March, Michael Wilbon writes.
Clayton's mailbag -- Cap increase will be pivotal in retaining 2010, 2011 …Mar 9Stars from the 2010 and 2011 draft classes are set to command big money after their rookie deals expire, leaving teams to debate how much of the extra 2014 salary cap to carry over to future seasons, writes John Clayton.
NBA - True or false: Free agency decisionsMar 6Our 5-on-5 crew answers the key questions about whether top free agents will opt in or out in 2014.