Molitor likes adding Aybar's versatility to club

February 25, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. — Though still unclear when he will officially make his Spring Training debut, infielder Erick Aybar told manager Paul Molitor he would be ready to play immediately after signing a Minor League contract on Friday. “That was probably the right answer,” Molitor chuckled before adding that Aybar could play as soon as Monday’s game against St. Louis. SARASOTA, Fla. — Though still unclear when he will officially make…

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Reliever Johnson looks to return to form with LA

TEMPE, Ariz. — Shohei Ohtani was the main draw at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday, but he wasn’t the only player to make his Angels debut in the club’s 6-5 win over the Brewers. The Angels also got their first look at veteran reliever Jim Johnson, who entered the game in the third and pitched a perfect inning. Johnson, who was acquired from the Braves in November, is coming off…

February 25, 2018
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Cordero among top prospect performers

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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McKinney among top prospect performers

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Mullins' catch among top performances

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Barreto among top prospect performers

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Astros pitching prospects combine to excel

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Mejia shows grit in pressure situations

February 24, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. — Should left-hander Adalberto Mejia be successful as a starting pitcher in the regular season, he will have to figure out how to pitch out of pressure-filled situations. On Saturday, he gave a glimpse of how he plans to do so. After giving up a two-out double to Manny Machado, Mejia kept his cool and forced Adam Jones to fly out and end the first inning. SARASOTA, Fla….

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Blackburn impresses in Rangers' spring opener

February 24, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — Who said Spring Training games don’t mean anything? For Rangers manager Jeff Banister, Saturday was a chance for his team to wear the baseball caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball team and share in a pregame moment of silence to honor the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting. MESA, Ariz. — Who said Spring Training games don’t mean anything? For Rangers manager Jeff Banister,…

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Santiago shaky but solid in spring debut

February 24, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. — White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper had joked with Hector Santiago about his return not being official until he stepped back on a mound in game competition. Consider it official. Santiago touched 93 mph with his fastball, threw his whole repertoire of other pitches and worked his way through two choppy shutout innings in Saturday afternoon’s 5-3 win over the Mariners. View Full Game Coverage PEORIA, Ariz….

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