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2/9/2016 | Qualifier Dundee: WBC competition starts tonight

The first leg of the 2017 World Baseball Classic gets underway with the first of four qualifying tournaments starting on Thursday at Blacktown International Sportspark just outside Sydney. Australia, the favorite, will host New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa.

2/9/2016 | McCann gushes over 'pen trio at Munson Awards

Brian McCann can't stop thinking about the possibilities. Dellin Betances in the seventh inning, Andrew Miller in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. "Yeah, I mean I think the options are endless," McCann, the Yankees' catcher, said Tuesday night before joining honorees at the 36th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner.

2/9/2016 | Hale poised to bounce back after rough '15

Rockies right-handed pitcher David Hale has a degree in economics from Princeton and is quite capable of learning, but last season tested his aptitude.

2/9/2016 | Gattis to miss 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery

Evan Gattis told on Tuesday that he will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia.

2/9/2016 | Fantasy's top pick: Harper, Trout, Goldy or others?

You've got the first pick in your upcoming fantasy draft, but now the real fun begins: Who do you choose?

2/9/2016 | Homers' odyssey: Statcast explains epic blasts

Here is a look at last season's homers that featured the five lowest and five highest launch angles, according to Statcast™. This list focuses on balls that left the yard, so inside-the-park homers are excluded.

2/9/2016 | Network honors Negro Leagues star Stearnes

If you think Ichiro Suzuki's batting stance is unorthodox, you should have seen Norman "Turkey" Stearnes when he stepped into the batter's box in the Negro Leagues. Stearnes was a left-handed hitter who had an open stance with his right heel twisted and his big toe pointed straight up.

2/9/2016 | Longtime clubhouse manager Stowe dies

Bernie Stowe, a Reds fixture and an employee for six decades, died Tuesday after a long illness. Stowe, who had up-close and personal experiences with great players and teams that included the Big Red Machine, was 80 years old.

2/9/2016 | Familia has special bond with Bastardo

Camaraderie may never have been in short supply last season for the Mets, but it never hurts to have a little more. To that end, one of the team's newest acquisitions, Antonio Bastardo, has baseball roots intersecting with those of closer Jeurys Familia.

2/9/2016 | Teams scouting next wave of international prospects

The start of the international signing period is months away, but teams have been hard at work scouting prospects across Latin America and the Caribbean since last summer in search of future stars.

2/9/2016 | Owings tops D-backs' list for '16 rebounds

Over the next few days we'll provide a categorical preview of the 2016 D-backs, including an introduction of the new players, a projected lineup and rotation and the top prospects to watch. The series begins with a look at D-backs players on the rebound in 2016.

2/9/2016 | Darvish getting stronger physically, mentally

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he is feeling stronger physically than he did before having Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery last March 17. More importantly, Darvish said he is feeling much better mentally as well.

2/9/2016 | Rehabbing Tanaka throws off mound

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow in October, threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since the procedure, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild told The Associated Press.

2/9/2016 | White Sox ink Ishikawa to Minor League deal

The White Sox have agreed to terms with Travis Ishikawa on a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training. The 32-year-old left-handed hitter has experience in left field, right field and at first base.

2/9/2016 | J.D. Martinez, Tigers proving perfect fit

J.D. Martinez surely had trouble envisioning a week like this one two springs ago, when the Houston Astros released him. That kind of thing can rattle a guy's confidence. But Tigers coach Dave Clark, who'd been with the Astros, urged Detroit to sign him. Al Avila, now the Tigers' general manager, did just that.

2/9/2016 | Best of Fantasy 411 Twitter Chat fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Tuesday.

2/9/2016 | Lamb behind schedule after back surgery

One of the young pitchers expected to compete for a spot in the Reds rotation is unlikely to be 100 percent when Spring Training begins next week.

2/9/2016 | KC wants starters to go far despite great 'pen

Within days of the Royals winning the World Series over the Mets last November, general manager Dayton Moore already was looking toward the 2016 season.

2/9/2016 | Pillar wants crack at leadoff role

The Blue Jays have an opening at the top of their lineup, and Kevin Pillar strongly believes that he is the man for the job.

2/9/2016 | Puig tops Dodgers' rebound wish list

Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training next week. In anticipation, presents a series of articles previewing preparations for the 2016 season. Tuesday's first installment is "On the Rebound," with capsules on players coming off injuries or disappointing 2015 seasons.

2/9/2016 | Emerging trends slowing free-agent spending

This is awkward, isn't it? Spring Training camps open in mere days, yet nearly 70 bigleague free agents are still looking for a job, or even the opportunity to compete for a job.

2/9/2016 | Jackson eager for challenges of 1st full pro season

After being named Most Valuable Player in the Northwest Short-Season Class A League last year for the Everett AquaSox, Mariners shortstop prospect Drew Jackson is eager to take on his first full season of pro ball.

2/9/2016 | Source: Change on takeout slide rule is coming

Major League Baseball and the Players Association could be coming closer to an agreement on redefining what constitutes a legal slide into second base, a source told Barring unforeseen complications, the changes should be implemented by Opening Day.

2/9/2016 | Tigers' Truck Day sparks spring excitement

The relatively tepid winter that Michigan has enjoyed gave way to snow showers Tuesday morning to slop up the work commute, providing a backdrop as the Tigers' clubhouse packed up gear bound for Spring Training in Lakeland, Fla.

2/9/2016 | O's notes: Prospect Harvey among NRIs

The Orioles announced their non-roster invitees on Monday, and there were some interesting names among the 17 on the list.

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