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 Sportspark on Thursday.
Spring Training can’t answer all questions, but here’s a spring-specific query for each club on the cusp of camp.
In 2015 there were only two Major League teams that repeated as division winners. Don’t count on a 6-for-6 performance by the current division champs in 2016, either.
Wise fantasy owners will be keeping tabs on battles across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues, looking for an edge to fill their roto and head-to-head rosters. Let’s take a look at 10 competitions to monitor over the next month-plus.
Will Tyrell Jenkins join the Braves’ rotation at some point this season? Mark Bowman answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
The White Sox revamping process moved into Year 3 this offseason via the significant additions made by general manager Rick Hahn. The second part of a seven-part Spring Training preview takes a look at these important new White Sox players.
The Orioles are moving closer to landing the best free-agent starter still available: Yovani Gallardo.
Jaron Madison, the Cubs’ director of player development, knows how important baseball was to him when he was growing up. He hopes other African-American kids will not only learn from the struggles past ballplayers experienced but also take advantage of what the game has to offer.
9:54am: The sides are “moving close” to a contract that would include three guaranteed years, Jon Heyman reports on Twitter. It’s possible that a buyout would be included, adds Heyman, who notes that an agreement is not yet in place. 9:30am: The Orioles are “making progress” in contract talks with free agent righty Yovani Gallardo, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. Baltimore has long been said to be interested in the soon-to-be 30-year-old, but this report provides the first indication of deepening negotiations. Gallardo declined a qualifying offer from the Rangers at the outset of the offseason, of course, and thus requires a signing team to sacrifice a draft pick to sign. In the Orioles’ case, the team would stand to part with its first-round choice — currently, the 14th overall selection. And it has been hesitant to do that after already missing out on possible comp picks in two cases (Matt Wieters and Chris Davis).