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Freddie Freeman had three hits -- including a three-run homer -- in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

Freeman's blast off of Gio Gonzalez in the third inning put the Braves up 4-0 at the time and that wound up being more than enough. For a guy who admitted that his wrist still isn't 100 percent yet, Freeman sure is still a dangerous hitter. He's batting .378 with three home runs so far in September.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Madison Bumgarner allowed four hits and three runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Cubs on Sunday, but also struck out five in his first start of the Cactus League season.

Bumgarner gave up a solo homer to Ian Happ in the first, and then was let down by his defense in the second as two runs scored on an infield single with an error by Joe Panik. He's coming off a disappointing season where he threw just 111 innings, but the 28-year-old southpaw still has some of the best stuff in baseball. He should be back to his dominating ways in 2018.
Feb 25 - 4:25 PM

Miguel Sano (leg) is slated to make his spring debut at third base on Wednesday.

Sano is a little behind schedule this spring after having surgery last November to repair a stress reaction in his left leg, but he's on track for game action this week. The Twins' third baseman is still awaiting word on MLB's investigation into a sexual assault claim against him.
Feb 25 - 4:04 PM

Clayton Kershaw threw one scoreless inning on Sunday in his first start of the spring in the Cactus League against the Mariners.

Kershaw only had to throw three pitches, as the Mariners were aggressive against the southpaw in his inning of work. It's a little surprising to see him only throw the one inning with that small of a pitch count, but the Dodgers aren't going to push their most important player. Assuming a clean bill of health, Kershaw will be one of the best pitchers in baseball again in 2018.
Feb 25 - 3:55 PM

Gerrit Cole tossed two scoreless innings Sunday in his unofficial Astros debut against the Cardinals.

Cole hit Tommy Pham with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning but retired the other six batters he faced, two via strikeout. The 27-year-old right-hander is lined up as the new No. 3 starter in Houston after being acquired from the Pirates in January for Joe Musgrove, Colin Moran, Michael Felix, and Jason Martin.
Feb 25 - 2:47 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Logan Morrison has agreed to terms with the Twins on a one-year, $6.5 million contract with a vesting option for 2019.

Morosi hears the contract could be worth as much as $16.5 million over two years, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says Morrison has a "reasonable chance" at maxing out the deal. Morrison no doubt had eyes on a bigger contract after he batted .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs in 2017 with the Rays, but he never gained much traction in the slow offseason market. He should be the Twins' main designated hitter and can also fill in at first base.
Feb 25 - 2:00 PM

Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Between this and being benched for the first game after showing up late, Smith's spring isn't off to a great start. The youngster was already probably facing an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster after the Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez. We'll find out Monday how long the quad ailment might set him back.
Feb 25 - 9:49 AM

Joe Musgrove (shoulder) will throw a 20-25 pitch bullpen session Sunday.

He won't throw any breaking balls, but it's nonetheless a nice step after Musgrove was shut down for a week due to discomfort in his pitching shoulder. The right-hander spent time on the disabled list last season with a shoulder issue, so hopefully he bounces back well from Sunday's bullpen session.
Feb 25 - 8:16 AM

Twins top prospect Fernando Romero struck out three over two innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, which ended in a 1-1 tie.

Romero, who showed up on numerous top-100 prospect rankings earlier this year, was flawless, striking out the first two batters he saw and not allowing a baserunner in his two innings of work. The 23-year-old is no stranger to strikeouts, fanning 120 in 125 innings at Double-A last season. There's a good chance we'll see him in Minnesota in some capacity in 2018.
Feb 24 - 9:48 PM

Dan Vogelbach was wearing a walking boot on his right foot Saturday after being hit by a pitch in Friday's Cactus League game against the Padres.

Vogelbach was hit in the foot by a pitch in the first inning but stayed in the game, eventually being replaced by a pinch-runner five innings later. "Once I took my shoe off, it got real sore and this morning it was really stiff," Vogelbach said. "Hopefully, it's just a bruise and I'll be back on the field sooner than later." That's certainly the hope, but he'll at least be out the next few days as a result. More clarity should be gained as time goes on.
Feb 24 - 8:08 PM

Making his MLB debut in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers, Shohei Ohtani surrendered two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings.

As far as Cactus League games go, this one had all the intrigue in the world. Ohtani -- who shined as both a pitcher and hitter in Japan -- signed on with the Angels in December. The 23-year-old turned in a mostly solid spring debut on Saturday, marred only by a Keon Broxton solo home run which he allowed in the second inning. Pitching debut now in the books, Ohtani will likely see his first work as a hitter in the coming days, though no exact date has been stamped on that. The Angels will be rolling with a six-man rotation this year, which will keep Ohtani on the same kind of schedule he kept in Japan.
Feb 24 - 6:52 PM

Nolan Arenado went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Reds.

Arenado struck for a solo home run with two outs in the third inning, his first dinger of spring training. Plenty more fireworks figure to be coming off his bat once the season revs up. The All-Star third baseman will be trying for his third 40-homer season in the last four campaigns. He fell just short of that mark in 2017, when he unloaded for 37 long balls. Arenado has driven in at least 130 runs in each of the last three seasons.
Feb 24 - 6:08 PM




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