As spring training games start, Josh Donaldson thinking ahead for Oakland … – The Birmingham News – al.com

As spring training games start, Josh Donaldson thinking ahead for Oakland …The Birmingham News – al.comThe first games of Major League Baseball’s spring training are scheduled for Tuesday, but former…

MLB notebook: Collision rule added – Tulsa World

Tulsa WorldMLB collision rule leaves exceptions: Major League Baseball and its players have banned most home-plate collisions but left open an exception if the catcher has the ball and is…

Officials upset at Zack Greinke – ESPN

Officials upset at Zack GreinkeESPNGLENDALE, Ariz. — Organizers of Major League Baseball’s season-opening series in Australia are upset about comments from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who said that…

Court agrees to fast-track San Jose’s baseball antitrust appeal – San Jose Mercury News

Court agrees to fast-track San Jose’s baseball antitrust appealSan Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE — A federal appeals court Thursday granted San Jose’s request for speedy consideration of its claim that…

Alex Rodriguez drops lawsuits – ESPN

ESPNNEW YORK — Suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez abandoned his fight against Major League Baseball on Friday, dropping his lawsuit for tortious interference in U.S. District Court…

‘Not Game Ready’: Pitchers pan MLB-approved protective cap – Fox News

Fox NewsNEW YORK – Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season. Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage…

Baseball: Pitchers unsure about new hat – NorthJersey.com

NorthJersey.comMajor League Baseball will unveil a protective cap for pitchers to test during spring training, hoping to curtail blows to the head such as the one Oakland’s Brandon McCarthy endured…

Pitchers’ protective caps approved – ESPN

ESPNIn the nearly 17 months since then-Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive and suffered life-threatening brain injuries, Major League Baseball says it…

Tampa Bay Rays sign Australian relief pitcher Grant Balfour on two-year deal – Herald Sun

Herald SunAUSTRALIAN relief pitcher Grant Balfour has agreed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Major League Baseball club announced on Thursday. The contract reportedly will bring the…

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ Features All-New Cast Members, Splits Contestants Into … – AceShowbiz

AceShowbizThe President of the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball team, a former NBA star and an ex-NFL cheerleader are among the 18 brand-new castaways to compete in the 28th season…

AP Source: Players Wanted A-Rod out of Union – ABC News

ABC NewsSeveral angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed. The…

Notebook: History points to Masahiro Tanaka risk – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldThat is the question when evaluating Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who’s expected to sign a Major League Baseball contract for more than $100 million sometime this week, and has…

MLB approves expanded replay, starts this season – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball vaulted into the 21st century of technology on Thursday, approving a huge expansion of instant replay in hopes of eliminating blown calls that riled up players,…

Notes: MLB approves huge expansion of instant replay – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeEver since the game was invented, before television or even radio existed, baseball counted on the eyes and ears of umpires on the field. Starting this season, many key…

Major League Baseball Adopts Expanded Replay Review – New York Times

New York TimesManagers will not be able to challenge the so-called neighborhood play at second base. Bill Kostroun/Associated Press. PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Major League Baseball will greatly expand replay…

MLB approves expansion of instant replay for 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball is bringing one of the key benefits of watching games at home to the ballpark. As part of its expanded use of video replay, which baseball…

Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw have deal – ESPN

ESPNThe Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal, sources with knowledge of the situation said. Kershaw has an out clause after five years.…

Nightengale: MLB’s PR offensive faces backlash – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball, carrying paper bags full of cold, hard cash and hanging out with the low-lifes in Miami, finally get their man. Alex Rodriguez is banned for the…

If Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs, they didn’t obviously … – USA TODAY

USA TODAYDuring his appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday, Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch — Major League Baseball’s key witness in its case to suspend Alex Rodriguez — detailed the performance-enhancing…

Alex Rodriguez will seek injunction to halt suspension Monday – Fox News

Fox NewsThe attorney for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will file an injunction in federal court Monday morning in an attempt to stop a season-long suspension from Major League…

MLB Witness Outlines A-Rod’s PED Program on 60 Min – ABC News

ABC NewsMajor League Baseball’s key witness in its case against Alex Rodriguez said he designed and administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010. Anthony Bosch,…

60 Minutes’ A-Rod piece incites MLB, union fight – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball and the players association, which previously had maintained a tone of respect and cooperation through the messy Alex Rodriguez ordeal, appear ready to get down into…

Nightengale: Big win for MLB, great day for the game – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball’s drug testing policy has been kicked around, slapped, and mocked in the past decade. So who can blame the drug policy lords for turning their 345…

All you need to know about Alex Rodriguez’s suspension – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe basics on Alex Rodriguez’s record-breaking 162-game suspension for his ties to performance-enhancing drug use: The penalty: Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upheld 162 games of a 211-game suspension handed down…

Alex Rodriguez suspended for 2014 season – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for the entire 2014 season, as an independent arbitrator upheld the majority of a 211-game suspension Major League Baseball assessed…

Report: MLB’s new rule will cost MLB the best pitcher in Japan – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMasahiro Tanaka celebrates after winning the Japan Series. (PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUTJIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images). Earlier this week, Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball…

Masahiro Tanaka says he wants to pursue career in MLB – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTOKYO (AP) — Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wants to move to Major League Baseball next season but his Japanese team doesn’t want to let him go. MLB and Nippon Professional…

With posting agreement, Masahiro Tanaka decision next – USA TODAY

USA TODAYOne of the most significant deals of this offseason was completed Monday and no player changed addresses. A new posting agreement between Major League Baseball and NPB, the governing…

Proposal for new A’s stadium targets Port of Oakland – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comThe good news: There’s a new stadium proposal for the A’s at a site in Oakland, meaning all the hurdles of clearing any move through Major League Baseball would be…

Rangers Pick Seahawks Quarterback in Baseball Draft – New York Times

New York TimesIf baseball does not work out for the Texas Rangers, they have a jump on fielding quite a football team. Enlarge This Image. Stephen Brashear/Associated Press. The Rangers…

Texas Rangers draft Russell Wilson to play baseball – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Texas Rangers selected Russell Wilson — the Seattle Seahawks quarterback — in Major League Baseball’s annual Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. The draft allows teams to choose players…

MLB denied Oakland’s move to San Jose in June – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball’s lawyers say in a court filing that the Oakland Athletics’ request to move to San Jose was turned down in June…

Oakland A’s To San Jose Rejected By MLB, Court In SJ v MLB Records (Here For View)

UPDATE: Oakland A’s Move To San Jose Rejected By Major League Baseball. The Oakland Athletics as owned by Lew Wolfe are prohibited from moving to San Jose, both by Major…

MLB deals setback to San Jose bid to lure Oakland A’s – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsMajor League Baseball apparently rejected the Oakland A’s bid to move to San Jose in a June letter from commissioner Bud Selig to the team, according to…

10 Yankees questions in wake of Ellsbury deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYChad Jennings examines 10 ramifications the Jacoby Ellsbury deal will have on the Yankees: 1. What does this mean for $189 million? The goal to sneak under Major League…