Oakland A's & MLB

LM Otero/AP File PhotoSonny Gray has been picked to start the Oakland Athletics' opener for the second straight season. Manager Bob Melvin made the announcement Monday

Gray to start Oakland's opener against Texas on April 6

MESA — Sonny Gray has been picked to start the Oakland Athletics'…

LM Otero/AP File PhotoSonny Gray has been picked to start the Oakland Athletics' opener for the second straight season. Manager Bob Melvin made the announcement Monday
Darron Cummings/AP PhotoLos Angeles Angels' David Freese looks back after scoring on a hit by Efren Navarro during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday

Greinke gives up 1 hit in 3 innings for Dodgers

GLENDALE — Zack Greinke gave up one hit, a homer to Josh…

Darron Cummings/AP PhotoLos Angeles Angels' David Freese looks back after scoring on a hit by Efren Navarro during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday
Ross D. Franklin/AP File PhotoBaseball Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Athletics' players Monday as part of his spring training tour

Manfred says getting new ballpark for Athletics a priority

MESA — New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says addressing the Oakland Athletics'…

Ross D. Franklin/AP File PhotoBaseball Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Athletics' players Monday as part of his spring training tour

Zito impresses as A's beat Brewers split squad 5-2

PHOENIX — Barry Zito, attempting a comeback after a year off from…

Matt York/AP PhotoActor Will Ferrell

'Five tool' Will Ferrell bats, fields, coaches in Arizona

MESA —Telling everyone "I'm a five-tool guy," Will Ferrell was off on…

Matt York/AP PhotoActor Will Ferrell

Moss homers, triples against former team but Indians lose

MESA — Brandon Moss had a home run and a triple against…

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Will Ferrell to appear in 5 Arizona spring training games

PHOENIX — Will Ferrell plans to play ball in spring training —…

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Darron Cummings/AP PhotoArizona Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas (24) hits during a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics

Gray, Zito combine for 5 innings in A's win vs Arizona

MESA — Sonny Gray pitched into the third inning, Barry Zito went…

Darron Cummings/AP PhotoArizona Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas (24) hits during a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics

Rangers' Gonzalez pitches 3 scoreless innings, Odor hits HR

SURPRISE — Chi Chi Gonzalez threw three scoreless innings, Rougned Odor homered…

Stephen Chernin/AP File PhotoThe 10-foot high letters that spelled “Yankee Stadium” atop the original ballpark are being offered for sale at Sotheby’s on April 1

Reggie Jackson to sell big letters from old Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK — Some very big, familiar pieces of New York City…

Stephen Chernin/AP File PhotoThe 10-foot high letters that spelled “Yankee Stadium” atop the original ballpark are being offered for sale at Sotheby’s on April 1
Ben Margot/APA's left-hander Drew Pomeranz boosted his shot at a spot in the starting rotation with two scoreless innings Sunday against the White Sox.

A's fall to familiar face Samardzija

MESA, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzjia gave up two runs over three innings…

Ben Margot/APA's left-hander Drew Pomeranz boosted his shot at a spot in the starting rotation with two scoreless innings Sunday against the White Sox.
Gene J. Puskar/AP PhotoDigital clocks have been installed in ballparks throughout the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues to keep the action moving.

Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

GOODYEAR — Tick, tock, baseball is on the clock. Major League Baseball's…

Gene J. Puskar/AP PhotoDigital clocks have been installed in ballparks throughout the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues to keep the action moving.
Darron Cummings/AP File PhotoThis Feb. 25

A's switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

MESA — Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches…

Darron Cummings/AP File PhotoThis Feb. 25
Charlie Riedel/AP PhotoClayton Kershaw will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day for the fifth straight season.

Kershaw to start opening day for Dodgers

GLENDALE — National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw…

Charlie Riedel/AP PhotoClayton Kershaw will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day for the fifth straight season.
Ted S. Warren/2001 AP file photoMinnie Minoso

Minnie Minoso, Major League Baseball's first black Latino star, dies

CHICAGO — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the "Cuban…

Ted S. Warren/2001 AP file photoMinnie Minoso
Darron Cummings/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Josh Phegley hits during spring training baseball practice Wednesday

A's begin baseball's mandatory domestic violence training

MESA — Reliever Dan Otero spoke up, as did many others, with…

Darron Cummings/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Josh Phegley hits during spring training baseball practice Wednesday
Steve Nesius/AP File PhotoLos Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton has met with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue Thursday.

No word on possible MLB discipline for Angels star Hamilton

TEMPE — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds…

Steve Nesius/AP File PhotoLos Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton has met with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue Thursday.
Nick Ut/AP File PhotoAt left in a Nov. 19

Appeals court won't toss ex-Dodgers owner's divorce deal

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court has refused to overturn a…

Nick Ut/AP File PhotoAt left in a Nov. 19
Darron Cummings/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Ben Zobrist (18) hits in the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Wednesday

Bay Area's Semien in the mix for A's shortstop job

MESA — In the last year, the Oakland Athletics traded away two…

Darron Cummings/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Ben Zobrist (18) hits in the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Wednesday
Charlie Riedel/AP PhotoSan Diego Padres' James Shields bunts during spring training baseball practice Tuesday

Padres chairman: It was time to make changes

PEORIA — As the full squad of his remodeled club stretched in…

Charlie Riedel/AP PhotoSan Diego Padres' James Shields bunts during spring training baseball practice Tuesday