• Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland’s main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team’s newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion.

  • Angels’ Espinosa eager for Orange County homecoming in trade

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Growing up three miles from Angel Stadium, Danny Espinosa got to watch all the heroes of the 2002 Anaheim Angels championship team: Troy Percival, Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Darin Erstad, among others.

  • Giants’ Cueto still in Dominican Republic with ailing father

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Johnny Cueto remains in the Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and the San Francisco Giants spoke with him on Monday and reported the right-hander is doing well and expects to join the team by this weekend.

  • Saunders aims to provide leadership in Phillies clubhouse

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — After moving from the All-Star-laden clubhouse in Dunedin to the young locker room in Clearwater six miles up the road, veteran outfielder Michael Saunders is embracing a leadership role with the Philadelphia Phillies this spring.

  • Swisher arrives as guest instructor, A-Rod on deck

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Swisher has arrived as a New York Yankees guest spring training instructor and Alex Rodriguez is on deck.

  • Captain David Wright likes Mets’ character, clubhouse

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Team captain David Wright isn’t sure how an intangible issue like character factors into wins and losses and the divisional race in the National League East.

  • Alabama softball Hall of Fame to induct Selma umpire

    SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A longtime baseball umpire from Selma will be inducted into the Alabama Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame next month.

  • Albert Pujols is ramping up recovery from surgery for Angels

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Albert Pujols is almost ready to get a running start on the second half of his mega-contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Clark: Comments “unprofessional” on Betances arbitration

    PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball union chief Tony Clark calls the public comments surrounding the salary arbitration hearing involving Yankees reliever Dellin Betances “unprecedented” and “unprofessional.”

  • Florida State baseball coach Martin reaches 1,900 wins

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State’s Mike Martin became the second baseball coach in NCAA history to reach 1,900 wins when the Seminoles defeated VCU 11-3 on Sunday.