• Lincoln museum to showcase Cub-Cardinals rivalry

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum plans to unveil an exhibit chronicling the history of the rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season’s playoffs.

  • Going deep: Dodgers add Gutierrez to already loaded roster

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Although Franklin Gutierrez officially joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon, the veteran outfielder had already been working out at their spring training complex for two days.

  • 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.