• Athletics hopeful Santiago Casilla to arrive in coming days

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — As Santiago Casilla awaits his final paperwork to depart the Dominican Republic and rejoin the Oakland Athletics, he has been speaking with young baseball players at the team’s academy in his home country.

  • 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.