The New York Yankees will likely bat power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez second in their lineup at the start of the season. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he was leaning toward having Brett Gardner bat leadoff, followed by Sanchez,…MARK DIDTLER (Associated Press)
HOUSTON (AP) -- They have the AL batting champion, a big-hitting shortstop and a few newcomers to boost a potent lineup.KRISTIE RIEKEN (AP Sports Writer)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals say President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their game on opening day.
The Cincinnati Reds have claimed Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers, giving them another option at second base and a utility player off the bench. An offseason trade that sent star second baseman Brandon Phillips opened the way…The Associated Press
Adrian Beltre goes into his 20th major league season only 58 hits shy of joining the 3,000 club. ''If we win the World Series this year, maybe, maybe I won't ever come back here,'' said Beltre, who turns 38 next week and is signed through 2018.…STEPHEN HAWKINS (AP Sports Writer)