The Detroit Tigers have signed reliever Ryan Perry to a minor league deal, bringing the right-hander back to the organization that drafted him in the first round in 2008. Perry hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2012, when he appeared in seven games for the Washington Nationals. He pitched for the Tigers from 2009-11. Perry received a $1.48 million signing bonus when the Tigers took him with the 21st overall pick out of Arizona in 2008.
Posted: February 28, 2015, 2:23 am

Milwaukee Brewers' Aramis Ramirez runs a drill during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

PHOENIX (AP) -- It's never easy for a baseball player to leave his family for six weeks of spring training, no matter how nice the weather is in Arizona.


Posted: February 28, 2015, 12:58 am

In this photo taken Fe. 24, 2015, Atlanta Braves' Melvin Upton watches his long fly ball while taking batting practice during baseball spring training in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot. The team announced Upton's condition Friday, Feb. 27, after he underwent an X-ray and MRI exam. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

Atlanta Braves outfielder Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot. The team announced Upton's condition Friday after he underwent an X-ray and MRI exam. Upton's foot will be placed in a short leg cast for two weeks, then in a walking boot from four to six weeks. The team said he will likely be able to resume baseball activities in early April, about the time the Braves are opening the regular season.


Posted: February 28, 2015, 12:33 am

FILE - This is a 2014 photo showing Michael Saunders of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders could be sidelined until around the All-Star break after stepping on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls and tearing the meniscus in his left knee. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, the injury occurred a day earlier and is expected to require surgery. The 28-year-old Saunders was acquired by the Blue Jays in December from Seattle for pitcher J.A. Happ, and Saunders was projected to be a starter. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders had surgery on his left knee Friday and could return to the team sooner than previously expected, perhaps in mid-April. Saunders tore cartilage Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls on a side field at spring training. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said that Saunders could be sidelined only five to six weeks. ''We'll see how he recovers,'' Anthopoulos said.


Posted: February 28, 2015, 12:25 am

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira reaches for his leg as he stretches during workouts Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Stripped of his job at third base, Alex Rodriguez moved across the diamond and worked out at first base for the initial time with the New York Yankees. Asked whether he felt comfortable at first, Rodriguez said: ''Too quick to tell.'' ''I'm anxious to learn, though,'' he added. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter. Having Rodriguez get occasional playing time as Mark Teixeira's backup at first would give Girardi flexibility.


Posted: February 27, 2015, 9:47 pm
Outfielder Juan Pierre has announced his retirement after a 14-year major-league career that included a World Series championship with the 2003 Florida Marlins. He batted .247 in 113 games with the Marlins in his final season in 2013. He announced his retirement Friday at age 37. Pierre broke into the majors in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies and also played for the Cubs, White Sox, Dodgers and Phillies.
Posted: February 27, 2015, 9:40 pm
The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's ''absolutely sickening'' to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as ''Jihadi John'' wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo (http://bit.ly/1G0K0V9 ), taken from University of Westminster student records, shows Emwazi wearing a hat with the Pirates' distinctive ''P'' logo.
Posted: February 27, 2015, 8:17 pm

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey reaches for a ball during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Matt Harvey drew an ovation from the crowd of 100-150 fans and high-fives from teammates after stepping off the mound Friday. The New York Mets ace threw 43 pitches to David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy in his first time facing hitters since elbow-ligament replacement surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud and manager Terry Collins sounded impressed by Harvey's accuracy and command.


Posted: February 27, 2015, 7:08 pm

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright throws in a steady rain during spring training Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. Rain forced the Cardinals indoors on Friday, but Wainwright played catch for a few minutes outside after missing two days of baseball practice due to an abdominal strain. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Adam Wainwright won't pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of his abdominal strain, a delay that could prevent the St. Louis Cardinals ace from starting the major league season opener at the Chicago Cubs on April 5.' Wainwright was hurt Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack. He returned to St. Louis for an examination by Dr. Michael Brunt, who said the injury was minor. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is open to the idea of pushing back Wainwright's season debut a couple of days if the right-hander doesn't respond to proscribed rest as quickly as doctors expect. The Cardinals' training staff will evaluate Wainwright's progress early next week.


Posted: February 27, 2015, 5:08 pm

FILE - In this Juy 15, 2012, file photo, New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana works in a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors. The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, and invited him to big league spring training. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors. The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday and invited him to big league spring training. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has undergone two operations on his left shoulder in recent years. Santana was in Baltimore's minor league system last year and tore his left Achilles tendon in June.


Posted: February 26, 2015, 11:58 pm

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