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Machado ready to play SS, ignore rumors

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Manny Machado reported to the Baltimore Orioles' spring training camp on Saturday and was ready to move - to shortstop, that is.

As far as whether he'll end up on another team anytime soon, the All-Star says he isn't concentrating on that.

The 25-year-old was the subject of much trade talk over the offseason. Baltimore made it known that Machado, who is eligible for free agency following this season, could be available for the right price.


3B Wright to give 'best shot' at playing

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) The big question surrounding David Wright is one that even he can't answer.

Can he play this season?


Pedroia to miss first opener in 12 years

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Dustin Pedroia knew this would be the deal after knee surgery in the offseason. The Red Sox second baseman will be missing from Boston's opening-day lineup for the first time in 12 years.

The 34-year-old former AL MVP had cartilage restoration procedure in late October and it's expected keep him sidelined until May. He also understands that the surgery was important for his post-baseball life.


Indians bring back free agent OF Davis

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent Rajai Davis to a minor league contract, bringing back the speedy outfielder who hit one of the biggest home runs in team history.

The Indians announced the deal with the 37-year-old Davis on Saturday.


Cubs' Morrow to close in revamped 'pen

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Brandon Morrow has pitched in just about every role during his 11 seasons in the majors.

Except as a full-time closer for a championship contender.


Archer says Rays have top-tier rotation

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Chris Archer believes Tampa Bay is capable of having the best rotation in the major leagues.

"We have some very dynamic arms in this room," the two-time AL All-Star said after reporting to spring training, where a bevy of young starters and prospects are competing for roles on a staff that will have a different look after losing Alex Cobb to free agency.


Reds' Gennett goes from $2.525M to $5.7M

PHOENIX (AP) Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has won his salary arbitration case, giving players a final 12-10 margin over clubs this year.

Gennett was awarded a raise from $2,525,000 to $5.7 million. The Reds offered $5.1 million.


Cards' Ozuna big presence on new club

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Marcell Ozuna danced to the music coming from Yadier Molina's speaker.

He compared bats with Dexter Fowler.


Royals' Duffy hopes to forget about 2017

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Danny Duffy is not much of a hitter, a .125 lifetime batting average. But the Royals pitcher acknowledges that earlier in his career, he wanted to slug some teammates.

The lefty says the Kansas City clubhouse offered little guidance when he first came up.

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