Did Tribe GM's son hint at Lindor extension?

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Did Tribe GM's son hint at Lindor extension?

Look, much as we love Spring Training, there's a lot of time to fill. The fun of watching those prospects you've heard so much about and the sheer joy of seeing real, actual baseball again can only carry you so far, and after that, there's still a game to finish.

So, in the ninth inning of the Indians' loss to the White Sox on Saturday, Cleveland's radio team decided to welcome a special guest to the booth: Brody Chernoff, son of Indians GM Mike Chernoff. Things were going great at first, until (with a little prodding from play-by-play man Mike Hamilton) Brody forgot the cardinal rule of being a general manager's son -- don't let slip about dad's phone calls. 

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Harvey hits 97 in best spring start

Harvey hits 97 in best spring start

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Don't be fooled: Matt Harvey was well aware of his flagging spring velocity and what people thought about it. Knowing that, Mets manager Terry Collins figured Harvey was determined to show off on Sunday, dialing his heater up to a monthly high of 97 mph in the Mets' 8-2 win over the Braves.

Perhaps some part of Harvey wanted to prove it to himself, also.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 trends to keep an eye on in 2017

Homers, strikeouts, relievers are dominating the game

5 trends to keep an eye on in 2017

Nothing has been decided in the baseball world this year, but one thing is for sure: The 2017 season won't resemble anything close to the game your grandparents -- or even your parents -- watched when they were growing up.

This sport is constantly evolving, and teams typically embrace new ways to play the game every five to 10 years. But the specific battle between pitchers and hitters, always a focal point of baseball, has really taken center stage in our current era. Pitchers are becoming more specialized and, in turn, more efficient at limiting contact. In response, hitters are swinging for the fences more than ever before.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs hit 5 jacks, don't stop at 21 in Vegas

Cubs hit 5 jacks, don't stop at 21 in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Anthony Rizzo hit a home run on the first pitch he saw and Albert Almora Jr. smacked a pair of homers and an RBI double to finish with five RBIs and power the Cubs to a 22-4 victory on Sunday over the Reds in a split-squad game for both teams at Cashman Field.

Cubs prospect Bijan Rademacher added a grand slam in an eight-run sixth, and Victor Caratini drove in three runs for the game. Charcer Burks hit Chicago's fifth homer of the game, a three-run shot in the eighth, and Yasiel Balaguert capped the Cubs' scoring with a two-run double in the ninth.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Got a draft? Get an edge with Fantasy 411's Cheat Sheet

Got a draft? Get an edge with Fantasy 411's Cheat Sheet

Baseball, both real and fantasy, is more a marathon than a sprint. As a fantasy owner, you work 162 games across 180-plus days.

But the thing is, your full-time job isn't to run a fantasy team. And that championship trophy on your mantel isn't paying the phone bill, shiny as it is.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Strasburg gets Nats' Opening Day nod

Strasburg gets Nats' Opening Day nod

Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday.

Washington opens its season at 1:05 p.m. ET on April 3 against the Marlins at Nationals Park.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Todd Kalas honors dad's famous HR call

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Todd Kalas honors dad's famous HR call

When your dad is a Hall of Fame baseball announcer, there's no better way to recognize his work and legacy than to be able to use one of his most famous home run calls while you're behind the mic.

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April powers: Which teams are set for hot start?

April powers: Which teams are set for hot start?

Hope springs eternal for each of the 30 Major League teams during Spring Training, but with a slow start in April, hope can turn to worry in a flash.

Just last year, the Astros were a consensus favorite to return to the postseason, but Houston stumbled out to a 7-17 record (tied with the Twins for worst in the American League) and ultimately couldn't climb back, finishing five games shy of an AL Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, the Cubs compiled a 17-5 record in the first month to propel them to a storybook season.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Bonds hit BP homers at Giants camp

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Watch Bonds hit BP homers at Giants camp

Last week, the Giants announced that they were bringing franchise legend Barry Bonds back to the Bay as special advisor to the CEO. 

As part of his new job, Bonds will be working with San Francisco's hitters -- and really, what better way to learn than by watching Barry Bonds? So, during the team's batting practice session on Sunday morning, Bonds stepped into the cage and proceeded to launch dingers like it's 2001.

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Matz to skip next start due to elbow irritation

Matz to skip next start due to elbow irritation

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A flare-up of irritation in Steven Matz's left elbow has prompted the Mets to skip his next start, general manager Sandy Alderson announced Sunday. Matz had been scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game at the Mets' First Data Field complex.

"It's worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on," Alderson said, referring to Matz's checkered medical history. "That's the difficulty. We don't think it's serious. On the other hand, starting pitchers are relied on every five days. I'm not sure exactly where this is going to take us."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Bryant back home, dad talks prep work

With Bryant back home, dad talks prep work

LAS VEGAS -- When Kris Bryant got back to work on his swing this offseason, his father, Mike, wanted him to remember how he was pitched to in the Minor Leagues, and that's what they worked on. His mother, Susie, was busy handling all the wedding gifts.

Bryant returned home this weekend to play two games with the Cubs against the Reds at Cashman Field, and he hit a home run and a double on Saturday and added another double on Sunday. The best part for the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner was that he could spend a couple of days at his new home here.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Be a GM with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

Be a GM with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

Since the final out of the 2016 World Series settled in Anthony Rizzo's glove, giving the Cubs a championship 108 years in the making, baseball's general managers have been preparing their clubs for success in '17.

And now, with Opening Day quickly approaching, you can join in on the excitement.

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Zachary Finkelstein is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yadi goes deep in return from Classic

Yadi goes deep in return from Classic

JUPITER, Fla. -- Home runs by Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler lifted the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday. The victory was the Cardinals' 18th of spring, the most the club has had in a Grapefruit League season since 2009.

In his first plate appearance since helping Puerto Rico to a silver medal in the World Baseball Classic, Molina blasted an 0-2 pitch from Wei-Yin Chen over the wall in left. Fowler followed with his first spring home run in the third. Fowler and Molina each finished with multi-hit games.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Seager may miss Freeway Series

Dodgers shortstop needs work on swing; Baez likely headed to DL

Seager may miss Freeway Series

PHOENIX -- Shortstop Corey Seager might miss the Freeway Series to work on his swing in Arizona, while reliever Pedro Baez will likely begin the season on the disabled list, along with Josh Ravin, leaving the Dodgers thin in right-handed relievers.

Seager said he is recovered from the strained oblique muscle that has sidelined him from Cactus League games since March 4. But he said his swing is rusty and, barring a rapid improvement, he'd prefer to get extra at-bats in Minor League games in Arizona than play in the Freeway Series games against the Angels on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He still is expected to start at shortstop Opening Day.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brantley feeling good, hits first spring homer

Indians outfielder goes deep in first inning Sunday

Brantley feeling good, hits first spring homer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Michael Brantley stared at the lineup sheet hanging inside the Indians' clubhouse on Sunday morning and did not see his name. The Indians' left fielder then pulled the paper off the wall, and he marched into the team's training room.

A few minutes later, bench coach Brad Mills posted a fresh lineup on the board with Brantley's name in the No. 2 spot and him starting in left field. With one mistake corrected, Brantley then took advantage of another. In the first inning against the D-backs, the left fielder launched a two-run home run over the right-field wall at Salt River Fields.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Story works to pair strong arm with power bat

Story works to pair strong arm with power bat

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rockies shortstop Trevor Story's strong throwing would be his calling card, if not for his habit of hitting home runs -- 27 in 2016, a National League rookie record at his position. But Story notes that he cares as much for his arm as his bat.

On competitive throws to first base, Story's average "fastball" is 85.7 mph -- not bad for someone who has to throw while moving in directions other than toward first. To achieve that speed, Story, heading into his second season, finds plenty to do during batting practice when he's not, you know, batting.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Estrada named Opening Day starter

Estrada named Opening Day starter

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- One of the worst-kept secrets in all of baseball was made official on Sunday afternoon as Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced veteran right-hander Marco Estrada will be his Opening Day starter.

Estrada will start the season opener on April 3 in Baltimore. J.A. Happ will pitch the second game of that series, and he will then be followed by Marcus Stroman, Francisco Liriano and Aaron Sanchez.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Martinez perseveres following final out of Game 7

Martinez perseveres following final out of Game 7

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The TV graphic flashed his uninspiring season stats -- a .242 average, one home run, four RBIs, a .574 OPS, plus three strikeouts in three postseason at-bats.

Two outs, one on, down one in the 10th inning of Game 7, and the person the Indians sent to the plate was No. 1, according to his jersey, but No. 25, according to his role.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Opening Day status in the air for Polanco, Stewart

Opening Day status in the air for Polanco, Stewart

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Pirates are in wait-and-see mode with Gregory Polanco and Chris Stewart, both nursing injuries eight days before Opening Day.

Polanco has been sidelined since Thursday due to a sore left shoulder, though he said the decision to scratch him from Saturday's lineup was a precautionary measure. Stewart left Friday's game due to left groin discomfort, but he checked out with only a mild strain after an MRI exam.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

KBO announcer goes wild at steal of home

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KBO announcer goes wild at steal of home

Baseball doesn't get much better than a straight steal of home -- a few seconds of pure, white-knuckle suspense so startlingly brash it's as if the runner managed to put one over on the Baseball Gods. It's an increasingly rare achievement, responsible for some of the game's most iconic moments.

So, while it's still Spring Training in the KBO, when Lee Dong-Hoon of the Hanwha Eagles swiped home it was only appropriate that the broadcast team completely lost its mind.

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Rangers being conservative with Hamels

Veteran will be No. 3 starter, will get extra rest early in season

Rangers being conservative with Hamels

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Cole Hamels will be the Rangers No. 3 starter going into the season. The Rangers plan on using Yu Darvish and Martin Perez in the first two games before Hamels makes his first start on April 5 against the Indians.

The order does not mean a demotion. It just shows that the Rangers might take extra care of their senior starting pitcher this season.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arroyo inching closer to making team

Veteran missed the last two seasons after TJ surgery

Arroyo inching closer to making team

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds manager Bryan Price wasn't yet ready Sunday to say that veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo has made the club. To make the starting five, however, Arroyo appears to only need to get through the final days of camp healthy.

Trying to come back from two years out of the big leagues as a non-roster invite, Arroyo is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game on Tuesday. He will remain in Arizona after camp breaks to pitch in another Minor League game on April 2.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zobrist likely to return in next day or 2

Zobrist likely to return in next day or 2

MESA, Ariz. -- Veteran Ben Zobrist, who has not appeared in a game in a week because of a stiff neck, expects to return to Cactus League action for the Cubs on Monday night against the Indians or Tuesday afternoon against the Giants.

The Cubs wrap up Cactus League play Wednesday against the A's at Sloan Park.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Phils' Herrera is the next-best thing to Kelly Leak

Statcast allows us to break down catches 'stolen' from other fielders

Phils' Herrera is the next-best thing to Kelly Leak

As you've surely seen with our introduction to the new Statcast™ outfielding metric "Catch Probability," we're now able to put a catch percentage on every batted ball to the outfield based on the distance a fielder needs to cover and the time (from pitcher's release) he has to do it in. We can use that to do things like run down Billy Hamilton's five hottest catches of the year, and we hope to use it to make grading the skills of an outfielder a little bit easier.

As has been brought up as we've discussed this around the office and with people inside the game, sometimes a batted ball can potentially be caught by more than one outfielder. For example, when Addison Russell hit a sacrifice fly to score Kris Bryant and give the Cubs a 2-1 lead early in Game 7 of the World Series, it was an easy play for center fielder Rajai Davis, who had an 89 percent Catch Probability. But it was also an easy play for left fielder Coco Crisp, given a 97 percent Catch Probability, because he started 87 feet away from the ball as opposed to Davis' 103 feet.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yoga keeps Hendricks centered on mound

Yoga keeps Hendricks centered on mound

LAS VEGAS -- In the third inning of Game 7 of the World Series, Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks knew he was in a tough spot. The Indians had runners at first and second and had just tied the game, and Hendricks was behind Francisco Lindor, 3-0. All the pitcher had to do was breathe.

"I stepped off for a second and I took a breath," Hendricks said. "I made myself aware of what was happening. I was like, 'This could be the complete momentum shift and it could be over.'

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prado (hamstring) expected to open '17 on DL

Third baseman still resting, Dietrich getting bulk of work at hot corner

Prado (hamstring) expected to open '17 on DL

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins are less than a week from wrapping up Spring Training, and the organization is still taking a wait-and-see approach with Martin Prado.

The veteran third baseman is expected to open the season on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. More on his status should be known by the end of the week.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Liriano continues to rack up strikeouts

Liriano continues to rack up strikeouts

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Spring Training numbers often have to be taken with a grain of salt, but even so, it's almost impossible to ignore what Francisco Liriano has accomplished over the past several weeks.

Liriano has been overpowering and borderline dominant in a spring that has seen him pick up 25 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings. This isn't a rookie with a questionable track record. This is a proven big league arm that has enjoyed plenty of success in the past but looks better than ever right now.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer reassigned after making strong impression

Top prospect sent to Minor League camp, but close to Majors

Zimmer reassigned after making strong impression

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians painted a clear picture of the landscape for Bradley Zimmer at the start of Spring Training. The club's No. 1 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, was not in camp to be on the Opening Day roster, but rather to gain valuable experience and, above all else, to make a strong impression.

"I would say he flew past that about a month ago," Indians manager Terry Francona said.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giolito, SP prospects could be bullpen assets

White Sox keeping talented group starting but realize it's a possibility

Giolito, SP prospects could be bullpen assets

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Every time Reynaldo Lopez was asked over the past six weeks whether he'd prefer to be a starter or a reliever, the White Sox prospect put forth a grin and presented the same answer.

"Starter," Lopez would reply, with no need for assistance from interpreter Billy Russo.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees release bullpen candidate Niese

Yankees release bullpen candidate Niese

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees released Jonathon Niese on Sunday, ending the left-hander's bid to secure an Opening Day bullpen job.

Niese, 30, signed a Minor League contract with the Yankees on Feb. 20 and would have earned a base salary of $1.25 million if he had made the club. It is possible that he could re-sign with the organization in the coming days. 

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.