Luis Robert is ready to showcase a 'warrior' mentality in the majors after reaching a long-term deal with the White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Luis Robert has a tattoo on the left side of his neck.“It means ‘warrior’ in Chinese,” Robert said through an interpreter Sunday. “As a Cuban, when you leave the island, you know that you are going to face a lot of challenges, tougher challenges. I consider myself a warrior.”Robert, 22, is ready to unleash that mentality in the majors.The top prospect in the organization is in line to be the opening-day center fielder after he and the Sox came to terms on a six-year, $50 million contract this offseason.“The only thing that the contract changed was the certainty that I’m going...
Blues lose 2-1 in Nashville on late goal by Turris
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Blues ended one streak Sunday. For the first time in 12 games they allowed fewer than three goals.But the most important streak continued because their winless streak extended to five games (0-3-2) with a 2-1 loss to Nashville at Bridgestone Arena.Kyle Turris’ ninth goal of the season beat Jordan Binnington far side, breaking a 1-1 tie with just 2 minutes 12 seconds to go.The Blues’ fell to 32-17-10 for the season and went winless in the now-concluded season series against Nashville, going 0-3-1. The Blues are hanging onto first place in the Central Division by a thread....
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Aztecs have no trouble with Boise State, improve to 26-0
BOISE, Idaho — This was supposed to be the one.The one where San Diego State let down after an emotional net-cutting ceremony Tuesday night to celebrate the Mountain West title.The one where the Aztecs had an off-shooting day against a veteran, hungry team that had won six of its last seven.The one in the arena where they had dropped three straight and were blown out by 24 last year.The one where, finally, they lost.It wasn’t.The Aztecs basketball team that continues to confound continued to roll, methodically brushing aside Boise State with the nonchalance of a snowplow clearing University Dr...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Steve Hummer: Rob Manfred warns Astros' opponents that in-game retaliation will not be tolerated
NORTH PORT, Fla. — Another short-sleeve spring day in baseball paradise. And once the Braves finished their chores at their five-star, Ritz-Carlton of a training facility, all their Florida neighbors stopped by to admire the place.Managers and GMs from around the Grapefruit League had been summoned here for a media gathering Sunday. Joining them was the poobah himself, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.What a perfect setting to address the bright promise of a new season. What a fine day to celebrate the surroundings of green ballfields and rustling palms and managers with no need yet to explain eve...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A bit of a break leaves Wild time to process
The type of turnover the Wild experienced in a five-day span some teams don’t go through all season long.And there’s still time for more to happen.But in the aftermath of last week’s changes and ahead of next Monday’s NHL trade deadline, the Wild hasn’t sensed an unease settle over the group.“Most of us have been around long enough to know there’s nothing you can control,” veteran winger Mats Zuccarello said. “Whether you had players playing really good getting traded or players not playing up to their standards being traded, it’s just a business at the end of the day. There’s nothing you can ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
How a 4,000-calorie 'Cup of Joe' helped Texas Rangers rookie Palumbo pack on pounds
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Joe Palumbo is bound to lose weight this spring, as most players do, but he might lose more than anyone else on the Texas Rangers’ roster.The left-hander doesn’t have Valley Fever or a stomach bug. He’s probably strong than he has ever been, and still will be that way once the regular season starts.Palumbo is doing to drop pounds because he has dropped daily 4,000-calorie shakes from his diet.Four. Thousand. Calories.“It was a grind, but I got it done,” he said.The purpose behind the shakes was to put weight on his slight frame to help him add strength to the endurance also r...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Apology from Houston Astros shows they don't care they cheated. After all, they won.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Jim Crane has two of the things many others would crave having.He is wildly rich, a billionaire, and also carries a single-digit handicap on the golf course, a low single-digit.Bang loudly on a trash can if you would like to have both of those things.That’s a lot of banging.He also has ownership of an MLB franchise and big ol’ World Series ring from the 2017 Houston Astros’ run to the title.And he’s not apologizing for either one of those things.Oh, he apologized Thursday morning in Florida, saying how sorry he was that the Astros illicitly stole signs during the 2017 season....
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Aaron Nola on new Phillies pitching coach Bryan Price: 'He's not going to change how the game is played'
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Aaron Nola’s first impression of the Phillies’ new pitching coach: He isn’t the old pitching coach.That’s a good thing, by the way, as far as Nola is concerned. The Phillies ace is on his fourth pitching coach in as many seasons and, well, let’s just say that he preferred the traditional approach of experienced Bob McClure in 2017 and Rick Kranitz in 2018 to the data-driven methodology of newbie Chris Young last year.It was welcome news, then, to Nola when the Phillies hired Bryan Price in October. A 57-year-old former big-league pitcher, Price coached Jamie Moyer in Seattle...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Yankees' Gerrit Cole gets standing ovation after throwing first live batting practice at spring training
TAMPA, Fla. — Gerrit Cole won over some friends Sunday. The Yankees new ace walked out to the mound at George M. Steinbrenner Field to applause. He threw 27 pitches to live hitters with a large group of Yankees pitchers sitting behind a protective screen near the on-deck circle watching closely.Cole enjoyed the atmosphere as he struck out five of the eight batters he faced. He gave up two hits — including one to back-up catcher Kyle Higashioka — as he worked with just fastballs and changeups. He got a pat on the back from manager Aaron Boone as he walked off the mound and another standing ovat...
New York Daily News
Robinson Cano wants to be the player 'you guys are used to seeing' in what he hopes will be a healthy season
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Robinson Cano, in his age-37 season, will attempt to prove that his disappointing performance last year was just a fluke.Cano arrived at his second spring training with the Mets on Sunday, and the expectations for his general health and season impact were very different than last year at this time.“I feel like I’m 25,” Cano quipped with a cheesy smile last February.This time, standing against his Port. St. Lucie clubhouse locker with new bleached blonde hair, he wasn’t nearly as self-assured. Cano said he spent his offseason working on his legs and preparing himself for ...
New York Daily News