FORT MYERS, Fla. - The lineup flap between the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins seems to have simmered down.
The Marlins were upset last Thursday when the World Series champion Red Sox sent a team full of minor leaguers to an exhibition game in Jupiter.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was the only Boston regular who made the 2 1/2-hour trip across the state. Road teams are supposed to have at least four top-tier players in the lineup.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former pitcher John Smoltz will work as an analyst for Fox's Major League Baseball telecasts.
Smoltz will be paired with broadcaster Matt Vasgersian on Fox and Fox Sports 1, the networks said Monday.
They join a group that includes Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci, Erin Andrews, Ken Rosenthal, Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman.
An eight-time All-Star and the 1996 NL Cy Young Award winner, Smoltz will continue to work for the MLB Network.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Halfway through his six spring training appearances, R.A. Dickey feels like an old pitcher with a new beginning.
"It's like getting to start over and do it the right way. You feel like you're getting a chance to reboot," Dickey said Sunday after pitching five shutout innings for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-3 exhibition loss to the Houston Astros. "It makes you somewhat regret not being able to invest the time that was really needed last year."
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Jose Bautista hit his third home run of the spring for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-3 victory Saturday over the Minnesota Twins, who got three scoreless innings from newcomer Phil Hughes.
After spending his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees, Hughes signed a $24 million, three-year contract with Minnesota in the off-season. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.
JUPITER, Fla. - Matt Carpenter called agreeing to a new US$52-million, six-year deal with St. Louis a no-brainer. The Cardinals are hoping their third baseman sticks even longer than that.
"He's the type of player you'd like to think could finish his career as a Cardinal," St. Louis chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt said Saturday.
St. Louis began contract talks with Carpenter in August. Both sides characterized the negotiations smooth.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - James Shields and Jason Vargas will start the Kansas City Royals' first two games of the season at Detroit.
Manager Ned Yost announced opening starters Saturday and says Wade Davis is no longer a candidate for a spot in the rotation.
Davis made 24 starts before being sent to the bullpen last season. Yost says the decision on Davis was made after Luke Hochevar was lost for the season to reconstructive elbow surgery.
Yost says left-hander Danny Duffy and rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura are the remaining candidates to fill out the rotation.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cliff Lee gave up a run in three innings, outpitching fellow Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, but Adam Lind and Dan Johnson each homered for the Toronto Blue Jays in 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young winner with Cleveland, allowed three hits and struck out two. He matched up against the 2012 NL winner — with the New York Mets — for the second time in six days.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana agreed Tuesday to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder.
Santana would get a $3 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster and would have the chance to earn an additional $5.05 million in roster and performance bonuses. He would receive the full amount for 120 days and 25 starts.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.
Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.
If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.
Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.