Later spring training starts means some players are fresher

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey gets going at Scottsdale Stadium around 7 a.m. most days of spring training, a couple of hours before he’s due to be there.

Royals head to spring with more questions than answers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The offseason Royals fans have been dreading for years has come and gone, and now a team that could bear little resemblance to its championship past is ready to report to spring training in Arizona.

St. Louis Cardinals intent on ending 2-year playoff drought

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Matheny is well aware that he has yet to earn a World Series championship ring during his six seasons as the manager of the Cardinals. It’s not like St. Louis, an 11-time World Series champion, would let him forget.

Twins’ Santana to miss start of season after finger surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana will miss the start of the regular season after undergoing unexpected surgery on his right middle finger.

Happy together: Stanton, Judge side by side at awards dinner

NEW YORK (AP) Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge sat side by side on the dais, together in public for the first time as Yankees teammates.

Pirates left-hander Turley been suspended for 80 games

NEW YORK (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Nik Turley has been suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.