Giants struggle to score again in loss to Rangers

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Giants struggle to score again in loss to Rangers

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Whether it is as a starter or long reliever, Alexi Ogando just wants to pitch for the Texas Rangers and help them reach the World Series for the third straight season.He made his first spring start Friday night and gave up three hits in 4 2-3 shutout innings in the Rangers' 4-1 victory over San Francisco at Scottsdale Stadium.Elvis Andrus broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in the fifth inning and Texas scored three more on four hits in the ninth off reliever Javier Lopez. The Giants also scored in the ninth on Brett Pill's home run."I felt good out there, worked on both sides of the plate," said Ogando, who walked three and struck out three. "As far as I can remember, it is my best of the spring."Ogando is ticketed to start the regular season in the bullpen, although he did start 29 of his 31 games in 2011 and posted a 13-8 record."I am ready for anything. Having a couple of starts (in the spring) will help just in case. I want to be ready for any occasion," Ogando said.Andrus' hit to center field scored Mitch Moreland from second base in the fifth, and the play might have been even more significant for the Giants.The play at the plate was the first such play in a game situation for catcher Buster Posey after Posey was lost for the season last on May 25 when he broke a bone in his left leg and tore three ankle ligaments on a collision at the plate with Florida's Scott Cousins.Posey admitted he probably stepped more away from the plate than in the past and put a swipe tag on Moreland that missed on the throw from Angel Pagan."It wasn't that much different than last year," Posey said. "Instincts take over and you just try to get the man out. You work on those types of plays, but no play is the same, short hop, long hop, left or right."He said a catcher gets a sense of whether the play is going to be close.If the Giants position Posey where he is not directly in the line of fire, there is a chance it might make a difference in an extra run or two for the opponent.That is fine with Bumgarner, who said he was thinking about a play at the plate as the play developed."I agree with that (decision)," Bumgarner said. "One run is not worth losing Buster for the whole season."Moreland didn't realize people were keeping such close attention to Posey's play at the plate."I did what I needed to get in there," Moreland said. "He gave me the plate. That's why I slid on the outer half. There was not going to be a collision."The run was the only one given up by the left-handed Bumgarner, who scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out five in 5 2-3 innings."I felt a lot more ready (for the regular season), as close to ready as I can be," Bumgarner said. "I worked the fastball down and away. They (Texas) have the best-hitting lineup of anybody, so I felt good only giving up one run."Notes: Just a few days after signing a new contract, Texas left-hander Derek Holland pitched in a minor-league game, facing San Diego's Triple-A Tucson team and giving up one run on three hits in five innings with five strikeouts . . . Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish is scheduled to make his next start for the Rangers on Sunday in a minor-league intrasquad game . . . Giants reliever Sergio Romo pitched for the first time since March 13 due to an elbow issue. He pitched one shutout inning.

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

The Dodgers' months-long search for a second baseman is over.

Los Angeles has acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Rays, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The Dodgers are sending top pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay.

In 127 games for the Rays in 2016, the 30-year-old Forsythe hit .264/.333/.444 with 24 doubles, 20 home runs and 52 RBI.

Forsythe is set to make $7 million in 2017 and has a team option worth $8.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2018.

De Leon, 24, made his major league debut for the Dodgers during the 2016 season. In four starts, he posted a 6.35 ERA while striking out 15 batters in 17 innings. In 16 startts for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2016, De Leon registered a 2.61 ERA and struck out 111 batters in just 86.1 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, De Leon was recently ranked as the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect Baseball America.

For most of the offseason, the Dodgers had been linked to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, but the two sides couldn't come together on a deal.

Spring training to be slightly shortened starting in 2018

Spring training to be slightly shortened starting in 2018

NEW YORK -- For everyone who thinks spring training is too long, help is on the way - a little, anyway.

Spring training will be shortened by two days starting in 2018, when new restrictions in Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement take effect on game times for regular-season getaway days.

The voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players will be 43 days before the major league opener instead of 45, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press. For other players, the date will be 38 days ahead instead of 40.

The change was tied to spreading each team's 162 regular-season games over 187 days, up from 183.

Players' association Assistant General Counsel Matt Nussbaum said the union's goal was to create more days off during the season "in a way that doesn't just chew up offseason days."

"We have heard for years and I'm sure we will continue to hear that spring training is too long, that guys are really ready to go well before opening day, but I think what the commissioner's office would tell you is that there are big challenges for the clubs in substantially shortening spring training because they have various commitments to put on a certain number of games," he said Monday.

Late arrival times ahead of regular-season series openers also were addressed.

Starting in 2018, the latest possible start time on getaway days when either team is traveling to a game in another city the next day or a home off day will be calculated by subtracting the time of the flight over 2½ hours from 7 p.m.

There are cutouts for Sunday night games broadcast by ESPN and games after June 1 at Texas' current home ballpark - where the Rangers avoid afternoons for much of the season because of the heat.

Another new rule for 2018 says no game in the original schedule may be set for before 5 p.m. when a team played the previous night in another city starting 7 p.m. or later. There are exceptions involving flights of 90 minutes or less for home openers and holiday weekends. Current cutouts are carried over for up to six exceptions each season at Chicago's Wrigley Field and rescheduled games involving flights of 90 minutes or less.

"We fully recognize that our players play a very demanding schedule, and we're always looking for ways to ease the burden on players while at the same time scheduling games at a convenient time for our fans to watch them," MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said.

Sunday night games on holiday weekends followed by afternoon games still seem likely to occur.

"We have contracts with various national broadcast partners that limit our ability to schedule day games in certain instances," Halem said.

Nussbaum said if the players had their way, there would be "a flat rule that says all getaway games are day games" but understand why that would cause difficulty for teams.

"There's still going to be some challenges in the schedule," he said, "but we think what we've done with these two prongs is pare back the most egregious of the travel."

As part of the agreement, one game in the major leagues may be scheduled each year on the Thursday after the All-Star Game starting in 2018.