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OF Davis on Indians' opening-day roster

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Rajai Davis made it all the way back with the Cleveland Indians. Mike Napoli remains on the outside.

Davis, who hit perhaps the most memorable home run in club history during the 2016 World Series, was told Thursday by manager Terry Francona that he will be on Cleveland's opening-day roster. The 37-year-old outfielder signed a minor league contract with the club last month.

With Michael Brantley and Brandon Guyer still not at 100 percent while recovering from surgeries, the Indians needed depth. Davis has filled a need and the Indians are thrilled to have him around.


Bundy to start Orioles' season opener

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Dylan Bundy has been picked to start the Baltimore Orioles' opener against Minnesota on March 29.

The 24-year-old right-hander led the Orioles in wins last season, when he was 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA.


Arrieta allows 2 runs in Phillies debut

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Eight days before opening day, Jake Arrieta made his first appearance for the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I had a ton of nervous energy," Arrieta said Thursday after allowing two runs that included Miguel Cabrera's solo homer during a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.


Brewers Ps Logan, Miley out early on

PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers say injured left-handers Boone Logan and Wade Miley won't be ready to pitch opening day.

Logan will start the season on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a left triceps strain, Milwaukee said Thursday.


5 ejected in Tigers-Phillies after 3 HBP

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Three pitchers were ejected along with Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler and bench coach Rob Thomson as three batters were hit by pitches during the Phillies' 6-2 exhibition loss to Detroit on Thursday.

Detroit starter Matthew Boyd and Philadelphia relievers Parker Frazier and Pedro Beato also were tossed by plate umpire Tom Hallion.


Champion Astros loaded again for 2018

HOUSTON (AP) Not long after the Houston Astros won the World Series, third baseman Alex Bregman got another big reason to smile.

Justin Verlander wasn't simply a late-season rental. He was under contract with the team for two more seasons. Bregman's reaction, caught on a teammate's Instagram Live account, was one of pure joy, filled with shrieks and yelling.


Dodgers focused on World Series return

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers start a new season with an old burden: they haven't won a World Series since 1988.

Winning 104 games and owning baseball's best record last year didn't get it done.


Yanks regain swagger by adding Stanton

NEW YORK (AP) The swagger is back.

The New York Yankees reached Game 7 of last year's AL Championship Series behind Baby Bombers Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and young ace Luis Severino. Then they added the mightiest slugger in the major leagues, Giancarlo Stanton, and brought in a new manager they think will lead them to World Series title No. 28.


Cubs look to emulate 2016's fast start

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs remember what it was like in 2016, and they remember what happened last year. They remember all the fun they had two years ago, and how tired they were at the end of last season.

The past two years could hold the key to how they perform in 2018.

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