PHOENIX — The return of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and the ensuing hire of quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave immediately gave the impression that the Broncos, under new head coach Vance Joseph, would be a pass-first team. And rightfully so.
McCoy’s 2012 offense in Denver with Peyton Manning ranked sixth in average passing yards (291.9) and led to Manning winning Comeback Player of the Year honors.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jon Gray is jazzed.
Not about his six-inning, 88-pitch effort in a minor-league scrimmage on a back field here Wednesday. His line was nothing special: four runs (three earned), on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Catching prospect Dom Nunez tagged him for a two-run home run.
Rather, what had Gray bubbling with optimism afterward was his overall performance this spring, which has him primed for Monday’s season opener at Milwaukee.
While the 2017 National High School Invitational championship game won't be played until Saturday, Wednesday's opening-round matchup between Cullman and Dana Hills, with their respective aces on the mound, had the feel of a title bout.
Big Papi was a big hitter, and that was really his only duty for most of his 20 major league seasons.
So when David Ortiz retired last year after more than 2,000 games as a designated hitter, baseball lost one of the few remaining players who rarely played the field.
Going into the 45th season since the designated hitter was approved for the American League, more managers now appear willing to spread around the DH starts instead of putting the same player in that slot just about every day.
There were 135 players who got DH starts for the 15 AL teams last season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies on Wednesday struck a late deal with Colorado after four years of difficult negotiation designed to keep the team at Coors Field for 30 more years.
The Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, the state division that owns Coors Field.