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Yankees consider using Judge to lead off

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees slugger Aaron Judge could be used at times as a leadoff hitter this season.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was at the top of the lineup for Friday's spring training game against Boston.

"It's a potential, that's why we're deploying it and assessing it," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "We're going to take a peak here. We'll see how it feels, simple as that."


Marlins founder Huizenga dies at 80

MIAMI (AP) H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80.

Huizenga (HY'-zing-ah) died Thursday night at his home, said Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant. She gave no details on a cause of death.


Giants' Samardzija may be headed to DL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija reportedly has a strained pectoral muscle that will shut him down for at least a week and likely force him to start the season on the disabled list.

Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Thursday that an MRI confirmed the diagnosis of an issue that has been bothering Samardzija all spring.


Arizona OF Souza likely to start on DL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says outfielder Steven Souza Jr. likely will open the season on the disabled list after straining his right pectoral muscle while diving for a baseball in a spring training game Wednesday night.

Lovullo says Souza will be out "a couple of weeks at least."


Ex-star Jack Clark files for bankruptcy

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jack Clark, who hit 340 home runs over an 18-year major league career, has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time.

Clark and his wife, Angela, filed a voluntary petition March 6 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in St. Louis. Clark's attorney, Al Watkins, said Friday they owe more than $550,000 and have a combined annual income of about $120,000.


OF Davis on Indians' opening-day roster

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.


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.

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