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Yankees consider using Judge to lead off

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

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

Judge says it's "something we could do in the season." He adds that manager Aaron Boone wants to "get a feel for it in spring training before the games started counting."


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."


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.


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.


Mariners' bullpen reeling without Phelps

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) David Phelps was ready to be a primary setup man for the Seattle Mariners ahead of closer Edwin Diaz this season. Manager Scott Servais is going to have to look elsewhere for that role now.

Phelps will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Monday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He was injured on the final pitch of his most recent outing on March 17 against the Los Angeles Angels.


Reds claim slugger Vargas off waivers

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have claimed slugger Kennys Vargas off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

The Reds announced the acquisition Thursday. The 27-year-old Vargas batted .253 with career highs of 11 home runs and 41 RBIs in 78 games last season. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound switch-hitter made all his starts with Minnesota at either first base or designated hitter.