OAKLAND (AP) - Ryan Mitchell reached out to buddy Michael Doran a few days back to find out his finals schedule at Saint Mary's College. If they were both all clear from exams Tuesday, there would be no missing the first office hours hosted by new Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - The champion Chicago Cubs filled their only real need, getting All-Star reliever Wade Davis. He'll take the spot of closer Aroldis Chapman, who locked down a spot by returning to the New York Yankees with a whopping $86 million deal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A thoughtful meeting in the Bay Area with the San Francisco brass and Mark Melancon didn't need much convincing. Not to mention he is already looking forward to talking nutrition and sport science with Hunter Pence, his former Houston teammate and yoga pal.
OAKLAND (AP) - Al Attles made all eight of his field-goal tries for 17 points for the Philadelphia Warriors during Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game on March 2, 1962. Attles coached Rick Barry the day he scored 64 against Portland on March 26, 1974.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Matt Holliday figures to balance the New York Yankees' lineup while not adding a lengthy payroll commitment to a team trying to get under the luxury-tax threshold within the next two years.