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Dodgers 3B Turner breaks wrist on HBP

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The reigning National League champion Dodgers are going to be without their red-headed slugger on opening day, and possibly for a while after.

Justin Turner has a broken left wrist after being hit by a pitch during Los Angeles' 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Turner was struck by a pitch from right-hander Kendall Graveman in the first inning. Last year's NLCS MVP grunted and winced as he jogged away from the plate toward the dugout, his hand hanging limp at his side. He was quickly visited by a trainer and replaced by Donovan Solano.


Yanks, BoSox may meet in London in 2019

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is working to finalize a two-game series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at London's Olympic Stadium on June 29-30 in 2019, the sport's first regular-season games in Europe.

The Red Sox have the option of having both games be Boston home games, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no announcement had been made.


Greinke won't start Diamondbacks' opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Zack Greinke won't be the opening-day starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Manager Torey Lovullo said what's perceived to be a minor health issue will bench his ace for the opener.


Braves send down top prospect Acuna

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Top prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. was sent down to the Atlanta Braves' minor league camp.

The 20-year-old Venezuelan outfielder hit .432 with four home runs in 16 spring training games when the Braves sent him down after Monday's 6-0 win over Toronto .


Yankees OF Ellsbury to open season on DL

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the regular season on the disabled list because of an oblique injury that has kept him out of exhibition games since March 1.

Ellsbury had been scheduled to play Tuesday against Detroit, but his return was pushed back because he has flu-like symptoms. Ellsbury is projected as a backup outfielder after losing the starting center-field job to Aaron Hicks last season.


Braves tab Teheran to start opening day

ATLANTA (AP) �� Julio Teheran has been picked as the Atlanta Braves' opening day starter.

The 27-year-old right-hander will be making his fifth straight opening day start. He is 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in his first four, including six scoreless innings against the Mets last year.


Altuve, Astros finalize $163.5M deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jose Altuve sat behind a table set up on the field at the Houston Astros' spring training complex, and his teammates looked on as the World Series champions announced his $163.5 million, seven-year contract, the longest in team history.

"You made me more nervous, because I don't like talking in front of a lot of people. You know that," he said


Tigers prospect Perez to miss 3 months

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Franklin Perez is expected to miss at least three months with a right lat strain.

The Tigers say Perez was injured in a minor league game Sunday. There is no surgery recommended at this point, but the recovery is expected to take a minimum of 12 weeks.


Mets' Vargas has surgery on broken hand

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Jason Vargas wants to make his regular-season debut with the New York Mets as soon as possible - even if takes more than a month past opening day.

The lefty could miss up to six weeks after he has surgery Tuesday for a broken right hand, an injury incurred last week when he was hit by a line drive during a minor league game.

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