Mark McGwire envisions bigger records for Aaron Judge: 'Watch out 73'


Mark McGwire envisions bigger records for Aaron Judge: 'Watch out 73'

Mark McGwire's rookie home run record stood for 30 seasons.

Aaron Judge surpassed Big Mac's mark that was set in 1987 with his 49th and 50th home runs on Monday against Kansas City.

For the 25-year-old, ecilpsing the 50-homer mark could be just the start, according to McGwire.

"I see power and I see a very intimidating figure at home plate. And I see patience. I don't know if he knows how good he can be. Just watching him from afar and knowing hitting the way I do, he's something else," McGwire told the YES Network on Tuesday.

For those that might think McGwire would be disappointed to see his record fall, you would be wrong.

"I couldn't be happier. To sit back and watch him is something that I enjoy doing. New York has a superstar in waiting," McGwire said.

Could Judge ever surpass Barry Bonds' all-time single-season record of 73 home runs set in 2001? McGwire thinks it's possible.

"I'm telling you right now: watch out 73. These young home run hitters are coming up and doing special things," McGwire said.

No major leaguer has hit 60 or more home runs since 2001 when Bonds his 73 and Sammy Sosa hit 64. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has an MLB-leading 57 homers entering play on Tuesday.

Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's


Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.

Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.

"We know that it's not a surgery thing, it's just essentially time," Roberts said. "That's the initial thought. That could change but that's what I've heard."

Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series and was voted MVP.

The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner's absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.

"It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field," Roberts said.

Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.

Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts


Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster. 

A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs. 

In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options. 

Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring. 

Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot. 

Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp. 

The Giants break camp on Friday.