Page 24 - Baseball is back!

STRETCH: Members of the St. Louis Cardinals stretch at the start of spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 18, in Jupiter, Fla. AP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – David Price made his first big-money throws of spring training as Boston's prized offseason acquisition, while new Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke began Day 1 with his new club by drilling on the basics of covering first base.

From Arizona to Florida, that familiar sound of baseballs snapping into gloves returned as many clubs held their first spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers that signaled the true start of a new year.

Now, all those franchises that went on offseason spending sprees for pitching are counting on those arms to bring heat.

Greinke, signed to a $206.5 million, six-year contract with surprise suitor Arizona, was picked as the Diamondbacks' opening day starter in what manager Chip Hale called the easiest decision he has had to make.

Price brought his new $217 million, seven-year deal to Red Sox camp with similar fanfare, while Jeff Samardzija began getting in sync with his new San Francisco catcher, Buster Posey.

Catcher Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals got going in Jupiter, Florida, and Pedro Martinez was busy working as a special assistant on the field with the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

At Yankees camp in Tampa, new closer Aroldis Chapman said he will appeal if suspended by Major League Baseball under the sport's new domestic violence policy.

Manager Buck Showalter loved seeing so many of his Baltimore Orioles regulars report ahead of time. That included South Korean outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim, who brought with him a dozen members of the South Korean media.

''They enjoy coming here,'' Showalter said, ''I think they enjoy being around each other.''