Baseball is back, pitchers and catchers hold first workouts

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price follows through on a pitch during a spring training baseball practice in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Red Sox pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout on Friday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) 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.

Johnny Cueto showed off some orange-tinted dreadlocks beneath his off-kilter cap that will fit in perfectly with his new San Francisco Giants colors. His former team, the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, arrived in the desert and were set to get started Friday.

From Arizona to Florida, that familiar sound of baseballs snapping into gloves returned Thursday as many clubs held their first spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers that signaled the true start of a new year. In the greater Phoenix area, a cooling cloud cover provided a respite from the unseasonably warm 90-degree temperatures.