Forbes estimated the New York Yankees have the highest value in Major League Baseball for the 16th straight year at $2.3 billion, and the average for an MLB team increased by 23 percent in the last year to $744 million.The magazine said Wednesday the Yankees’ value increased from $1.85 billion last year.The Los Angeles Dodgers are second in MLB at $1.62 billion — nearly $400 million below the price paid for the team last May when a group headed by Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson bought the franchise from Frank McCourt.Forbes valued Boston third at $1.3 billion, followed by the Chicago Cubs ($1 billion), Philadelphia ($893 million), the New York Mets ($811 million), San Francisco ($786 million), the Texas Rangers ($764 million), the Los Angeles Angels ($718 million) and St. Louis ($716 million).The Houston Astros were 16th.The bottom five are Tampa Bay ($451 million), Kansas City ($457 million), Oakland ($468 million), Pittsburgh ($479 million) and Miami ($520 million).McCarver to step downBaseball analyst Tim McCarver says he will step down from his position at Fox after this season.McCarver said on a conference call Wednesday he had told the network he will not try to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the 2013 season.The 71-year-old McCarver has worked 28 consecutive Major League Baseball postseasons on network television dating to 1984, providing analysis for a record 23 World Series.In 21 big league seasons, McCarver hit .271 with 97 homers and 645 RBIs.Briefly• Yankees: New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes will join Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list for the start of the season. Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced the decision Wednesday after watching Hughes pitch in his second minor league exhibition game since returning from a bulging disk in his upper back. Hughes is expected to miss his first turn through the rotation, which means that fifth starter candidates Ivan Nova and David Phelps are both likely to begin the season in the rotation.Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he doesn’t expect Jeter, who continues to get treatment for soreness in his left ankle, will play in a minor league game through this weekend.... The Yankees claimed RHP and former TCU standout Sam Demel off waivers from Houston. The reliever made five spring training appearances for the Astros this year, allowing 11 earned runs in 2 1-3 innings.• Red Sox: Jon Lester prepared for his Opening Day start by pitching four scoreless innings for Boston in a 4-1 loss Wednesday to the Miami Marlins. Red Sox manager John Farrell announced before the game that Lester would start Monday at Yankee Stadium against New York. The left-hander then gave up just two hits, striking out four without a walk.• Phillies-Tigers: Cole Hamels tuned up for his first Opening Day start by pitching three scoreless innings for Philadelphia while Justin Verlander worked into the sixth inning as the Phillies beat Detroit 4-1. Hamels gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three. He’ll start next Monday night at Atlanta. Verlander allowed one earned run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out five and walking one. He’ll start Monday at Minnesota..... Tigers rookie reliever Bruce Rondon gave up two runs on two hits, two walks and a balk and got just two outs. He entered camp as the favorite to win the closer’s job, and has a 5.84 ERA this spring. • Diamondbacks: Utility player Willie Bloomquist will start the season on the disabled list. The team says an MRI on Wednesday showed a grade 2 right oblique strain. There is no timetable for his return. The injury, sustained in Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, is another blow to Arizona, which figured to use Bloomquist considerably at shortstop and as a leadoff hitter after center fielder Adam Eaton went down with an arm injury that is to sideline him for six to eight weeks. Right fielder Cody Ross also is expected to start the season on the DL with a calf strain. ... The Arizona Diamondbacks have released Josh Booty, who had earned an invitation to the team’s spring training by winning a televised knuckleball competition among former college quarterbacks. The Next Knuckler competition was held on MLB Network, with Booty beating out his brother John David Booty, Doug Flutie, David Greene and Ryan Perrilloux.• Pirates: Left-hander Jeff Locke has won the competition to be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ No. 5 starter. Locke beat out Kyle McPherson, who was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, and Jeanmar Gomez, who will begin the season in the Pirates’ bullpen. Gomez is out of minor league options and would have had to clear waivers to be sent down.• Tigers: Outfielder Quintin Berry has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo by Detroit as Don Kelly made their Opening Day roster. Berry’s demotion leaves Andy Dirks and Matt Tuiasosopo as the Tigers’ left fielders.• Indians: Daisuke Matsuzaka made his final Cactus League start of the spring, working 5 1/3 strong innings in the Indians’ 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. Matsuzaka, who allowed two runs on five hits, will report to Triple-A Columbus when the Indians break camp. The Japanese right-hander is working his way back to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June.• Athletics: An arbitration court in the Dominican Republic has ordered Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to pay 22 percent of the value of his contract with the Athletics to the former agent who helped secure the deal. The lawyer for former agent Edgar Mercedes says that amounts to $7.9 million owed to his client. Lawyer Guillermo Estrello says the order is immediately enforceable and he will be notifying the Athletics to start docking it from the slugger’s salary. A lawyer for Cespedes says the amount owed is closer to $2 million. But Cristian Martinez tells The Associated Press his side is still studying the court order and deciding whether it can appeal.• Brewers: Yovani Gallardo threw 6 1-3 innings of two-hit ball and Milwaukee beat Kansas City Royals 9-1.• Orioles: starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens was hit by a line drive and left Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees because of a bruised right rib.• Giants: Brandon Belt hit his eighth spring home run and Madison Bumgarner threw five effective innings and San Francisco wrapped up its spring training in Arizona with an 8-6 victory over the Diamondbacks. Hunter Pence also homered for the Giants.• Blue Jays: Pitcher J.A. Happ and Toronto have agreed to a $9.1 million, two-year contract that adds an additional $5.4 million and one season to the deal he reached in January. Happ’s salary remains $3.7 million for this year, and the new deal adds a $5.2 million salary for 2014 and a $6.7 million team option for 2015 with a $200,000 buyout.• Cardinals: Adam Wainwright and St. Louis have agreed to a new contract that guarantees the Cardinals’ ace an additional $97.5 million over five years through 2018. Wainwright had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.• Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman homered three times to lead a split Washington squad to an 11-2 win over Atlanta.