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3/4/2015 | Victory over alma mater sweet for Perkins

It was just an exhibition game to open Spring Training for the Twins, but for closer Glen Perkins it was a memorable experience, as he got to face off against his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, on Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.


3/4/2015 | De La Rosa makes strong case for rotation spot in debut

Bidding for a spot in the D-backs rotation, Rubby De La Rosa made a bright impression on his 26th birthday. In two innings against the Rockies, he struck out two and demonstrated resolve in escaping a second-inning test.


3/4/2015 | Berrios, Buxton impressive vs. Gophers

TJose Berrios registering four strikeouts and Byron Buxton connected on a pair of doubles in an exhibition against the University of Minnesota on Wednesday night.


3/4/2015 | Bedard, Guerrero take different stance on Minors

Experienced left-hander Erik Bedard wants to pitch and is willing to go to Triple-A to continue his career. Cuban prospect Alex Guerrera, meanwhile, does not have to accept a Minor League assignment in his attempt to earn a roster spot.


3/4/2015 | Mariners' Walker poised to turn potential into production

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's message to Taijuan Walker was brief. "We don't expect him to pitch like he's 21 or 22," McClendon said. Walker, who turned 22 in August, heard the manager loud and clear.


3/4/2015 | Pederson off to good start with pair of hits

It's just one game, but Joc Pederson's performance in Wednesday's Cactus League opener for the Dodgers should boost the young outfielder's confidence.


3/4/2015 | Gregg aims to nail down spot in Reds' 'pen after 'strange' 2014

Veteran reliever Kevin Gregg is in Reds' camp on a Minor League deal, hoping to land a spot in the Cincinnati bullpen.


3/4/2015 | Ethier must prove his worth in crowded outfield

Andre Ethier wants to be a regular this season, either with the Dodgers or someone else. Now he just needs to turn back the clock a little and become the player he was before the Dodgers stacked their outfield.


3/4/2015 | Blackmon talks fireball gif, other topics on Chatting Cage

Before fashioning one of baseball's hottest starts in April and May and before being chosen by peers to the National League All-Star Game in July, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon was nervous about even making the team last year. In the Edward Jones Chatting Cage, Blackmon said the tense end of 2014 camp wound up his favorite Spring Training memory.


3/4/2015 | Quintana comfortable, efficient in White Sox rotation

Jose Quintana endured a lot of tough luck on the mound last season, but he simply remained focused on trying to help the White Sox win games. This year, he's hopeful an improved offense will help even out his fortunes.


3/4/2015 | Awestruck A's marvel at Semien's hot start

Ike Davis wasn't the only one speechless following Marcus Semien's two-hit, three-RBI game Wednesday. The new A's shortstop, who went 3-for-3 with two home runs the day before, also walked Wednesday and already has seven RBIs in two games.


3/4/2015 | Quartet of Arizona hurlers twirl scoreless outings

The D-backs lost their shutout in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Rockies, but that didn't take away from a second straight impressive day turned in by the pitching staff. Two pitchers competing for rotation spots -- Rubby De La Rosa and Chase Anderson -- both pitched two scoreless innings.


3/4/2015 | Elbow healed, Sano returns to action

After missing roughly a year following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, prospect Miguel Sano made his return to game action against the University of Minnesota on Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.


3/4/2015 | Prospect Gray brings heat in scoreless Spring Training debut

Rockies top prospect Jon Gray threw scoreless third and fourth innings against the D-backs in the Cactus League opener. But the talk of the day was one pitch.


3/4/2015 | Banister credits Gallardo's work in first outing

Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs on six hits, with no walks and one strikeout in his first Cactus League outing. The reality is Gallardo pitched better than his linescore, according to manager Jeff Banister.


3/4/2015 | Cuban pitcher Iglesias 'erratic' in Reds debut

In his first-ever Spring Training game for the Reds, Raisel Iglesias wasn't entirely crisp and had far-from-perfect results during a 4-2 loss to the Indians. But Iglesias was also about two years removed since the last time he had anything resembling a pressure situation.


3/4/2015 | New Bucs battery makes most of first pairing

The Bucs plugged in a new battery on Wednesday. Gerrit Cole and his spring ERA both liked the connection. In the start against the Blue Jays, a 4-1 Pirates loss, Cole was paired in game conditions for the first time with Francisco Cervelli, and the two hit it off well.


3/4/2015 | Drew still learning nuances of playing second

Stephen Drew accepted the challenge of learning a new position on the fly last season, instantly becoming a second baseman in the Yankees' eyes when he dropped his bags in the clubhouse. He's hoping that a full spring will allow him to finish that transition.


3/4/2015 | Collegians savor their day at big league camp

Who knows where Joe Pavlovich's baseball career will take him from here, but the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee right-hander will always have Wednesday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park.


3/4/2015 | First game in pinstripes 'amazing feeling' for Didi

For all of the winter discussion about Didi Gregorius' upcoming challenge in taking over Derek Jeter's old position, the new Yankees shortstop says that he hasn't heard any comparisons from the fans during these first weeks of workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


3/4/2015 | Tanaka could make first start next week

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field and said that he is nearly ready to pitch in Grapefruit League games.


3/4/2015 | Kemp, Upton hit ground running in debuts

The Padres unveiled some of first-year general manager A.J. Preller's new acquisitions in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in 10 innings to the Mariners -- none more notable than outfielders Matt Kemp and Justin Upton.


3/4/2015 | Butler's illness gives Olson spring start vs. Giants

A's top prospect Matt Olson received a surprise start at designated hitter for a road matchup with the Giants on Wednesday, after Billy Butler was scratched because of a stomach ailment.


3/4/2015 | Wright's leadership harkens memories of LA's Gibson

David Wright taking Noah Syndergaard to task for leaving the dugout of a spring intrasquad game early brought back memories of NL MVP Kirk Gibson's intensity and professionalism with the Dodgers during the club's World Series run in 1988.


3/4/2015 | Sizemore's knee OK after getting plunked

Phillies left fielder Grady Sizemore left Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Yankees after getting hit on his right knee with a pitch in the fourth inning.




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