3/6/2013 | Snider looks to wipe slate clean with Pirates
Promise and potential, especially when you streak to the big leagues at a very young age, can prove to be a very large burden for a young player. Some live up to it, others never measure up and some, truth be told, are crushed under the weight. The jury is still out over what path Travis Snider will take.
3/6/2013 | Halladay discusses throwing behind Moore
Roy Halladay finished a lengthy news conference last month at Bright House Field with the following comment: "I know Chase suggested drilling a few guys this year so I might mix that in." He seems to have taken that suggestion to heart.
3/6/2013 | Teixeira out eight to 10 weeks with wrist strain
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks with a strained tendon in his right wrist, the team announced on Wednesday.
3/6/2013 | Puerto Rico lacks depth of past Classics
Injuries to players such as Andres Torres, the retirement of perennial stalwarts and a decline in the number of Puerto Rican stars in the Major Leagues have made manager Edwin Rodriguez's job much more difficult this spring.
3/6/2013 | Prospects spark Angels' win over Team Italy
Manager Mike Scioscia and the Angels bid Team Italy a safe voyage Wednesday, when they played in one last exhibition game prior to World Baseball Classic pool play on Thursday. Scioscia, an Italian-American, had no conflict of interest in watching his team take a 12-6 win over Italy.
3/6/2013 | Liddi, Italy strike first, but fall in tuneup against Angels
Manager Mike Scioscia and the Angels bid Team Italy a safe voyage Wednesday, when they played in one last exhibition game prior to World Baseball Classic pool play on Thursday. Scioscia, an Italian-American, had no conflict of interest in watching his team run away with a 12-6 win over Italy.
3/6/2013 | Unproven arms could be key for Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has several recognizable position players, but the team's ability to compete against the world's best will likely come down to the performances of its unproven pitching staff.
3/6/2013 | King Felix retraces 2011 steps in spring prep
Felix Hernandez will make his Cactus League debut Thursday, and despite the appearance that the Mariners ace is pitching on a slower schedule, he is actually completely matching his pace from two years ago.
3/6/2013 | Sale has successful workout on White Sox off-day
With the rest of the White Sox having a scheduled off-day, lefty Chris Sale threw the equivalent of four innings and 65 pitches on Wednesday in what was termed by pitching coach Don Cooper as "a great day of work" for the 23-year-old.
3/6/2013 | Bradley drawing rave reviews in first camp
Watch the Red Sox take batting practice on any given morning during Spring Training and you will notice the usual clusters of players gathered in the outfield, making small talk and occasionally throwing their glove toward a lazy fly ball. Then there is Jackie Bradley, who is standing by himself in center field, playing a little game within the game.
3/6/2013 | Royals flush with wins, but what's in the cards?
How important is a nearly perfect record at this point in Spring Training? Check with the unbeaten 11-0-1 Royals and you get different views.
3/6/2013 | V-Mart tweaks back, leaves game as precaution
Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez had only one plate appearance in his return to game action Wednesday against the Blue Jays, but he said afterwards the move was a precaution due to minor back tightness that bothers him when he swings right-handed.
3/6/2013 | Collmenter carves own niche en route to D-backs
While Josh Collmenter was busy leading Homer High School to the only undefeated state championship in Michigan history, the future D-backs right-hander was unaware of the uniqueness of his delivery.
3/6/2013 | Kazmir developing command in comeback bid
Scott Kazmir took the mound on one of the Indians' practice diamonds on Wednesday morning. As he pitched against an assortment of Minor Leaguers, scouts seated behind the backstop raised their radar guns in an attempt to help quantify Kazmir's comeback.
3/6/2013 | Verlander goes four frames, Hunter homers in win
Justin Verlander delivered four innings of one-hit ball before Bryan Holaday's two-run double and Torii Hunter's first home run of the spring powered the Tigers over the Blue Jays, 4-1, on Wednesday.
3/6/2013 | Little things adding up for Towers
Through the first couple of weeks of Cactus League games, D-backs general manager Kevin Towers likes what he's seen from his club.
3/6/2013 | Williams misses being GM, but not toll it took on him
Ken Williams, who ceded the title of general manager of the White Sox to Rick Hahn in late October -- slipping into the role of executive vice president --- has a full-speed-ahead work mentality. He admits he misses the grind, but knows he's better off without it.
3/6/2013 | Whatever he does, Ryan will keep working
He may be older. He may be wiser. But Nolan Ryan still has the drive that made him a Hall of Fame pitcher and allowed him to twice step in and save the Texas franchise.
3/6/2013 | Expanded replay train is out of the station
As MLB officials determine what expansions will be made to its instant replay system, they should not rush into judgement on these changes.
3/6/2013 | Rangers press on despite Ryan's uncertainty
Despite speculation about Nolan Ryan's future with the organization, Rangers players remain focused on the field and the team's ultimate goals.
3/6/2013 | Wells works to earn spot in crowded new outfield
The Mariners brought in a haul of free agents in the offseason that includes outfielders Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay, which doesn't leave much room for someone such as Casper Wells. Wells isn't worrying about his situation though, and is committed to earning a spot in the outfield.
3/6/2013 | Brewers overpower homer-happy Mariners in win
The Brewers tallied 15 hits in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Mariners. Rickie Weeks went 3-for-3 in the game, and Hunter Morris, Khris Davis and Cole Garner all homered to support Mike Fiers, who went 3 1/3 innings and struck out three.
3/6/2013 | Leyland clarifies statement on Porcello
Jim Leyland maintained that Rick Porcello as a closer was not a "wild thought," but Wednesday he did call it "highly unlikely."
3/6/2013 | Greinke scratched from start due to flu
Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday vs.Mexico's World Baseball Classic squad because of the flu.
3/6/2013 | Ogando, Ross giving Rangers confidence in rotation
Rangers No. 4 starter Alexi Ogando broke out a devastating slider and an effective changeup in pitching three strong innings during a 3-2 victory over the Cubs at Surprise Stadium on Wednesday, while Robbie Ross continued to outpitch his competition for the No. 5 slot.
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