3/26/2014 | Tigers' Opening Day batting order still in flux
The Tigers break camp on Friday to head north. They open the regular season Monday afternoon against the Royals at Comerica Park. It might be Monday morning before manager Brad Ausmus' batting order is public.
3/26/2014 | Guerra a late addition to roster puzzle
The White Sox claimed right-handed reliever Javy Guerra off of waivers from the Dodgers on Wednesday, all but setting up their roster for the start of the 2014 season.
3/26/2014 | Shields shrugs off tough start in final tuneup
Wednesday's start inflated James Shields' final Cactus League ERA from 2.61 to 4.74, but he felt primed and ready for the Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon. But first there's a stop at Milwaukee for two more exhibition games against the Brewers.
3/26/2014 | Rays release right-hander Lowe
A day after telling Mark Lowe that he would not start the season on the Major League roster, the Rays released the veteran right-hander on Wednesday.
3/26/2014 | Spring performances 'encouraging' for Verlander
Justin Verlander went into Spring Training with the goal of being ready for Opening Day. Then he said he's going into his seventh consecutive Opening Day start with a goal of showing his 2013 struggles were a fluke.
3/26/2014 | Price allows three runs in final spring start
David Price had an abbreviated stint on Wednesday in advance of his Opening Day start Monday, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five in four innings of work against the Orioles.
3/26/2014 | Reimold to open season on disabled list
Nolan Reimold was a scratch from Wednesday night's starting lineup against the Rays and will open the season on the disabled list, still unable to play the outfield as he rehabs from his second neck surgery in two seasons.
3/26/2014 | Abreu will not make Phillies' Opening Day roster
Bobby Abreu will not be on the Phillies Opening Day roster, the club announced on Wednesday. Abreu showed value as a hitter, but his ability to play right field was a question mark throughout Spring Training.
3/26/2014 | Trumbo leads homer parade as D-backs top Cubs
Jeff Samardzija and Brandon McCarthy each pitched well in their final Spring Training tuneups Wednesday, but it was the D-backs' power display that stole the show before a sold-out Salt River Fields crowd of 12,755 fans as Arizona launched six home runs en route to a 14-4 victory over the Cubs.
3/26/2014 | Lester optimistic about contract talks
Red Sox ace Jon Lester is pleased with the state of his contract negotiations with the club.
3/26/2014 | Masterson stifles Crew in last spring tuneup
With Cleveland's 10-3 Cactus League victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon in the books, Justin Masterson can turn his attention to Opening Day.
3/26/2014 | Ellsbury plays field in Minor League contest
Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury played in his second Minor League game in as many days on Wednesday, playing five innings in center field and reporting no issues.
3/26/2014 | Goldschmidt to finance three college scholarships
Inspired by his time attending the school, recent graduate and D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt announced Wednesday he will finance and help grant three full tuition scholarships for fans to the University of Phoenix.
3/26/2014 | Wainwright cruises through final spring start
Adam Wainwright will next take the mound on Monday in front of a sellout crowd at Great American Ball Park. Before he could make his third Opening Day start, however, he had to get through his final one in Florida.
3/26/2014 | Lee optimistic about Phillies' chances this season
Cliff Lee has high expectations for the Phillies this season, even if that sentiment is not shared across baseball. The Phillies are not favored to win the National League East, and few are predicting this club will be playing in October. But Lee, who will start Opening Day against the Rangers, understands expectations don't decide wins and losses.
3/26/2014 | Mets' Black disappointed, but understands demotion
Over the past four weeks, Mets reliever Vic Black went from roster lock to roster casualty. The Mets on Wednesday optioned Black to Minor League camp after the right-hander struggled with his command all spring.
3/26/2014 | Valverde earns key role in Mets' bullpen
When the Mets signed Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth to Minor League contracts over the winter, the hope was that at least one of them would be able to provide veteran insurance for closer Bobby Parnell, who was coming off injury. Valverde earned the job.
3/26/2014 | Grossman slotted in as Astros' No. 2 hitter
The one certainty manager Bo Porter had entering Spring Training has changed, thanks to Robbie Grossman. Porter, who proclaimed in the winter that Dexter Fowler would hit leadoff, Jose Altuve would bat second and Jason Castro would hit third, said Wednesday that Grossman has played his way into the No. 2 spot in the order behind Fowler.
3/26/2014 | Astros waiting to see options before setting roster
The Astros had yet to set their 25-man roster by Wednesday afternoon. General manager Jeff Luhnow said earlier in the week he would like to have the roster set by the time the Astros head to San Antonio on Thursday for a pair of exhibitions against the Rangers.
3/26/2014 | Astros to have unique end-of-spring schedule
The Astros will work out Thursday morning in Kissimmee, Fla., before flying to San Antonio for a pair of exhibition games against the Rangers, to be played Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Manager Bo Porter and most of the starting players will return to Houston on Saturday for exhibition games against Veracruz of the Mexican League on Saturday and Sunday.
3/26/2014 | Palm Beach remains Astros' priority spring locale
Don Miers, the sports facility manager for Osceola County Stadium, said Wednesday the county would be open to making improvements to keep the Astros from moving their Spring Training operations to another location when their lease expires in 2016. The Astros reiterated that their preference is to move to a new home in Palm Beach County.
3/26/2014 | Gee preps for opener with no-hit stuff before Mets fall
Mets right-hander Dillon Gee pitched six innings of no-hit ball, walking just one batter while striking out seven before the Astros came to life in the seventh inning of a 9-6 Houston win over the Mets on Wednesday night at Osceola County Stadium.
3/26/2014 | Feldman tunes up before Astros rally past Mets
The Astros came to life in the seventh inning of a 9-6 Houston win over the Mets on Wednesday night at Osceola County Stadium. Scott Feldman tossed 5 2/3 innings in his final spring start before Opening Day.
3/26/2014 | Gonzalez ready for season after final spring start
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez made his final start of Spring Training during the split-squad Orioles' 5-4 win against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
3/26/2014 | Salvy says he's fine after taking pitch to head
Royals catcher Salvador Perez was taken out of Wednesday's game against the Padres after being struck in the head by a pitch, but afterward said he was all right. Head athletic trainer Nick Kenney reported that it was a "non-concussive impact" and that no tests were planned for Perez.
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