3/22/2014 | Kazmir closes Cactus League run with confidence
Any lingering concern over Scott Kazmir disappeared Saturday, when the A's lefty returned to game action following a 10-day layoff and put together an encouraging performance.
3/22/2014 | Cespedes works on retooled swing in Minors game
Yoenis Cespedes wasn't in the A's lineup Saturday, but that didn't stop the struggling slugger from getting in a few in-game at-bats. He took his new-look swing over to the A's Minor League game, doubling and walking in four at-bats.
3/22/2014 | Reyes isn't concerned about tight hamstring
Jose Reyes left Saturday's 9-4 win over the Tigers after the third inning because of a tight left hamstring. Toronto's shortstop attempted to downplay the incident by saying it was precautionary and didn't think it was a big deal.
3/22/2014 | Peavy develops close bond with Dr. Romeo
Had Dr. Anthony Romeo not designed and executed a one-of-a-kind surgery to reattach Jake Peavy's latissimus dorsi muscle after it tore free during his 2010 season, Peavy would not have been on the mound for the Red Sox in the 2013 World Series.
3/22/2014 | Gomez lands the leadoff assignment
After talking and tinkering all spring, the Brewers have settled on center fielder Carlos Gomez as their new leadoff hitter. He's getting the nod over shortstop Jean Segura and second basemen Rickie Weeks and Scooter Gennett.
3/22/2014 | Roenicke still not worried about Segura
The Brewers may hold shortstop Jean Segura out of Cactus League games through Monday's off-day to allow his sore throwing shoulder time to heal, but he was well enough to take at-bats in a Minor League game Saturday.
3/22/2014 | Wood continues strong spring for Braves vs. Red Sox
Alex Wood extended the success he has had over the past month and Freddie Freeman put together a four-hit performance that helped the Braves claim a 6-3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Champion Stadium.
3/22/2014 | Baez lauded for progress, takes roster move in stride
Javier Baez reported on Saturday feeling much better after having to come out of Friday's game with a sore right heel, injured because of some bad cleats and a misstep at first. Then, the Cubs' top prospect got the news that he was being assigned to the Minor Leagues.
3/22/2014 | Hamilton hits first spring dinger; Trout, Tracy go deep
MIke Trout hit a two-run home run off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse in the first inning and Josh Hamilton hit a solo shot just inside the right-field foul pole in the fifth, but the Angels needed a four-run seventh inning against to cap a comeback Saturday vs. the Brewers.
3/22/2014 | Tanaka yields solid results in longest spring outing
Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs and fanned six over 5 2/3 innings on Saturday, as the Yankees beat the Twins, 5-4, in Grapefruit League play in Fort Myers, Fla.
3/22/2014 | A's benefit from deep outfield, elite defense
Coco Crisp believes the 2014 Oakland outfield is one of the best he's ever been a part of, and its defensive prowess should help support an ailing rotation.
3/22/2014 | Pridie pushes Rockies to walk-off win over Mariners
Jason Pridie's RBI double to center field in the bottom of the ninth gave the Rockies a 4-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 12,540 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
3/22/2014 | Indians make 'hard' decision to cut Francoeur
Jeff Francoeur walked over to a group of reporters on Saturday morning, smiled and extended a hand. The Indians had just informed the outfielder that he would not be on the Opening Day roster and he wanted to wish everyone in the clubhouse well.
3/22/2014 | Notes: Is it time to lower the mound again?
With an increasing number of serious arm injuries -- particularly those requiring Tommy John surgeries -- the suggestion has been made that Major League Baseball could consider lowering the pitcher's mound again.
3/22/2014 | Dietrich, LeBron have yet another thing in common
Derek Dietrich now has more than just Cleveland ties to LeBron James. The two share a common bond in both having protective face masks designed by the same person.
3/22/2014 | Baez, Parker among Cubs' roster cuts
The Cubs trimmed seven players from big league spring camp, including top prospect Javier Baez and pitcher Blake Parker.
3/22/2014 | Cubs still have options for fifth rotation spot
Travis Wood will start the Cubs' home opener on April 4, and the team is still trying to fill the fifth spot in the rotation. Carlos Villanueva, Chris Rusin and Tsuyoshi Wada are all being considered to start.
3/22/2014 | Pestano secures place in Indians' bullpen
Vinnie Pestano is not concerned about what his role will be within the bullpen this season for the Indians. On Saturday morning, the right-handed reliever was informed that he will be on the Opening Day roster.
3/22/2014 | Rays pick Odorizzi as fifth starter; Bedard opts out
The ongoing battle for the final spot in Tampa Bay's rotation came to an end Saturday, with manager Joe Maddon declaring Jake Odorizzi his team's fifth starter. Vet Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos were also in the running. Bedard was given the option to go to Triple-A, and Ramos will start the year in the 'pen.
3/22/2014 | Scheppers in Rangers' rotation; Soria to close
The Rangers announced Saturday that Tanner Scheppers will be in the rotation, Alexi Ogando is headed to the bullpen and Joakim Soria will be the closer.
3/22/2014 | Tanaka gains valuable experience vs. Twins
In his inaugural season in Major League Baseball, right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will experience a lot of 'firsts.' During Saturday afternoon's 5-4 win over the Twins, he worked into and out of jams for the first time this spring.
3/22/2014 | Yanks win their first replay challenge this spring
The Yankees won their first replay challenge of the spring during the third inning of Saturday's 5-4 win over the Twins. With Aaron Hicks on first and Pedro Florimon facing Masahiro Tanaka, Florimon struck out looking with Hicks breaking for second. The throw from catcher Francisco Cervelli to second baseman Dean Anna was in time, but it appeared Hicks evaded the tag.
3/22/2014 | Braves name Teheran Opening Day starter
Before Saturday's game against the Red Sox, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez officially announced Julio Teheran will start the club's March 31 season opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee. This will be the first Opening Day start for the 23-year-old right-hander.
3/22/2014 | Cobb dazzles with a dozen punchouts
Following impressive starts from Orioles newcomer Ubaldo Jimenez and Rays righty Alex Cobb, the Orioles-Rays game ended after 10 innings in a 3-3 standoff on Saturday at Charlotte Sports Park. Cobb dazzled with 12 strikeouts in seven innings.
3/22/2014 | Schumaker to DL with dislocated left shoulder
In what's become a recurring theme this spring, another Reds player is headed for the disabled list. The latest injury came when outfielder Skip Schumaker was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and could miss four weeks.
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