3/18/2014 | Harvey tuning out spate of Tommy John candidates
One after another, stories of multiple Tommy John surgeries have littered baseball's landscape. Recovering from his first -- and, he hopes, only -- such surgery, Matt Harvey is doing his best to tune it out.
3/18/2014 | Anibal's shoulder inflammation not major concern
Manager Brad Ausmus wasn't worried about the status of Anibal Sanchez on Tuesday, a day after the right-hander was scratched from a scheduled start because of inflammation in his right shoulder. Sanchez's schedule for the rest of this week, however, appears to be on hold.
3/18/2014 | Ausmus giving Davis more time to heal
After spending most of Spring Training getting his legs ready for the regular season, Rajai Davis is being slowed down for a few days, and he will sit until Friday to allow his sore right hamstring some time to heal.
3/18/2014 | Smyly carves up Blue Jays with cut fastball
While Drew Smyly has made steady progress all spring in bringing a changeup back to his repertoire, his cut fastball has been a work in progress. He didn't have it at all against the Marlins last week and struggled, but Smyly had faith he'd find it again like he has in two previous camps.
3/18/2014 | Morrow confident he'll be ready for season
After throwing in a Minor League intrasquad game on Tuesday, Brandon Morrow said there's no doubt in his mind that he'll be ready for the season.
3/18/2014 | Janssen has final tuneup before spring debut
Casey Janssen took the final step toward his Grapefruit League debut, tossing a round of batting practice on Tuesday. Working his way back from a sore shoulder, Janssen will take the next two days off, then if all goes well, pitch in a game on Friday.
3/18/2014 | Gibbons chalks up loss to Tigers as 'bad day'
John Gibbons wasn't in much of a talking mood following Tuesday's 18-4 loss to the Tigers. He held court with reporters afterward, as he always does, but the truth is, there simply wasn't much to be said. "All the way around, it was just a bad day in every phase of the game," he said.
3/18/2014 | Cubs preaching patience with loaded farm
The top three prospects on the Cubs' Top 20 Prospects list are in the first 20 slots of the overall Top 100, but none has played in the big leagues yet.
3/18/2014 | Sarah's Take: D-backs tested early by loss of ace
Before the Arizona Diamondbacks headed to Australia for Opening Day, they got the worst news that a baseball team can receive on the brink of the season starting: Their ace, Patrick Corbin, damaged his ulnar collateral ligament and will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews before he decides whether to have Tommy John surgery.
3/18/2014 | O's Spring Training battles coming down to wire
Opening Day is fast approaching, but there are still roster questions that need to be answered and plenty of spring competition.
3/18/2014 | Motte serious about striking out cancer
Tell Cardinals closer Jason Motte that he lost a season to Tommy John surgery, and he'll respond that he gained the time to do good. He may not have thrown a pitch, but he's proud to say he started an effort to help fight cancer.
3/18/2014 | Ellsbury remains on sidelines as Yanks host Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury was looking forward to getting reacquainted with some of his old Red Sox teammates on Tuesday, but as he guards a sore right calf, he was not able to have any of those conversations between the white lines.
3/18/2014 | Ballparks' homer figures can be revealing, deceiving
It's not necessarily how many home runs you hit. It's when you hit them -- and how you manage to keep the opposition in the park -- that can help shape a season.
3/18/2014 | Even before cuts, Syndergaard saw writing on wall
The Mets on Tuesday did the inevitable, optioning top prospect Noah Syndergaard to Minor League camp. Though Syndergaard dazzled at times in his first big league camp, money and service time concerns -- as well as the Mets' desire to give him seasoning at Triple-A Las Vegas -- made the decision a foregone conclusion from the opening days of spring.
3/18/2014 | Dodgers scope out Sydney Cricket Ground
The Dodgers couldn't wait to check out the storied Sydney Cricket Ground offered upon their arrival in Australia on Tuesday, and they found a pristine field with conditions that could favor the offense, despite expansive foul territory.
3/18/2014 | D-backs, Dodgers arrive in Sydney fired up
If the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers were a tad jet-lagged upon arriving in Australia on Tuesday morning, the feeling was washed away by the excitement of the upcoming Opening Series and a sun-splashed Sydney Cricket Ground that's more than ready for some serious hardball.
3/18/2014 | Sydney Cricket Ground welcomes America's pastime
When the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers showcase America's pastime in Sydney, Australia, during the Opening Series this weekend, they'll do so on a pristine ballfield that has been constructed at historic Sydney Cricket Ground that should make the locals proud.
3/18/2014 | Yost names Ventura as Royals' No. 3 starter
Royals manager Ned Yost said after Monday night's game that he's seen enough this spring from right-hander Yordano Ventura. Ventura has made the team, is in the rotation and will start in the third slot behind James Shields and Jason Vargas, Yost said in one fell swoop.
3/18/2014 | Red Sox-Yanks tilt highlights today's MLB.TV slate
A storied baseball rivalry begins its 2014 chapter Tuesday, as the Yankees and Red Sox clash in Tampa, Fla. The 1:05 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field -- which will stream live on MLB.TV -- is the first of two meetings between the American League East foes this spring. Tuesday's game pits Boston lefty Felix Doubront against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda.
3/17/2014 | Lincecum, Hamilton ready to return to form
Tim Lincecum vs. Josh Hamilton. Not many matchups have the visceral appeal of this one, whether it's late October or mid March. Personalities don't come much richer or deeper than these two charismatic characters. In front of a packed house, they were face to face, mano-a-mano, on Monday afternoon under the intense sun at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
3/17/2014 | Moreland leaves game with oblique injury
Mitch Moreland left Monday's game against the Royals in the third inning with tightness in his left oblique muscle. The condition is not expected to be serious, but it may keep Moreland out of the lineup on Tuesday. The Rangers are off on Wednesday.
3/17/2014 | Escobar still at least five days from playing in a game
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is still going through the necessary paces as he improves from a sore right shoulder that has kept him out of game action for most of the spring.
3/17/2014 | Lincecum learning to live without strikeouts
Tim Lincecum was in battle mode throughout his outing of 5 1/3 innings in which he allowed five earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out none. For the second time in four starts, Lincecum didn't strike out a batter, but that's part of his evolution as a pitcher.
3/17/2014 | Depth of A's organization to be tested again in 2014
The Oakland Athletics have had the kind of pitching depth over the last two seasons that allowed them to win consecutive division titles. Now, with injuries to Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, they will once again rely on others to step up.
3/17/2014 | Ibanez gets reacquainted with first in spring game
Angels designated hitter Raul Ibanez made his spring debut at first base Monday, a position he hasn't started a game at since 2005.
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