3/17/2014 | Rutledge's performance making Rox take notice
Josh Rutledge, 24, is having a great spring. Monday's 3-for-4 performance that included a double and a solo home run in a 9-7 victory over the Padres left his Cactus League batting average at .304.
3/17/2014 | Glavine's Hall orientation quite the experience
Before the morning would pass, Tom Glavine would be exposed to hundreds of prized pieces of the game -- the tiny, unpadded gloves players -- even catchers -- used long ago, a photo of the Mets' first owner, Joan Payson, the gallery plaque of Warren Spahn, his dad's favorite, and so many others. This was Glavine's Hall of Fame orientation, an introduction to the building that houses millions of memories and where, beginning in late July, his accomplished baseball career will live forever.
3/17/2014 | Tribe still views Santana as catcher by trade
Carlos Santana has impressed the Indians with his transition to third base, but the club has no plans of telling him to pack away his catching gear. Manager Terry Francona indicated on Monday morning that Santana is scheduled to start behind the plate on Wednesday.
3/17/2014 | Ventura, Royals shut down the Rangers
The Royals wore their bright green jerseys on Monday night in honor of St. Patrick's Day and then had a party at the expense of the Texas Rangers.
3/17/2014 | It's Darvish, Perez and unknown in Rangers rotation
There was a time this winter when the Rangers appeared to have a set five-man rotation. That was before Derek Holland tore the cartilage in his left knee and Matt Harrison developed back and neck stiffness from sleeping on a too-soft mattress at the beginning of Spring Training.
3/17/2014 | Baez eases over to second base
Cubs top prospect Javier Baez is expected to start the season at shortstop for Triple-A Iowa, but he started Monday at second base as the club evaluates his versatility.
3/17/2014 | Tepesch, Contreras out of running for rotation
Nick Tepesch and Jose Contreras are officially out of the Rangers' rotation competition. The Rangers announced on Monday that Tepesch has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Contreras, 42, who was in camp on a Minor League contract, was informed by the Rangers that he would not make the team.
3/17/2014 | A. Beltre hoping to return to lineup this week
Third baseman Adrian Beltre is hoping to return to the Rangers' lineup on Thursday. Beltre has been sidelined with a tight left quad muscle and was out of the lineup for the fourth straight day on Monday even though he continues to report improvement.
3/17/2014 | Using cut fastball, Paulino has best outing
Felipe Paulino added a cut fastball to his repertoire and tested it out on Monday afternoon against the Brewers. If early indications mean anything, it'll likely be a part of his future outings, as well.
3/17/2014 | Too many strikes may be behind Ross' tough outing
A year ago, in his first spring with the Padres, pitcher Tyson Ross struggled at times with getting his pitches in the strike zone. That certainly wasn't the case Monday -- for better or worse.
3/17/2014 | Yost says Maxwell will make the team
Royals manager Ned Yost said on Monday that outfielder Justin Maxwell is expected to make the team coming out of camp as a member of the 25-man roster that will open the season on March 31 in Detroit.
3/17/2014 | Jackson's four scoreless guides Cubs to spring win
Edwin Jackson fanned six over four scoreless innings as the Cubs downed the Angels, 4-2, on Monday in Cactus League action. Emilio Bonifacio, Ryan Roberts and Anthony Rizzo collected two-out RBIs in the third inning.
3/17/2014 | Savery subs for Kazmir, fans five in A's win over Cubs
Left-hander Joe Savery replaced an injured Scott Kazmir and struck out five over two innings as the A's picked up a 6-2 win over the Cubs on Monday in Phoenix. Nick Punto had two RBIs to lead the offense.
3/17/2014 | Calhoun hits walk-off homer in Hamilton's debut
Josh Hamilton went 1-for-3 in his Cactus League debut and Tim Lincecum gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Angels beat the Giants, 8-7, on Kole Calhoun's walk-off homer in the ninth at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday.
3/17/2014 | Phillies pick up vet backstop Hill from Nationals
The Phillies have acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Nationals in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. While unlikely to have much of an impact at the big league level, the 35-year-old Hill provides a boost to Philadelphia's Minor League depth at catcher after Lou Marson's release.
3/17/2014 | Medlen to undergo Tommy John surgery
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery for the second time in less than four years on Tuesday afternoon. While Brandon Beachy seems to still be staring at the likelihood of undergoing this procedure for the second time in less than two years, he will first travel to Los Angeles to get a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
3/17/2014 | Angels trim spring roster, send down seven players
On Monday morning, the Angels optioned seven players to Triple-A Salt Lake -- right-handed reliever Josh Wall, left-handed relievers Buddy Boshers and Clay Rapada, third baseman Luis Jimenez, shortstop Tommy Field, first baseman Efren Navarro and catcher John Hester -- and now a Spring Training roster that began with 67 players has been whittled to 42.
3/17/2014 | Lannan has rare rough start, could see time in 'pen
It was a self-described bad day at the office Monday for John Lannan. The Mets left-hander allowed five earned runs in his fourth Grapefruit League start, which was his worst this spring after allowing only one earned run in his previous three outings.
3/17/2014 | Masset's latest surgery yields positive news
Late last week, Nick Masset left camp so St. Louis vascular surgeon Dr. Robert Thompson could operate Friday on a staph infection at the site of the TOS surgery. Luckily for Masset, the infection had not spread to his rib cage as was originally feared.
3/17/2014 | Cuddyer not worried by low spring batting average
Maybe Rockies outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer is saving his good fortune for the regular season.
3/17/2014 | Umpire struck by liner in Indians-Reds game
In a scary incident during the Reds' 5-4 walk-off win over the Indians on Monday, third-base umpire Brad Myers was hit by a line drive and had to be taken off of the field on a medical cart.
3/17/2014 | Gentry cleared for activity; outfield mix uncertain
Nearly a month after sustaining a lower back strain, A's outfielder Craig Gentry was finally cleared for all baseball activity Monday morning. Still, the club is unsure whether it will have him for Opening Day in two weeks.
3/17/2014 | Sizemore has throwback day for Red Sox
Exactly two weeks shy of Opening Day, Grady Sizemore produced a throwback Monday afternoon, giving the Red Sox even more to think about as they contemplate who should break camp as their starting center fielder.
3/17/2014 | Davis removed from lineup with sore hamstring
Considering Rajai Davis swiped his fifth base of the spring Sunday, and his third in five games, his sore right hamstring doesn't seem to be limiting him. Still, it was enough of a concern on a wet Monday afternoon that he was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup.
3/17/2014 | Santana could make Braves debut this week
Ervin Santana could make his first Grapefruit League start for the Braves by the end of the week. Mike Minor might have to wait a little longer to make his season debut. But both of these hurlers still appear on track to join Atlanta's injury depleted starting rotation during the middle of April.
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