3/17/2014 | One bad pitch the difference for Miller
Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller turned in his longest outing of the spring in Monday's 10-5 loss to the Red Sox, yet once again, there was one particular pitch still on his mind afterward.
3/17/2014 | Worthy competitors: Franklin, Miller battling to the end
When Spring Training opened five weeks ago, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said he had no preconceived notions on the shortstop competition between Nick Franklin and Brad Miller and would let the two battle things out on the field. Now, with just two weeks until Opening Day, the new skipper is still evaluating.
3/17/2014 | Shoulder rehab complete, Flowers to start at catcher
Catcher Tyler Flowers said it was "great to hear" that he's expected to be named the White Sox starting catcher two weeks in advance of Opening Day, admitting that his offseason regimen to return from shoulder surgery often left him wondering if he'd even be ready to take on the role.
3/17/2014 | Boyer day to day after getting hit with liner Sunday
As a non-roster invitee to big league camp, pitcher Blaine Boyer knows the importance of making the most of each outing he makes this spring.
3/17/2014 | Dickerson could head to DL with left ankle sprain
Outfielder Alex Dickerson could head to the DL because of a sprained left ankle that he sustained in a warm-up drill on Saturday
3/17/2014 | Kazmir misses start with 'very minor' stiffness
A's left-hander Scott Kazmir was scratched from his Cactus League start on Monday with left triceps stiffness, but he is expected to return to the mound in a couple of days.
3/17/2014 | Durability remains the last great hurdle for Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki has plenty of plaques on the wall and trophies for the mantle of a fireplace. He's been an All-Star, won Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger awards. He was even given 10 years of contract security three years ago. And he's done it before turning 30.
3/17/2014 | Castro planning to be ready for Opening Day
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined since March 2 with a strained right hamstring, is continuing to make progress and feels he has enough time to prepare for Opening Day.
3/17/2014 | Verlander over Scherzer not unprecedented pick
On Monday, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus announced that Justin Verlander -- not Max Scherzer -- would start the regular-season opener for the Tigers on March 31 at Comerica Park. Scherzer isn't the first reigning Cy Young Award winner not to receive the Opening Day nod the season after being the league's best pitcher.
3/17/2014 | A's Parker to undergo Tommy John surgery
Right-hander Jarrod Parker, who was the favorite to be the A's Opening Day starter entering Spring Training, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season, the club announced Monday.
3/17/2014 | K-Rod still finding cactus needles in foot
Francisco Rodriguez has looked sharp in his two appearances this spring, which is fitting since his foot is still full of spines from a cactus.
3/17/2014 | Scutaro notches hit in first Cactus League at-bat
After spending the entire spring watching his teammates prepare for the season in Cactus League games while he dealt with an ailing back, Marco Scutaro finally joined them between the lines Monday. It didn't take Scutaro long to acclimate to game conditions, delivering a double on his first swing, eventually scoring the Giants' first run in the opening inning of their game against the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
3/17/2014 | Orioles tab Tillman to start Opening Day
Chris Tillman has been an All-Star, and now he'll get a chance to start on Opening Day. The Orioles announced Monday that Tillman will start on March 31 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards against the defending World Series champion Red Sox.
3/17/2014 | Detwiler to bullpen as fifth-starter race narrows
Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Monday that left-hander Ross Detwiler will start the season in the bullpen, meaning right-handers Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan and Chris Young will battle for the fifth spot in the rotation.
3/17/2014 | Uggla homers, drives in three runs vs. Astros
Dan Uggla hit his third home run of Spring Training in the second inning Monday afternoon and added a two-run triple an inning later to lead the Braves to a 4-0 rain-shortened win over the Astros in five innings at Osceola County Stadium.
3/17/2014 | Who's on first? Brewers nearing decision
Two weeks remain before Opening Day at Miller Park, but the Brewers' first base race is already entering the home stretch.
3/17/2014 | Lohse allows five runs in loss to White Sox
Matt Davidson's two-run double highlighted a four-run fourth inning, and Josh Richmond homered in a four-run seventh as the White Sox thumped the Brewers, 9-0, at Maryvale Baseball Park on Monday.
3/17/2014 | First-rounders Heaney, Moran among Marlins' cuts
Andrew Heaney and Colin Moran, the Marlins' first-round picks in each of the last two Drafts, got a taste of big league camp over the past month. Now, they both head to the Minor Leagues with a better understanding of what it takes to reach the next level.
3/17/2014 | Bourn aiming to be healthy for Opening Day
Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was hoping for some good news on Monday morning. After having his sore left hamstring examined, Bourn sounded optimistic about his chances of being recovered and ready in time for Opening Day.
3/17/2014 | Pridie, Rutledge lead Rockies' big day on offense
Jason Pridie reached base four times on Monday and the Rockies had five doubles in the fourth inning en route to a 9-7 victory over the Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.
3/17/2014 | Rays' enviable rotation fueled by competition
Everybody knows David Price will be the Rays' No. 1 starter, but while educated guesses can be made about how the rotation will shake out, nothing has officially been said about the order. One thing is for certain, according to Price: The group that follows him will be "pretty darn good, whoever they are."
3/17/2014 | Tigers-Nationals matchup rained out
The jerseys and hats were green for the Tigers on St. Patrick's Day. The weather was overwhelmingly gray -- and wet, washing out Monday's scheduled Grapefruit League game between the Tigers and Nationals at Joker Marchant Stadium.
3/17/2014 | Among cuts, Hagadone to work on consistency
Indians manager Terry Francona believes that left-hander Nick Hagadone can still be a big part of the bullpen. Hagadone will just have to wait a little longer for his next opportunity in the big leagues. On Monday, Hagadone was part of a handful of roster reductions in Cleveland's camp, removing the lefty from the bullpen competition.
3/17/2014 | Rain cancels Monday's Orioles-Phillies tilt
Monday's game between the Orioles and Phillies at Bright House Field was cancelled due to rain.
3/17/2014 | Pedroia, Napoli lead charge as Sox down Cards
Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli both hit towering homers over the Green Monster on Monday afternoon, pacing the Red Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Cardinals in the second meeting this spring between last year's pennant winners.
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