3/17/2014 | Pride and passion: Indians' bond unquestioned
The Indians know they have unfinished business -- that can be divulged from their spring T-shirts -- and with Nick Swisher fueling the positive vibes, the Tribe aims to improve on its Wild Card Game appearance from a season ago.
3/17/2014 | Hamilton feels, looks good in spring debut
Patience isn't necessarily an element of Josh Hamilton's game, so it should come as no surprise that his first game of 2014 saw him see all of five Tim Lincecum pitches in three at-bats. Hamilton went 1-for-3 as the designated hitter at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday, his first game back from a strained left calf.
3/17/2014 | Wieland has elbow soreness, undergoes MRI
Joe Wieland was trying to return after Tommy John surgery in 2012, which kept him out all of last season, but his road to recovery may have hit a snag.
3/17/2014 | Motte ramps up intensity in latest BP session
Reliever Jason Motte took another step Monday toward his long-anticipated return, successfully navigating his second live batting-practice session at the team facilities in Jupiter, Fla.
3/17/2014 | Stewart to seek second opinion; surgery likely
Chris Stewart will receive a second opinion on his injured right knee and is likely to undergo surgery later this week, the club announced on Monday.
3/17/2014 | Lee gets the nod to start Opening Day
Left-hander Cliff Lee will get the ball on Opening Day for the Phillies, manager Ryne Sandberg announced Monday. "It's definitely an honor to be the Opening Day starter," Lee said. "I look forward to it. I'm ready to go."
3/17/2014 | Anibal scratched with right shoulder inflammation
The shoulder issues that have bothered Anibal Sanchez off and on during his career flared up again Monday, albeit on what is believed to be a minor basis. The Tigers right-handed starter and reigning American League ERA champion was scratched from his scheduled start with right posterior shoulder inflammation.
3/17/2014 | Frieri searching for signature walk-up song
From Latin dance music to heavy metal to rap, Ernesto Frieri doesn't discriminate. The Halos' closer scrolls through songs, searching for the right one to have playing as he runs out of the bullpen in the ninth inning of a ballgame.
3/17/2014 | Red Sox, Cards make change a constant
If you're running a baseball team, the Red Sox and Cardinals might be good blueprints to follow. Both of them had terrific seasons in 2013. Both of them will be different in 2014.
3/17/2014 | Vargas brings veteran presence to rotation
Kansas City Royals coaches have been impressed by their newest lefty, Jason Vargas, and what he brings to the team on and off the field.
3/17/2014 | 'Sigh of relief' as Niese avoids elbow damage
Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese received positive news Monday when an MRI exam showed no severe damage to his left elbow.
3/17/2014 | Iglesias confirms stress fractures in both legs
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias confirmed reports Monday morning that he has been diagnosed with stress fractures in both of his legs. The diagnosis came late last week from a specialist Iglesias visited for an additional opinion.
3/17/2014 | Verlander to be Tigers' Opening Day starter
Max Scherzer might be the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, but the Tigers' rotation is still led by Justin Verlander. That was reaffirmed Monday, when manager Brad Ausmus announced that Verlander will get the ball to start on Opening Day for the seventh consecutive season.
3/17/2014 | Hurdle has complete faith in relief corps
Regardless of the uncertainty surrounding who will compose the bullpen, manager Clint Hurdle is confident that his relief corps will put together another strong season.
3/17/2014 | Boston has another wave of talent on the way
Top Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts is slated to become the starting big league shortstop this year, and he represents just the beginning of a wave of talent expected to soon arrive in Boston.
3/17/2014 | Giants flush with arms in Minor League system
Not long ago, the Giants built a pitching-rich system. After having homegrown position players really provide a boost in San Francisco, with Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford all graduating to the big leagues, the Giants' system is once again flush with arms.
3/17/2014 | Dodgers growing stellar crop of arms on farm
The Dodgers' scouting and development philosophy has been seemingly direct over the past several years: You can never have enough power arms.
3/17/2014 | Feldman to make Opening Day start for Astros
Astros manager Bo Porter made official Monday what everyone had suspected by announcing that veteran right-hander Scott Feldman will start on Opening Day for the Astros against the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.
3/17/2014 | Wave of elbow injuries a quandary for teams
Tommy John surgery, the double-edged scalpel of modern pitching, is obviously an operation no pitcher wants to have. Yet the revolutionary procedure -- invented by the late Dr. Frank Jobe, who passed away earlier this month -- has saved or at least kept alive the careers of hundreds of Major Leaguers since its namesake first had his elbow ligament replaced by a tendon.
3/16/2014 | Wary of being weary, Dodgers see the light
The Dodgers are worried about jet lag on their trip to Australia, so much that they were intrigued when contacted by Robert Soler, directory of lighting research at Lighting Science Group, which teamed with NASA to mitigate the effects of jet lag for astronauts on the International Space Station.
3/16/2014 | Hamilton makes spring debut vs. Lincecum
With two weeks remaining in Spring Training, Angels slugger Josh Hamilton is scheduled to make his highly-anticipated Cactus League debut on Monday afternoon.
3/16/2014 | D-backs announce roster for Australia trip
The D-backs headed Down Under on Sunday with 16 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and five outfielders. From that group, the D-backs will announce the 25-man roster for the Opening Series before the start of the first game of the regular season on Saturday.
3/16/2014 | Ultimate teammate: Uribe provides spark in LA
A leader on the field at third base and in the clubhouse with his endearing good humor, Juan Uribe had a major role in the Dodgers' magical drive last year. Armed with a new two-year contract in 2014, Uribe looks to continue thriving in Los Angeles -- and his teammates couldn't be happier for him.
3/16/2014 | Elias' confidence grows with first spring start
Roenis Elias seems to be suddenly forcing his name into the mix for a Mariners team with some rotation openings in the wake of injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker.
3/16/2014 | A's one of many clubs with pitching woes
The A's season-opening series against the Indians is just two weeks away, and their rotation depth has been challenged due to injuries. And Oakland isn't the only club being hit with key injuries.
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