3/16/2014 | Morneau looks to simplify approach vs. lefties
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is aware of his struggles against left-handed pitching in recent years, but he has to be careful not to become too aware.
3/16/2014 | Opening statement? Verlander makes his case
Manager Brad Ausmus hasn't announced his Opening Day starter, and he wasn't inclined to take Justin Verlander's hint and do so Sunday. The current pitching schedule puts Verlander on track to be on regular rest for March 31, while Max Scherzer could start that day with an extra day's rest.
3/16/2014 | Rejuvenated Wood making case for Cleveland 'pen
It's hardly uncommon for a pitcher to shed a good deal of weight and enter Spring Training stronger. Or to be coming back from a major surgery. Or to make tweaks in his delivery. But all of the above? If you're Blake Wood, yes.
3/16/2014 | Punto supports Strike Out Cancer initiative
New A's infielder Nick Punto, inspired by a charitable cause near his home in Orange County, is serving as something of an unofficial team ambassador for the Strike Out Cancer initiative launched by Cardinals reliever and former teammate Jason Motte.
3/16/2014 | Five batters hit by pitches in Sunday's game
The Phillies and Pirates have played three Grapefruit League games this spring, and the Phillies have been hit by pitches seven times, while the Pirates have been hit five times. It made for a relatively interesting few minutes in the Phillies' 5-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday at Bright House Field.
3/16/2014 | Gwynn's defense, versatility may help him onto roster
The Phillies need to finalize their bench before Opening Day on March 31, and Tony Gwynn Jr. is making a case to be one of the team's extra outfielders. He has particularly impressed Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg with his defense, which is something the Phillies could use.
3/16/2014 | Bourn departs early with tight hamstring
Indians outfielder Michael Bourn left Sunday's game against the Giants in the middle of the second inning with left hamstring tightness and will be re-evaluated Monday.
3/16/2014 | Henderson makes time to practice changeup
Brewers closer Jim Henderson is adding a changeup to his arsenal. But don't expect it see him use it often -- at least not right away.
3/16/2014 | Leadoff choice will shape other lineup decisions
Jean Segura and Rickie Weeks are the Brewers' leading candidates to lead off the lineup, and there will be a domino effect depending on who does.
3/16/2014 | Roenicke sends Blazek to regroup at Triple-A
The Brewers on Sunday optioned right-handed reliever Michael Blazek to Triple-A Nashville. Blazek had a 10.80 ERA and eight walks to three strikeouts in five innings this spring.
3/16/2014 | Bradley shows improved approach against Price
Even on a day David Price had dominant stuff, Jackie Bradley Jr. was still able to take a strong cut against the ace lefty and hammer a double into the gap in left-center.
3/16/2014 | A's send prospect Russell to Minor League camp
The A's were hoping to show off their top prospect in a big league park during the annual Bay Bridge series next week. Instead, an injured Addison Russell was sent down to Minor League camp on Sunday.
3/16/2014 | CC spins five hitless innings vs. Marlins
The cheers flowed easily once more for Mariano Rivera, but the best performance of the afternoon belonged to CC Sabathia, who hurled five hitless innings in the Yankees' 7-0 victory over the Marlins on Sunday at Rod Carew Stadium.
3/16/2014 | Kemp's spring routine returning to normal
Matt Kemp, who has been taking a cautious approach in his return from offseason ankle surgery, will stay in Arizona to continue Spring Training at Minor League camp.
3/16/2014 | Bonds' week as coach 'a lot of fun'
Barry Bonds' one-week stint as special Giants hitting coach ended on a positive note, and he's available to continue at the largess of manager Bruce Bochy.
3/16/2014 | Locke healthy, but won't be ready for start of season
Jeff Locke has pronounced himself back, running on all cylinders. He also realizes he is likely running out of time to be a part of the Pirates' season-opening rotation.
3/16/2014 | Injury puts Miley in position to start opener
Wade Miley will throw the first pitch of the regular season when he takes the ball in place of Patrick Corbin for the first game of the Opening Series in Sydney, Australia.
3/16/2014 | Rose Jr. putting father's lessons to work in dugout
Managing baseball never will be about Xs and Os for Pete Rose Jr. He considers himself to be in the people business, and the 44-year-old is beginning his fourth season as part of the White Sox system. His philosophy won't change, even if he someday follows in the footsteps of his legendary father and manages in the big leagues.
3/16/2014 | Wada remains in the mix for rotation spot
Tsuyoshi Wada, who gave up four runs on five hits and two walks over two innings on Saturday against the Mets, will continue to start for the Cubs as the team works on completing the rotation in the last two weeks of Spring Training.
3/16/2014 | Opening Day 'just another game' for Nolasco
To Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco, pitching on Opening Day will be just another start. Not that he's taking the recently assigned honor lightly; that's just how Nolasco approaches the game.
3/16/2014 | Top prospect Baez getting work at second base
Cubs top prospect Javier Baez, who is set to open the season as Triple-A Iowa's starting shortstop, will get some exposure to second base with Chicago as Spring Training wraps up.
3/16/2014 | Hundley, Padres catchers working on framing
If there's been one constant to Nick Hundley's spring, it's his morning video sessions with Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch and their discussions about catching mechanics, including pitch framing.
3/16/2014 | De La Rosa's perseverance, belief finally pay off
Reliever Dane De La Rosa was once released by a last-place independent league team, then failed at a telemarketing job, but he's found a home, and success, with the Angels.
3/16/2014 | Rivera impressing with strong bat this spring
The Padres feel strongly about Rene Rivera's ability to call a big league game from behind the plate, how he handles a pitching staff and the other components that go into catching. They're starting to feel better about his bat, too.
3/16/2014 | Christiani might get opportunity to impact Reds
Things might be finally aligning in Nick Christiani's favor this spring. Not only has he made a good showing in camp, but spots have also opened in the Reds' bullpen because of injuries.
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