3/16/2014 | Vaughn keys Mets after Niese's early departure
In a matchup of Opening Day starters, Mets lefty Jon Niese exited with elbow discomfort, while Cardinals righty Adam Wainwright allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings in New York's 10-4 victory Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/16/2014 | Hochevar scheduled for Tommy John surgery
Pitcher Luke Hochevar said he'll have his Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The surgeon for the procedure to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow will be Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
3/16/2014 | Royals deal Minor Leaguer Laird to Nationals
Minor league infielder Brandon Laird was traded to the Nationals by the Royals for a player to be named or cash. Laird, 26, was a non-roster player in the Royals' Major League camp, but was reassigned to the Minor Leagues last Monday
3/16/2014 | Rangers focus on scouting and player development
The Rangers Minor League teams began playing exhibition games last Thursday. While most of the Spring Training focus is on the Major League team, the Rangers are professing a desire to re-emphasize scouting and player development.
3/16/2014 | Verlander dominates before Worth delivers late
The Nationals and Tigers found themselves in a pitchers' duel at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon. When it was over, the Tigers edged the Nationals, 2-1, in front of 6,836 fans. Danny Worth drove in the go-ahead run late after Justin Verlander allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings.
3/16/2014 | Cutch, Walker back Wilk's impressive start
Andrew McCutchen continued his excellent spring Sunday in a 5-0 victory over the Phillies at Bright House Field. The center fielder and Neil Walker both went 2-for-3 and combined for three RBIs in a game that saw five batters hit. Starter Adam Wilk fared well, fanning two in three scoreless frames.
3/16/2014 | Ellsbury scratched with right calf tightness
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup and will also sit out Monday due to tightness in his right calf. The Yankees called the decision "precautionary," and Ellsbury insisted he would have played through it during the regular season.
3/16/2014 | Freeman, Doumit exit with bruised fingers
A pair of bruised fingers forced Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and catcher Ryan Doumit to exit Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Yankees, but the club is hopeful that neither injury is serious.
3/16/2014 | Porter not close to naming a closer for Astros
With a little more than two weeks remaining before the start of the regular season, Astros manager Bo Porter said Sunday the team still isn't any closer to identifying a closer.
3/16/2014 | Janssen progressing back from sore shoulder
Right-hander Casey Janssen is nearing a return to the mound and appears on schedule to start the regular season with the Blue Jays. Toronto's closer was dealing with a sore shoulder earlier this spring and has yet to appear in a game.
3/16/2014 | Niese's sore elbow shakes up Mets camp
The Mets' rotation situation became a lot less clear on Sunday when projected Opening Day starter Jon Niese was pulled from his start against the Marlins with a tender elbow. The left-hander is set for an MRI in New York on Monday.
3/16/2014 | Walker 'really happy' with bullpen session
Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday in his second time on the mound since being shut down for a week with shoulder inflammation.
3/16/2014 | McCann relishes first reunion with Braves
Brian McCann hadn't really been thinking at all about what Sunday would be like. He didn't circle March 16 on his calendar. As of a few days ago, he figured he'd be in Panama with that half of the Yankees' roster. But at some point Saturday night, he realized he'd get to take part in a reunion Sunday and couldn't hide his excitement.
3/16/2014 | So far, Tanaka's transition has been seamless
Remember all the questions and concerns about how Masahiro Tanaka would handle the transition from Japan to America? About how he'd deal with all the pressure and attention, much less the Major League lineups? So far, the Yankees say, he's made all that look easy.
3/16/2014 | Tanaka strikes out six Braves in dazzling outing
Right-handers Masahiro Tanaka and Julio Teheran turned in strong starting pitching performances as expected, before a six-run fifth inning pushed the Yankees to a 7-4 win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
3/16/2014 | Mercer matriculating in School of Barmes
After two years of formulaic internship, Jordy Mercer has arrived at shortstop for the Pirates. In 2012, Mercer spent about four months with the Bucs and played 140 innings. In 2013, Mercer's presence grew to 103 games. Now, he's preparing to take on the role of everyday shortstop with the help of his predecessor, Clint Barmes.
3/16/2014 | Hamilton ready to make debut Monday
Josh Hamilton, who has been sidelined by a strained left calf, felt good running the bases for the first time on Saturday, and he plans to make his Cactus League debut on Monday.
3/16/2014 | Oviedo a long shot to be ready for regular season
While right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo finally arrived to camp on Saturday after resolving his lingering visa issues in the Dominican Republic, the Rays are proceeding cautiously until they have fully evaluated his physical condition.
3/16/2014 | No-no another example of Miami's pitching strength
Though Saturday's no-hitter certainly stands out, the Marlins' pitching staff has turned in a number of dominating performances this spring. In fact, Miami entered Sunday with a Major League-best 2.52 team ERA -- and that's without including the no-no, which does not count toward official Grapefruit League stats.
3/16/2014 | Furcal's status unclear pending doctor visit
On Sunday, one day after tightness in his left hamstring cut short his return, Rafael Furcal was set to meet with the doctor at the team's facilities in Jupiter, Fla., to determine the extent of his most recent setback.
3/16/2014 | Iglesias to open season on DL with shin issues
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will open the season on the 15-day disabled list, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Sunday morning. How long he'll miss, and the exact details of his shin condition, is still to be announced.
3/16/2014 | Hamels confident after Sunday 'pen session
Check back later this week, but Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels brimmed with confidence following Sunday's bullpen session at Bright House Field. He threw 27 pitches at about 70 percent as he recovers from a left shoulder issue that put him several weeks behind schedule.
3/16/2014 | Motte to throw second live BP session Monday
Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery last year and missed the entire season, will throw his second live batting practice to teammates on Monday.
3/16/2014 | Schmidt feeling grateful, energized, ready for Sundays
Mike Schmidt feels fantastic, lucky, re-energized and excited about the future. He suffered a major scare last August when he was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma, but recent scans have been clear of cancer. This year, he's thrilled to be joining the Phillies' broadcast booth for 13 Sunday games.
3/16/2014 | Escobar lifts Twins with go-ahead two-run single
Minnesota overcame a slow start Sunday and rallied to defeat the Marlins, 4-2, in a Grapefruit League game at Hammond Stadium. Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run single to give the Twins the lead in the seventh.
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