3/15/2014 | Key to Cubs' future success lies within Minors
Getting things turned around on the North Side of Chicago is a lot more challenging than lifting curses and removing jinxes. And it is not easy. It takes commitment to a plan, and most of all it takes patience.
3/14/2014 | Donaldson won't rest on breakout 2013 season
Josh Donaldson was a revelation in 2013. His advanced offensive numbers were second at his particular position only to some guy named Miguel Cabrera. Between that performance at the plate and his defense and baserunning skills, he was an indispensable piece on an American League West-winning A's club known for mixing and matching in the lineup.
3/14/2014 | Kershaw, Sale lead star-studded spring slate
This weekend brings another dose of Spring Training excitement in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, especially on Saturday with 19 games on tap. Fans will be able to see 10 of those games on MLB.TV.
3/14/2014 | Butler turns in another solid outing
This spring, Eddie Butler has a 3.86 ERA in three appearances totaling six innings. Butler and 2013 first-round pick Jon Gray have signaled that they are not far from the Majors.
3/14/2014 | Cueto tosses five solid innings in front of record crowd
The Reds scored two runs in the second inning and held on for a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Friday night before a club-record crowd of 8,015 at Goodyear Ballpark.
3/14/2014 | Latos pleased with first live session of camp
Three Reds pitchers are moving ever so close to seeing game action. Mat Latos, who could be the closest to returning, was satisfied with his first work against batters Friday.
3/14/2014 | Price not fond of using situational relievers
Reds skipper Bryan Price -- a former pitcher and pitching coach -- said he doesn't like the managerial tactic of bringing in a reliever to face one batter. He stopped short of saying he would never match up in certain situations, but added that he does not want to overwork his bullpen.
3/14/2014 | Duffy finds inconsistency in quest for fifth-starter spot
Left-hander Danny Duffy didn't score many points on Friday in his quest to win the Royals' fifth and final rotation job.
3/14/2014 | Veteran Baker fits right in with young Mariners
Scott Baker says he likes what he has seen this spring from his new Mariners organization, as he goes about trying to land a job for 2014.
3/14/2014 | Several candidates for few spots in Dodgers' bullpen
Friday's Dodgers game turned into a parade of relievers on the bubble. Paco Rodriguez, Javy Guerra, Jamey Wright, Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez each pitched an inning against the Cubs, but the math probably won't allow all of them to make the Opening Day roster in Australia next week.
3/14/2014 | Norris' strong spring continues with three-run homer
Catcher Derek Norris' three-run homer gave Oakland an early lead but the Royals rallied and the teams settled for a 9-9 Cactus League tie on Friday at Surprise Stadium.
3/14/2014 | Abreu fighting ankle soreness
Jose Abreu had both angles wrapped for Friday's 2-2 tie with the Indians at Camelback Ranch and has battled some ankle soreness, according to White Sox manager Robin Ventura.
3/14/2014 | Tepesch, Lewis progressing in rotation race
Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis, who contending for the final two spots in the Rangers rotation, are scheduled to pitch Saturday against the A's.
3/14/2014 | Pitching improvements could be main key for Brewers
With improved starting pitching, the Brewers could once again be legitimate contenders, even in the highly competitive National League Central. Without improved pitching, fourth place would beckon once again.
3/14/2014 | Injured pitchers still sidelined, but making progress
Reliever Stephen Pryor and starters Taijuan Walker and Hisashi Iwakuma are all making progress in returning from injuries.
3/14/2014 | SABR speakers break down the art of the deal
Despite all the negotiations and gesticulations of the free-agent marketplace, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told an audience on Friday morning during the third annual SABR Analytical Conference that All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano might have been won over because of a birthday cake for his agent.
3/14/2014 | Feliz focused on reclaiming closer's role, not velocity
Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz has posted four consecutive scoreless outings, a sign that he is making progress at Spring Training. With a rotation experiment behind him, he now is solely focused on reclaiming the closer's role.
3/14/2014 | Confident Johansen dedicated to joining Nats
Despite what his numbers said while he was in college, Nationals right-hander Jake Johansen is confident in his abilities. As long as he does the little things right, Johansen believes he will be in the Nationals' rotation someday. Furthermore, Johansen has not ruled out becoming a closer in the future.
3/14/2014 | Amid mixed results, Skaggs looks past pitching line
Tyler Skaggs has not necessarily been lights out with the Angels this spring, but he has been good, probably even a little better than the numbers would suggest.
3/14/2014 | Cordier brings heat to Giants' bullpen battle
Erik Cordier's scale of speeds typically ranges from hard to harder to hardest. The Giants regarded the 28-year-old right-hander so highly that they signed him to a Major League contract last November, though he has spent his entire 10-year professional career in the Minors.
3/14/2014 | Struggling Puig shows frustrations after hitless game
After his fourth hitless at-bat against the Cubs on Friday, Yasiel Puig shattered his bat against the dugout railing. Puig is hitting .152 this spring, compared to .517 last spring. On Thursday, he went 4-for-10 batting every inning in a Minor League intrasquad game, but the success didn't carry over.
3/14/2014 | View from Studio 3: Gyorko ready to break out
He finished his rookie season in 2013 with more home runs that Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips and Dan Uggla. He had more doubles than Chase Utley, Neil Walker and Howie Kendrick. And he posted a higher slugging percentage than Dustin Pedroia, Ben Zobrist and Jose Altuve. Meet Jedd Gyorko -- the best offensive second baseman who doesn't get nearly enough attention outside of San Diego.
3/14/2014 | Attanasio open to giving Braun second chance
Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said on Friday morning that his stance on slugger Ryan Braun is to forgive, but not forget.
3/14/2014 | Easing into camp has worked for Buchholz
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz put together another impressive Grapefruit League outing Friday afternoon against the Blue Jays, retiring 11 straight batters to finish off four efficient, scoreless innings in Boston's 3-1 win at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
3/14/2014 | Tomlin loses steam in fifth; Tribe rallies for tie
Right-hander Josh Tomlin cruised through four scoreless frames before giving up back-to-back home runs with two outs in the fifth inning of the Indians' 2-2 tie with the White Sox on Friday in Glendale, Ariz.
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