3/14/2014 | Pollock taking advantage of opportunity with D-backs
A.J. Pollock has something to prove. The 26-year-old was selected by the D-backs in the first-round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. At the start of the 2013 season, he was ranked by MLB.com and Baseball America as the No. 6 prospect in Arizona's organization.
3/14/2014 | Hutchison making strong case for rotation
The Blue Jays have yet to make an official announcement, but it appears that right-hander Drew Hutchison is all but guaranteed a spot in their starting rotation.
3/14/2014 | Hill makes first appearance since death of son
Red Sox reliever Rich Hill made an emotional return to the mound Friday against the Blue Jays, throwing a perfect inning in his first appearance following the tragic death of his newborn son.
3/14/2014 | Opposite-field homer a good sign for Howard
Coming back from an injury is about more than just getting healthy again. It can be about correcting bad habits that were picked up while making allowances for being hurt, and Ryan Howard's home run to left on Friday shows that he is on the right track.
3/14/2014 | Montero one of four Mariners cut from big league camp
Former top catching prospect Jesus Montero, who is attempting to convert to first base this spring, was one of four Mariners players cut from their Major League camp on Friday as the club continued whittling down the contenders for its Opening Day roster.
3/14/2014 | Prado feeling comfort of second season with D-backs
As Martin Prado returns for his second season with Arizona, he's back to being in a comfort zone, and it's showing in his demeanor, his approach and perhaps even in his results in Spring Training games.
3/14/2014 | Two Padres homer behind stellar Stults
Eric Stults had his best start of the spring, and Nick Hundley and Jedd Gyorko each drilled home runs as the Padres defeated the Angels, 4-2, on Friday at the Peoria Sports Complex.
3/14/2014 | Pence slugs two homers to back Bumgarner
Hunter Pence homered twice Friday to propel the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 exhibition victory over the Colorado Rockies. Madison Bumgarner continued to tune up for his March 31 Opening Night start at Arizona, yielding two hits in five innings.
3/14/2014 | CarGo confident finger injury behind him
Even with the boredom that comes with being a star performing at a time when the numbers don't count, Rockies star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has allayed any fears that the right middle finger injury that marred last season will linger.
3/14/2014 | Davis, Duda get at-bats in Minor League games
Both candidates for the Mets' first-base job -- Ike Davis and Lucas Duda -- showed progress in their recoveries from injury by playing in Class A games at the Mets' Spring Training complex on Friday afternoon.
3/14/2014 | Menechino excited to be part of honoring Rivera
Traveling to Panama is more than a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Marlins hitting coach Frank Menechino. The trip also is a chance to see old friends, as well as take part in paying respect to Mariano Rivera.
3/14/2014 | For utility man Baker, Marlins were an ideal fit
When targeting potential free agents, Jeff Baker fit the profile the Marlins were seeking. Professional. Proven winner. Character. Good teammate. The fact the 32-year-old also is versatile, and provides some power from the right side, also weighed in his favor. Once mutual interest was established, it became a matter of hammering out a contract.
3/14/2014 | Wheeler focuses on building arm strength
Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler's first pitch clocked in at 94 mph on the radar gun, setting the tone for his third spring outing.
3/14/2014 | Wheeler sharp, bullpen also impresses as Mets fall
Power pitching dominated Friday night's Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia's second-inning home run lifted the Marlins to a 1-0 win over the Mets in the first night game of spring for both clubs. Tom Koehler tossed five shutout innings for Miami, while Zack Wheeler, allowed Saltalamacchia's homer but not much else in 4 2/3 innings of one-run work.
3/14/2014 | Black successfully challenges call vs. Angels
Bud Black sprung from the chair in front of the home dugout Friday to challenge a call on a close play at first base in the fifth inning -- and the Padres' manager was rewarded for doing so.
3/14/2014 | Coors Field could host hockey, football games
Rockies owner, chairman and CEO Dick Monfort said he has been talking with the National Hockey League and others involved for more than eight months, and it should result in Coors Field hosting an NHL Stadium Series game "within the next two years."
3/14/2014 | Nathan keeping pace with velocity pattern
Joe Nathan trusts every spring that the numbers are going to be there at the end. This year is no different. He's not talking about the stats; he could care less about those in Spring Training. He's talking about the velocity. He's no longer the overpowering fastballer he once was, but he has his range.
3/14/2014 | Happ feels better, but rotation spot not certain
J.A. Happ is one of the most mild-mannered athletes in the game, but when it comes to his time with the Blue Jays, there always seems to be an element of drama.
3/14/2014 | Fister feeling better after bullpen session
Right-hander Doug Fister, who hasn't pitched since March 2 because of right elbow inflammation, had a bullpen session Friday morning without any problems.
3/14/2014 | Hall of Famer Yount arrives at Crew's camp
Robin Yount arrived at Brewers camp on Friday, where he mostly will work alongside Garth Iorg with Brewers infielders, according to manager Ron Roenicke.
3/14/2014 | Hank to head to Milwaukee with Brewers
Hank needs a doggie sweater. The Cactus League's most famous canine is moving to a permanent home in Wisconsin.
3/14/2014 | Beckett aggravates ailing thumb, exits early
Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett left Friday's start against the Cubs after three innings with an aggravation of a right thumb contusion. Beckett sprained the thumb of his pitching hand nearly two weeks ago when it was slammed by a clubhouse door, and he has been trying to pitch through it.
3/14/2014 | Hale could provide stability to Braves' rotation
David Hale will not replace the value Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy were projected to provide before suffering what appears to be season-ending elbow injuries this week. But with his strong four-inning performance in Friday's win over the Rays, Hale gave the Braves more reason to believe he can provide some stability to their rotation.
3/14/2014 | Nady tries to take journeyman career full circle
Xavier Nady, 35, is in Padres camp as a non-roster invitee, trying to land a spot on manager Bud Black's bench as someone capable of playing first base and the corner outfield and who can hit, especially against left-handed pitching late in games.
3/14/2014 | Despite struggles, Teixeira happy with progress
Mark Teixeira has struggled this spring, but he feels like he's right on track after last year's wrist surgery.
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