3/14/2014 | Johnson trying to prove utility off Indians bench
Elliot Johnson, the uber-versatile utility man, has spent his entire career playing for contenders, and hopes the Indians will be next.
3/14/2014 | Split squad of Twins pulls away to sink Yanks
Eric Farris hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Jason Kubel drove in a run on a groundout and Oswaldo Arcia added an infield RBI single in a four-run sixth as a split squad of Twins defeated the Yankees, 7-3, on Friday afternoon in Tampa, Fla. Brian Dozier hit a solo shot and Chris Colabello notched a pair of RBI singles for Minnesota.
3/14/2014 | Cumpton may have lead in race for rotation spot
The unofficial race for the fifth spot in the Pirates' starting rotation has an official leader. Brandon Cumpton stepped up Friday with a sharp four-inning outing -- the longest of the spring for a Pittsburgh arm -- in the 6-5 victory over Philadelphia.
3/14/2014 | Red Sox face daunting task of repeating as champs
Repeating is the daunting task facing the Boston Red Sox, who rose from the ashes of 2012 to send St. Louis reeling in last year's World Series.
3/14/2014 | Upton, eyeing return to form, visits with Rays 'family'
B.J. Upton, looking for a return to form in 2014, visited with his former teammates and manager when the Rays visited the Braves on Friday.
3/14/2014 | Hunter's four hits lead victorious outburst
Torii Hunter's 4-for-4 performance spearheaded a 22-hit onslaught of singles and doubles from the Tigers, who scored nine runs over the third and fourth innings en route to a 12-6 win over the Nationals on Friday at Joker Marchant Stadium.
3/14/2014 | Tale of two outings for Cosart vs. Cards
Jarred Cosart put his potential on display in Friday afternoon's start against the Cardinals at Osceola County Stadium, but he also showed plenty of room for improvement.
3/14/2014 | Wacha growing more confident with cutter
What began mostly as experimentation in 2013 just might turn out to be the latest weapon in Michael Wacha's growing arsenal of pitches.
3/14/2014 | Herrera, Holt in close competition for infield spot
Listening to Red Sox manager John Farrell talk about the competition for Boston's utility infield spot, it's pretty clear there's not much separation between the top two candidiates.
3/14/2014 | Parker, Griffin may not be ready for season
The A's pitching depth is about to be tested. Jarrod Parker will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday with soreness and tightness in his pitching forearm, and fellow right-hander A.J. Griffin had a MRI on his pitching elbow Friday and was evaluated by team doctor Douglas Freedberg
3/14/2014 | Buchholz continues strong spring vs. Blue Jays
Right-hander Clay Buchholz pitched four scoreless innings and Corey Brown hit an RBI double to lead the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
3/14/2014 | Even teammates are awed by McCutchen
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who won the 2013 NL MVP Award, has made the sensational seem routine while leading the Bucs back into the national spotlight.
3/14/2014 | Spring numbers belie Pujols' improved health
For those with a guaranteed starting spot on a Major League roster, Spring Training is all about getting the body ready for a season and very little about a line score. That is especially the case for first baseman Albert Pujols.
3/14/2014 | Improving Greinke could pitch in Minors game Monday
Zack Greinke threw a scheduled bullpen session on Friday morning, signaling continued improvement in his mild calf strain.
3/14/2014 | Matheny challenges Taveras to keep pushing
Upon notifying Oscar Taveras on Thursday that the Cardinals were sending him out to Minor League camp, manager Mike Matheny, speaking in his best Spanish, encouraged Taveras to have an urgency to continue his development.
3/14/2014 | Royals bullpen takes shape behind closer Holland
Aaron Crow, Tim Collins and Kelvin Herrera have passed the test and now what might be baseball's best bullpen is just about set for the season. The Royals' Opening Day roster doesn't have to be finalized for another 16 days but indications are that those three pitchers will join Wade Davis, Louis Coleman and closer Greg Holland in six of the seven relief spots.
3/14/2014 | Fields, Travis, Lennerton head six roster cuts
Daniel Fields, Devon Travis and Jordan Lennerton all made impressions on Tigers officials to help their case for eventually making it to the Major Leagues. None of them were going to make the Opening Day roster. Thus, they were among the second wave of roster cuts as the Tigers trimmed their ranks Friday.
3/14/2014 | Twins sign Perkins to extension through 2017
Twins closer Glen Perkins is staying put in his native Minnesota for the foreseeable future. Perkins, who was already signed to an extension through the 2015 season, restructured his deal and signed a new extension through the 2017 season on Friday.
3/14/2014 | Joseph optioned, but catcher optimistic about future
Tommy Joseph is one of the Phillies' top prospects, but he will have to wait to contribute in the Majors after the club made several moves to cut down the roster.
3/14/2014 | Bundy optioned to Double-A to continue rehab
The Orioles optioned Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie on Friday, a move that will allow the right-hander to continue his rehab back from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow.
3/14/2014 | Players test new batter's eye at The Trop
Due to the offseason construction to make Tropicana Field's center-field area more fan friendly, a new batter's eye has been installed. Several Rays players took time to go to Tropicana Field to check out the new hitting background on Friday.
3/14/2014 | Nolasco to make Twins debut in Opening Day start
It comes as no surprise, but Ricky Nolasco will be the Opening Day starter for the Twins on March 31 against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters in Tampa, Fla., on Friday.
3/14/2014 | Hale's outing gives Braves reason for confidence
David Hale tossed four strong innings and Joey Terdoslavich homered and posted three RBIs as the Braves completed a 6-1 win over the Rays on Friday afternoon at Champion Stadium.
3/14/2014 | Archer extends strong spring in start against Braves
Chris Archer gave up just one run in 4 2/3 innings, but the bullpen couldn't follow suit, as the Rays fell to the Braves, 6-1, at Champion Stadium on Friday.
3/14/2014 | Enjoy Dickey, knuckleball while you can
There are so many reasons folks need to enjoy R.A. Dickey while he lasts as a pitcher in the Major Leagues, but don't worry, he could be around a while.
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