3/14/2014 | Beeler, Hatley assigned to Minors; Bryant, too
The Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa and assigned right-hander Marcus Hatley to the Minor League camp on Friday. The moves reduced Chicago's spring roster to 54 players.
3/14/2014 | Hamels speaks with soldier upon return from tour
Cole Hamels took part in a surprise FaceTime conversation with Sgt. Joey Andreacchio, a Phillies fan who recently returned to his home in Langhorne, Pa., after his latest tour in Afghanistan.
3/14/2014 | Right ankle to keep Wieters out vs. Yankees
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters' right ankle isn't coming along as quickly as the team had hoped and he won't play in Saturday's home game.
3/14/2014 | Indians option reliever Price to Triple-A
The Indians optioned right-hander Bryan Price to Triple-A Columbus on Friday morning, cutting their Cactus League roster to 52 players.
3/14/2014 | Chen sharp, Urrutia homers as O's, Twins tie
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen tossed four strong innings Friday afternoon in a 2-2 tie with a split squad of Twins. Chen, making his third Grapefruit League appearance, gave up one run on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Henry Urrutia belted his first homer of the spring, a solo shot in the fifth.
3/14/2014 | Prospects Graham, Hursh, Lipka among 16 cuts
Highly-regarded pitching prospect J.R. Graham and two former first-round selections -- right-handed pitcher Jason Hursh and outfielder Matt Lipka -- were among the players sent to Minor League camp when the Braves made their first round of cuts on Friday morning.
3/14/2014 | Samardzija will make second Opening Day start
Cubs manager Rick Renteria named Jeff Samardzija as the Opening Day starter Friday. The right-hander will face Pittsburgh in the opener for the second consecutive year.
3/14/2014 | Torii: Nats have 'something special' in Fister
Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter has nothing but respect for Nationals right-hander Doug Fister. The two were teammates in Detroit last year and, according to Hunter, not only was Fister a workhorse on the mound, he was a great listener.
3/14/2014 | Cardinals strike early to back dominant Wacha
Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong both produced two hits, and Michael Wacha authored a solid outing on the mound as the Cardinals took a 6-4 victory over the Astros on Friday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
3/14/2014 | Appel working back toward full strength
Astros pitcher Mark Appel, the club's No. 1 prospect in MLB.com's rankings, wants to be ready for the start of the season after an appendectomy delayed his spring preparations.
3/14/2014 | Cutch homers before Pirates' late comeback
Willy Garcia's two-run single in the eighth snapped a 4-4 tie as the Pirates downed the Phillies, 6-5, in spring baseball on Friday with a comeback fueled by Minor Leaguers and non-roster players.
3/14/2014 | McHugh enjoying path less traveled as ballplayer
A few days after Astros pitcher Collin McHugh reached the Major Leagues for the first time, he shared with the world how close he had come to never achieving that lifelong goal.
3/14/2014 | Beachy, like Medlen, may have second Tommy John
Two days after Kris Medlen confirmed that he is likely destined to undergo a second Tommy John surgery, Brandon Beachy indicated he is prepared to realize the same fate.
3/14/2014 | Royals cut three lefties from spring roster
Left-handed pitchers Everett Teaford, Justin Marks and Scott Alexander were cut from the Royals' roster at their Major League camp on Friday. Marks was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. Teaford and Alexander were assigned to the Minor League camp.
3/14/2014 | Black: 'We're excited about these players'
Manager Bud Black is heading into his eighth season with the Padres. He recently talked with MLB.com about his time in San Diego, the expectations for this team and much more.
3/14/2014 | How do Twins' prospects fit Minnesota's needs?
In the near future, few teams stand to gain the prospect impact like the Twins. Boasting two of the top-rated young players in the game in Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, Minnesota will soon be getting more than a facelift. It could be a complete makeover. And Buxton and Sano are just two among many.
3/14/2014 | Twins have talent on horizon in strong prospects
For the Twins' player-development system, 2013 was a banner year. Byron Buxton rose to the status of baseball's top prospect in his first full professional season, and several other players took steps forward as well.
3/14/2014 | New Sox Davidson, Eaton adjusting after trade
Adam Eaton and teammate Matt Davidson got their first taste of the business side of the game this offseason, moving from Arizona to Chicago in separate trades.
3/14/2014 | Iglesias exhausting options with painful shins
The seemingly day-to-day saga for Jose Iglesias and his ailing shins took another turn Friday, when the Tigers shortstop saw a chiropractor to try out a device for pain management. Iglesias also could see another specialist to try to address the tibial stress reactions -- similar to shin splints -- that have sidelined him over the past two weeks.
3/14/2014 | Legend Series in Panama takes Mo full circle
The Legend Series marks Major League Baseball's first visit to Panama since 1947. The two games between the Yankees and Marlins games will honor the legacy of all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera.
3/14/2014 | Mota recalls the greatness of Clemente
Manny Mota has spent 46 years in Dodgers blue, but it was during his six seasons with the Pirates that he became close friends with Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
3/14/2014 | Pirates option No. 1 prospect Polanco to Triple-A
The future was officially put on hold Friday morning, when the Pirates optioned outfielder Gregory Polanco to Indianapolis to get the additional Triple-A at-bats that could have him in Pittsburgh by midseason.
3/14/2014 | Gray has lessons to learn after bumpy outing
Not that anyone cheers for a prodigious talent to struggle, but it's inevitable and teams use it for teaching. Call Thursday a teachable moment for Rockies 2013 top Draft pick Jon Gray, a right-hander from Oklahoma.
3/14/2014 | Kazmir finds comfort with roster spot secure
A's pitcher Scott Kazmir said after his outing Wednesday that he doesn't put much stock in results this time of year, like so many others. But he felt very different a year ago.
3/14/2014 | Old mechanics help Vogelsong find form
On Thursday night in his start against the Rangers at Surprise Stadium, Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong once again went back to his old mechanics, and he delivered his best start of the spring, going five innings and giving up one run on four hits while striking out three and not walking a batter.
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