3/14/2014 | A's ride big fourth inning, win first challenge
Coco Crisp had two hits and a stolen base, Jed Lowrie had a bases-clearing double as part of a four-run fourth inning, and the A's beat the Rockies, 10-5, Thursday night at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
3/14/2014 | Adames thrilled by opportunity to back up Tulo
Being a young player behind a star is part of the Spring Training life. Rockies middle infield prospect Cristhian Adames was grateful he had a chance to learn from one of the best at big league camp.
3/14/2014 | Postseason phenom Wacha to deal for Cardinals
Michael Wacha opposes Jarred Cosart when the Cardinals meet the Astros at 1:10 p.m. ET in Kissimmee, Fla., today as one of seven games available on MLB.TV.
3/13/2014 | Melvin successful in introduction to replay system
A's manager Bob Melvin won his first challenge under the expanded replay rules. The overturned call erased a double play against the A's in the second inning Thursday night.
3/13/2014 | First-round talent on display in Tallahassee
From a scout's perspective, games don't get much better than North Carolina State vs. Florida State on Friday night. The Wolfpack boast the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft -- left-hander Carlos Rodon -- and likely the first college position player who will be selected -- shortstop Trea Turner.
3/13/2014 | Choo homers as Perez fights pitch count vs. Giants
Rangers starter Martin Perez allowed just one run in three innings but threw 63 pitches, and Shin-Soo Choo clubbed his first homer in a Rangers uniform as Texas tied the Giants, 4-4, on Thursday night at Surprise Stadium.
3/13/2014 | Beltre departs game early with tight quad
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Thursday's game against the Giants with tightness in his left quad muscle. Beltre left in the top of the fifth inning after two at-bats during the first night game for the Rangers this spring.
3/13/2014 | Giants not concerned about Pagan's back
Outfielder Angel Pagan wasn't in the lineup Thursday because of a lower back strain, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that it wasn't a big deal and might only keep Pagan out of action for a few days. Pagan had some upper back issues earlier in the spring.
3/13/2014 | 'Magician' McDonald never satisfied with defense
Defense defines Angels infielder John McDonald. It is his identity, what makes him unique, what has allowed him to survive for 15 seasons in a cruel profession. And therefore he never disrespects it.
3/13/2014 | Construction of A's bullpen impresses Gregerson
Reliever Luke Gregerson, who was acquired by the A's in an offseason trade, took notice of how general manager Billy Beane restocked the Oakland bullpen. "This team was put together really well," Gregerson said.
3/13/2014 | Rangers, Giants skippers get different replay results
Giants manager Bruce Bochy successfully challenged a call in the second inning of their game against the Rangers on Thursday night. It was the second overturned call in Spring Training under the new instant-replay format introduced this year. Rangers manager Ron Washington missed two chances for No. 3 in a Cactus League game at Surprise Stadium.
3/13/2014 | Soto back in action ahead of schedule
Catcher Geovany Soto returned to the Rangers lineup Thursday, his first start since having surgery Feb. 22 to have a bone removed from his left ankle.
3/13/2014 | Bradley has command issues vs. Mariners
Archie Bradley was hitting his spots while warming up in the bullpen, but when the game started, it was a different story. Bradley allowed four runs on five hits and walked two while striking out one over two innings of work Thursday against the Mariners.
3/13/2014 | Trumbo familiar with Sydney Cricket Ground
When the D-backs play at the Sydney Cricket Ground next week, it won't be the first time that left fielder Mark Trumbo has visited the stadium. Trumbo has friends in Australia, and he attended a cricket game there around five years ago.
3/13/2014 | Phils' Gonzalez felt 'pinch' in throwing shoulder
The reality is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had a small chance to make the Opening Day roster. He has not looked ready yet to compete at the big league level.
3/13/2014 | Hamels feels fine day after return to mound
The Phillies said Thursday that Cole Hamels felt fine following a bullpen session Wednesday at Bright House Field. It was the first time he had thrown from a mound since March 1.
3/13/2014 | Girardi excited for Panama experience
The suitcases were already being lined up outside the Yankees' clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday morning. Above them was a sign taped to the cinderblock wall: "Panama Luggage Here."
3/13/2014 | Girardi not worried about Jeter's spring stats
Yankees manager Joe Girardi fielded questions on a number of subjects before and after Thursday's 6-0 split-squad Grapefruit League win over the Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
3/13/2014 | Bullpen role looking likely for Britton
Manager Buck Showalter said there were 16 scouts in attendance for Wednesday's game, as it's no secret the Orioles have a wealth of out-of-option players -- 13 to be exact -- including several pitchers. One of those pitchers attracting notable interest is lefty Zach Britton, who came into camp competing -- at least on paper -- for a spot in the starting rotation. But Britton has pitched three times in the past week, setting up what looks to be a relief role for the Orioles.
3/13/2014 | Improved pitching and better health key for Padres
Better health and better pitching would make the Padres a contending club in 2014, general manager Josh Byrnes and manager Bud Black believe.
3/13/2014 | Sandberg downplays Rollins' absence from lineup
The only things Jimmy Rollins knew Thursday morning at Bright House Field were that he had not played since Monday, and that Ryne Sandberg seemed upset with him about something.
3/13/2014 | Yanks will have decisions to make on rotation
The deceptively simple question posed to Joe Girardi was how he'd decide on a fifth starter if more than one candidate was pitching well. And the Yankees manager's answer was deceptively simple as well. "What makes us the best," he said.
3/13/2014 | Gausman looking to make O's decision difficult
It's not just those newfound glasses -- which Kevin Gausman jokingly refers to as his goggled alter ego -- that has the Orioles' No. 2 pitching prospect throwing well this spring. The 23-year-old, who has allowed two runs over seven Grapefruit League innings, has added weight, cleaned up his kick off the mound and is focused on making it a very tough decision for Baltimore this spring.
3/13/2014 | Hernandez nearly perfect as Phillies top Yankees
Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez must hope Thursday is just a taste of things to come. Hernandez started with five perfect innings in a 6-2 victory over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field. Ten of his 15 outs came on ground balls.
3/13/2014 | Bats back Pineda's scoreless outing in win over Orioles
Brett Gardner had two hits and two runs scored in the first two innings, and starter Michael Pineda pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings to pace the split-squad Yankees to a 6-0 Grapefruit League win over the Orioles on Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
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