3/13/2014 | For Ludwick, health is key
Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick, who needed surgery after injuring his shoulder on Opening Day last season, is back to 100 percent and looking to make up for lost time this year.
3/13/2014 | Tribe's fast start buoys McAllister in win over Royals
The Indians scored a pair of first-inning runs for starter Zach McAllister en route to an eventual 12-6 win over the Royals on Thursday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.
3/13/2014 | Napoli warmly embracing life after catching
Having his catcher's equipment taken away last year was originally a little unsettling for Mike Napoli. But now that he is fully entrenched as a first baseman -- one who helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series -- Napoli can fully appreciate the perks that come with the position switch.
3/13/2014 | Latos, Broxton ready for next steps in rehabs
Two, and possibly three, injured Reds pitchers will take steps in their recovery programs on Friday, as right-handers Mat Latos and Jonathan Broxton are each scheduled to throw and could be joined by left-hander Sean Marshall.
3/13/2014 | Wilhelmsen's strong spring impressing McClendon
Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen has impressed new manager Lloyd McClendon with a strong start to his spring, which bodes well for Seattle's bullpen if the big right-hander stays on track.
3/13/2014 | Votto's slow spring start is nothing new
In 10 Cactus League games, Reds first baseman Joey Votto is hitting just .200 with 11 strikeouts in 25 at-bats, but manager Bryan Price isn't the slightest bit concerned.
3/13/2014 | Up to challenge, Correa excels in planned start
Astros manager Bo Porter issued a challenge to Carlos Correa on Wednesday: Correa was going to start Thursday's game against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, and he was going to have all day to think about it.
3/13/2014 | Keuchel continues cruising through spring
When asked before Thursday's game what he'd like to see out of left-hander Dallas Keuchel, Astros manager Bo Porter gave a simple answer: Keep doing what he's doing.
3/13/2014 | Gallardo named Opening Day starter for fifth time
Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers' second-round Draft pick in 2004, has pitched parts of the past seven seasons in Milwaukee. He would become the first pitcher in franchise history to start five consecutive season openers.
3/13/2014 | Walker throws, says shoulder 'feels really good'
Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker said he "had a big smile" after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday, his first time pitching off a mound since being completely shut down for a week on Feb. 28 with bursitis in his right shoulder.
3/13/2014 | McGowan strong in return from flu
Right-hander Dustin McGowan made his return to the mound on Thursday afternoon following a 10-day absence because of a severe flu.
3/13/2014 | Rogers struggles while working on changeup
Esmil Rogers saw his struggles this spring continue as he surrendered four runs over three innings vs the Astros on Thursday afternoon.
3/13/2014 | Cano, Morrison lead bats, back sharp Beavan
In his first two starts of the spring, D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley had mostly dominated opposing hitters. The Mariners changed that Thursday as they knocked Bradley around a bit en route to a 6-3 win at Salt River Fields. Robinson Cano drove in two runs, Logan Morrison homered and Blake Beavan tossed 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
3/13/2014 | Back in Lakeland, Turner moves closer to landing job
A couple of years ago, Jacob Turner was competing in Spring Training for the fifth-starter spot in Tigers camp. Also in the mix was left-hander Drew Smyly. It was like old times on Thursday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium -- except Turner was on the mound for the Marlins, opposing the Tigers' Smyly.
3/13/2014 | Peavy's strong debut, clutch Pedroia drive Sox
Jake Peavy tossed three-plus solid innings in his Grapefruit League debut, and Dustin Pedroia provided a two-run double to help lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Twins on Thursday afternoon at Hammond Stadium.
3/13/2014 | Burnett feeling good after bullpen session
Angels releiver Sean Burnett three 30 fastballs off a mound during a bullpen session on Thursday, and said afterward that he felt "phenomenal" as he tries to overcome the physical and mental obstacles of his rehab process.
3/13/2014 | Blanton finds success creating new mound angles
Right-hander Joe Blanton moved from the first-base side of the rubber to the third-base side while starting for the Angels' split-squad team in Surprise, Ariz., on Wednesday, and was brilliant against a Texas lineup that featured up to five regulars.
3/13/2014 | Alcides' shoulder improved after cortisone shot
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said his aching right shoulder was feeling better on Thursday morning after he received a cortisone shot.
3/13/2014 | Yost scratches Gordon from lineup for rest
Left fielder Alex Gordon was scratched from the Royals' lineup against the Indians on Thursday, but there's no reason for alarm.
3/13/2014 | Padres make second round of cuts
The Padres made their second round of camp cuts Thursday, though none of the moves yielded much surprise. The Padres now have 52 players in big league camp.
3/13/2014 | Young Royals offense poised to assume club's reins
Mike Moustakas has enjoyed a scorching spring, but Spring Training numbers tend to be inflated. What's important, therefore, is to hone in on what's real. And what's real for the Royals right now is a true sense of stability in the lineup, a more intellectual approach at the plate and the respect their multi-dimensional pursuit of runs has earned from the opposition.
3/13/2014 | Noel feels like a 'true switch-hitter' now
It took him two seasons, but Padres outfielder Rico Noel now considers himself to be a "true switch-hitter." It was a rough adjustment at first for Noel, a natural right-handed hitter who took up switch-hitting at the urging of the organization before the 2012 season.
3/13/2014 | Minor ailments improving for Murphy, Morgan
David Murphy and Nyjer Morgan said on Thursday they felt good, and both outfielders were hoping to move ahead without much limitation. Morgan left Wednesday's game early with a slight left calf strain, and Murphy returned to the field for the first time in about a week.
3/13/2014 | Beckett plans to pitch through sprained thumb
Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett said he plans to make his Friday start against the Cubs despite a sprained right thumb. The right-hander was hit by an opening clubhouse door about 10 days ago. Up to that point, Beckett was having a healthy recovery from last year's thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
3/13/2014 | Arruebarrena arrives at Dodgers camp
Erisbel Arruebarrena, the Cuban shortstop who signed with the Dodgers for $25 million last month, received his visa and arrived at the club's Spring Training complex in Glendale, Ariz., on Thursday.
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