3/29/2014 | Minor encouraged after short outing vs. Futures squad
Mike Minor threw 14 pitches before a 24-minute rain delay in the top of the second inning ended his day in the Braves' 13-4 exhibition loss to the organization's "Future Stars" on Saturday at State Mutual Stadium. Despite his short day, Minor was encouraged.
3/29/2014 | Rituals peek into big leaguer behind the talent
Major League players can be creatures of habit and bring spots of personality into their game by rituals and routines. While some appear light-hearted, these rituals can be extremely meaningful and personal.
3/29/2014 | Roark, Jordan earn final two rotation spots
Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan will be the final two pitchers in the Nationals' rotation now that Doug Fister has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
3/29/2014 | For Strasburg, Opening Day just another day
Though Stephen Strasburg will take the mound on Opening Day against the Mets, he isn't overly excited simply because it's the season's first game. "[I] just treat it like another day," he said on Saturday.
3/29/2014 | Rainout alters Anibal's workout routine
Anibal Sanchez had been tabbed to start in Washington on Saturday, but instead he just played catch, and he will throw a simulated game on Sunday after the team's optional workout in Detroit.
3/29/2014 | View From Studio 3: Chemistry has Tribe in sync
If there was a way to truly measure chemistry and its correlation to winning games, The Indians would be on the short list of the best in baseball.
3/29/2014 | Baseball in the 'jeans' for Petralli's musician son
White Denim singer James Petralli sees similarities in his career as a musician to the path of his father, former Major League catcher, Geno, who played 12 seasons in the bigs with the Blue Jays and Rangers from 1982-93.
3/29/2014 | Pirates-Phillies cancelled due to inclement weather
Saturday's exhibition game between the Phillies and Pirates at Citizens Bank Park was canceled due to inclement weather. The game will not be rescheduled.
3/29/2014 | Ryu gets green light for Opening Night
Hyun-Jin Ryu's previously injured right big toe passed its final test on Friday and manager Don Mattingly declared the Korean lefty ready to step in for ailing ace Clayton Kershaw and start the Dodgers' stateside opener against the Padres on Sunday in San Diego.
3/29/2014 | Pomeranz potential option for long-relief role
With Jesse Chavez moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation, manager Bob Melvin said newcomer Drew Pomeranz would likely be stretched out into the long-man role, if he makes Oakland's roster.
3/28/2014 | Morris earns spot in Opening Day 'pen for first time
After finishing off a sound spring with a 1-2-3 sixth inning on Friday night, it was not exactly breaking news that Bryan Morris, coming off a solid season in the Pirates' bullpen, was going to make the Opening Day roster. Manager Clint Hurdle broke down and broke the news anyway.
3/28/2014 | Blue Jays pay emotional visit to children's hospital
On Friday morning, the Blue Jays and Montreal Children's Hospital officially announced the $250,000 Jays Care Foundation Field of Dreams capital grant, to facilitate the construction of the physical therapy wing of the hospital's new campus.
3/28/2014 | Lincecum avoids scare after liner drills knee
Tim Lincecum received a bad bruise but escaped serious injury in Friday night's exhibition against the A's when he was hit by a line drive on the inside of his left knee. X-rays taken at AT&T Park confirmed that the Giants right-hander avoided a fracture.
3/28/2014 | Melvin, Lowrie support stricter drug penalties
Stricter testing and harsher penalties marked the new agreement between the league and MLBPA. Most notably, a first offense will now cost a PED user 80 games, a second offense will cost a full season, and a third strike will result in a lifetime ban from baseball.
3/28/2014 | Cook, Gentry on track for second series of season
A's manager Bob Melvin said reliever Ryan Cook and outfielder Craig Gentry could return by next weekend when the Mariners come to Oakland for a four-game set.
3/28/2014 | D-backs unveil Children's Hospital Sandlot
Longtime teammates in the Valley, the D-backs and the Phoenix Children's Hospital announced a wide-ranging marketing partnership on Friday, beginning with the ribbon cutting of the newly renamed Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot, a fun-filled area in the left field upper deck at Chase Field that caters to kids.
3/28/2014 | Anna makes roster; Nunez, Solarte up in air
Dean Anna was told that he has secured a spot on the roster, and the Yankees view Anna as the replacement for infielder Brendan Ryan, who will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. That decision leaves Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte in limbo for one more night.
3/28/2014 | Blue Jays' offensive display thrills Montreal crowd
Ten years after the Expos played their final game here, Ricardo Nanita led the Blue Jays to a walk-off 5-4 win over the Mets amid a playoff atmosphere. Jose Bautista homered, and Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4.
3/28/2014 | Additions of Nieto, Webb make roster all but official
Sunday has not quite yet arrived, when the White Sox must set their roster for the start of the 2014 season. But with six moves made following Friday's 5-2 exhibition victory over Double-A Birmingham and one move made Friday afternoon, the roster is all but set.
3/28/2014 | Huff could see middle relief with Affeldt out
Though Giants left-hander David Huff has spent most of his professional career as a starter, he appeared in relief on back-to-back days twice last season.
3/28/2014 | Regional rivalries highlight spring finales
The start of the regular season -- in North America at least -- is tantalizingly close. But before Opening Day festivities, there's a full slate of spring games on Saturday. Four intrastate exhibitions highlight the last full day of Spring Training, and all four of those contests -- and six other games -- will be shown free on MLB.TV.
3/28/2014 | Slowey sets strong pitching tone as late sub
Long reliever Kevin Slowey started Friday night's exhibition game in place of Jacob Turner for two reasons. Manager Mike Redmond wanted Turner, who will be No. 4 in the Marlins' starting rotation during the regular season, to stay behind in Jupiter, Fla., to pitch in a Minor League game. In addition, Redmond wanted to set his bullpen up for Monday's season opener against the Rockies.
3/28/2014 | Belt or Pence likely to replace Scutaro in No. 2 spot
With second baseman Marco Scutaro sidelined by back problems, manager Bruce Bochy is considering Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence for the batting order's second slot.
3/28/2014 | Angels sign Trout through 2020 for $144.5M
The Angels and superstar center fielder Mike Trout agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension on Friday. Sources told MLB.com the pact is worth $144.5 million.
3/28/2014 | Dunston to be Bochy's eyes on video replays
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said assistant coach Shawon Dunston, who's being groomed to alert the bench when a close play should be challenged using expanded video replay, has prepared for his role.
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