3/4/2013 | Strained hip flexor sidelines Mariners' Hultzen
Scheduled to make his third appearance of the spring Monday, Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen was scratched from his outing because of a mild right hip flexor strain.
3/4/2013 | Villarreal glad to be on field following ordeal
Brayan Villarreal took the mound for the Tigers in the ninth inning on Monday, a save situation, and struck out the side. That was the easy part of his day. That's the part he has been looking forward to for the last couple days.
3/4/2013 | Cosart continues learning process against Tigers
Right-hander Jarred Cosart stuggled in his first spring start on Monday against the Tigers. It was an opportunity to take a step forward in the race to make the club, but Cosart isn't making too much of one rough outing.
3/4/2013 | Brazil, China aim to leave Classic on winning note
Though Brazil and China -- who face off Tuesday in their final game -- both lost their first two games, participating in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the game's premier international competition, helps raise the sport's profile in both nations.
3/4/2013 | Pastornicky intent on showcasing versatility
A changing role this spring for Tyler Pastornicky has brought both a new set of challenges, and a new set of opportunities.
3/4/2013 | Johnson stays on a roll as Braves top Mets
Infielder Chris Johnson gave the Braves the lead in the seventh with a solo homer off lefty Darin Gorski in a 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday afternoon.
3/4/2013 | Segura a talented player with tremendous upside
Brewers shortstop Jean Segura will be 23 years old on March 17. He has already played 45 Major League games. He really can't be considered a prospect anymore.
3/4/2013 | Out of spotlight, Rasmus finding his comfort zone
Now, finally, in his fifth big league season, Colby Rasmus can be an afterthought. Toronto brought in a slew of stars this winter, and suddenly Rasmus is just another player on a team filled with big names. He's the starting center fielder, but not the centerpiece.
3/4/2013 | Jeter antsy to play, but goal is Opening Day
Nothing against the cast of characters that has been taking grounders at shortstop this spring, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi would agree that the lineup cards he has slapped against the dugout wall have lacked a certain star quality at the position.
3/4/2013 | Cuba pounds China to advance in Classic
Jose Abreu led an offensive onslaught and righty Danny Betancourt spun a gem as Cuba took advantage of an inexperienced Chinese team during a 12-0 rout that was stopped in the seventh inning because of the mercy rule on Monday in Japan. With the victory, the Cubans will advance to the second round in Pool A.
3/4/2013 | Spring success goes far beyond the box score
Spring Training stats clearly do not always correlate with regular-season numbers, yet there is plenty worth watching closely in March -- especially for players with something to prove.
3/3/2013 | Kazmir looks for redemption with Indians
Scott Kazmir is tired of the past tense. Conversations always center around who the left-handed pitcher used to be: one of the most promising young arms in the American League. Now, Kazmir is ready to bring the conversation back into the present tense, as he vies for a spot in Cleveland's rotation.
3/3/2013 | Ryu has much to learn in transition from Korea
Hyun-Jin Ryu is a work in progress, facing a challenging array of adjustments as he embraces a new culture and figures out the differences between, say, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval.
3/3/2013 | MRI clean, but Aramis to miss time with knee injury
An MRI scan of third baseman Aramis Ramirez's left knee on Sunday confirmed the Brewers' best-case scenario: no structural damage. But he will still be sidelined for some time, manager Ron Roenicke said.
3/3/2013 | Perez out at least two months with forearm fracture
Rangers left-handed pitcher Martin Perez was lost for at least two months when he suffered a broken left arm during Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Mariners.
3/3/2013 | Escobar's spring debut cut short by hand issue
After four years away, it was not Kelvim Escobar's long-troublesome right shoulder that gave him trouble. This time it was his something else that cut his appearance in Sunday's Brewers game short.
3/3/2013 | Braun departs for Classic, says left knee is fine
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun called his bruised left knee a non-issue and said he would be ready to go the distance for Team USA when Pool D of the World Baseball Classic gets under way later this week.
3/3/2013 | Reddick, Blackley: A's camp's odd couple
They have their disagreements -- WWE chief among them -- but friends Travis Blackley and Josh Reddick have more in common than may be obvious at first glance.
3/3/2013 | Arenado making case for lineup spot
Nolan Arenado provided two runs for the Rockies on Sunday, though the Rockies' top prospect is a longshot to win a job over Chris Nelson right now.
3/3/2013 | Greinke, Ryu skip Sunday bullpen sessions
Sunday was the day Dodgers starters Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu would have thrown their bullpen sessions, but neither did.
3/3/2013 | Rizzo eager to join Team Italy, prepare for Classic
Anthony Rizzo received a few text messages from family members in Italian after he was named to Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. The Cubs first baseman should be able to reply with more than "buon giorno" after his stint with the international squad.
3/3/2013 | Castro close to returning; Stewart out a bit longer
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined with mild inflammation in his left hamstring, hit Sunday for the second straight day and could return to Cactus League games by mid-week. Third baseman Ian Stewart, who has been out 10 days with a sore left quad, is not expected back until mid-March.
3/3/2013 | Jackson happy for rotation mate Samardzija
Edwin Jackson had been mentioned as a possible Opening Day option for the Cubs after signing a four-year, $52 million contract, but manager Dale Sveum tabbed Jeff Samardzija. That's OK with Jackson.
3/3/2013 | Dodgers make first spring cuts
The Dodgers made their first cuts of spring Sunday afternoon, re-assigning pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz and infielders Nick Evans, Ozzie Martinez and Dallas McPherson to Minor League camp.
3/3/2013 | Results mixed for Rockies pitchers vs. A's
Jorge De La Rosa faced 11 batters and struggled to find his form in 1 2/3 innings Sunday against Oakland, while Tyler Chatwood got better and better in his three innings pitched.
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