3/3/2013 | Mariners set to depart for Classic duties
Michael Saunders, Alex Liddi and Oliver Perez were teammates Sunday morning, but they parted ways after Seattle's game in order to join their respective sides in the World Baseball Classic.
3/3/2013 | Leyland isn't ruling out Rondon as his closer
Bruce Rondon wasn't going to win or lose the closer's job a week-and-a-half into a four-week camp. With the attention focused on the position as one of the biggest questions for a contending team, though, he was going to set a tone either way.
3/3/2013 | Davis sharp in second Spring Training outing
The Royals remained unbeaten in Cactus League play after they earned an 8-1 win against the Reds on Sunday at Goodyear Ballpark.
3/3/2013 | Veteran Giambi could nab roster spot
The Indians' decision on Jason Giambi's status later this spring will likely influence the way the club assembles the rest of its bench. Giambi is in camp as a non-roster invitee, but he is in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a part-time designated hitter, first baseman and pinch hitter. Cleveland would be limited in how it could use Giambi, making versatility a must for the rest of the bench.
3/3/2013 | McDade impressing Indians in spring
Spring results do not always portend future success, but they can make a great first impression. One player who has caught Cleveland's eye in this preseason's early going is Minor League first baseman Mike McDade. Indians manager Terry Francona is impressed by what he has seen so far.
3/3/2013 | Herrmann contemplating options after spring injury
Frank Herrmann had finally found a comfort zone on the mound. He added a spike curveball last season, saw improved results and headed into camp this spring confident about his chances of making the Indians' Opening Day bullpen. After injuring a ligament in his right elbow, Herrmann is now investigating the proper course of action.
3/3/2013 | Black looks back on 2009 Richard-Peavy trade
Padres manager Bud Black was nostalgic during Sunday's win over the White Sox, as the matchup between starting pitchers was none other than Clayton Richard vs. Jake Peavy, the two players who were swapped for one another in a Trade Deadline deal on July 31, 2009.
3/3/2013 | Peavy's energy at midseason form despite results
Jake Peavy struggled at times in Sunday's loss to the Padres, but he wasn't focused on the statistics. He's just excited to be healthy and ready to participate in a full Cactus League season.
3/3/2013 | Spring success gives Mitchell 'collected' attitude
Outfielder Jared Mitchell is hitting the ball hard in the early stages of Spring Training, but has been emphatic about remaining in a "cool and collected place."
3/3/2013 | Morel takes advantage of infield versatility
Brent Morel is attempting to crack the Opening Day roster as the starting third baseman, but he will have to show that he can fill in at other spots in a crowded infield.
3/3/2013 | Rockies acquire Cassevah from Angels
The Rockies expanded their big league Spring Training roster to 66 Saturday when they signed right-handed reliever Bobby Cassevah to a Minor League contract and invited him to camp.
3/3/2013 | Healthy Gimenez ready for big league opportunity
Hector Gimenez has battled injuries in his journey to the Majors, but the 30-year-old catcher is healthy and ready to become a tandem with Tyler Flowers as the season approaches.
3/3/2013 | Halos confident Trout will stick with club for long haul
Mike Trout said he's not bothered by receiving just a $20,000 raise after his Rookie of the Year season, but the question is whether this will hurt the Angels' chances of signing him to a long-term extension.
3/3/2013 | Recovering Pelfrey appears to be ahead of schedule
Considering he's only a few days removed from his 10-month anniversary of undergoing Tommy John surgery, Mike Pelfrey isn't worried about results at this point in Spring Training.
3/3/2013 | Weiner says stricter PED penalties a '2014 issue'
The head of the Major League Baseball Players Association called increased penalties for the use of banned substances "a 2014 issue" on Sunday, a day after Commissioner Bud Selig voiced his support for a quick resolution.
3/3/2013 | Pedroia earns total respect with energy, attitude
David Ortiz smiles when he thinks of Dustin Pedroia. This isn't an unusual reaction. Pedroia's teammates marvel at his energy and respect his work ethic. They appreciate his professionalism and how he's one of those players who treats every game like it might be his last.
3/3/2013 | Howard, Brown help Phillies outslug Blue Jays
Jose Bautista crushed his second homer of the spring, but the Phillies countered with plenty of their own power, beating the Blue Jays, 13-5, at Bright House Field on Sunday afternoon.
3/3/2013 | Guerra aims for healthy season after difficult '12
A year ago, Javy Guerra came to Spring Training as the Dodgers' closer. This spring, he's fighting to stay in the Major Leagues. That's what can happen when you get hit in the face with a line drive, have knee surgery, strain an oblique muscle and have shoulder surgery, all while your father is undergoing and recovering from emergency heart surgery.
3/3/2013 | Beckett, Dodgers pitching strong against Indians
Josh Beckett threw three scoreless innings and Cuban defector Yasiel Puig slugged a three-run homer as the Dodgers beat the Indians Sunday, 5-1. Beckett allowed his lone hit, a double to Yan Gomes leading off the second inning, then struck out the side to escape his only jam. Mark Lowe, Javy Guerra and Josh Wall followed with scoreless single innings of relief.
3/3/2013 | Matheny dealing with ruptured disk in back
Additional medical tests have determined that manager Mike Matheny's back condition is more severe than initially believed. What had been diagnosed as a bulging disk is now confirmed to be a ruptured disk.
3/3/2013 | Kozma, Cedeno look to fill void at shortstop
With setbacks also come opportunities, and that is certainly what both Ronny Cedeno and Pete Kozma now see, given Sunday's news that Rafael Furcal has been shut down indefinitely due to inflammation in his right elbow.
3/3/2013 | Royals' pitching acquisitions were worth it, scouts say
So was it all worth it -- all the talent and money expended by the Royals to acquire starting pitchers James Shields, Ervin Santana and Wade Davis? Apparently so, based on opinions from experts, notably Major League scouts.
3/3/2013 | Underdog China eager for a test against Cuba
Looking for a way to stun the baseball world and beat Cuba should seem like a monumental task for China manager John McLaren and his team. But compared to their true ambition, Monday's game is just the first step to something far more substantial.
3/3/2013 | Helton savors Spring Training like it's his last
For Todd Helton, this Spring Training is already special. Just how special it is could be dictated by how the season goes, and by what comes after as the Rockies veteran's career draws to a close.
3/3/2013 | Zimmerman returns to formidable Nats lineup
After enduring a period of pain, followed by a longer stretch of unfamiliarity and discomfort last season, then offseason shoulder surgery, Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals' franchise third baseman returned to action on Sunday.
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