2/14/2013 | After winter study, Rosario ready to pass test
After 21 passed balls and 13 errors in 2012, Wilin Rosario spent the winter focusing on defense. Now the diligent student wants to show the Rox what he's learned.
2/14/2013 | Harden simply trying to stay healthy
For Rich Harden, the thought of pitching with a healthy shoulder was too tempting to pass up. That's why the oft-injured right-hander signed with the Twins this winter.
2/14/2013 | High-energy Victorino bubbling with excitement
If the song "I'm So Excited" by the Pointer Sisters isn't on the playlist of Shane Victorino's iPod, it should be. The Red Sox's new right fielder arrived to camp on a rainy Thursday and used the word "excited" 14 times in a 13-minute session with the media.
2/14/2013 | Balfour has surgery, hopeful for Opening Day
A's right-hander Grant Balfour had right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus Thursday afternoon, leaving Oakland without its closer for approximately four to six weeks.
2/14/2013 | Koronka hopes to unearth another Draft gem
In December 2011, John Koronka, who pitched for three teams, including the Cubs, joined the Cubs as an area scout. And who was the first player he recommended that the club sign? Outfielder Albert Almora, who was the team's No. 1 pick in last June's First-Year Player Draft.
2/14/2013 | Larkin visits India to promote youth athletics
Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, along with former Olympian softball player Natasha Watley, traveled to India this week as part of a program run by the U.S. Department of State to help promote youth participation in sports.
2/14/2013 | Silver Slugger Award win a surprise for Stras
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg said Thursday that he was shocked that he won the Silver Slugger Award during the offseason. It was the first piece of hardware he's won since he entered the big leagues in 2010.
2/14/2013 | Berkman wanted one more go-around in Texas
Native Texan Lance Berkman wasn't sure if he'd play this season. But the allure of playing for the Rangers was too much for the 37-year-old to pass up.
2/14/2013 | Soriano absent from Nats camp due to visa issue
The official report date for pitchers and catchers to Nationals camp was Wednesday, and as the team gathered for a Thursday morning meeting, newly acquired closer Rafael Soriano was absent due to a visa issue.
2/14/2013 | Cards extend Mozeliak, pick up Matheny's option
The Cardinals will stick with the duo of general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny, extending Mozeliak's contract for three years and picking up their option on Matheny's deal for 2014 on Thursday.
2/14/2013 | Oh, brother: Uptons stand to be unique combination
Assuming the Upton brothers remain in Atlanta for the duration of their current contracts, and potentially beyond, it's not unreasonable to suspect they could put together a run that could rival that of Paul and Lloyd Waner, the Major Leagues' most successful teammate brothers.
2/14/2013 | Closer role is not the most stable job in baseball
While the closer role remains a no-brainer for many teams -- with rising stars such as the Braves' Craig Kimbrel and stalwarts like the Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon continuing to serve their teams well -- the ninth-inning man has become somewhat of an enigma for others, at least if 2012 was any indication.
2/13/2013 | Empty park stirs memories of spring with Steinbrenner
Inside some decaying chain-link fencing is a ballpark that has more to do with mothballs than curveballs -- Fort Lauderdale Stadium, erstwhile Spring Training home of the Orioles and, before them, the Yankees.
2/13/2013 | Watch Hamilton speak at Halos camp live on MLB.com
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and outfielders Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout are scheduled for a 1 p.m. MT news conference, marking their arrival at Spring Training for a 2013 season full of hope for Halos fans.
2/13/2013 | Mattingly unfazed by contract situation with Dodgers
Entering 2013 with just one year left on his contract, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has kept his focus on 2013 and seems to be comfortable despite not having the safety net of a long-term contract.
2/13/2013 | Bauer has chance in spring to secure rotation spot
Asked if Trevor Bauer was going to have a legitimate chance to earn a job, Terry Francona promptly gave his one-word answer before the question was finished.
2/13/2013 | Nieves and Barajas battling for backup role
With Miguel Montero expected to miss time this spring to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, the D-backs will have plenty of opportunities to get a look at their backup catchers. The battle to be Montero's backup is led by Wil Nieves and Rod Barajas.
2/13/2013 | To Sandoval, active winter no detriment
The World Series-shortened offseason was even briefer for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who spent part of the Venezuelan Winter League campaign playing for Magallanes. But it was a labor of love.
2/13/2013 | Seattle gets prospect Almonte in trade with Yanks
The Mariners acquired outfield prospect Abraham Almonte from the Yankees on Wednesday in a trade for reliever Shawn Kelley, who had been designated for assignment last week.
2/13/2013 | New season near, no capping Posey's potential
Giants catcher Buster Posey's 2012 effort -- featuring a Major League-best .336 batting average, with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs -- was so prodigious that it's easy to conclude he cannot surpass it. But placing limits on Posey seems rather foolish.
2/13/2013 | Francis still sees potential in team and himself
Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis doesn't claim to be the pitcher he was in 2007, when he won 17 regular-season games, two postseason contests and started the opener of the World Series. But he thinks he can still contribute to a team he believes is much better than last year's record would lead people to believe.
2/13/2013 | New trio of starters could be bargain for Angels
The Angels' hope for new starters Joe Blanton, Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas is simple: Consistently pitch deep into games, and give a team with a dynamic offense and an improved bullpen a chance.
2/13/2013 | Dickey, Arencibia pair up for first bullpen session
Blue Jays ace R.A. Dickey threw his first official bullpen of Spring Training on Wednesday, and third-year catcher J.P. Arencibia was the man behind the plate.
2/13/2013 | New-age statistics just part of evaluation equation
Statistics are a great tool for evaluation. But that's the key -- they are a tool. They aren't the answer.
2/13/2013 | Wada hopes to pitch before Spring Training ends
Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is about three to four weeks away from throwing bullpen sessions, and he said Wednesday he could get into a Spring Training game before camp ends.
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