3/8/2013 | Guerra leaves World Baseball Classic due to injury
Right-hander Deolis Guerra returned to the Twins' Spring Training complex on Friday after suffering an injury while with Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
3/8/2013 | Thornburg looking strong in spring after wild 2012
Milwaukee pitching prospect Tyler Thornburg pitched three scoreless, hitless innings in the rain on Friday, a quality outing that was washed out because the Brewers and Rangers played only four innings before their Cactus League game was called off. It was typical for the young pitcher, who has had a quite a journey in the past few years.
3/8/2013 | Piniella recounts contentious relationship with Weaver
The vitriol and loathing seem long gone now, replaced by a smile softened by time. The mere mention of Earl Weaver no longer causes Lou Piniella to bristle or snarl. Weaver's passing in January has much to do with how Piniella's reactions have changed. No speaking ill of the dead. Four-letter words no longer are used.
3/8/2013 | Piazza, Italy poised to move on in Classic
A week ago, when Italy gathered in the Valley to begin preparations for the World Baseball Classic, Mike Piazza called his team "the underdog of the bracket" that includes Canada, Mexico and USA.
3/8/2013 | O's prospect Schoop impressing on World stage
While Orioles manager Buck Showalter has made it no secret that he thinks the World Baseball Classic poses a lot of challenges for Major League Spring Training, when it comes to 21-year-old Jonathan Schoop, there's been a lot of upside.
3/8/2013 | Scherzer battles control, but still finds success
When Max Scherzer has his best stuff with control, he's tough to hit, as he showed last summer. When he doesn't have his control, he's still tough to hit for different reasons, as he showed early last season. His start against the Mets on Friday was much of the latter. He wasn't entirely happy about it, but he'll take it.
3/8/2013 | Hentgen brings credibility as bullpen coach
Pat Hentgen has always maintained close ties with the Blue Jays organization, but when he stepped aside as their bullpen coach two years ago, there was some debate about whether he'd ever be back.
3/8/2013 | Still feeling sore, Ortiz takes break from running
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took another down day from running on Friday, making it obvious that he won't reach the original target of playing in an exhibition game by the end of this week.
3/8/2013 | Baker and Garza making progress
Scott Baker's latest test of his right arm may have been a simulated game on a back field at HoHoKam Park, but he was dressed in his full home uniform. He's trying to make it feel as much of a real game as possible.
3/8/2013 | Weeks projected to return Sunday
Sunday is still Jemile Weeks' projected return date, but A's manager Bob Melvin isn't planning on rushing his second baseman back into action after he suffered a right shoulder bruise last Friday.
3/8/2013 | Noesi's pitching troubles continue vs. A's
Though rain ultimately wiped out a rough start to Friday's game with the A's, Mariners pitcher Hector Noesi will have a hard time erasing another bad outing in what has been a difficult spring.
3/8/2013 | Ripken interested to see Uptons play together
Having played a portion of his Hall of Fame career with his brother, Cal Ripken Jr. is looking forward to seeing B.J. Upton and Justin Upton play for the Braves over the course of the next few years.
3/8/2013 | Gillespie eyeing reserve outfield role with Giants
Cole Gillespie seems like a perfect fit for the Giants. In reality, he must squeeze himself onto the Opening Day roster.
3/8/2013 | Perseverance could soon pay off for Herrera
Of the 54 players currently in the Major League clubhouse, guess which one has been in the Dodgers organization the longest. You get 53 chances. Who guessed Elian Herrera?
3/8/2013 | Davis scratched with shoulder soreness
Wade Davis was pulled from his scheduled start against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday afternoon in Scottsdale with shoulder soreness.
3/8/2013 | Gonzalez, Greene looking for everyday job at shortstop
One brings Gold-Glove caliber defense and is a switch-hitter. The other is a plus runner and provides more than a little pop with the bat. They collectively have the DNA makeup of an All-Star player, but the Astros must decide which tools fit them the best.
3/8/2013 | Scioscia sits six regulars prior to storm
Mike Scioscia took precautions before Friday's game vs. the D-backs, sitting most of his planned lineup due to severe weather. It would have been the second time Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton hit back-to-back in the batting border.
3/8/2013 | Martin impressing Rangers in spring
Leonys Martin has not yet won the job as the Rangers center fielder. He hasn't even made the team yet. But he is certainly doing everything the Rangers wanted to see this spring.
3/8/2013 | Wells provides veteran presence in diminished role
Vernon Wells has played in the Majors since 1999 -- or since Mike Trout was 8 years old -- and he has taken his new role in the Angels organization in stride as he tries to be a veteran leader on the bench and in the field.
3/8/2013 | Gee shrugs off walks, feels good in latest start
You can believe the pitching line, which shows that right-hander Dillon Gee walked three batters in his four-inning start against the Tigers on Friday at Joker Marchant Stadium. Or you can believe Gee.
3/8/2013 | Maddon being coy about Opening Day starter
Joe Maddon was coy when asked if he was ready to announce David Price as this year's Opening Day starter.
3/8/2013 | Smoak in groove with strong start to spring
Justin Smoak has hit the ball hard from the start of camp and is batting .429 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs in his first six appearances, just what the doctor ordered for a youngster looking to carry over his late-season success from 2012.
3/8/2013 | Gomes joins Indians with renewed determination
Yan Gomes is spending Spring Training learning as much as he can about playing in the Major Leagues, in addition to becoming familiar with the Indians' pitching staff.
3/8/2013 | Johnson: Zimmermann's 'dead arm' not a concern
After watching his team fall to the Cardinals, 16-10, on Friday afternoon, Nationals manager Davey Johnson revealed that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann has a dead arm. However, Johnson is not showing any concern.
3/8/2013 | Mercy me: Italy thumps Canada, closes in on Rd. 2
Chris Colabello went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs to power Italy, which moved to 2-0 in Pool D with a 14-4, mercy-rule victory over Canada on Friday at Chase Field.
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