3/21/2014 | Cain regains rhythm with Triple-A tuneup
Giants right-hander Matt Cain continued his regular-season preparation by working six innings and throwing 90 pitches in a Minor League exhibition Friday.
3/21/2014 | Gray on track for opener with sharp outing
Right-hander Sonny Gray, Oakland's projected Opening Day starter, struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings, working his way out of several error-induced jams.
3/21/2014 | Huntington not seeking catcher, but may deal reliever
No, Neal Huntington is not looking to bring in a catcher. And, yes, the Pirates general manager is looking to ship out a reliever. That much became clear Friday, when Huntington confirmed that Tony Sanchez -- told weeks ago that he would begin the season in Indianapolis -- will be on the Opening Day roster to keep warm Chris Stewart's bench seat while the veteran recovers from knee surgery.
3/21/2014 | Denorfia will miss a few days with sore shoulder
Outfielder Chris Denorfia will likely miss a few days with a sore right shoulder, manager Bud Black said Friday. Team doctors said that there's nothing serious going on, just that it needs some rest.
3/21/2014 | Bucs' Mercer revels in Mercer's NCAA tourney upset
"Where's Mercer?!" the cry went up in the middle of the Pirates' McKechnie Field clubhouse on Friday afternoon. "He's right over there," a helpful sort said, pointing to Jordy Mercer's locker, unaware that the query had come from someone fixated on the big-screen television on the wall showing Mercer University's matchup with Duke in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
3/21/2014 | Wood work: Pitchers target batting skills in camp
Though Giants pitchers know they must focus on silencing bats, swinging them also has become a focal point this spring. After posting the lowest batting average in the NL last year, San Francisco's pitching staff has rededicated time to the art of hitting.
3/21/2014 | Reds relieved following Chapman's surgery
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who had surgery Thursday evening after sustaining fractures above the left eye and nose after being hit by a Salvador Perez line drive on Wednesday, could begin working out in 10-14 days and may be ready to pitch in game conditions in four to six weeks.
3/21/2014 | Bailey expected to pitch in Minor League game
Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey is on track to start in a Minor League game on Sunday after he threw 25 pitches Friday morning in a bullpen session
3/21/2014 | Venable hits two RBI doubles; Jackson adds three RBIs
Center fielder Will Venable ripped a pair of doubles with two RBIs and right-hander Ian Kennedy had his best start of the spring as the Padres topped the Mariners, 7-2, Friday night,
3/21/2014 | Spring time running short for Gentry, Cook
No decisions have been finalized, but the A's are expected to be without outfielder Craig Gentry and reliever Ryan Cook when the season opens March 31.
3/21/2014 | Lindstrom makes Cactus League debut
Matt Lindstrom threw one scoreless inning of relief Friday during the White Sox 7-0 loss to the Cubs at Camelback Ranch, marking his 2014 Cactus League debut. The right-handed reliever was scratched from the opener on Feb. 28 with a left oblique strain and has been working his way back.
3/21/2014 | Ellsbury tests sore calf, could play Tuesday
Jacoby Ellsbury tested his sore right calf by running on grass Friday, one day after the outfielder had a precautionary MRI, and the Yankees are eyeing Tuesday as his possible return date.
3/21/2014 | Ryan thinks he'll begin season on disabled list
Brendan Ryan appears likely to start the season on the disabled list, as a pair of MRIs taken on Friday revealed a pinched nerve in the Yankees infielder's upper back.
3/21/2014 | Club close to naming fifth starter
The Yankees are closing in on a decision concerning their fifth starter, and general manager Brian Cashman has been pleased with the competition. Michael Pineda is generally thought to be the front-runner, having fired nine scoreless innings, but David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno have all stated convincing cases.
3/21/2014 | Burnett experiences setback during bullpen session
Angels reliever Sean Burnett only got about halfway through his scheduled bullpen session on Friday morning because of stiffness in his left arm, the first setback in his return from August forearm surgery. He'll be shut down for at least two days.
3/21/2014 | Looking to make team, Rusin impresses vs. White Sox
On Friday, Chris Rusin gave up two hits over five scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the White Sox. In his last three outings, Rusin has given up three hits, no runs, no walks and struck out five over 12 innings.
3/21/2014 | Prince goes deep, Scheppers finishes strong
Prince Fielder hit a home run off his former team and Adrian Beltre and Leonys Martin each had two hits off of Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, leading the Rangers to a 7-5 victory over the Brewers on Friday afternoon.
3/21/2014 | Heisey hits sixth homer in Reds' win over Royals
The Reds hit three home runs, including Chris Heisey's team-leading sixth of the spring, as the Reds topped the Royals, 9-3, on Friday.
3/21/2014 | Iannetta's HR, Wilson's start pace Angels' win over KC
Chris Iannetta hit a three-run homer and C.J. Wilson worked 5 1/3 innings, striking out nine, in the the Angels' 7-3 victory over the Royals on Friday in Cactus League action. Kole Calhoun added a solo shot.
3/21/2014 | Fifth rotation spot between Gibson, Diamond
The competition for the fifth spot in the rotation became a bit clearer for the Twins on Friday, as it's expected to be occupied by either right-hander Kyle Gibson or left-hander Scott Diamond.
3/21/2014 | Latest Grapefruit tuneup a grind for Verlander
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander didn't feel he was operating at maximum efficiency on Friday afternoon during his start against the Braves at Champion Stadium.
3/21/2014 | Maddon: Race for rotation spot still open
Erik Bedard's final audition for the fifth spot in the Rays' rotation didn't produce the kind of numbers that match up with the work fellow candidates Cesar Ramos and Jake Odorizzi have put together this spring, but he and manager Joe Maddon liked what they saw on the mound Friday afternoon.
3/21/2014 | Iwakuma uses tennis ball to build up arm strength
Injured All-Star Hisashi Iwakuma threw a tennis ball Friday in his first step back from a six-week layoff with a sprained finger tendon, while young Mariners right-handers Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor are scheduled to make their spring debuts in Minor League games on Saturday.
3/21/2014 | Righty Moylan diagnosed with tear in elbow
Astros relief pitcher Peter Moylan has been diagnosed with a high-grade tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and he is hoping to meet next week with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.
3/21/2014 | Collins seeks clarity on play at plate vs. Twins
Several times during Friday's 9-1 win over the Twins, Mets manager Terry Collins and counterpart Ron Gardenhire went out to discuss the new rules regarding catchers, baserunners and home-plate collisions with the umpires, specifically a scoring play in the fourth inning..
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