3/21/2014 | Blue Jays await Sanchez's arrival after strong spring
Aaron Sanchez threw what could possibly turn into his final outing of the Grapefruit League season on Friday afternoon, but before returning to Minor League camp, he made sure to leave a lasting impression not only with his future teammates, but the organization's front office.
3/21/2014 | Halos add pitching depth by acquiring Alvarez
The Angels traded infielder Andrew Romine to the Tigers in exchange for left-hander Jose Alvarez on Friday.
3/21/2014 | Jones goes deep, posts three RBIs to back Eovaldi
Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Scott Feldman and added an RBI single in a three-run fifth inning to lead the Marlins to a 7-2 win over the Astros on Friday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium. Nathan Eovaldi started for the Marlins and gave up a pair of runs in 4 1/3 innings.
3/21/2014 | Hanigan, Molina known as pitch-framing specialists
Over the past few years, various studies have attempted to measure and quantify the impact pitch-framing can have on a team's run prevention. A recent report suggested that Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan are among the elite catchers for that skill.
3/21/2014 | Time to put a cap on pitchers' line-drive injuries
Regardless of whether we're talking about a pitcher getting whacked by a batted ball in the head, the face or no place at all, these growing number of mound-related injuries should send a message to Aroldis Chapman and to others around the Major Leagues: Just wear the new caps and let The Powers That Be take care of the cosmetics over time.
3/21/2014 | Brewers taking new approach to arbitration
When the Brewers signed Marco Estrada and Juan Francisco in the hours before the sides were to file arbitration figures, it reflected a quiet but consequential change in the way the team has been doing business with its arbitration-eligible players.
3/21/2014 | Scheppers, Ross forcing Rangers into difficult decision
The Rangers have two relievers who have made statements this spring that they deserve a chance to be in the rotation. Now the Rangers have to decide whether Tanner Scheppers and/or Robbie Ross will be used as starters or remain setup relievers in front of closer Joakim Soria.
3/21/2014 | Sanchez holds Rays scoreless in first spring start
Blue Jays top prospect Aaron Sanchez was impressive in his first spring start, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless frames and getting some help from Brett Lawrie's three RBIs in Toronto's 5-0 win over Tampa Bay on Friday at Charlotte Sports Park.
3/21/2014 | Kinsler downplays lack of familiarity with shortstop
With Jose Iglesias out, the Tigers are hoping Hernan Perez, Eugenio Suarez or Danny Worth will step up to fill the void. But until it becomes clear who will play short, Detroit's new second baseman will have to wait for the second half of the club's double-play duo to emerge.
3/21/2014 | Motte throws 25 pitches in simulated game
After pitching a simulated game at the Cardinals' spring complex Friday, Jason Motte remains on track to throw in a Spring Training game before camp breaks next week.
3/21/2014 | Tillman scratched; illness not considered serious
Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman, dealing with a minor illness, was replaced by Miguel Gonzalez as the team's starting pitcher in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.
3/21/2014 | Lester tunes up, builds arm strength in sharp outing
Jon Lester, who will make his fourth consecutive Opening Day start on March 31 in Baltimore against the Orioles, struck out five and walked one in a sharp outing on Friday against the Phillies.
3/21/2014 | Battling for roster spot, Bradley sees quiet day
On Friday, Jackie Bradley Jr., who this spring is battling Grady Sizemore for the center-field job and a place on the season-opening roster, started in center field and went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .182.
3/21/2014 | Red Sox reserving judgment with Hill
Left-handed reliever Rich Hill worked a scoreless relief appearance on Friday. And, although the Red Sox made a couple of strange plays in the field behind him, Hill remains unscored upon after three outings this spring.
3/21/2014 | Starlin progressing; can he make it in time for opener?
Starlin Castro ran the bases on Thursday for the first time since he strained his right hamstring on March 2, and he is making good progress, manager Rick Renteria said Friday. But Sunday will be the three-week mark since Castro was injured, and it also marks the beginning of the final week of Cactus League games.
3/21/2014 | Gonzalez has cortisone shot for sore shoulder
The Phillies considered Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez fit and ready to pitch this spring. But he experienced some tightness in his right arm early in camp before coming up recently with a sore shoulder. He had been throwing Thursday when he felt pain in the front of the shoulder. He received a cortisone injection Friday.
3/21/2014 | Lester holds Phillies scoreless in solid start
Two of the best left-handers in baseball cruised on Friday, as the Red Sox and Phillies played to a 2-2 tie in 10 innings at Bright House Field.
3/21/2014 | Treinen coming on strong in push for bullpen spot
When he first came to big league camp last month, Blake Treinen said his goal was to leave an impression on the Nationals.
3/21/2014 | Wainwright spins eight shutout frames vs. Nats
Adam Wainwright, who has one more start remaining before he pitches the Cardinals' 2014 opener, looked regular-season ready while leading the Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday.
3/21/2014 | Five unanswered questions as camp hits stretch run
The Cardinals will be in Memphis a week from Friday to wrap up their preseason work with an exhibition game against their Triple-A affiliate. Manager Mike Matheny has said that he expects to settle all roster decisions before that barnstorming trip, which means that several questions will be answered within the next week.
3/21/2014 | Darvish scratched from start in Minors game
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was scratched from Friday's start in a Minor League game because of stiffness in his neck. The problem is not considered serious and the club expects Darvish to make his scheduled start on Opening Day.
3/21/2014 | Verlander rides scoreless effort over Braves
Justin Verlander delivered five scoreless innings and Ezequiel Carrera highlighted a two-run fourth inning with a double that propelled the Tigers to a 3-0 win over the Braves on Friday afternoon at Champion Stadium.
3/21/2014 | Heyward prepared for challenges that come his way
Four years have passed since Jason Heyward electrified an Opening Day crowd at Turner Field by hitting a home run with the first swing of his career. He's now preparing to enter the upcoming season with a longer tenure in Atlanta than any other player projected to be on the Braves' Opening Day roster.
3/21/2014 | Rondon needs Tommy John surgery, will miss '14
Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon will need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski announced on Friday.
3/21/2014 | Mets strike for victory behind seven-run frame
Ike Davis' two-run double and Taylor Teagarden's two-run homer highlighted a seven-run first inning that carried the Mets to a 9-1 win over the Twins on Friday in Grapefruit League action.
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