3/20/2014 | Dodgers set lineup for opener against D-backs
Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, Justin Turner will bat second starting at second base and Scott Van Slyke will be the left fielder when the Dodgers open the regular season Saturday against Arizona at Sydney Cricket Ground.
3/20/2014 | Sox unfazed by Ortiz's quiet Grapefruit League season
David Ortiz went 0-for-2 in Thursday night's loss to the Yankees and is now hitting .063 in Spring Training. However, that does not rank as a concern for the Red Sox.
3/20/2014 | Maddon pleased with talent amid Rays' cuts
The Rays made roster cuts after Thursday night's 5-4 win over the Twins. Manager Joe Maddon was left with 34 players in big league camp.
3/20/2014 | Indians' extension talks with Masterson put on hold
Extension talks between All-Star starter Justin Masterson and the Indians have ceased for the time being.
3/20/2014 | Norris builds on impressive spring with solid showing
Orioles starter Bud Norris' main goal this spring has been to stay healthy. But the right-hander has done more than just that, as Norris tossed five strong innings against the Pirates on Thursday night to continue what has been a successful spring campaign.
3/20/2014 | Scutaro '50-50' to be ready for Opening Day
Second baseman Marco Scutaro, 38, received an epidural shot Thursday to relieve discomfort in his ailing back. Bruce Bochy said that the Giants will wait two days for the shot to take effect before Scutaro is re-evaluated.
3/20/2014 | Rotation competition heats up in win vs. Twins
Tampa Bay took a 5-4 win over Minnesota on Thursday night at Charlotte Sports Park. With the decision on the Rays' fifth starter expected to be made Saturday, Cesar Ramos made the most of his final start before then.
3/20/2014 | Liriano leaves sharp outing with groin tightness
Francisco Liriano was working on a four-hit shutout with two outs in the sixth inning when he landed awkwardly making a 2-and-1 pitch to the Orioles' Adam Jones.
3/20/2014 | No shortage of arms competing in bullpen
Though Spring Training stats can be deceiving, Twins relievers entering Thursday's game had combined to post a 3.31 ERA in Grapefruit League play, which ranked fourth in the Majors.
3/20/2014 | Twins hope Hicks regains balance at leadoff
The Twins would like to see Aaron Hicks develop into a leadoff hitter, as the switch-hitter posted a career .376 on-base percentage in his six seasons in the Minors. But he remains a work in progress.
3/20/2014 | Complacency never an option for determined Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw can win multiple Cy Young Awards like Sandy Koufax. He can win three consecutive ERA titles like Greg Maddux, post sub-2.00 ERAs like Pedro Martinez and Dwight Gooden. Comparisons to past greats, though, don't impress Kershaw. And he has something that can't be compared to any pitcher -- a new $215 million contract.
3/20/2014 | With Baez, future getting closer for Cubs
In any discussion of the Chicago Cubs, the most pleasant time is still the future. At least now, the Cubs are in a place from which the future can be glimpsed.
3/20/2014 | Wang surrenders first spring runs
Wei-Chung Wang gave up his first three runs of spring in his latest bid to bolster his chances with the Brewers. The 21-year-old is trying to win a spot in Milwaukee's bullpen after pitching last year in Rookie ball.
3/20/2014 | Reds voice concern for pitchers' well-being
In the wake of Reds closer Aroldis Chapman being hit in the face by a line drive in a scary moment that has been seen on video around the world, the safety of pitchers is back on the forefront.
3/20/2014 | Machado to continue scheduled rehab
Manny Machado has been dealing with some discomfort-causing scar tissue and has been unable to run the past week, and he will need to continue to progress and begin running again before being cleared to play.
3/20/2014 | O's on verge of signing Ayala for Triple-A depth
Manager Buck Showalter said Luis Ayala would not join big league camp with the Orioles. Instead, the veteran right-hander would add depth at Triple-A Norfolk.
3/20/2014 | Weaver primed to show he's still among game's best
When the conversation turns to baseball's best pitchers, here's a name that shouldn't be overlooked, but often is: Jered Weaver.
3/20/2014 | Cervelli launches fourth Grapefruit League homer
Francisco Cervelli belted his fourth Grapefruit League homer as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Thursday night at JetBlue Park.
3/20/2014 | Arenado's maturity a major factor to his success
Third baseman Nolan Arenado was disappointed he wasn't called up after his season at Double-A in 2012, and again at the end of Spring Training last year when he was sent to Triple-A. He's used that as motivation to become a Gold Glove winner.
3/20/2014 | Girardi starting to think about bullpen's composition
There continues to be only three true locks for the Yankees' bullpen, but manager Joe Girardi said that he has started to lean toward some of the decisions that will fill out the staff.
3/20/2014 | Inbox: Beat reporters break down Aussie series
With Opening Day fast approaching, D-backs beat reporter Steve Gilbert sat down with Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick to answer some questions from fans. They took the most asked ones and turned them into an Inbox. Some are about the Opening Series in Australia while others deal with each team.
3/20/2014 | Back spasms may keep Ryan off Opening Day roster
Opening Day is now considered to be in jeopardy for shortstop Brendan Ryan, who was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Red Sox due to upper back spasms.
3/20/2014 | Hamilton might slide out of cleanup vs. lefties
Angels slugger Josh Hamilton could find his way out of the cleanup spot against opposing left-handers this season, at least initially.
3/20/2014 | Ramirez sails through six shutout frames for Mariners
Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez lowered his spring ERA to 0.96 with six scoreless innings against the Cubs in the Mariners' 3-0 victory on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz. Ramirez allowed four hits and struck out four.
3/20/2014 | Samardzija fans eight in loss to Mariners
Cubs Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija struck out eight over 5 1/3 innings, but allowed two sacrifice flies as the Mariners grabbed a 3-0 victory Thursday in Mesa, Ariz.
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