3/19/2014 | Bullpen session a positive step for Hamels
Cole Hamels threw 40-plus pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday at Bright House Field. If he feels OK on Thursday, he is expected to throw to hitters in a live batting practice session Saturday. Hamels expects to throw one more live BP after that before potentially pitching in a game.
3/19/2014 | Closers face challenges unique to position in spring
You can stage a month's worth of sun-splashed ballgames in Florida and Arizona, but for closers, there really is no way to simulate what they do for a living.
3/19/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Gray choice to lead in Ks
Rockies right-hander Jon Gray was the best prospect in last year's First-Year Player Draft and the No. 3 overall selection. He's Jim Callis' pick to pace the Minor Leagues in strikeouts in his first full professional season, while Jonathan Mayo likes Pirates righty Tyler Glasnow.
3/19/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Glasnow will be Minors' K king
You are not going to win a strikeout crown, regardless of professional level, just by throwing hard. That's one of the big reasons why Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow is the slam-dunk choice to lead the Minor Leagues in 2014.
3/19/2014 | Medlen has second Tommy John surgery since 2010
Braves right-hander Kris Medlen underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Medlen also had the procedure in August 2010.
3/19/2014 | Dodgers mum on starter for Thursday's exhibition
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly took his covert managing style to a new level on Wednesday, declining to say which non-roster pitcher would start Thursday night's exhibition game against Team Australia.
3/19/2014 | Wind plays tricks at Sydney Cricket Ground
On Wednesday, a funny thing happened to the Tuesday perception of the Sydney Cricket Ground as a bandbox in its baseball configuration. The wind changed direction.
3/19/2014 | Van Slyke works way back into Dodgers' plans
Don Mattingly hasn't named a starting left fielder for Opening Night yet, but Scott Van Slyke is the most likely candidate just two years removed from a disappointing Major League debut.
3/19/2014 | Wolf makes his case with four shutout innings
Left-hander Randy Wolf, attempting to win a rotation job after sitting out last season following Tommy John surgery, threw four shutout innings on Tuesday in the Mariners' 5-5 tie against the Padres.
3/19/2014 | Vogelsong pleased despite rough stats line
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong wasn't disappointed in his fifth outing of the spring Tuesday, despite allowing nine runs (eight earned) on 11 hits, including two homers -- one a huge blast by Jeff Francouer.
3/19/2014 | Rowland-Smith, Shipley at home Down Under
D-backs reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith and executive Craig Shipley are acting as ambassadors and tour guides as they return to their native Australia for the Opening Series.
3/19/2014 | Life's a beach for Dodgers, Little Leaguers
Four members of the Dodgers met with Australian Little Leaguers at Bondi Beach to share their love of the game and promote this weekend's Opening Series.
3/19/2014 | Florimon returns, to get plenty of work moving forward
When the Twins made their usual round of mass substitutions in the top of the sixth inning against the Rays on Tuesday night, seven new positions players trotted out onto the field at Hammond Stadium. But Pedro Florimon was the lone position player to remain in the game, as the shortstop has plenty of catching up to do after having his appendix removed on Feb. 17.
3/19/2014 | Pitchers have it rough as Indians outslug Giants
Cleveland and San Francisco combined for seven home runs, two by the Indians' Yan Gomes, in a 12-11 Cleveland victory Tuesday during the only night game of the spring for the Indians.
3/19/2014 | Three-way rotation race a tough call for Indians
There is one vacancy within the Tribe's starting staff, and the competition appears to be down to right-handers Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin and Aaron Harang. All three have performed well this spring while attempting to balance preparation with production. The Indians wanted a tough decision. It looks like the team will get its wish.
3/19/2014 | Decision on fifth starter could come Saturday
A decision on who the Rays' fifth starter will be could be made as early as Saturday. Jake Odorizzi, Cesar Ramos, and Erik Bedard are the remaining candidates.
3/19/2014 | Price to use simulated game to line up for opener
David Price looked sharp in Sunday's start against the Red Sox when he threw 91 pitches while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. That performance set up the next step for the Rays' Opening Day starter, who will now pitch in a simulated game on Friday before finishing out his spring the following Wednesday against the Orioles.
3/19/2014 | Myers moves to leadoff, responds with big game
Wil Myers entered Tuesday night's game against the Twins hitting .154 with one RBI and no extra-base hits this spring. While the Rays aren't making a big deal about the reigning American League Rookie of the Year's hitting -- or lack thereof -- they did employ a little twist by using him in the leadoff spot.
3/18/2014 | Crawford confident he can step up offensively
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford came to camp this spring with the goal in mind to get off to a good start at the plate and stay there, because he knows from last year he can do the first part.
3/18/2014 | Martinez looking to earn spot in Cards' rotation
Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has acknowledged he'd like to be a starter this season, and his performance on the mound has spoken volumes to support his case. He continues his quest for a rotation spot against the Twins today on MLB.TV.
3/18/2014 | Choice gives Rangers walkoff win in bottom of the 10th
Michael Choice hit a walkoff RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning Tuesday to lift the Rangers to a 7-6 victory over the Cubs.
3/18/2014 | Chisenhall making case for playing time
With so much attention on Carlos Santana's transition from catching to playing third base this spring, Lonnie Chisenhall's solid showing has mostly flown under the radar.
3/18/2014 | Kirkman, Beltre struggle with spring spotlight on them
Two players out of options did not help their chances of breaking camp on the 25-man roster during the Rangers' 9-3 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday afternoon.
3/18/2014 | Hughes pitches six strong innings in Minors game
Right-hander Phil Hughes got his work in on Tuesday by pitching six strong innings in a Minor League game for Class A Advanced Fort Myers at the Lee County Sports Complex.
3/18/2014 | Indians bring back former prospect Miller
The Indians stuck by Adam Miller through four finger surgeries and gave him a chance to embark on an improbable comeback trail. Cleveland is once again offering the former pitching prospect the opportunity to continue his professional career. On Tuesday, the Indians announced they have signed Miller to a Minor League contract.
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