3/18/2014 | Now a Yankee, Bailey looks forward to getting ring
Andrew Bailey, now with the Yankees, never quite got going during his two years with the Red Sox, thanks to a barrage of health woes. But he reflects fondly on his time in Boston and will be honored to receive his World Series ring at some point this season.
3/18/2014 | Bo mentoring younger generation in Glendale
It's going on 20 years since Bo Jackson last played in a Major League game, and even longer since he carried a football in the NFL. And as he's gotten to know some of the young White Sox players this week in camp, that's become quite apparent.
3/18/2014 | Health has made huge difference for Stanton
Each Spring Training, there will be plenty of speculation about how many home runs Giancarlo Stanton will hit. Or how far the Marlins slugger will drive a baseball? But the big question for Stanton is health, and the Marlins like the answer so far.
3/18/2014 | Detroit delivers double-digit runs vs. Toronto
Ian Kinsler's third home run of the spring and Don Kelly's grand slam led the Tigers to their third double-digit outburst in four games, earning their fourth consecutive win with an 18-4 decision over the Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
3/18/2014 | Despite upheld calls, Roenicke likes replay
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke fell to 0-for-5 in challenges on Tuesday after expressing satisfaction earlier in the day with the way Major League Baseball is implementing expanded replay.
3/18/2014 | Gomez could land leadoff spot in Brewers' lineup
Center fielder Carlos Gomez led off for a second straight game on Tuesday, as the Brewers continued mulling options for that important position in the batting order.
3/18/2014 | Tigers down starting shortstop, but hardly out
The Tigers may not have a qualified shortstop as we speak, but you can bet that they will before the Comerica Park carousel starts spinning. That's because they're also blessed with one of the best executives in the game in Dave Dombrowski and backed by an owner in Mike Ilitch who has relentlessly provided funding to fix holes as they appear.
3/18/2014 | Mets come from behind after Dice-K fans five
Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out five as he continues to zero in on the fifth starter's job, and the Mets rallied in the fifth and sixth innings before securing the 5-4 win on Andrew Brown's walk-off single in the ninth.
3/18/2014 | Despite down spring, hopes high for Ozuna
The expectations are still there for Marcell Ozuna, the always upbeat and often energized Marlins outfielder. The 23-year-old entered Spring Training as the frontrunner to win the center-field job.
3/18/2014 | Swarm mentality: Soriano, Yankees pound Red Sox
Michael Pineda continued to state a convincing case for beginning the year in the rotation and Alfonso Soriano connected for his first home run of the spring as the Yankees pounded the Red Sox, 8-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 11,032 on Tuesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
3/18/2014 | Parker prepared for mental battle of recovery
Jarrod Parker can barely keep up with the text messages he's received since hearing on Monday that he needs a second Tommy John surgery. This is the type of support that Parker will rely on to carry him through yet another grueling, yearlong rehab process, the type of journey that can often be so unkind to an athlete's mental state.
3/18/2014 | Swisher, Tribe proved to be perfect fit in no time
Indians fans appreciate Nick Swisher for his passion and gritty style of play. His teammates admire Swisher's veteran clubhouse presence. The organization values Swisher's capacity to become the face of a resurgent Tribe club. Reporters like that Swisher can talk at length, and provide quality quotes, on almost any subject.
3/18/2014 | AFL played key role in development of Cutch, Cole
For Andrew McCutchen, it was one of his final steps toward the Major Leagues. For Gerrit Cole, it was the very first step. And both cornerstones of the 2014 Pirates reflect fondly on their Arizona Fall League experiences.
3/18/2014 | Once promising, Braves' rotation on shaky ground
One moment, the Braves had one of the most impressive starting pitching rotations in the Major Leagues. Now ... well, with Kris Medlen out for 2014 and Brandon Beachy potential joining him, this isn't pretty.
3/18/2014 | Gordon gets second chance to start over
Once viewed as the Dodgers' answer at shortstop for years to come, Dee Gordon has undergone a change of positions -- and, more importantly, a change of heart.
3/18/2014 | Closing requires a different mind-set
The men charged with completing that task and bringing home the victory are closers, who usually enter in the ninth inning with the game on their shoulders. A coveted position, some teams pay upward of $10 million per season for these one-inning specialists.
3/18/2014 | It's Rollins' choice whether to fit with Sandberg
Jimmy Rollins will ultimately decide whether this Spring Training storyline exists beyond Spring Training. He can squash it with his bat, with his legs, with his glove and, yes, with his energy level. He can become the kind of player Ryne Sandberg wants him to be, or he can simply be himself and hope that's good enough.
3/18/2014 | Buzz worthy: Swarm of bees delays Sox-Yanks
There is always a buzz in the air when the Yankees and Red Sox meet on the field, and that was especially true for the latest Grapefruit League affair between the historic rivals.
3/18/2014 | Perseverance paying off for prospect La Stella
If Tommy La Stella realizes a childhood dream that developed as he was denting his basement walls with line drives, there is a good chance he would become the first player to reach the Major League level with the help of a donkey.
3/18/2014 | Relief roles up for grabs in Philly
The Phillies' bullpen struggled last season, and they need to improve if they plan to return to the postseason for the first time since 2011.
3/18/2014 | Injuries wreaking havoc with Rangers' lineup
Opening Day is less than two weeks away, and the Rangers still can't shake the nagging injuries that have plagued them since Spring Training started.
3/18/2014 | Spring a chance for Gordon to warm up for KC
There are just nine games left in Arizona for the Royals. Opening Day is less than two weeks away. And Alex Gordon is almost in a liftoff mode.
3/18/2014 | Injuries can change Draft landscape in a snap
It's an unavoidable occurrence, both among potential draftees and across baseball: Best laid plans change because of injury. This early spring is no different, with several potential Draft prospects having already landed on the shelf.
3/18/2014 | Rested-up Giants know how to return to top
The Giants didn't welcome the open October calendar that came with finishing below .500 in 2013. But they did at least welcome the rest it provided.
3/18/2014 | Niese no longer a lock for Opening Day
Jon Niese officially returned to camp on Tuesday after his latest MRI revealed no structural damage in his sore left elbow. He expects to resume throwing off flat ground on Wednesday, though he is no longer a lock to start on Opening Day.
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