3/22/2012 | Statistics don't paint defensive picture for Mets
Data from the statistician John Dewan foretells trouble for Lucas Duda and the rest of the fielders, but they and Terry Collins say mere numbers don't tell the tale.
3/22/2012 | Smyly getting used to being center of attention
In a very short amount of time, Drew Smyly has come a long way, as the 2010 second-rounder has a legitimate chance to break camp as the Tigers' fifth starter.
3/22/2012 | Hudson feels good after first live BP session
Tim Hudson took another positive step on Thursday, when he threw live batting practice for the first time this year. The Braves veteran pitcher has been behind schedule as he has been recovering from back surgery performed on Nov. 30.
3/22/2012 | Pronk leads Tribe's big day on offense
Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run over four innings and Travis Hafner hit a homer on Thursday as the Indians defeated the Padres, 9-4, in a Cactus League game at the Peoria Sports Complex.
3/22/2012 | Red Sox bullish on Dice-K's return date
If you've forgotten about Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Japanese right-hander might reappear sooner than you think. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hinted on Thursday that Dice-K could pitch in the Major Leagues by early June.
3/22/2012 | Moorad steps down as Padres' CEO
The Padres announced Thursday that Jeff Moorad has stepped down as the club's chief executive officer but will remain vice chairman.
3/22/2012 | Blue Jays' Gose reworks his swing to add some pop
When it comes to Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose and his new approach at the plate, one year has made all the difference in the world.
3/22/2012 | Pitch bruises Pedroia's arm; X-rays negative
After swinging at an Adam Warren pitch that struck his right arm, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's right hand started shaking. With it being Spring Training, manager Bobby Valentine didn't even think of leaving Pedroia in the game. Pedroia is day to day with a right forearm contusion; X-rays were negative.
3/22/2012 | Pirates pick Bedard as Opening Day starter
Erik Bedard, the free agent left-hander signed in the offseason to lend veteran leadership to his younger partners in the Pirates rotation, can start leading on Day One.
3/22/2012 | Troncoso designated to make room for Belisario
The Dodgers on Thursday designated Ramon Troncoso for assignment, ostensibly to clear a 40-man roster spot for the activation of Ronald Belisario off the restricted list.
3/22/2012 | Jennings dealing with sore right shoulder
Joe Maddon said that left fielder Desmond Jennings, who had been scheduled to make the trip to Bradenton, has a sore right shoulder from a throw he made in a game earlier this week, but the Rays' skipper felt confident Jennings could get some at-bats in a Minor League game on Friday.
3/22/2012 | Garza not worried about Opening Day choice
Cubs manager Dale Sveum will end the suspense Friday when he names his Opening Day starter.
3/22/2012 | MLB announces new league for D.R. prospects
As part of its effort to develop the game in Latin America, Major League Baseball announced the launching of a new league on Thursday designed to provide a neutral ground for big league organizations to evaluate the top unsigned amateur players in the Dominican Republic.
3/22/2012 | Bittersweet reunion as Tito broadcasts Sox
Terry Francona, the manager who led the Red Sox to their first two World Series championships since 1918, reunited with his former team on Thursday for the first time since a painful parting five months ago.
3/22/2012 | Minors game a welcome change for Lincecum
Rather than face the NL West-rival Rockies on Thursday, Tim Lincecum made a return to back-field baseball with a high-Class A game against Angels farmhands.
3/22/2012 | Rockies' Betancourt looks to avoid slow start
Rafael Betancourt's best form hasn't arrived this spring, but the Rockies closer is hoping to find his form by Opening Day and avoid the slow starts that have marred his career.
3/22/2012 | KC's Quintero, Bourgeois plan to seize chances
A land of opportunity. That's how catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois view Kansas City. The newest Royals moved into the clubhouse at Surprise, Ariz., on Thursday, and both of them were in the starting lineup in the Royals' 16-4 loss.
3/22/2012 | Dunn, Viciedo pump up White Sox offense
After scoring 13 runs against the Mariners on Wednesday, the White Sox hung 16 on Bruce Chen and the Royals during Thursday afternoon's victory at Camelback Ranch.
3/22/2012 | Halos' Weaver not bothered by rough outing
Angels ace and likely Opening Day starter Jered Weaver was roughed up by the Royals on Thursday, giving up four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.
3/22/2012 | Yost remains patient with second basemen
Ned Yost isn't in a hurry to pick a second baseman among Johnny Giavotella, Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt.
3/22/2012 | Marshall looking forward to first year with Reds
A career-long Cub before his offseason trade to the Reds, lefty reliever Sean Marshall was so immersed in the Chicago way, he made the city his home and had "Mr. Cub" himself, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, officiate his wedding ceremony to wife Sarah. Now, he's eager for the season to start with his new team.
3/22/2012 | Duncan not wasting opportunity with Indians
Throughout his big league career, the 32-year-old Shelley Duncan has been labeled as a solid clubhouse guy capable of providing a good right-handed bat off the bench. Now he has a chance to win the left-field job with the Indians.
3/22/2012 | Granderson runs wild against Red Sox
Curtis Granderson tripled and Dellin Betances worked three shutout innings of relief as the Yankees tied the Red Sox, 4-4, in nine innings at JetBlue Park on Thursday night.
3/22/2012 | Roles remain unsettled in Rangers' bullpen
The Rangers' bullpen is far from set. There are still some roles that need to be claimed, decisions to make and relievers who need to start pitching better.
3/22/2012 | Reds still deciding on Chapman's fate
One of the few mysteries of Reds camp has been what the club will do with left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman to open the season.
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