3/12/2013 | Felix stretches out with extra 'pen work
Seattle ace Felix Hernandez threw an efficient three innings in his second start of the spring on Tuesday, dealing with the D-backs so quickly that he went to the bullpen afterward to throw another 15 pitches to build up his work load.
3/12/2013 | Thatcher comfortable taking it slow in spring
The Padres are bringing left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher along slowly, mainly because the role he holds for the team doesn't require lengthy appearances.
3/12/2013 | Australian players making inroads in the Majors
Team Australia may have been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, but there are a few players from the Land Down Under who are just getting warmed up for the Major League season.
3/12/2013 | Crawford faces Major League pitchers
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford stepped it up another notch in his comeback from an elbow injury, taking live batting practice from Major League relievers J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen on Tuesday.
3/12/2013 | High-five: Wright's big night paces Team USA
David Wright delivered a back-breaking three-run double in the eighth inning, capping his five RBI night in Team USA's 7-1 victory over Puerto Rico in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic.
3/12/2013 | Elbow flareup has Greinke's status in limbo
Details are sketchy on Zack Greinke's right elbow injury, but manager Don Mattingly said it's not serious and the pitcher could resume playing catch on Friday.
3/12/2013 | In return to mound, McClellan makes it 'look easy'
Ten months. That's about how long Kyle McClellan had to wait to get on a big league mound and face hitters again. He did so on Tuesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium and hardly looked like he had been away that long.
3/12/2013 | All eyes on San Francisco for championship round
Two teams are on their way, already navigating from across the Pacific Ocean following successful ventures in the Far East. Two more will emerge from fierce battles this week more than 3,000 miles across the country in Miami. Destination: San Francisco.
3/12/2013 | Chatwood moves forward in battle for fifth spot
Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood put an end to an experiment with his delivery and moved forward in his bid to earn a spot on the season-opening pitching staff.
3/12/2013 | US tops Puerto Rico in Gio's dominant homecoming
Gio Gonzalez came home and pitched precisely as advertised on Tuesday night and David Wright drove in five as the United States beat Puerto Rico, 7-1, in the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
3/12/2013 | Corbin making strong case for No. 5 spot
Of the three pitchers competing for the No. 5 spot in the D-backs rotation -- Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado -- there's no question Corbin has pitched the best so far this spring.
3/12/2013 | Led by Cano, enthusiastic Dominicans on mission
Robinson Cano has won a World Series with the Yankees. But even beating the Phillies in 2009 may not top what the Dominican Republic is attempting to do now in the World Baseball Classic.
3/12/2013 | Halladay insists he is healthy after rough outing
After giving up seven runs to a light Detroit lineup on Tuesday, Roy Halladay insists that he is fine. According to the righty, this outing can be chalked up to lethargy, as his training program has been more intense lately. The Phillies, depending on him to bolster their rotation this season, hope that he is right.
3/12/2013 | Will Chipper trade his golf clubs for a bat?
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman delivered an SOS through reporters earlier this week to Chipper Jones and to others in search of help for his team's injury-depleted roster on a short-term basis.
3/12/2013 | For Eaton, it's easier to hit HRs than savor them
When D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton homered Monday, he nearly passed pitcher Trevor Cahill, who was on base at the time. It doesn't even seem right to call it a home run "trot" for Eaton, it's more like a sprint.
3/12/2013 | Spring Training at-bats meaningful for Coghlan
All those old adages about not worrying about Spring Training results may just have to go out the window this month for Chris Coghlan and the rest of the candidates vying for the Marlins' center-field job.
3/12/2013 | Harrison on track to possibly start Opening Day
Matt Harrison is back on track. The Rangers have even likely put him on track to be their Opening Day starter even though they have not made an official announcement.
3/12/2013 | Graffanino visits camp, offers Gamel encouragement
Former Brewers infielder Tony Graffanino visited his old club on Tuesday and sought out Mat Gamel to deliver inspiration: Yes, it is possible to come back from a second ACL reconstruction.
3/12/2013 | Lawrie taking it slow after oblique strain
Part of Brett Lawrie's maturation at the big league level has been learning how to deal with injuries. The Blue Jays' energetic third baseman sometimes appears ready to run through walls in order to make a big play. There are plenty of benefits with that style, but there are also some negatives.
3/12/2013 | Peralta returns to lineup after allergic reaction
Jhonny Peralta was back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Phillies after having an allergic reaction to clam chowder before Monday's game. He went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored
3/12/2013 | 'Possible' Rondon could be in closer by committee
A week ago, when Bruce Rondon was struggling to command his fastball and retire hitters, the Tigers were emphasizing that nothing had been determined in the closer race. Now that Rondon has posted back-to-back scoreless innings, they're saying the same thing, but they certainly seem open to including Rondon in a closer committee.
3/12/2013 | CarGo returns to Rockies after Classic
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said Tuesday that participating in the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela was strange because routines were disturbed, but he wouldn't trade the experience.
3/12/2013 | Dominicans rally, overpower Italians late
Nelson Cruz's two-out, opposite-field single punctuated a three-run seventh inning that rallied the heavily favored Dominican squad to a 5-4 win over Italy on Tuesday afternoon in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic.
3/12/2013 | White Sox GM Hahn sticking with his instincts
A tried-and-true philosophy for White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has been to find that perfect mix of veterans and youth so that the roster doesn't get too old or stagnant.
3/12/2013 | Balfour hopes to make spring debut by Monday
The A's hope to have their closer back in less than a week. Right-hander Grant Balfour, who underwent minor knee surgery on Feb. 14, threw to hitters for the first time since his operation on Tuesday and is gearing up to make his Cactus League debut by Monday.
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