3/21/2013 | Victorino catches up with former teammates
The real homecoming for Shane Victorino comes May 29-30 when the Red Sox visit Citizens Bank Park for a two-game series. The Phils' trip to Boston's spring home on Thursday -- and Boston's subsequent trip to Clearwater on Sunday -- are just warm-ups.
3/21/2013 | Mauer, Morneau deserve to stick together
They're back for a 10th season together, friends and teammates, the faces of the Minnesota Twins. For Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, this is a season of sweetness on a couple of levels. Both of them are healthy again, and both of them sense that the Twins are close to turning a corner after back-to-back last-place finishes.
3/21/2013 | Orioles option Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk
The Orioles optioned infielder Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday night, trimming their Major League spring roster down to 44.
3/21/2013 | A-Rod likely to cheer on teammates at opener
Alex Rodriguez is not going to return to the Yankees' lineup until at least after the All-Star break, but the team does expect him to be present when the team takes the field on Opening Day.
3/21/2013 | Harrison to start Rangers opener; Ross to bullpen
The Rangers have announced that Matt Harrison is the Opening Day starter against the Astros on March 31. He will also pitch the home opener on April 5, and Robbie Ross is going back to the bullpen.
3/21/2013 | Arrieta throws six shutout innings, fans nine
Orioles starter Jake Arrieta and the Pirates' Jonathan Sanchez swapped zeroes in an impressive pitching duel in a 10-inning, 0-0 tie on Thursday night at Ed Smith Stadium.
3/21/2013 | Drew resumes baseball activities; return uncertain
The fact that Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was back on the field Thursday doing drills and in the cage taking swings was a sign that his consultation with a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsburgh went well.
3/21/2013 | Samardzija overpowers M's with arm and bat
Jeff Samardzija struck out seven Mariners in six innings and recorded two hits and two RBIs, including a solo home run on Thursday. The Cubs came back for a 7-4 win.
3/21/2013 | Greinke, Billingsley report no further medical problems
The Dodgers got good news from two key starters Thursday, as Zack Greinke and Chad Billingsley had no problems in rehab sessions.
3/21/2013 | Braves mulling over spots to fill in their bullpen
The Braves have the potential to possess Major League Baseball's best group of relievers. But with Opening Day less than two weeks away, it is still not clear exactly who will be in Atlanta's bullpen at the start of the season.
3/21/2013 | 'Loose' Sale ready for opening assignment
White Sox left-hander Chris Sale delivered an Opening Day-like performance on Thursday in an 8-3 victory over the Brewers.
3/21/2013 | For Greens, daughter's memory fuels giving
Thursday marked the third annual exhibition game to raise money for the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation at Kino Stadium, and that non-profit organization is now giving back.
3/21/2013 | Dombrowski says no deal proposed with Padres
While trade rumors continue to swirl regarding Rick Porcello, one particular suggestion caught a decent amount of attention on Thursday. It was a tweet from Jim Bowden, citing a Tigers source, that said the team had proposed two offers that were rejected by the Padres -- one for their closer, Huston Street, the other for reliever Luke Gregersen.
3/21/2013 | Cards pitchers working to be better with bats
Disappointed with their collective showing last season, members of the Cardinals' starting rotation have been logging overtime in the batting cages this spring. The extra work comes a year after the workout schedule cut back on the amount of swings pitchers took.
3/21/2013 | Niese named Opening Day starter
With Johan Santana "extremely likely" to open the season on the disabled list, according to general manager Sandy Alderson, the Mets officially moved forward Thursday with their contingency plan. Left-hander Jon Niese will start Opening Day at Citi Field in place of Santana.
3/21/2013 | McDonald brings solid reputation to Pirates
John McDonald, the newest Pirate, wasn't yet in camp on Thursday. Safe to say, the veteran's reputation preceded him.
3/21/2013 | Strop returns to O's a Classic champion
Pedro Strop was back in the Orioles clubhouse on Thursday afternoon, following a whirlwind few weeks as part of the Dominican Republic team that captured the World Baseball Classic Championship.
3/21/2013 | Soriano slated to pitch Friday after root canal
Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano had root canal surgery on Thursday, but manager Davey Johnson wasn't sure if the problem was entirely fixed. Soriano is scheduled to pitch in relief on Friday against the Tigers.
3/21/2013 | Wright appointed fourth captain in Mets history
He's a six-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Now, David Wright is a team captain.
3/21/2013 | One spot in Cubs bullpen still up for grabs
There are nine games remaining in Spring Training, and the Cubs still have nine relievers competing for one bullpen opening. Manager Dale Sveum has been meeting with Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein to determine who will make the Opening Day roster.
3/21/2013 | Dotel getting used to winning ways
After spending 12 years in the bigs in search of a title, Octavio Dotel has two -- with the Cards in '11 and now with the Classic champion D.R.
3/21/2013 | Giants' latest cuts include Tanaka, Monell
Kensuke Tanaka's bid to make the Giants' Opening Day roster ended Thursday, when the club reassigned him to Minor League camp, along with catchers Johnny Monell and Jackson Williams.
3/21/2013 | Bernadina, Nats hope Classic play proves valuable
Roger Bernadina got his first taste of postseason action last year when the Nationals surprised baseball and ran away with the National League East title. He hopes playing in the World Classic proves just as valuable for the 2013 season.
3/21/2013 | Weaver 'uplifted' after lengthy intrasquad start
Coming off a two-inning stint when he battled a "dead arm," Angels ace Jered Weaver felt great after going 6 1/3 innings Thursday in an intrasquad game vs. Minor Leaguers.
3/21/2013 | Astros launch four long balls to top Tigers
The Astros put on a home-run display under the lights at Joker Marchant Stadium, homering four times -- Carlos Corporan twice -- in a 7-2 win. Starter Lucas Harrell held a lineup of Tigers regulars to three hits over five innings of two-run ball.
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