3/21/2013 | Spring squeeze: Cutting down roster no easy task
As Opening Day nears, numerous factors come into play for managers and general managers, who have to put spring statistics in the proper context and balance them against past performance when deciding on a roster.
3/20/2013 | Stronger, faster Butler simply a hitting machine
If there are three words that can best describe Billy Butler, it's this: He can hit.
3/20/2013 | White takes another step toward rotation spot
Alex White may have moved a step closer to clinching a spot in the rotation on Wednesday with the moves that saw Jordan Lyles and John Ely optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
3/20/2013 | Rotation depth is Angels' biggest question
One issue arguing against the Angels clinching the division title before Labor Day is the question of their own pitching depth, particularly in the starting rotation.
3/20/2013 | Vogelsong continues Giants starters' momentum
Ryan Vogelsong's six sparkling innings in Wednesday's 10-inning scoreless tie with the Brewers continued a familiar trend: The Giants' starters are thriving.
3/20/2013 | Kershaw's agents spotted at training complex
Clayton Kershaw's agents were at the Dodgers Camelback Ranch training complex on Wednesday, immediately fueling speculation that a contract extension for the team's ace was in the works.
3/20/2013 | Bauer adjusts in quest to earn rotation spot
Indians pitching prospect Trevor Bauer is attempting a delicate balancing act of altering his mechanics and trying to make the team's Opening Day rotation.
3/20/2013 | Deduno's Classic performance impresses Twins
Right-hander Samuel Deduno's performance in the World Baseball Classic certainly wasn't lost on Twins executives and coaches.
3/20/2013 | Quentin optimistic after testing knee in field
Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin tested his sore right knee in the field for the first time on Wednesday. Quentin, who has had soreness in his surgically repaired knee for 10 days, was asked if he'll be ready to be in the Opening Day lineup on April 1 against the Mets at Citi Field. "I'm trying to be," he said.
3/20/2013 | Narveson takes biggest step in return from surgery
Just how sharp was Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson on Wednesday? He worked six innings against the Giants, yet fell far short of his allotment of pitches.
3/20/2013 | Despite injury, Fuld targeting Opening Day
Sam Fuld has been out since March 3 for precautionary reasons because of a tight right hamstring. The Rays don't want him rushing back because running is such a big part of his game.
3/20/2013 | Triumphant Rodney returns to Rays Thursday
After playing a pivotal role in the Dominican Republic's undefeated run toward claiming its first World Baseball Classic title, Fernando Rodney will return to Rays camp on Thursday.
3/20/2013 | Danks expected to start season on disabled list
Left-hander John Danks, the White Sox Opening Day starter from 2012, will almost certainly begin the current campaign on the disabled list, with Dylan Axelrod moving into the rotation.
3/20/2013 | Francis poised to open eyes with guile
At 32 -- years from his days as the Rockies' No. 1 starter but also years from shoulder problems that turned him into an afterthought -- Jeff Francis is quietly plotting what he believes is a return to the spotlight.
3/20/2013 | Colon unable to keep opponents' hits total down
The hits kept coming against Bartolo Colon on Wednesday, when the right-hander pitched in a Minor League game to remain on schedule while the A's had an off-day.
3/20/2013 | Minor hoping to avoid repeat performance
Mike Minor's pitching line might not have been quite as ugly as the one Kris Medlen produced while allowing 14 hits and nine runs in Monday's win over the Phillies. But Minor certainly would like to avoid any repeat performances of the start he had for the Braves in Wednesday's 18-9 win over the Pirates at Champion Stadium.
3/20/2013 | Tigers have decision to make regarding Porcello
Officially, Wednesday was an off-day for the Tigers, their last of Spring Training. For Rick Porcello, it was time to go to work. For Tigers management, it was time to get down to the business of deciding what to do with the right-hander.
3/20/2013 | Greinke encouraged after strong Minor League start
Zack Greinke said his elbow wasn't an issue during a four-inning Minor League start on Wednesday and he should have enough time to be ready for the start of the season.
3/20/2013 | Lawrie, Janssen, McGowan all make progress
The Blue Jays' walking wounded continue to make progress from their various injuries, and there's hope the club will be almost completely healthy by Opening Day.
3/20/2013 | Indians make things fresh, new at Progressive Field
After a litany of offseason roster enhancements and a few fan-friendly ballpark initiatives, the Indians organization sold out of tickets for the home opener against the Yankees in just six minutes.
3/20/2013 | Cashman unsure Jeter will be ready Opening Day
The Yankees are bracing for the possibility of an Opening Day without Derek Jeter, as the captain's availability is now in doubt after an anti-inflammatory cortisone injection was administered to his left ankle on Wednesday morning.
3/20/2013 | Mets developing contingency plans for infield
The Mets' infield seemed stable going into Spring Training, but it has been anything but, with David Wright and Daniel Murphy battling injuries.
3/20/2013 | Viciedo's right quad better, expects to play Thursday
The right quadriceps strain that knocked White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo from Tuesday's game against the Reds kept the left fielder inactive Wednesday against the D-backs. But Viciedo is scheduled to return to the starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers.
3/20/2013 | Mets rally to take victory away from Astros
The Astros led early after Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second, but the Mets rallied in the seventh inning for a 7-5 win on Wednesday night at Osceola County Stadium.
3/20/2013 | Doubront determined to take his game up a notch
In a starting rotation that includes four accomplished veterans, Felix Doubront is still the relatively unknown fifth piece for the Red Sox.
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