3/27/2015 | Gonzalez exits game vs. Padres with sore left knee
Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez was removed from Friday's game against the Padres because of soreness in his left knee. The club said the move was precautionary.
3/27/2015 | What to watch for in today's games
The regular season draws near as Grapefruit League and Cactus League action continues today, featuring some high-profile pitchers and a matchup between crosstown rivals. Here are a few things to watch for:
3/27/2015 | International prospects have fun in first game vs. high school team
The team of prospects from across Latin America competing in the inaugural International Prospect Series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex knew they were in for a memorable experience even before they stepped on the field against North Carolina's South Caldwell High School on Friday afternoon.
3/27/2015 | NHSI title game to be battle of California
For the third time in four years, the championship game of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational will feature two teams from California.
3/27/2015 | Dedicated to craft, Peavy evolving with age
Give Jake Peavy credit for constantly trying to adjust. At 33 years old and at this point in his career, the Giants right-hander's fastball isn't what it used to be. But whose is at an advanced baseball age? Just ask Justin Verlander and Tim Lincecum.
3/27/2015 | QB Wilson to suit up for Rangers today
Russell Wilson will trade his Seattle Seahawks uniform for a Texas Rangers one on Saturday, as the two-time Super Bowl quarterback is scheduled to join the club in Surprise, Ariz.
3/27/2015 | MadBum builds pitch count in sharp Minor League outing
In his penultimate Cactus League outing, Madison Bumgarner threw 92 pitches over six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 11.
3/27/2015 | Ventura to scale back pitches in spring finale
Royals manager Ned Yost said Yordano Ventura, who was slated to throw 90-95 pitches against the Mariners on Friday, will be backed down to about 60-65 pitches on Wednesday against the Dodgers in the final Cactus League game in Arizona.
3/27/2015 | White Sox want Rodon to be 'complete product' in debut
The prevailing school of thought concerning Carlos Rodon and breaking camp with the White Sox is that once he arrives in the Major Leagues, he's there to stay. Comments from manager Robin Ventura on Friday did nothing to change that point of view.
3/27/2015 | Contract status last thing on Zimmermann's mind
Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is prepared to enter the 2015 season pitching in the final year of his contract. He has said he doesn't want to talk about his contract once the season starts, and he reiterated that point after the game.
3/27/2015 | Tigers crossing fingers on Verlander
It was a strange, confusing day for the Detroit Tigers. One moment, Justin Verlander is at his best, and another he is leaving the game with an injury.
3/27/2015 | League out 'several months' with right shoulder injury
Dodgers reliever Brandon League will be out for "several months," manager Don Mattingly said on Friday after his inflamed right shoulder was examined by several doctors in Las Vegas.
3/27/2015 | Lackey virtually ready for season after gem
After using his first two spring starts to focus on specific pitches, John Lackey met with catcher Yadier Molina on Friday morning, asking him to call the game as he would in the regular season. What followed was a seven-inning performance from Lackey that the Cardinals would certainly take in such a setting.
3/27/2015 | Storen passes test in return from hand surgery
Nationals closer Drew Storen entered Friday's 1-1 tie with the Cardinals in the seventh inning, making his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game since he had a minor surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. Naturally, the first batter Storen faced, second baseman Kolten Wong, hit a grounder to first base that forced the right-hander to cover first base and test out his left hand.
3/27/2015 | Avila handles rare start at first base just fine
Alex Avila is not making a big deal out of playing one game at first base, a half-game really thanks to the rain.
3/27/2015 | Rangers leaning toward keeping Rule 5 pick DeShields
The Rangers keep coming back to their desire to keep outfielder Delino DeShields on the team. DeShields is a Rule 5 Draft pick with significant potential taken from the Astros organization.
3/27/2015 | Hellickson ready to go after resting arm
D-backs right-hander Jeremy Hellickson said Friday he's feeling better after missing his last start due to a tired arm. He'll start again Saturday against the Royals.
3/27/2015 | Nathan counting on Opening Day boost
Joe Nathan is counting on getting a boost on Opening Day in velocity, concentration and command.
3/27/2015 | Hutchison ready for regular season after strong outing
Drew Hutchison pronounced himself ready for the regular season after his final full outing of the spring on Friday against the Tigers.
3/27/2015 | Regardless of role, Martinez pleased with progress
If Friday was indeed the final chance for Carlos Martinez to make his case to the Cardinals that he should earn the final spot in their rotation, the right-hander went out with a flourish, closing with what he considered his best outing of the spring.
3/27/2015 | Nathan counting on Opening Day boost
Joe Nathan is counting on Opening Day, and he is expecting a boost in velocity, concentration and command.
3/27/2015 | A-Rod makes first 180-foot dashes of spring
As Alex Rodriguez checks the boxes off his mental to-do list this spring, he was waiting for an opportunity to make the pair of 180-foot dashes from first to third and second to home. Both were knocked out on a busy Friday afternoon.
3/27/2015 | Roster bubble is nothing new to D-backs' Lalli
With a little more than a week left in Spring Training, D-backs catcher Blake Lalli finds himself squarely on the roster bubble. It's familiar territory for him.
3/27/2015 | Maddon sees NL Central as the new AL East
Now that he's moved to the Midwest, Joe Maddon knows there's some buzz about the National League Central being the new American League East, and he can't wait to check it out for himself. He insists he'd love nothing better than for the next five years to be regular battles between his Cubs and opponents regarded as the teams to beat in the NL.
3/27/2015 | Brantley heeds dad's advice, eyes opposite-field power
Before Michael Brantley leaves for Spring Training each year, his dad offers a suggestion for the upcoming season. Mickey Brantley is a former big league outfielder and hitting coach, so the Indians' left fielder always takes the advice to heart.
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