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3/3/2015 | Black welcomes expectations for new-look Padres

The expectations have changed for manager Bud Black and the Padres. No longer are the Padres the underdog. "It's exciting," said Black. "We know what is in front of us, and we welcome it."


3/3/2015 | Tomas turns in solid D-backs debut

Yasmany Tomas played five innings at third base and went 1-for-2 in the D-backs' 4-0 exhibition victory against Arizona State University on Tuesday, the Cuban's first game action since signing with Arizona as a free agent.


3/3/2015 | Rosario shows athleticism in work at first base

Playing first base under game conditions went fine for the Rockies' Wilin Rosario on Tuesday. Rosario, a catcher who could increase his playing time by being adequate at first base, made two error-saving plays in one inning.


3/3/2015 | Goldschmidt singles in first at-bat since breaking hand

Paul Goldschmidt picked up right where he left off last July, as the D-backs first baseman singled sharply up the middle in his lone at-bat in Tuesday's 4-0 win in an exhibition game against Arizona State University.


3/3/2015 | For Rockies, developing versatility key part of approach

In the Rockies' world, a player may need to move around to move up. The Rockies usually carry 13 pitchers, while most teams tend to go with 12. That means fewer players on the Rockies' bench, so the more versatile a player, the better.


3/3/2015 | A's optimistic about prospects acquired in Samardzija trade

The A's have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.


3/3/2015 | MadBum's mechanics -- and personality -- are stress-free

Madison Bumgarner wasn't even sure how many runs he gave up in his tough spring debut, showing how little it mattered to him.


3/3/2015 | D-backs honor Prescott resident killed in Syria

The D-backs wore black patches with "KAYLA" on them on their left shoulders for Tuesday's exhibition game against Arizona State University in memory of Prescott resident Kayla Mueller.


3/3/2015 | Seeking late-inning job, Delabar back to basics

Steve Delabar finds himself in the unusual position of having to compete for a roster spot after two years when he was essentially guaranteed a job coming out of camp.


3/3/2015 | Lincecum shows flashes of dominance in spring debut

Tim Lincecum demonstrated his potential for dominance, striking out two and reaching two-strike counts to each hitter he faced while working the third inning. He also proved susceptible to lapses as he surrendered Ben Zobrist's leadoff double and wild-pitched him home.


3/3/2015 | De La Rosa to start D-backs' Cactus League opener

Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will get the start for the D-backs in their Cactus League opener on Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies at Salt River Fields.


3/3/2015 | Buchanan has no issue with flying below radar

Phillies right-hander David Buchanan entered Spring Training last year as a last-minute invite to camp and a relative unknown outside the organization. But Buchanan, who allowed five hits and one run over two innings in Tuesday's 5-5 tie with the Yankees at Bright House Field, enters this camp as the favorite to be the team's No. 5 starter behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams.


3/3/2015 | Howard focused on nothing but positives

Ryan Howard could have come to Phillies camp last month in a miserable mood and with a scowl on his face. Howard's offseason included a lawsuit between himself and his family, a concerted effort by the organization to trade him and a local radio interview in which his general manager said the Phillies would be better without him. But Howard showed up with a smile, and unless he is putting on an Oscar-worthy performance, he has maintained an upbeat appearance.


3/3/2015 | Venditte begins spring by recording an out with each arm

A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte introduced himself to the Cactus League on Tuesday, recording two outs against the Giants -- one with each arm -- as fans, and even teammates, ooed and aahed.


3/3/2015 | Miley makes quick work of BC in first Red Sox outing

New Red Sox lefty Wade Miley probably won't need the pitch clock that will be used in all Major League ballparks this season to prevent breaks going too long between innings.


3/3/2015 | Castillo to get left side soreness checked out

Rusney Castillo, who is in competition with Mookie Betts to be the starting center fielder for the Red Sox, suffered what the club hopes is a minor injury in Tuesday's 1-0 exhibition victory over Boston College at JetBlue Park.


3/3/2015 | Abreu mourns loss of friend, mentor in Minoso

First baseman Jose Abreu is still mourning the loss of White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, whom Abreu considered a mentor.


3/3/2015 | Castellanos hit by pitch, but X-rays negative

Nick Castellanos left Tuesday's Grapefruit League-opening 15-2 win over the Orioles in the second inning after a Ubaldo Jimenez pitch struck him on the left hand. X-rays were negative, and he left the clubhouse without any obvious limitation later.


3/3/2015 | Undaunted by injuries, Ynoa continues to pursue dream

Michael Ynoa arrived in professional ball with a lot of fanfare and a rich contract, but arm problems quickly stalled his development. Acquired by the White Sox in the Jeff Samardzija trade, Ynoa hopes to find his niche as a reliever.


3/3/2015 | Severino's battle with Howard opens Yanks' eyes

It has been easy to spot the extra attention on Luis Severino this spring at Yankees camp, which the young right-hander seems to be handling with a cool demeanor. That should have hinted at how he would deal with going up against proven big league performers.


3/3/2015 | Cowgill not taking spot on Angels for granted

He's a 28-year-old who played on four different teams before even attaining two years of Major League service time, so don't even begin to tell Collin Cowgill his spot on the 2015 Angels is "secure."


3/3/2015 | Yanks prospect Torrens to miss 2015 season

Yankees Minor League catcher Luis Torrens has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss the 2015 season, the team announced on Tuesday.


3/3/2015 | White Sox agree to terms with 24

The White Sox agreed to terms on contracts with 24 players for the 2015 season on Tuesday.


3/3/2015 | Samardzija finds comfort in intrasquad outing

He was only facing his teammates, but Jeff Samardzija approached his intrasquad outing on Tuesday the same as any other trip to the mound.


3/3/2015 | Wells excited to work with up-and-coming Pompey

If there's anyone who knows what Dalton Pompey must be going through in his first full Spring Training with the Blue Jays, it's Vernon Wells, who was brought in by the team to work with their top prospect.




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