2/16/2013 | Murphy ready to take on top left-handers
Rangers left fielder David Murphy hit .347 against left-handed pitching in 2012, with a .405 on-base percentage and a .440 slugging percentage. All three numbers were easily the highest for him against left-handers in five full seasons with the Rangers.
2/16/2013 | Gamel braced for starting duties at first
Mat Gamel talked to reporters this week while carefully fitting a bulky black brace around his right knee. One strap at a time, he tightened the device that he hopes will carry him through the spring and into the regular season.
2/16/2013 | Kershaw awarded third straight Opening Day start
Clayton Kershaw was named the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitcher by manager Don Mattingly on Saturday. The lefty will be the club's first to make three consecutive Opening Day starts on the mound since Derek Lowe from 2005-07.
2/16/2013 | Robinson wants O's to give him 'a long look'
The Orioles had every player accounted for on Saturday morning for the first full-squad workout -- with infielder Yamaico Navarro in camp, as well as outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who cleared waivers on Friday.
2/16/2013 | With assist from Carew, healthy Stewart ready to go
The longest offseason of Ian Stewart's baseball life has ended.
2/16/2013 | Peralta's stiff neck improves
Joel Peralta reported on Saturday that his stiff neck had improved dramatically enough to where he could long toss.
2/16/2013 | Crane honored to host Obama at golf course
Astros owner Jim Crane is hosting a vacationing President Barack Obama at his Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., this weekend, and the two are scheduled to play a round together on Sunday.
2/16/2013 | Soriano arrives at Nationals' camp
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano arrived in camp on Saturday morning and was greeted in the clubhouse by teammate Gio Gonzalez and general manager Mike Rizzo. Soriano would later get reacquainted with left-hander Will Ohman. The two played together when they were with Atlanta in 2008.
2/16/2013 | Napoli 'moving forward' after good medical news
Mike Napoli's recent MRI revealed no change in his hip condition, and he'll begin taking grounders from his knees and increasing his running program.
2/15/2013 | Orioles sign righty Jurrjens to Minor League deal
The Orioles officially signed Jair Jurrjens to a Minor League contract on Friday night with an invitation to Spring Training, a deal that was struck after three weeks of the agreement being in limbo.
2/15/2013 | Francona wants Day 1 energy to permeate camp
Indians manager Terry Francona liked the energy level he saw from his players during Friday's full-squad workout. He is hoping that the team continues to display the same intensity as Spring Training rolls on.
2/15/2013 | Ramirez's arrival remains delayed by visa issue
Manager Bruce Bochy expects all 70 players invited to camp to be present for Saturday's initial full-squad workout with one exception: right-hander Ramon Ramirez, whose arrival remained delayed by visa problems.
2/15/2013 | Escobar, Tejada will report late to camp
Infielder Miguel Tejada joined shortstop Alcides Escobar as a no-show for the Royals' first full-squad workout on Friday.
2/15/2013 | Rangers reshaping team identity without Young
Michael Young's stature among his teammates, the stature achieved during 13 seasons of solid production and leadership, is one of the more interesting things the Rangers will be attempting to replace this season.
2/15/2013 | Choo under scrutiny during first workout with Reds
After the full squad reported to camp on Friday, the Reds held an afternoon workout. No player came under as much scrutiny as new Shin-Soo Choo, as 25 members of the South Korean media were issued credentials to cover his first workout.
2/15/2013 | Chipper delays return to Braves until Saturday
Chipper Jones and Fred McGriff will always be linked as the corner infielders of Atlanta's 1995 World Series champion team. This week they will serve as the guest Spring Training instructors for the Braves.
2/15/2013 | Straily determined to earn final spot in A's rotation
Dan Straily is battling to win the final spot in Oakland's rotation -- led by Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and most likely Bartolo Colon -- after a brief appearance in the big leagues last sesaon.
2/15/2013 | Zimmermann, Nats reach deal to avoid arbitration
Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann avoided arbitration Friday evening by agreeing to a one-year, $5.35 million deal with the Nationals.
2/15/2013 | Boras: Calls increasing for Lohse, unsigned free agents
Spring Training has begun, and Kyle Lohse is still looking for a team. But according to agent Scott Boras, the right-hander is drawing more interest as the days go by.
2/15/2013 | Weiss sees Young as potential 'super-utility guy'
New Rockies manager Walt Weiss' stated goal of increasing his team's versatility and aggressiveness on the bases could be a boon to the fortunes of Eric Young Jr.
2/15/2013 | 'Best interest' for Thornton to skip Classic
White Sox reliever Matt Thornton thoroughly enjoyed his World Baseball Classic experience with Team USA in 2009, but he made a difficult decision to skip this year's event.
2/15/2013 | Medication helps Greinke to perform at high level
At a time when the words "medication" and "baseball" are almost always linked to bad news, Zack Greinke connected those dots on Friday to share good news.
2/15/2013 | Optimism abounds after full-squad workout
Royals Spring Training is officially on. The first full-squad workout was held on Friday, ending in mid-afternoon sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s.
2/15/2013 | Wells takes high road regarding new role
The situation that currently surrounds Vernon Wells reeks of Bobby Abreu heading into Spring Training last year -- big-name player, coming off a subpar season, with an immovable contract and without a defined role.
2/15/2013 | Healthy Beltran knows not to overdo it
After allowing some time for the aches and pains brought on by the wear and tear of a full season, Carlos Beltran said he resumed his normal offseason regimen on schedule and felt "great" Friday.
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