2/14/2013 | Baker looking forward to working with Hamilton
There is sure to be lots of attention placed by fans on top Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, who is in big league Spring Training for the first time. Hamilton, who was an early arrival, was a 2012 sensation as he stole a professional record 155 bases at Class A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola.
2/14/2013 | Ayala trying to decide if he'll pitch in Classic
Orioles reliever Luis Ayala will decide by Thursday whether to accept an invitation to pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
2/14/2013 | Howard swinging for mental, physical rejuvenation
The Phillies would love for Ryan Howard to bounce back in 2013 and play like a younger, healthier version of himself, and Howard believes he is capable of that type of season if he focuses on the right things.
2/14/2013 | Collins happy with early turnout at Mets camp
Terry Collins believes his public criticism of Ruben Tejada last February may have spooked a few extra players into reporting early for Spring Training in 2013. He's happy if it did.
2/14/2013 | Burnett on track to make first Opening Day start
A.J. Burnett threw his second bullpen session Thursday -- starting his long warmup for Opening Day. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle isn't yet ready to name his starter for Opening Day, still 45 days away, preferring to extend the suspense.
2/14/2013 | Infante officially joins Venezuela for Classic
Omar Infante's participation in the World Baseball Classic is now official, three weeks after it was expected he would join Venezuela's roster. Infante and manager Jim Leyland both confirmed he has been added to the squad.
2/14/2013 | Aaron weighs in on Braves outfield
Former Atlanta great Hank Aaron visited the Braves' Spring Training complex, where he discussed the versatility of Jason Heyward and the upside of the Justin Upton trade.
2/14/2013 | For sophomore effort, Harper's aspirations lofty
Bryce Harper arrived at Nationals camp Thursday, prepared for a potential position switch to left field and perhaps a new spot in the batting order, but the reigning NL Rookie of the Year Award winner's main focus is doing what he can to help Washington win the World Series.
2/14/2013 | Veteran Yankees will still be a force
It's fair to say that many of the Yankees' key players are past the prime years of their careers, but it would be folly to assume that the perennial power won't be a factor in the loaded AL East in 2013.
2/14/2013 | Years later, David still gets it Wright
Since the first time Tom Glavine nodded in the direction of David Wright in the summer of 2004 and said, "He gets it," compliments have come to Wright as good roles have come to De Niro and great songs came to Sinatra.
2/14/2013 | Angels have flexibility at designated-hitter spot
One overlooked component of an Angels offense that figures to be among baseball's very best this season is the newfound -- and necessary -- flexibility Mike Scioscia now has at designated hitter.
2/14/2013 | d'Arnaud strives for greatness in all things
Music, for Travis d'Arnaud, is like baseball in a way. Even these days, when he plays simply to pass the hours, he wants to be great.
2/14/2013 | Chen, Hochevar fighting to remain in rotation
Last season, Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar were the top two starters in the Royals' rotation. This year, after the club completed its offseason upgrades, the two find themselves competing for the final starting slot.
2/14/2013 | Rox acquire infielder Brignac in trade with Rays
The Rockies, wanting another infield option with the versatility to play shortstop, acquired infielder Reid Brignac from the Rays on Thursday for cash and a player to be named.
2/14/2013 | Howard believes Phillies' window of opportunity open
Beware calling Phillies old, especially around Ryan Howard, writes Mike Bauman. The 33-year-old believes Philly has plenty left in its tank.
2/14/2013 | Veteran Marquis adds toughness to Padres' rotation
It's been one rough winter, following a very tough year for Padres right-hander Jason Marquis. After suffering season-ending injuries the past two years and dealing with the affects of Hurricane Sandy on his New York home, Marquis is back in the Padres' rotation.
2/14/2013 | Rays like what they hear from phenom Myers
The thunderous sound of the ball coming off the bat of Wil Myers has impressed those observing the Rays' prospect early in Spring Training.
2/14/2013 | Rodney looks to repeat historic performance
There's no doubt the Fernando Rodney has set a high bar for himself as far as repeating his performance this season, and manager Joe Maddon seems to be resigned to that fact.
2/14/2013 | Danks feels good about first bullpen session
Left-hander John Danks completed his first spring bullpen session without any trouble on Thursday. The White Sox hurler continues to make progress in his rehab from last August's arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.
2/14/2013 | Longoria taking on more of leadership role
With five Major League seasons under his belt, Evan Longoria is now one of the Rays' elder statesmen. The 27-year-old told himself coming into Spring Training this season that he would "do a better job at meeting the new guys and just making myself available for them."
2/14/2013 | Happy to be back, Karstens battling for rotation spot
When the Pirates decided on Day 48 of Jeff Karstens' free agency to re-sign the veteran righty, he certainly drove a hard bargain, just because the club had not tendered him a contract. "Pittsburgh is the only place I wanted to be, he said, "and when the opportunity arose I jumped at it."
2/14/2013 | Andrus isn't concerned about free agency talk
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus still has two years to go on his contract before he can be a free agent. But that hasn't kept his impending free agency from becoming a hot topic of discussion this winter.
2/14/2013 | Mesoraco determined to contribute to club's success
Several Reds had strong years as the team won the NL Central in 2012, and those players could take home good feelings about their personal performances. Catcher Devin Mesoraco was not one of those guys. After a rough rookie season, he took home lots of video instead.
2/14/2013 | Astros' Castro has backstop mentor in Murphy
Jason Castro's lack of a mentor and lost time because of injury means he's at camp trying to establish himself as a Major League starting catcher. And he's not doing it alone.
2/14/2013 | Giant leap: Zito's resurgence in '12 key to title
Amid the euphoria in the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park after the Giants completed their four-game World Series sweep of Detroit last Oct. 28, Barry Zito briefly allowed his mind to wander.
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