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2/27/2015 | Lincecum showing old form at camp

Tim Lincecum has received rave reviews at camp. Of course, he formerly prompted such awe on a regular basis. And if the Giants right-hander truly has recaptured his Cy Young Award-winning form -- well, who knows what could happen this year?


2/27/2015 | Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base stealers of his generation, has announce his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.


2/27/2015 | Zimmerman, Escobar practice at first, second base

The Nationals had their second day of full-squad workouts Friday. Second baseman Yunel Escobar and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman stood out above the rest. They were working hard at their new positions at the Nationals complex.


2/27/2015 | Boesch hopes to stand out amid Reds' crowded outfield

Brennan Boesch has arrived in Reds' camp, hoping to land a roster spot amid a crowded outfield after injuries and struggles have left him fighting for a job in the Majors.


2/27/2015 | Rockies leaders to take questions from fans on Monday

The Rockies began full-squad workouts on Friday, but how is the team really looking? Rockies fans have a chance to find out, with answers coming from the club's leadership on Monday at noon during a special Tweet 20.


2/27/2015 | Fredi excited about Braves' improved farm system

As Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has watched Jose Peraza, Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and some of his other top prospects during the early days of Spring Training, he has gained a better understanding of why the Braves' Minor League system went from being much maligned to highly respected during the hectic offseason.


2/27/2015 | Kohn keeping Hamilton in his thoughts

As Braves reliever Michael Kohn has spent the past couple of days digesting reports that have suggested Josh Hamilton might have had a drug relapse that could lead to a suspension, he has kept his focus on his former Angels teammate's long-term well being.


2/27/2015 | Best of Fantasy411 Twitter chat with Fred Zinkie

MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Friday. To learn from someone who's been there and won that, check out the chat transcript below and the @Fantasy411 Twitter handle, MLB.com's Player Preview. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.


2/27/2015 | Wallace aims to land job with new-look Padres

Brett Wallace, a 2008 first-round Draft pick, is looking to land a job with the Padres in Spring Training after spending all of 2014 in Triple-A.


2/27/2015 | Strike a balance: Catchers key but not alone in framing result

In recent years, pitch framing has become a popular topic among people who study defense, with the idea being that some catchers have a particular skill at "stealing" called strikes on pitches that are on the border of the strike zone. But Joe Rosales and Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions argued at the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference that the catcher is not the only variable.


2/27/2015 | Tigers sign former first-round pick Perry to Minors deal

For the third time in the past two months, the Tigers have brought back a former prospect, signing 2008 first-round pick Ryan Perry to a Minor League contract.


2/27/2015 | Preller settles in for first spring as Padres GM

First-year Padres GM A.J. Preller spent a busy offseason revamping the roster, but he says he's constantly evaluating the team's makeup and looks forward to watching position battles play out in Spring Training.


2/27/2015 | D-backs' trajectory depends on choosing proper pieces

The D-backs are embracing a chance to create a new look this spring. This is, after all, a franchise that lost 98 games last season, prompting ownership to revamp the management team for the third time in five years, hiring Dave Stewart to take over for Kevin Towers and Chip Hale to replace Kirk Gibson.


2/27/2015 | Struggles behind him, Strickland looks to earn spot in 'pen

Hunter Strickland shined for the Giants in his first few big league innings in the regular season, but he was hit hard in the postseason. With the struggles behind him, Strickland is looking ahead towards a role with the Giants in 2015.


2/27/2015 | Avila sits out at camp due to back tightness

The Tigers had enough trouble with injuries last Spring Training that they could justifiably get nervous when Alex Avila had to sit out Friday's workout with back tightness. This injury, however, doesn't appear to be severe.


2/27/2015 | Consistent Cardinals have few worries

Once more, they have very few question marks. As usual, they have high expectations. In that way, the St. Louis Cardinals never seem to change much.


2/27/2015 | A's hold situational hitting competition at camp

As the A's continue to get ready for the 2015 season, they spent Friday working on situational hitting, doing so with a friendly competition.


2/27/2015 | Lester, Ross working off same page in BP sessions

Jon Lester's first live batting-practice session was impressive, as was his working relationship with catcher David Ross.


2/27/2015 | D-backs, Trumbo feel slugger better fit for right field

D-backs GM Dave Stewart decided after last season that right field would be a better fit for Mark Trumbo than left, where he began the 2014 season.


2/27/2015 | Harvey draws positive reviews after facing batters

Matt Harvey, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, threw 43 pitches during two batting-practice stints on the mound, his first against live hitters since Aug. 24, 2013. And although the batters were not swinging, the assessment -- from Mets manager Terry Collins, the players and Harvey alike -- was nothing but positive.


2/27/2015 | Duquette's focus remains on building the Orioles

Dan Duquette has four years remaining on his contract as Orioles president of baseball operations, but his talks to take the same position in Toronto with the Blue Jays this past offseason were no mere flirtation. His relationship with the Blue Jays goes back.


2/27/2015 | Another year older, another year wiser for Gallardo

Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo turned 29 on Friday, and his teammates serenaded him with "Happy Birthday" during pre-workout stretching.


2/27/2015 | Lee to make first spring appearance Thursday

Any team in baseball that thinks it might need starting-pitching help this season might want to take a peek Thursday at the Phillies' Grapefruit League game against the Astros in Kissimmee. Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will pitch, which means he is not behind schedule in relation to other pitchers in camp. Lee finished last season on the disabled list with an injured left elbow, but there have been no issues this spring.


2/27/2015 | 'He's special': Cueto brings HOF-type praise from manager

Johnny Cueto finished second in NL Cy Young voting in 2014, and Reds manager Bryan Price dropped names such as Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez in praising the Reds' ace in Spring Training.


2/27/2015 | Family ties give Aramis good reason to end stellar career

While the Brewers weren't fully prepared for Ramirez's announcement that he plans to retire at the end of the season, they weren't shocked, either. It's clear the 36-year-old from the Dominican Republic is prepared to walk away no matter what happens in 2015.




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