2/24/2013 | A year after exceeding expectations, Nats raise them
To gauge the direction the Washington Nationals are headed, look no further than the Denard Span trade. Of course, the team that won 98 games last season made numerous other improvements as well.
2/24/2013 | McClellan cuts bullpen session short with pain
Kyle McClellan, who is trying to recover from shoulder surgery and win a spot in the rotation,
2/24/2013 | Tissenbaum makes most of long drive
Maxx Tissenbaum, a second baseman who reported this week for prospect mini-camp, didn't just drive to Peoria, he made the trip an adventure.
2/24/2013 | Garcia loses matchup with former teammate Ibanez
Freddy Garcia allowed a home run to former teammate Raul Ibanez, who has dominated the matchup with Garcia in his career.
2/24/2013 | Early spring returns look good for Howard
Ryan Howard can be pretty boisterous in the Phillies' clubhouse. But he left Bright House Field on Saturday rather quietly. He was upset about his two strikeouts in his Grapefruit League debut. But the Phillies' first baseman felt much different after his performance on Sunday.
2/24/2013 | Brown impressing Manuel in camp
Domonic Brown is competing for a roster spot and playing time with the Phillies, and has been swinging the bat well early in camp. If he keeps it up, he could secure regular playing time once the season starts, regardless of when injured outfielder Delmon Young gets on the field, since he's gotten the attention of manager Charlie Manuel.
2/24/2013 | Alvarez pounds strike zone in efficient outing
Pound the strike zone and force the action were Henderson Alvarez's objectives heading into his first Grapefruit League start. Mission accomplished.
2/24/2013 | Marlins exploring options after losing Mathis
The search for a backup catcher has already begun. The Marlins are exploring all avenues for depth now that Jeff Mathis is out for at least six weeks with a fractured right collarbone.
2/24/2013 | Trio of Twins pitchers enjoy successful outings
Liam Hendriks, Glen Perkins and Kyle Gibson all came away satisfied with their results against the Rays on Sunday in the Hammond Stadium opener for the Twins.
2/24/2013 | Profar, Garcia to alternate in middle infield at camp
Jurickson Profar and Leury Garcia were in the starting lineup for the first time in a Cactus League game on Sunday. Profar started at shortstop and Garcia was at second base.
2/24/2013 | Kotchman takes part in simulated game
Before the Marlins faced the Nationals in Viera on Sunday, several players remained back at the Roger Dean Stadium complex to take part in simulated games. First baseman Casey Kotchman was one of them.
2/24/2013 | Beltran won't be an option in center field
A year after considering Carlos Beltran as a center-field option, the Cardinals are changing course. Manager Mike Matheny said on Sunday the club does not intend to use Beltran in center this season.
2/24/2013 | Furcal, Craig get at-bats as designated hitters
Manager Mike Matheny utilized the designated-hitter spot on Sunday to find at-bats for Rafael Furcal and Allen Craig, both of whom, to varying degrees, are limited in their availability.
2/24/2013 | Adams held out with sore left knee
First baseman Matt Adams was unavailable for the Cardinals on Sunday after waking up with a sore left knee. Manager Mike Matheny did not put an estimate on how long Adams might be sidelined by the issue.
2/24/2013 | Choo welcomes challenges in center this spring
Through two exhibition games, it's been pretty routine in center field for the Reds' Shin-Soo Choo, but the club's new outfielder hopes he's tested plenty before Opening Day.
2/24/2013 | Young leaves game with quad cramp
Chris Young, making his first spring start for the A's as a right fielder on Sunday, lasted just one inning at the position before being taken out with a quad cramp for precautionary reasons.
2/24/2013 | Prado wants lots of at-bats this spring
It didn't take D-backs manager Kirk Gibson long to learn something about Martin Prado. Prado likes to play during Spring Training. Often.
2/24/2013 | Cain OK after comebacker hits knee
Giants right-hander Matt Cain avoided serious injury Sunday after being struck on the right knee by a ball hit by Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs.
2/24/2013 | Houston, Urban Invitational continue to be great fit
The 2013 Urban Invitational at Minute Maid Park was once again a great success in bringing exposure to baseball programs at historically black colleges and universities.
2/24/2013 | Doc's outing provides encouraging signs for Phils
Roy Halladay is far from ready for the 2013 season, but everybody seemed to be heartened by his effort in two innings in his Grapefruit League debut against the Tigers on Sunday. He allowed one hit, one run and struck out two in two innings -- with nearly every Phillies front office executive and scout watching from the stands.
2/24/2013 | Blackley endures eventful inning against Angels
Perhaps an asterisk should be placed next to any stat that came out of Sunday's game between the A's and Angels. The culprit: Extreme wind conditions. Just ask Travis Blackley, the A's starter who balked -- it wasn't called -- because a gust of wind nearly knocked him off the rubber.
2/24/2013 | No minor goal: Montz looks to stick with A's
Luke Montz has 10 professional seasons under his belt but only 10 Major League appearances, all in 2008. He'll be 30 in July, his expiration date in the baseball realm seemingly around the corner. But a good showing in camp this spring should set Montz up for a potential big league opportunity in Oakland.
2/24/2013 | Dice-K, Bauer shine in Tribe debuts
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Trevor Bauer each threw two scoreless innings on Sunday, as two of the Indians' most high-profile new additions made their debuts in split-squad action.
2/24/2013 | Diaz turning heads early at Tribe camp
In Major League camp to soak up as much experience as possible before beginning his Minor League season, Indians shortstop prospect Juan Diaz has manager Terry Francona impressed after the club's first two games.
2/24/2013 | Sandoval earning his way despite limited vision
Rays right-hander Juan Sandoval has just one functioning eye, but he sees more things than most do with two. He's been the warm and fuzzy story during the early part of Spring Training.
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