2/24/2013 | Loria vows better communication with fans
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, in an open letter to Miami baseball fans, addressed a wide range of topics that the organization has faced since overhauling the high-priced roster it put together a year ago. The letter was published in full-page advertisements that appeared on Sunday in the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post.
2/24/2013 | Pirates view rehabbing Contreras as low risk
Jose Contreras, the latest postseason-steeped veteran added to the Bucs' camp, joined the Pirates on Sunday in Bradenton, Fla., where he will continue rehabbing from Tommy John surgery in Major League camp.
2/24/2013 | Fully recovered, Martinez enjoying his return to field
Victor Martinez has a nine-year-old son who epitomizes the joy of simply being on a Major League ballfield, bounding around the outfield during pregame batting practice to shag fly balls, hanging around the clubhouse while players tease him, even calling manager Jim Leyland, 'Skip.'
2/24/2013 | Barmes' blast backs strong pitching performances
Clint Barmes broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Brad Hawpe's two-run single keyed a five-run outburst in the sixth inning Sunday, when the Pirates downed the Braves, 9-2, in the first Grapefruit League game at expanded McKechnie Field.
2/24/2013 | Lester looks great in first start of rebound season
Jon Lester hadn't won fewer than 15 games since the 2007 season until he went 9-14 last year, but Sunday's performance may indicate that he is ready to be a dominant ace for the Red Sox again.
2/24/2013 | Lester, Ciriaco spark Sox in first spring victory
Jon Lester and the pitching staff put on an impressive performance, as the starter threw two perfect innings to begin the game before the bullpen took over, and third baseman Pedro Ciriaco was a catalyst for the Red Sox with two RBIs.
2/24/2013 | Bautista belts first spring homer; Buehrle toils
Jose Bautista hit his first home run of the spring, but Baltimore roughed up left-hander Mark Buehrle in the second inning en route to a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.
2/22/2013 | Alabama State's Renda quiets Prairie View A&M
Behind the combination of Leo Rojas' five hits and T.J. Renda's seven scoreless innings, Alabama State defeated Prairie View A&M, 9-2, at Minute Maid Park on Friday, Day 1 of Major League Baseball's sixth annual Urban Invitational.
2/22/2013 | Urban Invitational reaches people beyond the game
The Urban Invitational, an annual college baseball tournament put on by MLB as part of its Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities initiative, is more than just a showcase of the national pastime, its a tool to raise awareness of education and employment opportunities in the community.
2/22/2013 | Weiss preaching toughness to Rockies
Manager Walt Weiss played for the Rockies when they were known as the Blake Street Bombers. But Weiss is offering his new squad a new identity.
2/22/2013 | Gardner looking to get noticed by Rockies
Right-handed pitcher Joe Gardner began the process Friday of showing the Rockies that he's not just "the other guy."
2/22/2013 | Colleges start to see recruiting benefits of UYA
The Urban Invitational was invented to bring exposure to baseball teams at historically black colleges and universities, and the Urban Youth Academies have begun to supply the players.
2/22/2013 | Moylan shows off his pingpong prowess
The pingpong table at the Dodgers' Cactus League facility gets plenty of use. Clayton Kershaw has been known to swing a mean paddle, and the constant clanking of plastic can be heard throughout the clubhouse.
2/22/2013 | TSU's Gomez fires gem in Urban Invitational opener
Ryan Flanagan's home run and a gem from right-hander Felix Gomez lifted Texas Southern to a 1-0 victory over Southern University in the opening game of the Urban Invitational at Minute Maid Park on Friday.
2/22/2013 | Baker eager to see what club can do before giving signs
Friday was the Cactus League opener for the Reds against the Indians, but Reds manager Dusty Baker didn't plan on executing regular season strategies in the early going.
2/22/2013 | Vogelsong hopes for one-plus innings in opener
Ryan Vogelsong typically wants to pitch as much as he can. But he'll settle for one inning and at least part of a second inning in Saturday's exhibition opener against the Los Angeles Angels.
2/22/2013 | Felix being eased into Spring Training routine
The Mariners are in no rush to get Felix Hernandez throwing this spring, but rest assured, he'll be geared up by the time the regular season opener rolls around on April 1 in Oakland.
2/22/2013 | Darvish to start Tuesday against White Sox
Yu Darvish will make his first Cactus League start on Tuesday against the White Sox (2:05 p.m. CT). Darvish allowed a run in his only inning of work last Tuesday in the intrasquad game.
2/22/2013 | More at ease, Chen ready to improve on rookie year
Wei-Yin Chen has two main goals for 2013: to pitch at least 200 regular-season innings, and to ensure that he doesn't fall victim to a second-year slump.
2/22/2013 | Dodgers legend Garvey reveals prostate cancer
Dodgers legend Steve Garvey, while announcing that some of his baseball memorabilia will be auctioned, also revealed Friday that he had prostate cancer.
2/22/2013 | Jordan Danks' injury opens doors for others
Jordan Danks will be out of action for a few days after complaining of feeling something in his right elbow. An MRI came back negative. Danks' inactivity, along with Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios participating in the World Baseball Classic, means more Cactus League time for some of the up-and-coming young outfielders in the system.
2/22/2013 | After historic feat, Hill looks to recycle success in '13
Aaron Hill's two cycles in the span of 11 days last season were no fluke, and his ability to flourish anywhere in the order gives D-backs manager Kirk Gibson flexibility.
2/22/2013 | Fujikawa has uneven intrasquad outing
Kyuji Fujikawa made his Cubs debut Friday in an intrasquad game, walking one of the four batters he faced.
2/22/2013 | Gyorko wastes little time in getting first hit
Jedd Gyorko nearly came out of his shoes Friday when he went up the ladder, missing a high fastball from Mariners pitcher Hector Noesi. Gyorko, who is here in camp trying to win the starting second-base job, didn't have to wait long, as he blasted a fastball over the left-field fence in the first inning for a grand slam.
2/22/2013 | Blue Jays banking on new one-two lineup punch
The top of the Blue Jays' batting order has been somewhat of a black hole for almost a decade, but that is expected to change this year following the additions of Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera.
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