2/20/2013 | Felix throws first 'pen session of spring
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw off the mound for the first time this spring with a 10-minute bullpen session Wednesday, tossing 33 pitches in the covered pitching cages at the Peoria Sports Complex due to rainy weather.
2/20/2013 | Nutting excited about Pirates moving forward
Following a $10 million renovation of historic McKechnie Field, the Pirates now have two showplaces. All that remains is to fill them with appropriate showpieces. "We've changed the landscape. We're in an incredible position to take another step forward," club chairman Bob Nutting said Wednesday in Pirate City.
2/20/2013 | Strasburg impresses in first spring batting practice
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw his first batting practice of the spring on Wednesday and was in top form.
2/20/2013 | Cashman declines to talk about Cano's contract
General manager Brian Cashman declined to comment Wednesday morning when asked if he was optimistic about signing Robinson Cano to a long-term extension.
2/20/2013 | Braves rave about Reed Johnson's presence
Reed Johnson is one of five players in Major League history to hit a leadoff home run and walk-off home run in the same game. He also has the ability to help his Braves teammates laugh over the course of a long season.
2/20/2013 | Joba nearly plunks Nunez during batting practice
Batting practice turned into an eventful, albeit somewhat dangerous, happening on Wednesday.
2/20/2013 | MLB begins league-wide use of Rawlings helmet
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that all batters have begun standard usage of a new S100 ProComp helmet manufactured by Rawlings.
2/20/2013 | Simmons' travel schedule poses potential difficulties
Andrelton Simmons might play just one exhibition game with the Braves before making the long trip to Taiwan to prepare for the start of the World Baseball Classic. Simmons will bat leadoff and play shortstop for The Netherlands.
2/20/2013 | Dotel apologizes to Cabrera for critical comments
Four months after Octavio Dotel first talked about the Tigers possibly needing a team meeting, he was meeting with his teammates before a Spring Training workout. He wished he didn't have to.
2/20/2013 | A's line up pitching for start of Cactus League
The A's will have right-hander Jesse Chavez start the Cactus League opener against the host Brewers on Saturday.
2/20/2013 | Norberto declines to comment on Biogenesis link
A's reliever Jordan Norberto declined comment Wednesday when approached about an ESPN report connecting him to a South Florida clinic that has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
2/20/2013 | Mejia cleared to join Mets at spring camp
Major League Baseball has affirmed Jenrry Mejia's age and identity, a Mets spokesman said, clearing Mejia to report to camp in Florida this week.
2/20/2013 | Schumaker ready for new beginning in L.A.
Skip Schumaker was part of the St. Louis organization since he was drafted in 2001. Now the 33-year-old will try to give the Dodgers depth and a veteran presence.
2/20/2013 | Padres optimistic Everth's name will be cleared
Shortstop Everth Cabrera said Wednesday he was taken aback to see that his name was linked to Biogenesis, the South Florida anti-aging clinic currently under investigation by Major League Baseball.
2/20/2013 | With Cubs, Villanueva's career comes full circle
When Carlos Villanueva was a teenager, he was playing baseball in the Dominican Republic, and his manager happened to run into Sammy Sosa, who was with the Cubs at that time. Sosa asked if there was anything he could do for the manager, and he mentioned the young pitcher.
2/20/2013 | After surprise '09 run, Sadowski back with Giants
As accomplished and electrifying as the Giants' homegrown pitchers have been, none of them -- including Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner -- broke into the Major Leagues as startlingly and successfully as Ryan Sadowski did in 2009.
2/20/2013 | Prospects Soler, Baez to play in intrasquad game
On Thursday, Cubs manager Dale Sveum will get his first in-game look at top prospects Jorge Soler and Javier Baez. The pair will take part in an intrasquad game at HoHoKam Stadium and will hit back to back in the lineup for the Blue team with Soler in left, Baez at shortstop.
2/20/2013 | '03 trade had major impact on A.J., Nathan
Two players who were once headed in opposite directions are together as teammates. The Rangers signed Joe Nathan in 2011 and brought A.J. Pierzynski in this offseason to be their catcher after Mike Napoli signed with the Red Sox.
2/20/2013 | Werth, Nationals hungry to mount a title run in 2013
Words really can't do justice to the taco salad Jayson Werth created for himself after the Nationals' workout Wednesday. His mammoth Mexican meal is but one example of the go-big-or-go-home attitude that pervades the club these days.
2/20/2013 | Utley slated for first Spring Training game since '10
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will start Friday's intrasquad game at Bright House Field, and is expected to start Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Houston Astros.
2/20/2013 | Reds to keep Cueto from Classic; Votto in limbo
It was learned on Wednesday night that Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto would not be permitted to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. First baseman Joey Votto's status to participate for Team Canada still remained officially unresolved.
2/20/2013 | Longoria misses practice to attend daughter's birth
Whenever Evan Longoria is missing, the natural inclination is to think that something physical has gone wrong with the All-Star third baseman. That wasn't the case Wednesday.
2/20/2013 | Burnett says back slowly getting better
Sean Burnett's back injury -- a fluke accident that occurred while he was grocery shopping -- does not have either Burnett or the Angels worried.
2/20/2013 | Stomach pain postpones Garcia's throwing session
Nationals pitcher Christian Garcia did not throw his scheduled batting practice session on Wednesday, and planned to see a doctor for a stomach ailment that kept him out of action.
2/20/2013 | Stanton struck on helmet by pitch in simulated game
Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the back of the helmet by a Jose Fernandez pitch during a simulated game on Field 4 of the Roger Dean Stadium complex on Wednesday.
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