2/28/2013 | Playing time up for grabs in crowded outfield
John Mayberry Jr. is one of several outfielders in camp competing for playing time. He joins Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf, Laynce Nix and Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte in that competition.
2/28/2013 | Maholm no stranger to overcoming adversity
Braves left-hander Paul Maholm has been around long enough to experience things far more troubling than battling inconsistent command during an exhibition game played a month before the start of the regular season.
2/28/2013 | Korea faces tough road through Pool B
Korea finished as the runner-up in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and it should face a stiff challenge from the Netherlands, Australia and Chinese Taipei in the first round this year.
2/28/2013 | In geek we trust: Astros confident in their plan
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has a lot of very smart people on his staff. Actually, they are people a lot like himself. They are creative and ambitious, and he believes they must constantly be challenged. But they must also be encouraged to think outside the box.
2/28/2013 | Positional changes in vogue across Majors in '13
Shin-Soo Choo, Matt Carpenter and Micah Owings are among the contingent of players going against the grain this spring as they attempt to make uncommon position switches.
2/27/2013 | Tense moment reveals lack of depth at third base
Will Middlebrooks early exit on Wednesday was only a scare -- for him, of course, but also for the Sox, given their lack of Major League-ready options behind him.
2/27/2013 | Tillman feels good about results of first spring start
Chris Tillman, making his first spring start, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Red Sox in Wednesday's 5-3 win. He got ahead of six of the eight batters he faced but labored after that and issued a pair of walks. "First time out, I'm not really disappointed," Tillman said. "I felt OK."
2/27/2013 | Rockies trot out glimpse of Opening Day lineup
When the Rockies defeated the Padres, 6-3, on Wednesday, the fans in the stands got a good taste of what April baseball is likely to look like, as seven of the club's eight starting position players will likely wind up in the Opening Day lineup.
2/27/2013 | Top prospect Fernandez signs with Boras
Pitcher Jose Fernandez, one of the expected Marlins centerpieces for years to come, will now be represented by agent Scott Boras.
2/27/2013 | Chapman to start vs. Rockies Thursday
Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman will make his Spring Training debut Thursday, starting against the Rockies at Salt River Fields. The 25-year-old made four starts last spring for Cincinnati, but this year is different, because the Reds plan on keeping Chapman in the rotation heading into Opening Day.
2/27/2013 | Votto torn on subject of playing in Classic
The days are dwindling to a precious few, and Reds first baseman Joey Votto still hasn't determined whether he'll play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which begins in Japan and Taiwan this weekend and continues in Arizona and Puerto Rico next Thursday.
2/27/2013 | Straily isn't worried about his status in A's rotation
Right-hander Dan Straily isn't worrying whether he'll be a part of the Oakland rotation once Bartolo Colon returns from his suspension five days into the regular season, he's focused on executing his pitches this spring.
2/27/2013 | Peguero puts on power display
Power has never been a problem for Carlos Peguero, a point proven again Wednesday as he slugged two home runs in Seattle's 5-1 victory over the Indians, but the outfielder still may be a longshot to make the Opening Day roster.
2/27/2013 | Hampton jumping back into baseball as pitching coach
Former All-Star left-hander Mike Hampton got the itch to get back in the game a few months ago, so he had his agent put out feelers for potential coaching jobs. And the most appealing wound up being the new pitching coach for the Angels' Double-A affiliate in Arkansas.
2/27/2013 | Gibbons hits the right note after anthems gone bad
The national anthem singer at the Blue Jays-Astros game on Wednesday afternoon had difficulty with both the Canadian and U.S. versions, but Toronto manager John Gibbons was there to lend an empathetic hand.
2/27/2013 | Vogelsong dealing with father's illness
Ryan Vogelsong lacked his usual all-encompassing focus on pitching Wednesday morning before he faced the Los Angeles Angels. But his distraction was understandable.
2/27/2013 | Cowart finding groove hitting left-handed
Third-base prospect Kaleb Cowart had one major point of emphasis this spring -- continuing to find consistency from the left side of the plate, which has so far been the 20-year-old switch-hitter's major blemish. If Wednesday's game against the Giants was any indication, Cowart is making major progress.
2/27/2013 | Middlebrooks exits with soreness in right wrist
Will Middlebrooks left Wednesday night's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles in the first inning with soreness in his right wrist and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
2/27/2013 | Germano working to get noticed on depth chart
The Blue Jays' pitching staff no longer resembles the one Justin Germano thought he was joining back in early November.
2/27/2013 | Never a doubt, McCarthy makes successful return
After Brandon McCarthy was drilled in the head on Sept. 5, his wife doubted he'd ever play again. But the pitcher was determined and never doubted himself, and he made a successful return to the mound for this new team, the D-backs, on Wednesday afternoon.
2/27/2013 | Narveson's return nearly a year in the making
Chris Narveson missed most of of 2012 with a torn rotator cuff. It was not his first major injury, and he responded by helping his teammates in any way possible, gaining their respect in the process.
2/27/2013 | Nelson, Pacheco shine against Padres
Chris Nelson knocked in two runs and Wilin Rosario had three hits on Wednesday to lead the Rockies to a 6-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.
2/27/2013 | Competitive AL East braces for shakeup
Just a decade ago, the American League East race was the most predictable competition in sports. As the 2013 campaign approaches, though, that predictability is gone. Last year offered a taste, but this year might bring full-on chaos. And that's great news.
2/27/2013 | O's best Red Sox to close out winning Wednesday
The Orioles defeated the Red Sox, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Ed Smith Stadium, giving them a perfect day following a split squad's victory over the Yankees in the afternoon.
2/27/2013 | Leaner CarGo focused on explosiveness
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez reported to Spring Training considerably leaner than last year, a change he attributes to a clear understanding of where his strength lies.
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