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2/24/2013 | Finally healthy, Rogers has shot at roster spot
It was reflective of Mark Rogers' injury-interrupted career that Sunday, at the start of his ninth professional season and his fourth Major League camp, the former first-round Draft pick finally made his first Cactus League start.

2/24/2013 | Gonzalez begins crash course at first base
After 13,207 2/3 innings at shortstop, Alex Gonzalez is game for something new. He manned first base in the Brewers' Cactus League matchup with the Indians on Sunday and played a flawless four innings.

2/24/2013 | Perez racking up hits before Classic departure
Royals catcher Salvador Perez is making the most of the early at-bats at camp before he leaves next weekend to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic

2/24/2013 | Ibanez credits Hansen for good spring start
Raul Ibanez said reuniting with new Seattle hitting coach Dave Hansen has helped him early in Spring Training.

2/24/2013 | Erasmo sharp in first spring performance
Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, competing for a spot in the Mariners' rotation, got off to a nice start with a quick inning of work in Seattle's 8-3 victory over the Padres on Sunday.

2/24/2013 | Sandoval drops pounds, gains playing time
Pablo Sandoval informed Giants manager Bruce Bochy of his desire to play every day, since that would supplement his physical conditioning. Bochy responded with a challenge to Sandoval, whose weight has remained a perennial issue: Shed pounds, and you'll play.

2/24/2013 | Gausman pleased with Spring Training debut
It was just another Grapefruit League exhibition, the first of who knows how many he'll go on to pitch in, but Kevin Gausman couldn't mask his excitement on the mound or as he spoke to reporters afterward.

2/24/2013 | Spring Training scouting a whole different ballgame
It doesn't matter if the players being evaluated are in the Major or Minor Leagues. Scouting in Spring Training is different in many ways from scouting during a championship season.

2/24/2013 | Gardner now frontrunner for center-field job
Brett Gardner became a strong favorite to serve as New York's Opening Day center fielder after Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm that is expected to keep him out of action until early May.

2/24/2013 | Cervelli competing at catcher with no Minors options
Francisco Cervelli was stunned late in last year's camp when he was summoned to the manager's office and informed that he was being optioned to the Minors, but the Yankees will not be able to have that same chat this spring.

2/24/2013 | Soriano focused on winning with Cubs
Alfonso Soriano couldn't get through his first Cactus League game Sunday before the Cubs outfielder's name was mentioned in trade rumors as a possible replacement on the Yankees for Curtis Granderson, who suffered a fractured right forearm.

2/24/2013 | Samardzija doesn't want opening honor by default
Matt Garza has yet to resume baseball activities and Edwin Jackson won't make his first Cactus League start until Tuesday. Jeff Samardzija wants everyone healthy and competing before Cubs manager Dale Sveum picks his Opening Day starter.

2/24/2013 | Minor injuries starting to mount for Tigers
The injuries so far in Tigers camp are minor, but they're starting to add up. They now include a projected member of the Opening Day lineup, with Andy Dirks scratched from Sunday's game shortly before first pitch.

2/24/2013 | Verlander addresses '$200 million pitcher' comment
Justin Verlander was asked about the $200 million pitcher comment that appeared on Yahoo Sports. He owned the comment, but his point was this: If you're answering honestly, isn't there an obvious answer?

2/24/2013 | Tigers announce '13 promotional schedule
The Tigers have a slew of items honoring Miguel Cabrera and his MVP season to offer fans on their 2013 promotional schedule, from a miniature bat giveaway on the first Sunday of the season to a mini bobblehead, full-size bobblehead and knit hat.

2/24/2013 | Leyland happy about defense vs. basestealers
Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't going to overplay Spring Training results. If there's one stat he will play up a little, it'll be the stinginess they're showing with would-be basestealers.

2/24/2013 | Niese, Gee solid, Montero dazzles vs. Michigan
The 1,844 fans who filtered into Tradition Field on Sunday witnessed a bit of the present and a bit of the future.

2/24/2013 | Early on, new batting stance not suiting Duda
Tinkering with a new batting stance this spring, Lucas Duda finished 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Sunday in the Mets' 7-7 tie with the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. Manager Terry Collins told reporters in Kissimmee that Duda's new approach remains "a work in progress."

2/24/2013 | Harvey works with future batterymate d'Arnaud
The future was on display Sunday afternoon in Kissimmee, Fla., where Matt Harvey made his Grapefruit League debut pitching to new batterymate Travis d'Arnaud.

2/24/2013 | Keppinger continues building up arm strength
Jeff Keppinger began the on-field portion of his White Sox career with a single to center against Zack Greinke during Sunday's Cactus League contest with the Dodgers. Keppinger hit second, a spot in the lineup he figures to see frequently during the season, but started at designated hitter.

2/24/2013 | Venters struggles with command against Pirates
Given what he had done the previous two seasons, it was odd to see Jonny Venters surrender a home run in his first appearance of the 2012 spring season. Now, the Braves reliever can only hope it was not the start of a trend.

2/24/2013 | Heyward, B.J. Upton each record first hit of spring
It did not take Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton long to avoid the possibility of experiencing a frustrating drought at the beginning of spring. Heyward hit his first home run of the Grapefruit League season and Upton recorded his first hit in a Braves uniform during Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Pirates at McKechnie Field.


2/24/2013 | Optimistic Reimold easing his way back into action
Orioles manager Buck Showalter could tell Nolan Reimold was almost back to normal Sunday for one reason: The outfielder was more upset with how he played than how he felt.

2/24/2013 | Jurrjens delighted to light up radar gun
Jair Jurrjens said he was happy, not surprised, to see the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium radar gun light up at 93 mph in the first inning of his Spring Training debut Sunday afternoon, but you couldn't have blamed him for feeling both emotions.

2/24/2013 | Utility candidates trying out at multiple positions
Presented with a number of players competing for a utility spot on the Orioles' Opening Day roster, manager Buck Showalter won't hesitate to move them all over the field this spring to get a sense of how well they can acquit themselves at several different positions.


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