2/21/2013 | Heyward looks to build on eye-opening season
It was easy to understand why Jason Heyward escaped a frustrating 2011 season with motivation to alter his swing and dedicate himself to an intense conditioning program. His decision to remain dedicated to this rigorous program after an impressive 2012 season simply enhanced visions of him living up to his tremendous potential.
2/21/2013 | Rehabbing A-Rod working to rejoin team this year
While the Yankees prepare to begin their Grapefruit League schedule this weekend, third baseman Alex Rodriguez is working on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York, hoping to get back on the field this season.
2/21/2013 | Pujols still has healthy appetite for success
Angels slugger Albert Pujols has won two World Series, three MVP Awards, and signed one of the largest contracts in history. Yet, something keeps pushing the future Hall of Famer.
2/21/2013 | Sale sticking with day-to-day status
The White Sox have adjusted his schedule to give Chris Sale two days off in between throwing, meaning he won't pitch again until Saturday following his live batting practice session Wednesday.
2/21/2013 | Hanrahan gets job done in first Sox appearance
The new closer will get plenty of chances to pitch with the game on the line -- the crowd roaring with every pitch. But Joel Hanrahan was able to make his first appearance in a Red Sox uniform in a far more laid-back circumstance.
2/21/2013 | Ackley, Ryan to sit out first few spring games
Second baseman Dustin Ackley and shortstop Brendan Ryan, both coming back from arthroscopic surgeries to remove bone spurs over the offseason, will be held out of the Mariners' first three Cactus League games this weekend.
2/21/2013 | Unconventional delivery works well for Lewis
Jensen Lewis is among the pitchers scheduled to throw in the Cubs' intrasquad game Friday at HoHoKam Stadium, and fans who may not be familiar with the right-hander should be able to recognize him quickly. He's the one with the high socks and the herky-jerky delivery.
2/21/2013 | Bard determined to reclaim his place in 'pen
Daniel Bard striking out the side against college kids? Two years ago, that wouldn't even be worth a mention. In fact, Bard striking out the side against the Yankees in the middle of a pennant race wouldn't have been that far out of the ordinary. But in this Spring Training, where the righty is trying to pitch his way out of a nightmare 2012 season, pretty much everything he does will be a story.
2/21/2013 | Additions take pressure off Santana
One potential benefit to having so many new players in the Indians' lineup this season will be less pressure on catcher Carlos Santana.
2/21/2013 | Suzuki takes Kuroda deep in live batting practice
Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda threw live batting practice Thursday to a group of Yankees outfielders that included fellow Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki.
2/21/2013 | Kemp will heed Mattingly's advice for staying strong
Don Mattingly played five seasons of at least 157 games each, but the career that seemed headed to the Hall of Fame was stopped short because his body broke down.
2/21/2013 | Nats sign pitcher Young to Minor League deal
The Nationals increased their crop of starting pitching depth Thursday, signing veteran right-hander Chris Young to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
2/21/2013 | Ruggiano sidelined with back tightness
Justin Ruggiano, the Marlins' projected starting center fielder, experienced tightness in his lower back while fielding a ground ball Thursday morning. He will be out at least a few days.
2/21/2013 | LoMo begins running on anti-gravity treadmill
Don't expect Logan Morrison to be in the Opening Day lineup for the Marlins, but the first baseman hopes to be available sometime in April. Morrison is recovering from right knee surgery, and Thursday he began a rehab program where he ran on an anti-gravity treadmill.
2/21/2013 | Yanks to experiment with new outfield alignment
Curtis Granderson had heard the rumblings that he might not be the Yankees' center fielder much longer, that it might be time for him and Brett Gardner to try swapping positions.
2/21/2013 | Rienzo pushes forward following his suspension
Picture a kid on Christmas morning, opening his presents and getting everything he possibly wanted. That sort of happy reaction presents just a small sample of Andre Rienzo's demeanor every day during White Sox camp.
2/21/2013 | Furcal slowed by bone spur in ailing right elbow
Rafael Furcal refrained from swinging left-handed or throwing with much effort on Thursday under the directive of the Cardinals, who have encouraged Furcal to be cautious with his ailing right elbow.
2/21/2013 | Miller resumes throwing, remains on track
Right-hander Shelby Miller resumed throwing on Thursday, a day after he skipped a scheduled live batting practice session due to soreness in his right shoulder.
2/21/2013 | Wainwright on schedule to start Opening Day
Adam Wainwright will make his first Grapefruit League start on Monday, putting the right-hander on schedule to be the Cardinals' Opening Day starter against the D-backs on April 1.
2/21/2013 | V-Mart eager for first Grapefruit League action
Friday's Grapefruit League opener means a lot to Victor Martinez, maybe more than any Spring Training game in his career. Whether the stats count or not, it'll be his first game since the 2011 ALCS. And yet, it'll mean much more than that.
2/21/2013 | A's hurlers expect to build off rookie success
A's rookies won an MLB-record 54 games in 2012 to help lift Oakland to a surprising AL West crown, and they are looking to get even better as a unit this season.
2/21/2013 | Prospects Cole, Taillon oppose each other Friday
Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole, on track to spend a lot of years together as mainstays of Pirates rotations of the future, will oppose each other Friday as Spring Training shifts into another phase.
2/21/2013 | For Mets, Buck more than d'Arnaud's placeholder
John Buck has earned the reputation as one of the premier game-callers in professional baseball. That could keep him with the Mets even after uber-prospect Travis d'Arnaud arrives to take his job.
2/21/2013 | Dickey, Arencibia likely won't be strangers
R.A. Dickey will have a personal catcher this season, and that has been seen as an indication that J.P. Arencibia will get a break from being behind the plate on the days Dickey pitches -- including Opening Day. But Arencibia will catch Dickey in Monday's spring opener, and during the Classic, and he hopes to have his chance during the season.
2/21/2013 | Rangers hire Pudge as special assistant
The Rangers have hired former catcher Ivan Rodriguez as a special assistant in the front office. Rodriguez, who won 13 Gold Gloves and appeared in 14 All-Star Games during his 21-year Major League career, will work in all areas of the franchise.
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