3/9/2013 | Have no fear -- Parnell can pitch in the ninth
Bobby Parnell is ready to take the reins as the man in the ninth inning for the Mets. The team is ready to hand those reins to him. Mets fans, though you may not believe it, this is good news.
3/9/2013 | Japan, Netherlands to meet for spot in San Fran
The surprising Dutch and two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japanese will meet Sunday at Tokyo Dome, with the winner earning a spot among the final four teams in the tournament.
3/9/2013 | Harrison scratched due to toe inflammation
The Rangers scratched pitcher Matt Harrison from Saturday's start against the Padres due inflammation in a toe on his left foot.
3/9/2013 | Cuban muscle eliminates Chinese Taipei
Four home runs, including two in an eight-run seventh, propelled Cuba to a 14-0 mercy-rule victory over Chinese Taipei, which was knocked out of the tourney.
3/9/2013 | A-Gon is driving force in Mexico's victory
With his team in dire need of a win over the favored United States after losing its Pool D opener to Italy on Thursday, Adrian Gonzalez homered to help knock off Team USA.
3/9/2013 | Must-win for Canada against confident Mexico
Mexico enters Saturday's World Baseball Classic game against Canada with serious momentum. Canada needs to steal it away in a hurry.
3/9/2013 | USA knows stakes are high against Italy
It's not as if the alarm needs to go off for Team USA, which is now in a must-win situation on Saturday night at Chase Field against a surprising team from Italy that is so far dominating the bracket.
3/9/2013 | De La Rosa pleased with outing on rainy day
Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa sat in his Scottsdale home watching the nasty weather on Friday, wondering if he'd have a chance to display his revamped mechanics that night.
3/8/2013 | Catching prospect Vazquez makes highlight reel play
A buzz could be heard across JetBlue Park on Friday night, and it was caused by one throw -- a laser out of the hand of Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez.
3/8/2013 | Yo, Adrian: Team Mexico KOs U.S. behind duo
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the third inning, giving Team Mexico an early four-run lead that Yovani Gallardo and company protected in a 5-2 victory over Team USA on Friday in the World Baseball Classic.
3/8/2013 | Dominican Republic not taking Spain for granted
While the Dominican Republic is a heavy favorite in this year's World Baseball Classic, they are not going to relax when facing Spain on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET. The game can be seen on MLB Network and ESPN Deportes.
3/8/2013 | Pelfrey turns in dominant outing vs. Red Sox
Mike Pelfrey turned in a dominant performance for the Twins on Friday night at JetBlue Park, helping to lead his team to a 2-0 victory over the Red Sox.
3/8/2013 | Gomes master of unifying clubhouses
Clubhouse leader. It is one of those titles you hear so much in baseball that you sometimes wonder if it is overstated. Then there is Jonny Gomes.
3/8/2013 | Masset being patient with recovery
Reds reliever Nick Masset, who missed the 2012 season with a shoulder injury, isn't concerned with timetables or expectations as he makes his comeback at Spring Training.
3/8/2013 | Tulo gives unique trip to Children's Hospital patients
In order to give a Spring Training weekend getaway to 18 children undergoing cancer treatment at Children's Hospital Colorado, the fundraising would be a challenge. Well, until Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki learned of the idea.
3/8/2013 | Hicks making case to win center-field job
It's no secret the Twins have preferred to take it slow with Aaron Hicks, who is ranked the club's No.6 prospect by MLB.com, since he was selected out of high school in the first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
3/8/2013 | For Venezuela, 'no tomorrow' against Puerto Rico
After dropping its opener, Venezuela is well aware it has its back against the proverbial wall, needing to beat Puerto Rico on Saturday evening to have any chance of advancing to the second round in Miami.
3/8/2013 | Inge set to emerge as key piece on Bucs' bench
Clint Hurdle may finally have his Jose Oquendo. Someone capable of coming off the bench, and occasionally starting, at virtually any position on the field. Someone who is content and comfortable in that role, a veteran who wouldn't mope about a lack of playing time. Someone who would be an invaluable piece without restrictions in making double-switches.
3/8/2013 | Karstens pleased with progress from tendinitis
Jeff Karstens made 34 pitches in a two-inning session Friday afternoon at Pirate City -- the second frame without a protective L-screen in front of him on the mound -- and was pleased with how he felt, especially given that it was his second simulated turn in four days.
3/8/2013 | Lilly's return truncated by bad weather
After missing a start with the flu, Ted Lilly returned to game action for 10 whole pitches Friday until a hailstorm interrupted a Dodgers-Giants game that later was rained out.
3/8/2013 | Cubs give Baez crash course in big league adversity
Cubs prospect Javier Baez had quite a learning experience on Wednesday, playing in an early "B" game against the Rangers and then going 0-for-3 in Chicago's Cactus League game in Surprise. He saw a lot of different pitchers throwing at a variety of arm angles.
3/8/2013 | Capuano gets work in before rain halts LA's nightcap
After their day game against the Giants was rained out in the second inning on Friday, the Dodgers' night game against the Reds was stopped after four innings with the Dodgers leading, 3-1.
3/8/2013 | Greinke sharp in bullpen session
Zack Greinke, who missed Sunday's bullpen session with minor forearm tightness and missed a Wednesday start because of the flu, threw an impressive bullpen session Friday with no discomfort from either.
3/8/2013 | Puerto Rico opens Classic with shutout of Spain
Jumping out to an early lead, Puerto Rico cruised behind its pitching in a 3-0 victory over Spain in Pool C action at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Friday night.
3/8/2013 | Lincecum slated for simulated game Saturday
Right-hander Tim Lincecum, recovering gradually from a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand, will pitch in a simulated game Saturday to prepare for a Cactus League start Tuesday night against San Diego, manager Bruce Bochy said.
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