3/7/2013 | For Dickey, Classic is next step in flexuous journey
It has been a long journey for R.A. Dickey from the depths of the mighty Missouri River to a start on Friday night for Team USA against Mexico in the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field.
3/7/2013 | Braves monitoring health of O'Flaherty, Walden
The Braves will spend the next couple of weeks monitoring left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty and right-handed reliever Jordan Walden as the two attempt to distance themselves from recent ailments.
3/7/2013 | Orioles reassign five after Thursday's win
Three Baltimore pitchers and two catchers were reassigned to Minor League camp following Thursday's 11-10 victory against the Blue Jays, including 19-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez.
3/7/2013 | Valdespin maturing as teammate, player for Mets
Upon finishing his fourth year of bachillerato, or high school, in the Dominican Republic, Jordany Valdespin decided to end his schooling altogether and concentrate full-time on baseball. Though Valdespin did not receive a professional contract as a 16-year-old like many top Caribbean talents, his potential was clear.
3/7/2013 | Mejia can return to camp with no limitations
Right-hander Jenrry Mejia has been cleared to return to Mets camp with "no limitations," according to manager Terry Collins, after his pre-spring physical raised a red flag.
3/7/2013 | Hanrahan confident he'll find groove soon
Joel Hanrahan would much rather struggle under the Grapefruit League sun than that glaring spotlight that comes with playing games for the Red Sox when the games start counting in April.
3/7/2013 | Jimenez strong in outing against Giants
Ubaldo Jimenez believes he is in a position to put his past two years of struggles behind him. In a 6-4 Cactus League victory over the Giants on Thursday afternoon, the Indians starter spun four solid innings in his continued comeback attempt.
3/7/2013 | Pujols gaining strength through running program
Though Albert Pujols made his spring debut on Tuesday, he did it in the designated hitter's slot while the Angels stood ready to use a designated runner for Pujols if he made it on base. He went 0-for-3, and spent the following two days working on running drills in preparation for his next start, expected to come on Friday at home against the D-backs.
3/7/2013 | Lasorda helps light way for Classic in New York
Tommy Lasorda threw the switch on Thursday morning on behalf of Major League Baseball to light the Empire State Building in blue, green, red and yellow -- the official colors of the World Baseball Classic.
3/7/2013 | Jungmann, Bradley joined at hip in early pro careers
The Brewers are excited about the progress of two of their top prospects, Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley, who have been pitching together since they were drafted in the span of four picks in the 2011 Draft.
3/7/2013 | Resilient Italy answers Mexico to claim win
Sergio Romo, the San Francisco Giants closer who was so dominant in his club's World Series run last year, blew a save while wearing the colors of Team Mexico in the opening game of Pool D in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday, and the result was a 6-5 comeback victory for Italy before 4,479 in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
3/7/2013 | Nolasco strikes out six in second spring start
Ricky Nolasco struck out six in 3 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits in the Marlins' 4-1 loss to the Mets on Thursday at Tradition Field.
3/7/2013 | Pedroia, Napoli power Red Sox past Twins
Dustin Pedroia laced a two-run double and Mike Napoli crushed a three-run homer to help lead the Red Sox to a 12-5 win over the split-squad Twins on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.
3/7/2013 | Hicks' three homers power Twins past Phillies
Aaron Hicks hit three home runs and a two-run single as the Twins erased a five-run deficit en route to a 10-6 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Bright House Field.
3/7/2013 | Masterson ready to set positive tone for Indians
The Indians are asking Justin Masterson to lead the way. Cleveland is giving him the ball on Opening Day and assigning him the task of paving the path to a turnaround for a rotation riddled with problems a year ago.
3/7/2013 | Hembree making his pitch for relief role with Giants
Heath Hembree doesn't have any illusions; the reliever knows he's a long shot to make the Giants' Opening Day roster as the pitching staff's 12th man. But the way he sees it, even if he begins the season with Triple-A Fresno, it'll only be for a little more seasoning.
3/7/2013 | Beckett back to work; Greinke to start Monday
Dodgers starter Josh Beckett took his work to the Minor League complex Thursday, pitching four scoreless innings of an intrasquad game. In other pitching news, Zack Greinke returned to workouts after missing his start Wednesday with the flu. Manager Don Mattingly said Greinke will completely skip a turn and start again on Monday.
3/7/2013 | Weather concerns move Canada-Italy to Chase Field
Friday's World Baseball Classic matchup between Team Canada and Team Italy has been relocated to Chase Field due to inclement weather.
3/7/2013 | White Sox, Sale agree to five-year extension
Left-hander Chris Sale agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million extension with the White Sox on Thursday.
3/7/2013 | Roster mostly set, Maddon still considering options
Heading into the start of Spring Training, there didn't appear to be too many jobs up for grabs. After several weeks of camp, that situation has not changed. Rays manager Joe Maddon acknowledged the fact that most everything concerning the roster has been decided, save the No. 5 starter, the backup catcher and perhaps a bullpen piece or two. Nevertheless, Maddon pointed out that any situation can change.
3/7/2013 | Hiring Ryan is best move Astros could make
Astros owner Jim Crane can restock his franchise with credibility and goodwill with one move he probably never expected to be available to him -- hiring Nolan Ryan.
3/7/2013 | Crow a big part of Royals' solid, young bullpen
It's been a quiet Spring Training for Aaron Crow. In fact, not much has been heard from Crow in his two seasons with the Royals, except for the hullabaloo surrounding his All-Star selection in 2011.
3/7/2013 | Konerko homers twice as White Sox top Cubs
Paul Konerko hit a pair of solo home runs and Adam Dunn hit a monster two-run shot to power the White Sox to an 8-3 victory on Thursday over the Cubs.
3/7/2013 | Strained rib cage to cost Lawrie up to three weeks
Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie officially pulled out of the World Baseball Classic on Thursday afternoon because of a strained left rib cage. Toronto appears to have narrowly avoided a serious setback, as Lawrie is expected to be out for only two to three weeks.
3/7/2013 | Harvey outduels Nolasco, going 4 1/3 hitless innings
Ricky Nolasco entered this spring as the Marlins' clear No. 1 pitcher. Matt Harvey reported to camp hoping to develop into a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Mets. Harvey got the better of Nolasco in the Mets' 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday at Tradition Field.
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