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3/5/2013 | Command performance eluding Bumgarner
If there's one thing that anybody can be sure of regarding Madison Bumgarner, it's his impeccable control. That's why the left-hander's total of four walks in 5 2/3 innings spanning three Cactus League outings appears somewhat unusual.

3/5/2013 | Dominicans' unforgiving lineup on display
Tony Pena, the manager of the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic, was saying before Tuesday's exhibition game against the Phillies that he hoped his team could score enough runs to take advantage of its strong bullpen.

3/5/2013 | Team Venezuela mourns President Chavez's death
About three hours prior to the Venezuelan national team's exhibition game against the Miami Marlins, some much bigger news than baseball emerged from its home country. Hugo Chavez, president of the South American nation, died on Tuesday afternoon at 58.

3/5/2013 | Karstens' productive session has Bucs pleased
Jeff Karstens took a shot at the perception that he is likely to open the regular season on the disabled list. The Pirates right-hander actually took 30 shots at that -- the 30 pitches he threw in facing his spring's first batters in a Tuesday morning workout at Pirate City.

3/5/2013 | Fifth-starter candidates Chen, Hochevar look sharp
Both candidates for the Royals' No. 5 starting job got a thumb's up from manager Ned Yost after Tuesday's 8-2 victory over the Athletics. Left-hander Bruce Chen started and gave up one run on two hits in his three innings. Right-hander Luke Hochevar held the A's scoreless in his three innings, surrendering three hits and a walk.

3/5/2013 | Konerko an option to join Team USA
White Sox manager Robin Ventura acknowledged that Team USA manager Joe Torre mentioned Paul Konerko as one of the replacement possibilities for an injured Mark Teixeira.

3/5/2013 | Kershaw eager to straighten out spring struggles
After the Padres beat up Clayton Kershaw for four runs on seven hits and chased him without an out in the fourth inning on Tuesday, Kershaw beat himself up for three spring starts that fell far short of his expectations.

3/5/2013 | Polanco gets another day to rest sore back
As a precaution, Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco was given another day to rest his stiff lower back.

3/5/2013 | Cozart catching up, finding spring swing
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart isn't worried about hitting Spring Training home runs. All he's cared about lately is getting ahold of a pitch and doing some damage.

3/5/2013 | Redmond: Miggy played instrumental role
When Miguel Cabrera made his Major League debut at age 20, Mike Redmond was the Marlins' backup catcher. In June 2003, Cabrera was promoted from Double-A, and he made an immediate impact.

3/5/2013 | Francis continues to cruise in spring
He laughs off any comments making too much of his spring success, but early or not, it's hard to argue with a perfect 0.00 ERA after three Cactus League appearances for Jeff Francis.

3/5/2013 | Fine-tuning command Hamels' spring goal
Cole Hamels summed up his rocky 2 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Dominican Republic thusly: "Thank goodness it doesn't count."

3/5/2013 | Weeks dealing with bone bruise in right shoulder
Scott Sizemore isn't the only A's second baseman ailing these days. MLB.com learned Tuesday that Jemile Weeks is also dealing with an injury -- a bruised bone in his right shoulder he suffered while getting tangled up at second base on a double-play attempt in Friday's game against the Giants.

3/5/2013 | Cuba, Japan clash for Pool A supremacy
Cuba and Japan may have already qualified for the second round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but that doesn't take the shine off a matchup many fans have been waiting for since the pools were announced.

3/5/2013 | McCutchen takes new fame and runs with it
Gracing the cover of MLB '13 The Show, Pirates star Andrew McCutchen has another launch in the works -- leading with that same face. On Tuesday, he revealed that he plans to revive his running game by returning to the headfirst sliding style he used successfully earlier in his career.

3/5/2013 | Happ still preparing for season as a starter
Even though there aren't any jobs in the Blue Jays' rotation currently up for grabs, J.A. Happ is still preparing for life as a starter. Happ continues to be stretched out and made his second start of the spring Tuesday afternoon against the Orioles.

3/5/2013 | Gardy hopes Mauer, Morneau stay healthy in Classic
Ron Gardenhire said he's fine with Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau playing in the World Baseball Classic, but the Twins' skipper admitted he's nervous because of the risk of injury in the tournament.

3/5/2013 | Rizzo, Colabello homer in Team Italy's loss to A's
Anthony Rizzo and Chris Colabello each hit solo homers in Team Italy's 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

3/5/2013 | Anderson, Crisp guide A's to win over Team Italy
Led by lefty Brett Anderson, who pitched three shutout innings in his second spring start, and Coco Crisp, who went 3-for-3 and scored two runs, the A's edged Team Italy, 4-3, on Tuesday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

3/5/2013 | Early outburst spurs Royals to 10th straight victory
Striking early, the undefeated Royals knocked off an Athletics split-squad, 8-2, for their 10th consecutive victory on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium. The only blemish on their record is a tie that opened their Cactus League season.

3/5/2013 | Smith makes spring debut for Indians
On Tuesday, following three weeks of navigating a gradual throwing program, Joe Smith took the mound against the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium for his Cactus League debut. Thanks to the schedule-altering World Baseball Classic, Cleveland was able to take a conservative approach with Smith's comeback.

3/5/2013 | Francis posts third strong outing as Rockies win
The Rockies veteran left-handed starter looked like the Jeff Francis of old as he pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball in a 6-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

3/5/2013 | Order for back of rotation still up in the air
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said they're still looking at matchups to determine how the starting pitchers will line up for the opening week of play after Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson.

3/5/2013 | Porcello as closer not 'wild' idea to Leyland
As questions from reporters go, Rick Porcello as a closer wasn't the craziest idea that Jim Leyland has ever heard. Judging by his answer on Monday, it wasn't even high up on the crazy list. "I don't know that that's necessarily a wild thought," Leyland answered.

3/5/2013 | Turner takes step toward Marlins rotation spot
Establishing a consistent rhythm is taking some time for Jacob Turner, but an encouraging sign came on Tuesday morning.


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