3/3/2013 | Tabata's renaissance scrambles outfield plans
The reawakening of Jose Tabata continues as a leading recurring theme of the Pirates' Spring Training. He talks about feeling like a new man, club staffers talk about seeing a new man.
3/3/2013 | Lasorda's Olympic gold an example for Torre
Like Tommy Lasorda, Joe Torre is a guy who knows about winning, and it will be his job to guide Team USA to victory in the World Baseball Classic.
3/3/2013 | Freiman offers Astros big possibilities
This is a tall tale: Nate Freiman is 6 feet 8. And yes, of course, his height distinguishes him among the hoard of hopefuls who have overrun the Astros' Spring Training complex in Kissimmee, Fla.
3/3/2013 | Cautious with shoulder, Reimold likely back Tuesday
Nolan Reimold (right shoulder soreness) said Sunday he is feeling better and is expected to play in the Orioles' game on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
3/3/2013 | Markakis scratched from O's lineup with neck spasms
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to neck spasms that he reported to the team's complex with in the morning.
3/3/2013 | Samardzija tabbed as Cubs' Opening Day starter
Cubs manager Dale Sveum named right-hander Jeff Samardzija as his pick to begin the season April 1 against the Pirates.
3/3/2013 | Polanco out due to mild back tightness
Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco is dealing with mild back tightness, so Miami is giving him a couple of days to rest.
3/3/2013 | Nathan, E. Beltre primed for spring action
Rangers Joe Nathan and Engel Beltre are both scheduled to make their Spring Training debuts on Sunday against the Mariners. Beltre, who will bat seventh and play right field, has been limited by a sore left shoulder. Nathan has been healthy but hadn't pitched in a game because the Rangers simply opted to take it slow.
3/3/2013 | Joyce feels ready for everyday role in lineup
Matt Joyce came to the Rays looking to become an everyday player. To date that status has eluded him. However, this spring he feels closer than he ever has to reaching that goal. All he needs to do is convince the Rays.
3/3/2013 | Pettitte, Mo progress with simulated game action
It is never an enjoyable task to dig into a batter's box on a 45-degree morning. Having to take those swings against Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera makes it even more of a chore.
3/3/2013 | Hughes focused on healing back for long term
Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes resumed playing catch on Sunday, making 25 tosses at a distance of 60 feet, and called it "a positive first step" toward getting back on the mound.
3/3/2013 | Pedroia 'absolutely' favors stiffer PED penalties
If Major League Baseball wants to continue to stiffen its policy on drug testing, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will fully endorse it.
3/3/2013 | Ortiz to get key test in next few days
The Red Sox still hope David Ortiz can make his Grapefruit League debut at the end of this coming week, which would put him on track to be ready for Opening Day on April 1 at Yankee Stadium.
3/3/2013 | Three-run sixth lifts Yankees to win over Red Sox
Eduardo Nunez had an RBI single in a three-run sixth inning as the Yankees rallied back for a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla.
3/3/2013 | Garza likely to miss first month of '13 with lat issue
Cubs pitcher Matt Garza experienced some lingering mild tightness in his strained left lat and has been shut down for one week, and he will most likely miss the first month of the regular season.
3/3/2013 | Johnson looking to earn Braves' third-base job
Chris Johnson welcomes the challenge to prove he is capable of succeeding Chipper Jones as the Braves' starting third baseman. The 28-year-old infielder is in the midst of a battle with Juan Francisco.
3/3/2013 | Max-imum effort: Scherzer perfect in quick debut
Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer wasn't going to get sentimental about his return, no matter how many times he was asked over the past couple weeks. As quickly as he pitched on Sunday, he didn't really have a chance to get sentimental.
3/3/2013 | B.J. Upton, Uggla find power stroke against Tigers
B.J. Upton belted one of the Braves' three home runs and starter Mike Minor fanned three in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Tigers in Grapefruit League action.
3/3/2013 | Elbow setback has Furcal's status uncertain
An inflamed right elbow ligament has forced Rafael Furcal to cease all baseball activity indefinitely and leaves the Cardinals with growing uncertainty about their shortstop situation just four weeks before Opening Day.
3/3/2013 | Price tosses three shutout frames in victory
The Rays defeated the Twins, 7-2, on Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park. The Rays went out in front for good after a three-run fifth inning. Kelly Johnson broke a 1-1 tie in the inning with a two-run double.
3/3/2013 | Japan's pitching keeps China in check
Kenta Maeda kept the Chinese guessing long enough for his slow-starting offense to catch fire during a four-run fifth inning, as Japan defeated China 5-2 on Sunday night at Fukuoka's Yafuoku Dome.
3/3/2013 | Chinese Taipei faces Korea looking for pool sweep
After wins over Australia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Chinese Taipei faces Korea on Tuesday with the goal of sweeping through Pool B on its way to the second round.
3/3/2013 | Ichiro shaken but uninjured in car accident
Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was uninjured when his car collided with another vehicle on Saturday evening, according to the New York Post.
3/3/2013 | Chinese Taipei in driver's seat after win over Dutch
Chinese Taipei emerged as the group leader with two wins in Pool B after it defeated the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 8-3, allowing only one hit in Sunday's 2013 World Baseball Classic first-round game.
3/3/2013 | Cuban ace Jimenez quiets feisty Brazil squad
Starter Ismel Jimenez set the tone early, and the Cuban lineup buried Brazil under a barrage of singles to earn a 5-2 win Sunday afternoon at Fukuoka's Yafuoku Dome.
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