3/9/2014 | Ruggiano homers, drives in three vs. Brewers
Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in three runs, Junior Lake smacked a tiebreaking RBI single and Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI triple in the Cubs' 10-8 win over the Brewers on Sunday in front of a Cactus League-record crowd of 14,770 at Cubs Park.
3/9/2014 | Aramis to play every other day in first week
The plan is for Aramis Ramirez to alternate games for a week and then be re-evaluated by the club's medical staff. Ramirez fully expects to be cleared to play on a more regular basis once the week is complete.
3/9/2014 | Ward wastes no time impressing Nationals
A third-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the left-handed hitting Drew Ward had a .292 batting average with a home run, 28 RBIs and a .402 on-base percentage for the Gulf Coast Nationals last year.
3/9/2014 | Wright expects friend B.J. Upton to bounce back
Mets third baseman David Wright was somewhat conflicted as he watched B.J. Upton struggle throughout last season. Along with having compassion, Wright also had to account for the fact that his childhood friend was now playing for the division-rival Braves.
3/9/2014 | Older and wiser, Giambi appreciates role as mentor
At the age of 43, Jason Giambi is still pursuing his childhood dream. And over the years he has learned an even greater appreciation for the game of baseball.
3/9/2014 | Tribe rotation hopeful Tomlin silences Brewers
Indians rotation hopeful Josh Tomlin spun four shutout innings to help Cleveland earn a 4-2 Cactus League victory over a split Brewers squad. Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta pitched into the fourth inning and allowed three runs.
3/9/2014 | Kershaw improves in start against Giants
Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Hicks, but the Dodgers rallied before falling to the Giants, 3-2, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Camelback Ranch on Sunday.
3/9/2014 | Jeter gets multiple chances in field against Rays
There have been plenty of opportunities for Derek Jeter to test his surgically repaired left ankle this spring, and the Yankees shortstop had a particularly busy day at the office on Sunday. Jeter participated in five of the first nine outs that David Phelps recorded against the Rays. He also turned a double play during six innings in the field, finishing the afternoon 0-for-3 at the plate.
3/9/2014 | Pitching shines behind Skaggs' strong start
Behind four solid innings from left-hander Tyler Skaggs, the Angels posted a 3-1 victory over the Reds, limiting Cincinnati to five hits against seven pitchers.
3/9/2014 | First-base competition slowed by injuries to Ike, Duda
Ike Davis walked with a discernible limp on Sunday, and he has a badly bruised calf. At the same time, the word in the Mets' clubhouse is that Lucas Duda's left hamstring is not improving.
3/9/2014 | Hurdle praises Morton's competitive spirit
Despite frustrating results, Charlie Morton's start on Sunday against the Red Sox in a 4-1, split-squad loss still got positive comments from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.
3/9/2014 | Replay not in season form for Phillies, Twins
The Phillies and Twins had two plays undergo video review in Sunday's 1-1 tie -- with John Mayberry Jr., at the center of both -- and another in the third that was not a candidate for MLB's expanded instant replay.
3/9/2014 | Straily pleased with progress in second spring start
Dan Straily isn't so much concerned about results as he is progress this spring, so consider his Sunday outing a success. The young righty, who will likely open the season as Oakland's fifth starter, walked three in 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox, but he also limited them to two hits and struck out two.
3/9/2014 | Broxton on track for return; Marshall delayed
Reds manager Bryan Price said on Sunday that he's happy with the progress of one of his relievers, right-hander Jonathan Broxton, but much more guarded about left-hander Sean Marshall.
3/9/2014 | Dickey prepares for season by increasing pitch count
Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was able to stretch out his pitch count to 82 while working five scoreless innings Sunday against the Astros. The plan was to try to get to 85 pitches, so he came close enough.
3/9/2014 | Reviewed call goes against Porter, Astros
For the second day in a row, Astros manager Bo Porter challenged a call on the field. And for the second day in a row, the call was upheld via instant replay.
3/9/2014 | Francona sees Bauer putting it together
Indians manager Terry Francona thinks Trevor Bauer's performance this spring is an indication that the organization's patient approach with talented prospect last season was the right move.
3/9/2014 | Koehler making case for fifth rotation spot
A frontrunner appears to be emerging for the Marlins' fifth starter spot. Tom Koehler, the incumbent, is certainly helping his cause.
3/9/2014 | Sliding next for Machado as he makes progress
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache on March 18, but he hopes to begin sliding before he's re-evaluated and potentially cleared to begin playing in games.
3/9/2014 | Pair of calls upheld by replay in Padres-D-backs game
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson used a replay challenge for the first time Sunday when he asked umpires to review a first-inning play at first base. With Chris Owings at first base, Paul Goldschmidt hit a grounder to first that Tommy Medica bobbled and then had to race Goldschmidt to the bag.
3/9/2014 | Eaton making smooth transition to leadoff role
The leadoff role is one Adam Eaton not only plays out physically but also mentally in trying to give the White Sox a competitive offensive edge. It's not overly complex but it's certainly not basic, as scenarios in each at-bat change based on a number of game-related factors.
3/9/2014 | Timetable could have Latos ready for Opening Day
Reds starter Mat Latos is progressing well enough from recent surgeries on his right elbow and left knee that he could be ready to open the season on the big league roster, manager Bryan Price said Sunday.
3/9/2014 | Renteria knows Rizzo's power will show
Cubs manager Rick Renteria isn't concerned that Anthony Rizzo hasn't gone deep in Cactus League play, he knows the first baseman has power.
3/9/2014 | Donaldson delivers first homer of spring in tie
Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson hit his first homer of the spring as the A's and White Sox played to a 2-2 tie Sunday afternoon at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Righty Dan Straily walked three in 3 1/3 innings, but didn't give up a run, allowing two hits and fanning two along the way.
3/9/2014 | Manship solid before Phillies rise up late in draw
The Twins and Phillies played to a 1-1 draw after nine innings, with Philadelphia tying the game with a run in the eighth inning on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
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