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3/1/2015 | Gordon emerges as standout of impressive '05 Draft class

Alex Gordon has become the standout from the 2005 First-Year Player Draft that included: Gordon, No. 2 to the Royals; Ryan Zimmerman, No. 4 to the Nationals; Ryan Braun, No. 5 to the Brewers; and Troy Tulowitzki, No. 7 to the Rockies.


3/1/2015 | Pair of Matt Duffys makes MLB see double

Matt Duffy is a Giants infielder. Matt Duffy is an Astros prospect. Don't worry: You're not the only one to be confused.


3/1/2015 | D-backs, Rockies unveil newly renovated Lehi Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies on Sunday unveiled a newly renovated Lehi Field, a baseball facility in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Mesa, Ariz.


3/1/2015 | Carrasco aims for same mindset that brought success in '14

Carlos Carrasco arrived at Indians camp well prepared to repeat his breakout run of success from 2014.


3/1/2015 | Darvish on 2014 season: 'I never quit the team'

After retiring three straight hitters, two on strikeouts, during an intrasquad game on Sunday, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish addressed a question about accusations that he quit on the team last season by missing the final seven weeks with mild inflammation in his right elbow.


3/1/2015 | Cepeda: Minoso a pacesetter for Latin American ballplayers

Orlando Cepeda spoke in a voice thick with emotion as he eulogized his close friend, Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, who died Sunday. Cepeda called the Cuban-born Minoso the pacesetter for Latin American ballplayers such as himself.


3/1/2015 | Kubitza preps for future starting third-base role

Kyle Kubitza has what every prospect wants -- a clear path. The Angels traded one of those young, high-upside starting pitching prospects they barely have because they needed someone to play third base in 2016, and the club believes Kubitza can be that player.


3/1/2015 | Phillies get 'cobwebs out' in spring-opening exhibition loss

The Phillies scheduled an exhibition against the University of Tampa, which is the No. 1 Division II baseball team in the country. The club wanted to give its younger players and non-roster invitees some work against the wide-eyed kids before opening the Grapefruit League season Tuesday against the Yankees. Philadelphia lost, 6-2.


3/1/2015 | Hassan duking it out to find home with A's

Alex Hassan blended right in on his first day in an A's uniform, walking twice in an intrasquad game with his new teammates. "Two walks, fits right in here," manager Bob Melvin quipped.


3/1/2015 | Rotation stars take it slow as Girardi sets early matchups

It's nothing earthshattering, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi named two relievers and a prospective member of the rotation to start his club's first three Grapefruit League games: Adam Warren, Nathan Eovaldi and Esmil Rogers.


3/1/2015 | Utley won't play in Grapefruit League opener

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will not be in the lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees at Bright House Field. Utley sprained his right ankle in January and has not fully recovered.


3/1/2015 | Verlander lets pitches do talking, righty impressive throwing BP

Skipper Brad Ausmus said Justin Verlanders bullpen session Sunday was the best he'd seen the pitcher since taking the job.


3/1/2015 | No one meant more to White Sox than Minoso

Nobody is immortal. It's a concept White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and pretty much everyone else fully understands. But when it came to Minnie Minoso, known as the Cuban Comet and, more appropriately, Mr. White Sox, Reinsdorf thought he might have met the one exception.


3/1/2015 | 'He's the man': Kluber brings Cy Young stuff to first BP session

Indians starter Corey Kluber continued his methodical march toward Opening Day with his first live batting practice session of Spring Training on Sunday.


3/1/2015 | A-Rod's status for early games uncertain

The Yankees will play an intrasquad game on Monday at Steinbrenner Field and then open their Grapefruit League schedule on Tuesday against the Phillies in nearby Clearwater, Fla. Whether Alex Rodriguez will be in the lineup both days is still a matter of conjecture.


3/1/2015 | Reed likely needs two weeks before taking mound

D-backs closer Addison Reed said it will likely be around two weeks before he gets back on the mound again after experiencing some soreness in his shoulder just before camp opened.


3/1/2015 | Peralta comfortable after proving himself in 2014

While it might not look like it to an outsider, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta insists that so much has changed from last year to this one.


3/1/2015 | Phillies first to try out pace of play clock initiative

For the first time in Major League Baseball, when the Phillies faced the University of Tampa at Bright House Field on Sunday, the time between innings and pitching changes was timed. The goal is to improve the pace of play by eliminating time between the end of the break and the resumption of play.


3/1/2015 | Miller hopes charmed career continues in Bronx

Just prior to his first appearance for the Orioles last August after the Red Sox traded him to Baltimore, Andrew Miller ran in from the bullpen to a rousing ovation from the 39,487 fans at Camden Yards, an experience that is indelibly etched in his memory, the newest Yankees left-hander said. Miller is hoping to create more special moments at Yankee Stadium in the years ahead.


3/1/2015 | Cubs' Bryant to start Opening Day? Kind of

Kris Bryant has impressed Cubs manager Joe Maddon so far this spring. "He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said Sunday of the Cubs' top prospect.


3/1/2015 | Melvin, A's to ease Crisp into game action

The oft-injured Coco Crisp will be eased into Cactus League games, according to A's manager Bob Melvin.


3/1/2015 | A's reconfigure infield after roster overhaul

The infield of the 2014 Athletics didn't last eight months. Gone are Brandon Moss, Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson, the team's best player. The primary second baseman, Eric Sogard, remains in camp in an anticipated utility role.


3/1/2015 | McClendon: Jackson key to 'jumpstart' Mariners offense

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Austin Jackson will be the key spark plug to get the Mariners offense going at the top of the order.


3/1/2015 | Rehabbing Ryu, Peralta on track to throw off mound

Rehabbing Dodgers pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Joel Peralta remained on track to throw off a bullpen mound on Monday, manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday.


3/1/2015 | Harper says he has to 'step up' for Nationals

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper made it clear Sunday what he wants to see change this season. He wants to improve his numbers from last year. He wants to stay injury-free. He wants to get better at the plate.




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