3/18/2013 | Grilli shows no rust in return from Classic
With 15 days and a language gap between appearances, Jason Grilli did not miss a beat -- or a chance to instill confidence in his ability to flourish as the Pirates' new closer.
3/18/2013 | Crawford chips in for Dodgers against D-backs
Adam Eaton had two hits and Paul Goldschmidt homered Monday as the D-backs scored a 5-3 win over the Dodgers, who received the first two hits and RBIs of the spring from Carl Crawford.
3/18/2013 | Puerto Rico has players used to biggest stage
When Team Puerto Rico arrived in Fort Myers, Fla., last month to prepare for the World Baseball Classic, manager Edwin Rodriguez recognized the key element of his club right away.
3/18/2013 | Zimmermann has full arsenal against Tigers
Jordan Zimmermann pitched a team-high six innings Monday, allowing one hit and striking out one batter. After Andy Dirks led off the game with a single, Zimmermann retired 18 straight batters and had 14 ground-ball outs.
3/18/2013 | Miley's 'dead arm' shows life in intrasquad game
Wade Miley's arm appears to be alive again. The D-backs left-hander threw two innings in an intrasquad game after being scratched from his last start with what the team referred to as a "dead arm," a point pitchers tend to reach during Spring Training where their arm feels tired.
3/18/2013 | Descalso's versatility helps in utility infielder battle
With Pete Kozma set to serve as the Cardinals' starting shortstop until further notice, the club will use the last two weeks of Spring Training to assess their backup options at the position. Daniel Descalso is making his case with sound defense and versatility.
3/18/2013 | Brewers release Crosby from Minor League deal
The Brewers released Bobby Crosby from his Minor League contract on Monday, ending Crosby's bid for a comeback after two years out of baseball.
3/18/2013 | Chen pleased with outing against Minor Leaguers
An open date in the exhibition schedule Monday did not slow down the preparation of Wei-Yin Chen for his sophomore season in Baltimore's rotation.
3/18/2013 | d'Arnaud earns valuable time as demotion nears
John Buck's illness has afforded Travis d'Arnaud plenty of playing time during what could be his final days in camp. The top prospect appeared in three of the Mets' past four games and scored two runs Monday against the Cardinals.
3/18/2013 | Baker has MRI due to soreness in elbow
Scott Baker was scheduled to pitch two full innings on Sunday, but was taken out after a high pitch count and was examined Monday after he reported soreness in his right elbow.
3/18/2013 | Humber feeling good after simulated game
Astros pitcher Philip Humber, who appears to be a near lock to grab a spot in the starting rotation to begin the year, threw 73 pitches during a simulated game at the team's Minor League complex on Monday morning.
3/18/2013 | Drew likely to see concussion specialist
Barring a very quick recovery in a day's time, shortstop Stephen Drew will head to Pittsburgh to meet with Dr. Michael Collins, who is the executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's concussion program and worked with Brandon McCarthy and Brian Roberts after their own head injuries.
3/18/2013 | Balfour reports good health after Minor League outing
The ultra-competitive Grant Balfour wasn't too happy when he learned that his first game action of the spring would come in a Minor League setting. But he was in a better mood upon his return from the Monday outing, when he was able to report good health.
3/18/2013 | Green brightens his future with solid spring
Grant Green entered spring swimming in a deep, crowded infield pool, his chances of breaking camp very slim. So despite the fact that he hit .409, with a good showing at second base, the decision to option him to Triple-A on Sunday wasn't much of a surprise. Still, his performance was enough to convince a few in the front office that he very well may have a future in Oakland.
3/18/2013 | Garza recovering, not yet ready to throw off mound
Matt Garza is slowly making progress as he recovers from a strained left lat, and he won't take the mound until he can throw consistently from 120-150 feet.
3/18/2013 | Prospects Harvey, d'Arnaud help Mets to victory
Matt Harvey struck out six in five-plus innings and Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-3 with two runs scored as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 3-2, on Monday in Grapefruit League action.
3/18/2013 | Morales setting an example on the field and off
When the Mariners acquired Kendrys Morales in December, they knew they were bringing in an experienced middle-of-the-order hitter who could be a force when he's fully healthy. So far this spring, they've gotten all of that and more. Not only is the 29-year-old heating up at the plate, he's setting an example with a work ethic that is rubbing off on his teammates.
3/18/2013 | Farrell searching for DH as Ortiz remains sidelined
David Ortiz did not take batting practice on Monday, at one point a hope for the Red Sox designated hitter who's battling right heel inflammation.
3/18/2013 | Dodgers reassign Gwynn, Castillo; release Castro
The Dodgers reassigned outfielder Tony Gwynn and catcher Wilkin Castillo and released catcher Ramon Castro on Monday.
3/18/2013 | Yelich, Valaika homer in Marlins' rain-shortened win
Top prospect Christian Yelich and Chris Valaika homered to help lead the Marlins to a 6-2 win over the Twins in a rain-shortened game that was called after five innings Monday.
3/18/2013 | Dice-K accepts Indians' Minors assignment
After making the determination that Daisuke Matsuzaka would not be part of their Opening Day rotation, the Indians offered the veteran right-hander the opportunity to pitch at Triple-A.
3/18/2013 | Halladay still under the weather
Roy Halladay is still sick. He lasted only one inning Sunday in a Grapefruit League game against the Orioles at Bright House Field.
3/18/2013 | Angels ink veteran catcher Snyder to Minors deal
The Angels, concerned over Hank Conger's throwing woes, agreed to terms with veteran catcher Chris Snyder on a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training on Monday.
3/18/2013 | Beckett, Billingsley out; Greinke set for Wednesday
The Dodgers had to scratch Monday's starting pitcher Josh Beckett with the flu and Tuesday starter Chad Billingsley with a bruised right index finger, but Zack Greinke is scheduled to start Wednesday.
3/18/2013 | Marlins' competition tight in center field
The Marlins' tight competition in center field may take the rest of Spring Training to resolve. That competition includes Gorkys Hernandez, who was in Monday's starting lineup against the Twins.
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