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Padres send 5 to Minors, near OD roster (Wednesday, March 29)
The Padres trimmed their roster by five players, their penultimate series of moves before the Opening Day squad is set this weekend.

Scioscia waiting to name OD starter, closer (Wednesday, March 29)
The Angels broke camp Wednesday afternoon and high-tailed it out of town just five days until Opening Day. But who will take the ball Monday night in Oakland is unknown. So too is who will close out that game should the Angels have a late lead. The rest of the starting rotation is equally unclear.

Dyson returns in time for Opening Day (Wednesday, March 29)
After sitting out a week to rest a tender right hamstring, speedster Jarrod Dyson returned to what looked a lot like Seattle's potential Opening Day lineup in Wednesday's 3-3 tie with the Dodgers.

McCarthy earns No. 4 spot in Dodgers' rotation (Wednesday, March 29)
Brandon McCarthy battled back from Tommy John surgery and a case of the yips to reclaim his spot in the starting rotation, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Wednesday.

Schwarber leads display of power vs. A's (Wednesday, March 29)
The A's and Cubs combined for 30 hits and 26 runs, but in the end, it was the Cubs that walked off the field with the 15-11 victory in front of 15,448 at Sloan Field in the final Cactus League game for both teams.

Villar eyeing Gold Glove season at second (Wednesday, March 29)
Jonathan Villar agrees with Brewers officials that he will fare better this season at second base than he did last year at third. Villar also thinks he is a candidate to win some hardware. "I want to focus on winning a Gold Glove," Villar said. "I like playing there. I think I can do it."

For game's top talent, awards contention awaits (Wednesday, March 29)
Opening Day is nearly upon us, which means it's Prediction Season, and what's more fun to predict than which players will take home baseball's most prestigious awards? MLB.com's 30 beat reporters weighed in to highlight which stars could be in line for some hardware come November.

What a relief! Tribe boasts game's best 'pen (Wednesday, March 29)
All week, in an effort to both stoke debate and get stoked for the 2017 season, we're ranking the top five clubs in a few key categories. We've gone over the rotations and lineups, and we'll continue today with the bullpens.

Elevate and celebrate: Smarter hitters using data to find power (Wednesday, March 29)
Why has there been such a huge increase in homers over the last two seasons? The theories are endless, so we went right to the source, talking to more than 40 players about the changes they've made to try to tap into more power.

Crouse, Dana Hills win NHSI opener (Wednesday, March 29)
While the 2017 National High School Invitational championship game won't be played until Saturday, Wednesday's opening-round matchup between Cullman and Dana Hills, with their respective aces on the mound, had the feel of a title bout.

Angels ride pair of 4-run innings past Brewers (Wednesday, March 29)
Carlos Perez doubled home two of the Angels' four runs in the first inning, and C.J. Cron and Ryan LaMarre homered in a four-run sixth on the way to an 8-6 win over the Brewers on Wednesday at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Tribe, Reds put on homer show in Goodyear (Wednesday, March 29)
The Reds and Indians bid farewell to Goodyear Ballpark this spring with a combined seven home runs on Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland came out on top in the Cactus League slugfest with a 9-6 victory.

Padres, White Sox hit 4 HRs each in tie (Wednesday, March 29)
Eight home runs were hit at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday, as the Padres and White Sox played to a 9-9 tie.

Straily as advertised in 1st camp with Marlins (Wednesday, March 29)
Spring Training finished pretty much as it started for Dan Straily. On Wednesday afternoon, the 28-year-old right-hander gave up one run in six innings in the Marlins' 5-5 tie with the Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Gennett shines at plate, in field in Reds debut (Wednesday, March 29)
The newest member of the Reds, infielder Scooter Gennett, had familiarity of the Reds after spending four seasons in the National League Central with the Brewers.

Rotation, 'pen in flux as Crew heads home (Wednesday, March 29)
The Brewers packed up Maryvale Baseball Park on Wednesday afternoon and headed north with some starting rotation and bullpen decisions to make -- or make public -- before they can tie a bow on Spring Training.

Grandal backs Kershaw in Cactus finale (Wednesday, March 29)
Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs in three innings in his final start before Opening Day in the Dodgers Cactus League finale on Wednesday. Nelson Cruz, who missed five days with the flu, had an RBI double for Seattle.

Rangers have decision to make on Gee (Wednesday, March 29)
Right-hander Dillon Gee was terrific in his final spring outing in Arizona on Wednesday. Now the Rangers have to decide if they want him in Texas. Nothing has been resolved on that front, even though Gee had an out-clause in his contract that could be triggered on Wednesday.

McKeon named to Padres' Hall of Fame (Wednesday, March 29)
Former Padres manager and general manager Jack McKeon has been elected to the team's Hall of Fame.

Duvall leaves Arizona on powerful note (Wednesday, March 29)
There was no estimated distance on Adam Duvall's first-inning home run for the Reds vs. the Indians in a x-x loss on Wednesday. Had it not careened off the left-field scoreboard, it certainly would have landed outside of Goodyear Ballpark.

Miggy shoots segment for 'Diesel Brothers' (Wednesday, March 29)
Miguel Cabrera played his final home game of this Spring Training under the Florida sun Wednesday afternoon. He cleaned up, donned some of his branded clothes for street gear, and got back into the batter's box at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium to play some ball with Discovery Channel's "Diesel Brothers."

Yanks may consider starting Judge in Minors (Wednesday, March 29)
Aaron Judge could begin the year in the Minor Leagues. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday that the organization still has not made a decision on the open competition between Judge and Aaron Hicks, with that announcement expected to be made on Thursday.

Tito, Maddon reflect on Game 7 decisions (Wednesday, March 29)
Another new and exciting Major League Baseball season is upon us, but we'd be remiss in enjoying the Cubs' first World Series title defense in 108 years without revisiting one more time the game that got them here.

Capps to start regular season on DL (Wednesday, March 29)
Twelve and a half months after he underwent Tommy John surgery, Carter Capps made his return to a big league mound this week.

Gordon embraces Royals' leadoff spot (Wednesday, March 29)
As the Royals prepped to bug out of Arizona on Wednesday, manager Ned Yost revealed what likely will be his Opening Day lineup and batting order. Alex Gordon has hit leadoff most of the spring.

Braves' roster decisions go down to the wire (Wednesday, March 29)
As the Braves concluded the Florida portion of their exhibition season on Wednesday, they had a pretty good idea about how their Opening Day roster might look. But before determining exactly how they might fill the final bullpen and bench spots, they will wait a few more days to see if any attractive external options develop.

Tillman to throw bullpen on Saturday (Wednesday, March 29)
Chris Tillman will throw a bullpen on Saturday, with the right-hander working toward getting into an extended spring game on April 11

Gray K's 7 in key Minor League tuneup (Wednesday, March 29)
Rockies right-hander Jon Gray's six innings in a Minor League game Wednesday had less to do with his pitching than the other stuff. Handling all of it should put Gray in position to start the season opener Monday at Milwaukee.

Collmenter, Montero seize opportunity for role (Wednesday, March 29)
Josh Collmenter prepared to serve as the Braves' long reliever and Rafael Montero provided another glimpse of why he could be an asset in the Mets' bullpen this year. But it was an ugly ninth inning that enabled New York to gain a 2-2 tie against Atlanta on Wednesday at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.

Bullpen session goes well for Cishek (Wednesday, March 29)
Steve Cishek's initial hope of being recovered from hip surgery in time to start the regular season with the Mariners has long since given way to a slower reality, but he took comfort in his steady progression after throwing another strong bullpen session on Wednesday.

Judge logs 2 hits in Montgomery's solid start (Wednesday, March 29)
Jordan Montgomery made one last case for a spot on the 25-man roster with five strong innings of work, while Aaron Judge added a pair of hits in the Yankees' 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon.

Park powers up, Ervin tunes up vs. Red Sox (Wednesday, March 29)
ByungHo Park took another step toward being the Twins' primary DH this season, clubbing a two-run homer to snap an eighth-inning tie en route to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at JetBlue Park.

Franco's among 3 Phils HRs off Cole (Wednesday, March 29)
Pirates Opening Day starter Gerrit Cole struggled with the long ball in his final Grapefruit League start. Aaron Altherr, Cameron Perkins and Maikel Franco each connected on solo shots for a Phillies split squad in an 8-2 win at LECOM Park on Wednesday.

Chisenhall injury causes outfield shuffle (Wednesday, March 29)
When Lonnie Chisenhall crashed into the right-field wall at Sloan Park on Friday, it caused a ripple effect for the Indians' Opening Day roster.

Astros, Marlins get strong starts during tie (Wednesday, March 29)
Dan Straily held his former team to five hits and one run in six innings to lead the Marlins to a 5-5 tie against the Astros on Wednesday afternoon at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. It was the final Grapefruit League game for the Astros, who were headed to Houston on Wednesday night.

Mitchell, Orange Lutheran win NHSI opener (Wednesday, March 29)
Orange Lutheran's loaded roster, one that features 10 Division-I commits, was on full display Wednesday as they defeated Merritt Island, 7-3, in the opening round of the 2017 National High School Invitational at Coleman Field.

Nava, Phils strike early against Verlander (Wednesday, March 29)
Daniel Nava's three-run homer spoiled Justin Verlander's final Spring Training tuneup and the Tigers' spring home finale, sending the Phillies to an 8-2 win Wednesday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Scheppers likely won't be ready for opener (Wednesday, March 29)
Tanner Scheppers has been set back by a strained abdominal muscle, and manager Jeff Banister said it will be "challenging" for Scheppers to make the Opening Day roster.

Holy Cow! Cubs should be even better in 2017 (Wednesday, March 29)
Can it get any better for the Cubs? Socially, probably not. Their 2016 World Series championship ride was a once-every-108-years style of celebration. But can they be better in 2017 than they were in '16? Absolutely.

Duensing heads to DL; Cubs finalize roster (Wednesday, March 29)
With lingering concerns over Brian Duensing's back spasms, the Cubs placed the reliever on the 10-day disabled list to start the season and will break camp with both outfielder Matt Szczur and infielder Tommy La Stella on their 25-man roster, Theo Epstein announced Wednesday ahead of the team's final spring game in Arizona.

Clock 'still running' on Yadi's contract situation (Wednesday, March 29)
The Cardinals cleared out their Spring Training complex and departed for Memphis late Wednesday afternoon with Yadier Molina's contract situation still unresolved.

Plan B: How AL Central clubs may shift in '17 (Wednesday, March 29)
Certainly, every team wants to win the World Series, but suffice it to say, the championship dreams currently rate a little stronger in Cleveland, where the Indians are coming off an American League pennant, than on the South Side of Chicago, where the White Sox are open to dealing their Opening Day starter. With that in mind, each club in the AL Central might have to adjust its specific plan as 2017 evolves. Here are some Plan B possibilities.

Grichuk requests extra AB, is hit by a pitch (Wednesday, March 29)
The extra plate appearance Randal Grichuk requested on Wednesday was one he regretted afterward.

Gee, Duffy star in Texas-KC scoreless tie (Wednesday, March 29)
Rangers right-hander Dillon Gee, a former Royal, threw six dominant innings in a 0-0 Texas-Kansas City tie on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium. Royals Opening Day starter Danny Duffy worked four strong innings in his final tuneup before Monday's opener.

Lagares improving, could be ready for opener (Wednesday, March 29)
Continuing his rapid improvement from a left oblique strain, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares said Wednesday that he expects he'll be ready for Opening Day. That is a reversal from what the team initially feared when Lagares suffered the injury.

Garrett, Davis, Turner elated to make team (Wednesday, March 29)
Amir Garrett was very determined to make the Reds' rotation, and he was moved Tuesday when he finally learned from manager Bryan Price that he did. When Cincinnati set its rotation, its No. 2 prospect was named as one of the five starters.

Rays hit 3 homers, score 12 in 6th vs. O's (Wednesday, March 29)
Peter Bourjos, Nick Franklin, and Shane Peterson homered in the sixth to lead a 15-6 win over the Orioles Wednesday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Montgomery makes rotation case vs. Jays (Wednesday, March 29)
Jordan Montgomery's sharp arsenal has wowed the Yankees on several occasions this spring, but as the right-hander wrapped up an unlikely bid for a rotation spot, he sent a positive message on Wednesday by surviving against a tough Blue Jays lineup without his best stuff.

Price points: 10 undervalued fantasy options (Wednesday, March 29)
Fantasy drafts are all about value. When selecting a team, the focus should be squarely set on getting the most productive player with each pick. Based on the ADP (Average Draft Position) data, the following 10 players should offer production that exceeds their acquisition costs. Fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to select these players at their current ADPs and may even want to consider them a bit earlier.

Bat Girl Contest judges have star power (Wednesday, March 29)
As entries continue through April 12 for the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, there is a formidable cast of guest judges charged with poring over submissions at HonoraryBatGirl.com and somehow choosing 30 winners -- one for each Major League Baseball club -- from among stories that are all powerful studies of courage in the face of breast cancer

Fowler, Wacha stand out as Cards top Nats (Wednesday, March 29)
With his fourth multihit game of spring, Dexter Fowler keyed the Cardinals' 6-2 win over the Nationals in St. Louis' Grapefruit League finale on Wednesday. The Cardinals finished 7-0-1 against Washington this spring and won 20 games in Grapefruit League play for the first time since 1997.

Matz won't be ready to start season (Wednesday, March 29)
Mets starter Steven Matz's last chance at a roster spot evaporated Wednesday, when he went for an MRI on his sore left elbow. Manager Terry Collins said he does not expect Matz, who has been nursing a tender elbow for the past week, to make the Opening Day roster.

Rays send 7 to Minors, clearing up catcher competition (Wednesday, March 29)
The Rays optioned three players and reassigned four on Wednesday, and they told catcher Jesus Sucre he will make the team.

Hardy optioned, Infante among six reassigned (Wednesday, March 29)
The Tigers whittled down their roster closer to the Opening Day set of 25 on Wednesday, sending out seven players, including left-hander Blaine Hardy, right-hander Angel Nesbitt, infielder Omar Infante and outfielder Alex Presley.

Hutchison optioned by Bucs after spring fade (Wednesday, March 29)
The Pirates optioned right-hander Drew Hutchison to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday. The move comes a day after Hutchison struggled in his final Grapefruit League start, giving up nine runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Red Sox.

Rutledge injury, Moreland flu impact 25th spot (Wednesday, March 29)
The decision regarding the 25th roster spot for the Red Sox has been complicated by the fact Josh Rutledge (left hamstring strain) will start the season on the disabled list and starting first baseman Mitch Moreland coming down with the flu.

Sanchez on track for 1st start despite blister (Wednesday, March 29)
Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez will be ready for his first start of the regular season despite a blister on his right hand that popped up earlier this week.

Dodgers reassign Culberson to Minors (Wednesday, March 29)
The Dodgers reassigned non-roster infielder Charlie Culberson to their Minor League complex on Wednesday, leaving Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor as remaining candidates to make the Opening Day roster as the backup shortstop.

Polanco won't go to Montreal due to passport issue (Wednesday, March 29)
Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will not make the trip to Montreal for the team's final two exhibition games against the Blue Jays. It's an issue with his passport and not an ailing shoulder that is to blame, however.

Soren journeys from MTV to 'Moneyball' art (Wednesday, March 29)
Tabitha Soren, who 20 years ago was MTV's political reporter, has spent the past 15 years photographing baseball players drafted by the Oakland A's in 2002, a project that has led to her wonderful new book, "Fantasy Life."

Bregman to bat second in Astros' lineup (Wednesday, March 29)
Astros manager A.J. Hinch is still weighing his Opening Day lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners, but he said Wednesday third baseman Alex Bregman will begin the season batting in the No. 2 hole behind outfielder George Springer and ahead of second baseman Jose Altuve.

Boyd wins rotation spot; Anibal to 'pen (Wednesday, March 29)
Matt Boyd has won a spot in the Tigers' rotation. Anibal Sanchez is in the Tigers' bullpen ... for now.

Major key: Second basemen surging at plate (Wednesday, March 29)
Second base is no longer playing second fiddle in the Major Leagues. Long considered a position for an infielder without the range to play shortstop, nor the range in the field or power at the plate to play third base, second base has emerged as a focus in the current decade.

Mariners' Smyly scratched from final spring start (Wednesday, March 29)
Southpaw Drew Smyly, expected to open the season as Seattle's No. 4 starter, has been scratched from his final Cactus League start on Friday and his status now is in question for the opening series in Houston.

Familia suspended 15 games by MLB (Wednesday, March 29)
Mets closer Jeurys Familia was suspended for 15 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for violating the league's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child-abuse policy. Familia's suspension will begin on Opening Day.

Thornburg confident shoulder will heal with rest (Wednesday, March 29)
Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg acknowledged Wednesday that he might have been pushing too hard to get over the arm fatigue that dogged him throughout his first Spring Training with the Red Sox.

Beltre's Opening Day status in doubt (Wednesday, March 29)
The Rangers are five days away from Opening Day, and their best player is still not in the lineup. Adrian Beltre remains sidelined with tightness in his right calf muscle. He had an MRI exam on Monday, and it revealed he does not have a significant strain. But the third baseman hasn't played since coming out of Sunday's game against the Dodgers after just one plate appearance.

Twins reassign Wimmers,Tepesch to Minors (Wednesday, March 29)
The Twins' pitching situation gained some clarity on Wednesday, as right-handers Alex Wimmers and Nick Tepesch were reassigned to Minor League camp.

deGrom, Harvey to follow Thor in rotation (Wednesday, March 29)
The Mets announced their opening-series rotation on Wednesday, revealing that Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey will follow Noah Syndergaard against the Braves at Citi Field.

Yankees reassign Wade to Minor Leagues (Wednesday, March 29)
The Yankees reassigned infielder Tyler Wade to Minor League camp on Wednesday, bringing into focus the club's plans for the shortstop position to open the season.

Complete guide to the 2017 Cardinals (Wednesday, March 29)
Cardinals fan Will Leitch looks ahead to the season -- where St. Louis' bitter rivals are the defending champs.

Kershaw to make final spring start on MLB.TV (Tuesday, March 28)
Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers in one of six Spring Training games that can be seen today and tonight on MLB.TV.

Extra effort may put Cespedes on MVP track (Wednesday, March 29)
Yoenis Cespedes, 31, is the Mets' best hitter, as much the heart of their lineup as David Wright is the soul of their clubhouse. Back in New York on a four-year, $110 million contract that surprised even manager Terry Collins, Cespedes has developed into a bona fide National League MVP candidate.

Preseason picks for 2017 awards winners (Tuesday, March 28)
We polled more than 50 experts from MLB.com and MLB Network to see how they envision the 2017 season shaping up, in terms of individual awards. Here are the results.

While you were sleeping: A Hot Stove refresh (Tuesday, March 28)
With the 2017 season about to begin, consider this our effort to get those of you who slept through the Hot Stove season caught up on all the big things you missed. Here are 20 key plot points from what was a typically wild offseason in MLB.

Wood's role with Dodgers remains unclear (Tuesday, March 28)
Although Dave Roberts said Alex Wood will be on the Opening Day roster, the Dodgers manager remained noncommittal as to whether Wood or Brandon McCarthy would be the club's fifth starter.

Price 'very satisfied' with Arroyo's outing (Tuesday, March 28)
In a game vs. Dodgers Triple-A players on Tuesday, Reds righty Bronson Arroyo threw 74 pitches over 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three earned runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Wright enters 2017 healthy, feeling good (Tuesday, March 28)
Despite a late start to his spring, Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright is well ahead of where he wants to be for the regular season.

Hutchison's spring struggles continue (Tuesday, March 28)
Drew Hutchison allowed nine runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Prospects Davis, Garrett make Reds' rotation (Tuesday, March 28)
One day before breaking camp and heading to Cincinnati, the Reds made what will likely be their final 25-man roster decisions. However the team that faces the Phillies Monday on Opening Day could change quickly.

Ellis clears hurdle, returns to Marlins' lineup (Tuesday, March 28)
A number of questions were answered Tuesday, as A.J. Ellis caught five innings and got three at-bats against the Nationals. Returning to the lineup after being out with a strained left hamstring since late February, Ellis went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored in the Marlins' 4-2 victory over the Nationals.

HRs from Upton, Moya power Tigers' offense (Tuesday, March 28)
After watching 31 batters make hard turns back to the dugout, the Tigers finally got to Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday, interrupting the right-hander's perfect spring in a 6-3 Grapefruit League victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Betts, Bradley combine for 7 RBIs vs. Pirates (Tuesday, March 28)
For the second time in five days, the Red Sox feasted in the first inning against Drew Hutchison and cruised to a high-scoring win.

Red Sox shut down Thornburg for a week (Tuesday, March 28)
Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg will be shut down for the next week, manager John Farrell announced on Tuesday.

Tulo, Donaldson hit first spring home runs (Tuesday, March 28)
Powered by four home runs, the Blue Jays topped the Phillies, 10-4, on Tuesday night at Spectrum Field.

Rollins appears unlikely for Giants' roster (Tuesday, March 28)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy dropped a very large hint that Jimmy Rollins won't be on his club's roster when it opens the 2017 season Sunday at Arizona.

Russell's back improving as Zobrist returns (Tuesday, March 28)
Ben Zobrist returned to the Cubs lineup Tuesday after missing more than one week because of a stiff neck while Addison Russell remained day to day, still nursing a sore back.

Donaldson 'feeling pretty solid' entering 2017 (Tuesday, March 28)
Josh Donaldson doesn't have a lot of at-bats this spring, but it hasn't taken him long to get back to swinging well.

Cubs' lineup with Schwarber runs pretty deep (Tuesday, March 28)
In this Opening Day lead-up, let's talk about lineups. Following Tuesday's ranking of the top five rotations in the game at the start of 2017, we move on now to the offensive outlooks.

Petit makes Angels' Opening Day roster (Tuesday, March 28)
Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was added to the Angels' 25-man roster for Opening Day, the team announced Tuesday. The move further clarifies the club's personnel outlook for the regular season.

Gallo homers, doubles against Rockies (Tuesday, March 28)

Nationals place Robinson on waivers (Tuesday, March 28)
The Nationals placed Clint Robinson on waivers on Tuesday, a move that had been in the cards since the team signed Adam Lind at the start of Spring Training.

Royals ride trio of home runs; Karns K's 7 (Tuesday, March 28)
The Royals' recent home run barrage continued on Tuesday, as they clubbed three more homers in a 7-3 win over the White Sox at Surprise Stadium.

Lamb, Pollock lead HR parade in D-backs win (Tuesday, March 28)
Felix Hernandez looked sharp in a final two-inning tuneup before his Opening Day start for the Mariners, but the D-backs launched six home runs to support their own ace, Zack Greinke, in a 15-6 victory Tuesday at Peoria Stadium.

Angels' Escobar, Maldonado hit 1st HRs (Tuesday, March 28)
Yunel Escobar and Martin Maldonado hit their first home runs of the spring as the Angels beat the A's, 14-3, in the penultimate Cactus League game for both squads Tuesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Senzatela's cool, fastball help him stay afloat (Tuesday, March 28)
Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela didn't have everything Tuesday, but he had his fastball. That was enough for him to stay competitive. Relying mostly on his main pitch -- he threw some nice sliders, but didn't have much of a changeup -- Senzatela navigated five innings, and gave up three runs on nine scattered hits in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Cain makes final case for SF rotation spot (Tuesday, March 28)
Matt Cain, vying to secure the fifth starter spot, gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings and helped himself by hitting a two-run double in the Giants' 10-7 win over the Cubs on Tuesday in front of the largest home crowd this spring, 15,513, at Sloan Park.

Duvall takes Dodgers deep twice (Tuesday, March 28)
Adam Duvall slugged a pair of home runs during a three-hit, four-RBI game as the Reds topped a Dodgers split squad, 9-3, on Tuesday at Goodyear Ballpark.

OD starters falter as Crew walks off vs. Tribe (Tuesday, March 28)
It was still only Spring Training, but these were not the outings that Corey Kluber and Junior Guerra wanted to propel them into Opening Day.

Kuhl makes Pirates' Opening Day rotation (Tuesday, March 28)
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made it official: Chad Kuhl is in the Opening Day rotation.

Source: Anibal to begin in Tigers' bullpen (Tuesday, March 28)
The battle for the Tigers' rotation appears to be reaching a conclusion. Anibal Sanchez has been informed he will begin the season in the bullpen, a source close to the situation confirmed to MLB.com Tuesday night.

Shore part of next wave of A's big leaguers (Tuesday, March 28)
The A's dipped into the Minors for a starter Tuesday, electing right-hander Logan Shore -- their second-round Draft pick last year -- to handle a star-studded Angels lineup. Shore struck out two batters in the opening frame, including Mike Trout, and three overall in a four-inning outing.

May day: Rookie wins White Sox center-field job (Tuesday, March 28)
Jacob May received a text Tuesday morning from his great uncle, Carlos, who played nine of his 10 Major League seasons with the White Sox and currently serves as a team ambassador.

Rematch vs. Mets has Waino confident in stuff (Tuesday, March 28)
Adam Wainwright was thrilled to have his Grapefruit League season end in Port St. Lucie, the site of his biggest hiccup this spring.

Mets remaining coy about Gsellman's role (Tuesday, March 28)
Even after Robert Gsellman capped his strong Grapefruit League showing Tuesday with a quality start, delivering six innings of three-run ball in a 3-3 tie with the Cardinals, Mets manager Terry Collins remained coy regarding Gsellman's future.

Montero launches effort to help sick children (Tuesday, March 28)
Miguel Montero and his wife have created the Miguel and Vanessa Montero Foundation to provide medical assistance to seriously ill children of Venezuela. Their goal is to bring one or two Venezuelan children a year to the U.S. to get medical treatment.

JD Martinez upbeat, optimistic despite foot injury (Tuesday, March 28)
J.D. Martinez expecting good news when doctors remove the cast from his sprained right foot early next week. He's planning to fight his best to try to meet or beat the initial 3-4 week timetable doctors put on his return to game activity.

May the best kind of spring surprise (Tuesday, March 28)
One of the best things about baseball this time of the year is the development that nobody saw coming. Jacob May that kind of player, and it appears he's taking over the spot that the White Sox opened when they traded Adam Eaton to the Nationals for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Victor Diaz.

Robertson unfazed by rumors, feeling great (Tuesday, March 28)
The trade rumors have quieted down where David Robertson is concerned, with the veteran right-hander ready to begin the 2017 season as the White Sox closer.

Inbox: Will Glover be the Nats' closer? (Tuesday, March 28)
With only a few days left before the team breaks camp and heads back to Washington, the Nationals have a few pressing question left to answer -- like who will be the closer?

Ellsbury could hit 5th in Yanks' Opening Day lineup (Tuesday, March 28)
The Yankees fielded a possible preview of their Opening Day lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers, an order that features Gary Sanchez hitting second, Jacoby Ellsbury fifth, Aaron Hicks in right field and Ronald Torreyes at shortstop.

Sarah's Take: Giants face void without Smith (Tuesday, March 28)
The main priority of the San Francisco Giants this offseason was to improve their bullpen. In 2016, the Giants' bullpen collapsed in June, enabling the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their fourth straight National League West title. On Friday, the Giants received the worst possible news for a team coming off a season with bullpen issues.

McCullers to follow Keuchel in rotation (Tuesday, March 28)
Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced his rotation to start the year on Tuesday, revealing right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. would start the second game of the season on April 4 against the Mariners in Houston, with righty Charlie Morton for the third game on April 5.

No health issues for Miley in strong tuneup (Tuesday, March 28)
Wade Miley came through an important start on Tuesday with no health concerns, pitching four innings against the Braves as the lefty showed no ill effects of a recent sickness.

Mariners shelve Simmons with forearm strain (Tuesday, March 28)
Shae Simmons, who had hoped to be a big part of the Mariners' bullpen this season after being acquired from the Braves, will be shut down from all throwing for at least a few more days as the rest of his team prepares to open the season in Houston on Monday.

Colon loses bid to start, aims for reserve role (Tuesday, March 28)
It is hard for Royals infielder Christian Colon to hide the disappointment.

Veterans Weeks, Hunter make Rays' roster (Tuesday, March 28)
Multiple roster moves await the Rays before Opening Day according to manager Kevin Cash. Count Rickie Weeks Jr. and Tommy Hunter as two who are no longer in suspense about their respective fates.

Duffy partners with shelter to get out the vote (Tuesday, March 28)
If there is one thing that Royals left-hander Danny Duffy is as passionate about as baseball, it is his love of animals.

Mariners set tentative opening-week rotation (Tuesday, March 28)
It's not set in stone, but manager Scott Servais indicated Tuesday the Mariners will open the season next week with James Paxton pitching in the third game in Houston, followed by fellow lefty Drew Smyly the following day in the series finale.

Elite prospects, prep teams square off at 2017 NHSI (Tuesday, March 28)
Some of the premier high school teams and players from across the country are set to compete in the sixth annual USA Baseball National High School Invitational, which begins on Wednesday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Armstrong gets nod to fill out Tribe's OD 'pen (Tuesday, March 28)
Earlier this spring, Indians manager Terry Francona held a meeting with the bullpen candidates who still had Minor League options remaining. Francona felt that conversation was important, because it is easier to explain the business side of things before roster decisions are made.

O's acquire Asher, add to pitching depth (Tuesday, March 28)
The Orioles added to their pitching depth on Tuesday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Alec Asher from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Top 25 high school Draft prospects (Tuesday, March 28)
The National High School Invitational starts on Wednesday, and with it 16 of the top high school teams in the country will descend on the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. As usual, the rosters in this tournament are deep with talent.

Hall of Fame tour 'overwhelming' for Bagwell (Tuesday, March 28)
Jeff Bagwell tried on Lou Gehrig's first baseman's mitt and swung Babe Ruth's bat. He held the baseball Ted Williams hit off the light tower in Detroit and heard of its 44-year journey to the Hall of Fame.

Keuchel ready for Houston's 'bright lights' (Tuesday, March 28)
In his final tuneup before starting for the Astros on Opening Day, Dallas Keuchel weaved his way through 4 2/3 innings in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.

Mets' OD roster depends on Matz's status (Tuesday, March 28)
Following their 3-3 tie with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Mets brass huddled together to discuss the state of their Opening Day roster. They did not plan to make any final decisions, knowing much still depends on the health of several key players.

MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously (Tuesday, March 28)
John Franco was on hand to Tuesday to promote the big announcement of a partnership that makes Nathan's Famous the first Official Hot Dog of MLB and a proud supporter of MLB's Play Ball initiative. At the club level, Nathan's will continue to be the Official Hot Dog of the Cardinals, Marlins, Mets and Yankees, and the Official Beef Frank of the Reds.

Park homers as Twins blank Rays (Tuesday, March 28)
Rays ace Chris Archer, in his final tune-up before his Opening Day start against the Yankees on Sunday, tossed three scoreless innings against the Twins, but ByungHo Park homered in the seventh to lift Minnesota to a 1-0 win on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark (Monday, March 27)
Brett and Chad Joshpe can still see the baseball coming down from the heavens one sublime day at Shea Stadium, closer and closer toward the brothers' seats down the right-field line. If only they had a way back then to preserve their precious moment, like Major League Baseball fans of all 30 clubs are about to enjoy starting Opening Day for the first time in broadcast history.

White Sox get good news on Rodon, Petricka (Tuesday, March 28)
The news was predominantly positive for the White Sox in terms of a couple of injury updates provided Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.

McCann, Giancarlo homer as Astros top Marlins (Tuesday, March 28)
Brian McCann connected on a two-run homer and Jose Altuve collected an RBI double on Tuesday as the Astros defeated the Marlins, 7-3, at Roger Dean Stadium. Giancarlo Stanton belted a home run for Miami.

Yo backs Gsellman with bat, dazzling catch (Tuesday, March 28)
Yoenis Cespedes flashed both power and leather, while Matt Adams added to his impressive spring resume Tuesday in the Mets' 3-3 tie with the Cardinals at First Data Field.

Inbox: Is Yelich bound for stardom? (Tuesday, March 28)
With Opening Day approaching fast, now is the perfect time to answer some fan questions in another edition of the Marlins Inbox.

O'Flaherty, Bonifacio make Opening Day roster (Tuesday, March 28)
Eric O'Flaherty was rewarded with a message he was expecting and Emilio Bonifacio had reason to be thrilled when he learned the Braves had decided to also reserve a place for him on their Opening Day roster. But Paco Rodriguez surprisingly learned he now has to seek a new employer.

Playing time a factor as Rangers ponder pair (Tuesday, March 28)
Joey Gallo and Drew Robinson are still with the Rangers as the final roster decisions approach. But general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that it will likely be better for both to be playing regularly at Triple-A Round Rock rather than sitting on a Major League bench.

Padres tab Chacin for Opening Day (Tuesday, March 28)
Jhoulys Chacin has been named the Padres' Opening Day starter and will get the ball Monday at Dodger Stadium opposite Clayton Kershaw.

Roster taking shape after D-backs' moves (Tuesday, March 28)
The D-backs made a number of roster moves Tuesday, including selecting the contracts of pitchers Tom Wilhelmsen and Jorge De La Rosa and optioning infielder Ketel Marte to Triple-A Reno.

Inbox: Where will Conforto start season? (Tuesday, March 28)
With Opening Day approaching fast, now is the perfect time to answer some fan questions in another edition of the Mets Inbox.

Orioles option Wright to Triple-A (Tuesday, March 28)
The Orioles optioned Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, giving the club 37 players in camp with more cuts expected to come soon.

Reds claim Gennett off waivers from Brewers (Tuesday, March 28)
The Reds' 25-man roster picture became clearer on Tuesday with several cuts and one addition -- utility infielder Scooter Gennett, who was claimed off of waivers from the Brewers.

Tribe inks Ramirez to 5-year, $26M extension (Tuesday, March 28)
On Tuesday, the Indians officially announced that Jose Ramirez has been signed to a five-year extension, which includes team options for the 2022 and '23 seasons. The contract is worth $26 million guaranteed.

Urias, Morrow won't be on Opening Day roster (Tuesday, March 28)
Julio Urias and Brandon Morrow were told they will not make the Dodgers' season-opening pitching staff, manager Dave Roberts confirmed on Tuesday.

Plan B: How NL East teams may shift in '17 (Tuesday, March 28)
Opening Day is a time for hope. General managers have spent the past few months -- or years, in some cases -- to build a roster they hope will take the next step toward bringing a World Series title to their fan base.

Rays strike deal to get outfielder Bourjos (Tuesday, March 28)
The Rays have acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Source: Rays closing in on Bourjos deal (Tuesday, March 28)
The Rays are close to acquiring outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox, and according to a Major League source, the deal is "almost official." The Rays have not confirmed the deal.

D-backs opt to release injured outfielder Blanco (Monday, March 27)
The D-backs released outfielder Gregor Blanco, the club announced on Monday night. The move leaves the total players in Arizona's camp at 32.

Lester pleased with final outing -- and his RBI (Tuesday, March 28)
Jon Lester tuned up for Opening Night against the team the Cubs beat in the last game of the 2016 season.

Fantasy411: 17 poised to rebound in '17 (Tuesday, March 28)
Fantasy owners may be comforted by the idea of drafting a lineup full of players who excelled in 2016, but those who avoid having a recency bias will likely be better off.

White Sox reportedly send Bourjos to Rays (Tuesday, March 28)
The Rays and White Sox have agreed to a deal that will send outfielder Peter Bourjos to Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations, according to multiple reports.

For starters, Mets' rotation best in business (Tuesday, March 28)
These are power rankings with admittedly little predictive value, because teams will inevitably rise and fall as injuries, trades and unexpected boosts or busts enter the equation. But for now, here are the five clubs with the best rotation alignments at the start of the season.

Opening Day-pitcher palooza today on .TV; Arrieta vs. SF on Network (Tuesday, March 28)
Today's spring slate features a slew of starting pitchers making their final tuneups before Opening Day starts, including Dallas Keuchel, Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, Chris Archer, Corey Kluber, Junior Guerra, Edinson Volquez and Masahiro Tanaka.

Hill gets three hits as he battles for spot (Monday, March 27)
Having proven to the Giants that he can perform a multitude of tasks defensively, Aaron Hill reminded them on Monday that he can perform the most essential of skills: hit.

Pirates call upon Harrison's versatility at 3B (Monday, March 27)
Since the beginning of camp, the Pirates have mentioned the possibility that Josh Harrison could bounce around the field, once again taking on some of his former super-utility responsibilities.

Angels cautious with Simmons' stiff back (Monday, March 27)
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons missed his second straight spring game on Monday due to lower back stiffness, though the Angels do not believe the ailment is serious.

Musgrave keeps calm during big audition (Monday, March 27)
If Rockies left-hander Harrison Musgrave weren't so even-keeled, he might have been stressed Monday.

Joseph's homer backs strong start by Velasquez (Monday, March 27)
First baseman Tommy Joseph hit a two-run homer and right-hander Vince Velasquez struck out seven over five strong innings in the Phillies' 7-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Happ sent to Minors camp as Cubs trim roster (Monday, March 27)
Ian Happ, the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2015 Draft, made the most of his first big league camp.

Braves tally 19 hits, chase Tigers' Norris in 4th (Monday, March 27)
Dansby Swanson got his bat going with a three-hit game and Matt Kemp recorded two of the extra-base hits that soured Daniel Norris' frustrating outing as the Braves claimed an 11-3 win over the Tigers on Monday night at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.

Sipp returns, feels he'll be sharp by opener (Monday, March 27)
Left-hander Tony Sipp, who has been sidelined for a few days with back stiffness, threw 28 pitches in relief in the Astros' 3-2 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

After rough outing, Norris cites 'dead arm' (Monday, March 27)
If you've ever wondered what the phrase "dead arm" feels like for a pitcher, Daniel Norris tried to put it into words after trying to pitch through it Monday.

Velasquez's final spring outing caps strong camp (Monday, March 27)
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez struck out at least one batter in each of his five innings of work in Monday's 7-1 win over the Blue Jays, the right-hander's final outing of Spring Training.

Prospect Kelly among four Cards cuts (Monday, March 27)
Catcher Carson Kelly, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization's No. 2 prospect, was one of four players the Cardinals cut from Major League camp following the team's 3-2 win over Houston on Monday.

Capps returns from Tommy John surgery (Monday, March 27)
Padres flamethrower Carter Capps felt the nerves during the seventh inning of Monday afternoon's 12-2 victory over the Mariners. It had been a while since he took a Major League mound, after all.

Sanchez struggling, dealing with blister (Monday, March 27)
Aaron Sanchez's numbers this spring look a little jarring, but the Blue Jays don't seem concerned and the reigning American League ERA leader believes everything is going according to plan.

McHugh pleased with stuff in spring debut (Monday, March 27)
The first and last Grapefruit League appearance of the season for Astros right-hander Collin McHugh was a mixed bag. McHugh, who's behind as Spring Training winds down because of arm fatigue suffered earlier in camp, threw 47 pitches in 1 2/3 innings in a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals on Monday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Cards' Martinez does it all in final spring tuneup (Monday, March 27)
Carlos Martinez allowed three hits and two runs in five innings, and Kolten Wong tripled and scored in the second inning to lead the Cardinals past the Astros, 3-2, on Monday night at Ballpark at the Palm Beaches.

Fantasy411: 17 poised to rebound in '17 (Tuesday, March 28)
Fantasy owners may be comforted by the idea of drafting a lineup full of players who excelled in 2016, but those who avoid having a recency bias will likely be better off.

Long Division: Picking 3 new champs (Monday, March 27)
Since 2007, there have been at least three different division winners from the previous season. On which side will the AL West -- and defending champ Texas -- fall?

Miggy may actually be underrated (Monday, March 27)
What if Miguel Cabrera has actually been slightly underrated? Is it possible that as great as he is, there are factors that are actually holding him back?

Bumgarner shines in last Cactus start (Monday, March 27)
Madison Bumgarner did what he was supposed to do against a Cincinnati Reds lineup composed mainly of aspiring backups. He dominated them, much as he does against batting orders filled with accomplished veterans.

Salazar K's 9, Almonte homers to edge Cubs (Monday, March 27)
With the Indians hosting the Cubs on Monday night in front of a packed house at Goodyear Ballpark, the bases had "World Series Rematch" decals on the sides. It was a fun touch in this Cactus League setting, but the teams know that rematch remains a dream that will have to wait at least seven months.

Outfielder Tucker returns to Astros' lineup (Monday, March 27)
With only three games remaining in Florida, outfielder Preston Tucker was finally in the lineup in a Grapefruit League game, batting eighth and playing right field Monday against the Cardinals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Melky, Frazier launch blasts; Ryu goes five (Monday, March 27)
Melky Cabrera, Yolmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered on Monday as the White Sox rallied to beat the Dodgers, 5-2, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

Pujols backs Chavez's strong start (Monday, March 27)
The Angels broke open a one-run game with a three-run rally in the fifth that sparked their 4-0 win over the D-backs, but it was a commanding performance from Angels starter Jesse Chavez that ruled the day.

Myers goes deep as Padres knock 4 HRs in rout of M's (Monday, March 27)
The Padres treated fans on the right-center-field berm to a quartet of souvenirs during Monday's 12-2 victory over the Mariners. Wil Myers and Ryan Schimpf went deep in the first, before Jabari Blash and Luis Sardinas tacked on a pair of two-run shots later on.

Red-hot Napoli, DeShields lead Rangers (Monday, March 27)
Mike Napoli and Delino DeShields have been heating up, and they helped the Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies at Surprise Stadium Monday.

Hernandez, Hill lead Giants' bats to 14 runs (Monday, March 27)
Enjoying their second-biggest offensive output of the spring in their next-to-last Arizona exhibition, the San Francisco Giants benefited from a seven-run outburst in Monday's fourth inning and cruised to a 14-2 Cactus League triumph over the Cincinnati Reds.

Relievers Guerra, Valdez among Angels cuts (Monday, March 27)
The Angels moved closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster on Monday after reassigning six players to Minor League camp, including right-handed relievers Deolis Guerra and Jose Valdez.

Cutch, Frazier homer in win over Twins (Monday, March 27)
Adam Frazier and Andrew McCutchen homered, Ivan Nova tossed four efficient innings and the Pirates beat the Twins, 4-1.

Freeland sees the positives in tough outing (Monday, March 27)
Sometimes it's best to see a pitcher when he's not at is best. If that's the case, Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland's not-so-good Monday afternoon was good for him.

Koehler treats start like regular-season game (Monday, March 27)
All the work and preparation Tom Koehler has been doing throughout Spring Training transferred over to the main field on Monday afternoon. In what likely was Koehler's final Grapefruit League start, the right-hander struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in the Marlins' 5-0 loss to the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

Dyson hopes to be in Wednesday's lineup (Monday, March 27)
The Mariners are counting on Jarrod Dyson's speed this season, so the 32-year-old left fielder is looking to get his legs as healthy as possible before Opening Day on Monday.

Tribe sets rotation for first week (Monday, March 27)
The Indians have an ace and one of the game's top starters in Corey Kluber. There was no question that manager Terry Francona was going to pencil Kluber in as his Opening Day starter, as long as everything went according to plan this spring.

Broxton, Santana enjoy their share of Barrels (Monday, March 27)
If the ageless adage that good contact leads to good hitting holds merit, the Brewers have a pair of outfielders that offer optimism to a largely unproven lineup.

Matz starts off throwing program pain-free (Monday, March 27)
A day after admitting to a bout of left elbow discomfort that puts his Opening Day roster spot in jeopardy, Steven Matz returned to the field Monday to begin a throwing program. Matz threw approximately 55 long tosses at the Mets' Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., reporting no discomfort after that session.

Wheeler gives Mets even more to think about (Monday, March 27)
There may have been nothing Zack Wheeler could have done Monday to convince the Mets that, despite an uneven spring and the complications of his innings limit, he deserves a spot in the Opening Day rotation. But if that door was open even a crack for Wheeler, he did his best to take a sledgehammer to it.

Zobrist (neck) nears return to Cubs' lineup (Monday, March 27)
Ben Zobrist told manager Joe Maddon that he hopes to play Tuesday in the Cubs' penultimate game in Arizona. However, there's no update on when shortstop Addison Russell will return to action.

Ryu locks down LA rotation spot; final slot open (Monday, March 27)
Hyun-Jin Ryu won back his spot in the season-opening starting rotation on Monday, said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who added that the fifth spot will go to either Brandon McCarthy or Alex Wood.

Fantasy411: 17 poised to rebound in '17 (Thursday, March 23)
Fantasy owners may be comforted by the idea of drafting a lineup full of players who excelled in 2016, but those who avoid having a recency bias will likely be better off.

Which clubs may buy, sell at Trade Deadline? (Monday, March 27)
GMs are always thinking ahead, and the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is the best chance they have at stockpiling prospects or landing a star to propel their team into the postseason.

Brantley uncertain for Tribe's Opening Day roster (Monday, March 27)
Opening Day is only a week away for the Indians, but the team is still not ready to say whether Michael Brantley might break camp with the team. The left fielder's comeback continues to go well, and that is where manager Terry Francona prefers to leave things.

Harper, Turner homer twice; Scherzer stifles Mets (Monday, March 27)
Max Scherzer struck out seven in five scoreless innings and was backed by a pair of Bryce Harper home runs (his seventh and eighth of the spring) and two solo shots by Trea Turner in the Nationals' 6-0 win over Seth Lugo and the Mets on Monday.

Leon homers twice in Boston's 9-run 5th (Monday, March 27)
Sandy Leon had a two-homer afternoon, both of which came in the fifth inning, to lead the Red Sox to a 11-9 road win over the Orioles on Monday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.

Hot Harper up to spring-leading 8 homers (Monday, March 27)
Bryce Harper homered in his first at-bat of the spring here at First Data Field, and it turns out that was only the start of what has been a tear through the Grapefruit League. He launched another pair of home runs in Monday afternoon's 6-0 victory against the Mets, to bring his homer total to a Major League-leading eight in 52 at-bats during this exhibition season.

After strong spring, Swihart bound for Triple-A (Monday, March 27)
The Red Sox made several roster moves on Monday. Infielder Deven Marrero and catcher Blake Swihart were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and catcher Dan Butler and first baseman Sam Travis were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Royals going with Mondesi at second base (Monday, March 27)
The intense and complicated battle for the Royals' second-base job is over. Manager Ned Yost named 21-year-old Raul Mondesi his starter Monday morning.

Pipeline report: Prospects in Yankees' camp (Monday, March 27)
Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camps, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com is visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today we check in on the New York Yankees.

Cano, Cruz could return from colds Tuesday (Monday, March 27)
After missing four days with nasty head colds, Mariners standouts Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz were back working out with the club on Monday morning, though neither was in the lineup for the afternoon's game against the Padres.

Q&A with Yankees prospect Blake Rutherford (Monday, March 27)
As part of MLBPipeline.com's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we'll be sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Yankees camp, it was No. 3 prospect Blake Rutherford (MLBPipeline.com's No. 37 overall prospect).

Rangers release veteran Loney (Monday, March 27)
The Rangers have released veteran first baseman James Loney, the club announced on Monday.

Beltre out of lineup with tight right calf muscle (Monday, March 27)
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's bumpy road to Opening Day has hit another pothole.

Soler might open season on disabled list (Monday, March 27)
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler sustained an oblique strain in his final at-bat in a Minor League game on Sunday and could start the regular season on the disabled list, manager Ned Yost said.

Seager staying back to get ABs; Kazmir to DL (Monday, March 27)
Corey Seager will remain in Arizona through Friday to work on his swing and Scott Kazmir will go on the disabled list, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Monday.

Red Sox trim roster; Travis reassigned (Monday, March 27)
The Red Sox made several roster moves on Monday. Infielder Deven Marrero and catcher Blake Swihart were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and catcher Dan Butler and first baseman Sam Travis were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Yanks reassign Castillo, Solano, Tejada (Monday, March 27)
The Yankees made three roster moves following Sunday's 7-4 win over the Rays. Catcher Wilkin Castillo and infielders Donovan Solano and Ruben Tejada were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Nathan, Albers released, ending bullpen bids (Monday, March 27)
Right-handers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers were unconditionally released after both were told they would not make the Nationals' Opening Day roster despite solid spring performances.

Gausman gets Opening Day nod for O's (Monday, March 27)
Kevin Gausman will get 2017 started for the Orioles. The 26-year-old was officially tabbed on Monday to be Baltimore's Opening Day starter. The O's begin the season at home, against the Blue Jays on April 3 at 3:05 p.m ET.

Plan B: How AL East teams might pivot in '17 (Monday, March 27)
Opening Day is a time for hope. General managers have spent the past few months -- or years, in some case -- to build a roster they hope will take the next step toward bringing a World Series title to their fan base. But what happens when things don't go as planned?

Posnanski: J-Hey's glove, character critical (Monday, March 27)
When they signed Jason Heyward, the Cubs and club president Theo Epstein -- who are supposed to be as sober and analytical as any organization in baseball -- bet on something that sober and analytical organizations are not supposed to bet on. They bet on Heyward's intangibles, or the stuff that we used to call intangibles anyway.

Red Sox trim roster; Travis reassigned (Monday, March 27)
The Red Sox made several roster moves on Monday. Infielder Deven Marrero and catcher Blake Swihart were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and catcher Dan Butler and first baseman Sam Travis were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Absences could loom large on Opening Day (Monday, March 27)
Several clubs will be without key players on Opening Day, and 5 in particular will be sorely missed until they can return.

Efficiency key for Richards' successful return (Sunday, March 26)
Angels right-hander Garrett Richards pitched six innings in his Minor League start against the Rockies on Sunday, and said he's pleased with where he stands heading into the final week of Spring Training.

Lester battles Tribe in Series rematch on MLB.TV (Monday, March 27)
It's the final week of Spring Training, and there are eight Grapefruit and Cactus League games that can be seen today and tonight on MLB.TV.

Opening Day to cap week of intrigue in MLB (Sunday, March 26)
There's no mistaking what's happening in the week ahead: Baseball officially will be back.

Zimmer reassigned after making strong impression (Sunday, March 26)
The Indians painted a clear picture of the landscape for Bradley Zimmer at the start of Spring Training. The club's No. 1 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, was not in camp to be on the Opening Day roster, but rather to gain valuable experience and, above all else, to make a strong impression.

Liriano continues to rack up strikeouts (Sunday, March 26)
Spring Training numbers often have to be taken with a grain of salt, but even so, it's almost impossible to ignore what Francisco Liriano has accomplished over the past several weeks.

Hammel displays new changeup (Sunday, March 26)
The only result Royals right-hander Jason Hammel was worried about Sunday in an 8-7 victory over the Angels was how effective his changeup would be.

Benintendi, Almora Jr. among top prospect performers Sunday (Sunday, March 26)
Two of baseball's best prospects showed why they are so highly rated with big performances in Spring Training action. Andrew Benintendi and Albert Almora Jr. were among the top prospect performers Sunday.

Rangers being conservative with Hamels (Sunday, March 26)
Cole Hamels will be the Rangers No. 3 starter going into the season. The Rangers plan on using Yu Darvish and Martin Perez in the first two games before Hamels makes his first start on April 5 against the Indians. The order does not mean a demotion. It just shows that the Rangers might take extra care of their senior starting pitcher this season.

April powers: Which teams are set for hot start? (Saturday, March 25)
Hope springs eternal for each of the 30 Major League teams during Spring Training, but with a slow start in April, hope can turn to worry in a flash. MLB.com has crunched the numbers with two different models to find which teams have the easiest and toughest roads through April.

Cubs hit 5 jacks, don't stop at 21 in Vegas (Sunday, March 26)
Anthony Rizzo hit a home run on the first pitch he saw and Albert Almora Jr. smacked a pair of homers and an RBI double to finish with five RBIs and power the Cubs to a 22-4 victory on Sunday over the Reds in a split-squad game for both teams at Cashman Field.

5 trends to keep an eye on in 2017 (Sunday, March 26)
As a new season begins, hitters are swinging for the fences and pitchers are racking up more strikeouts than ever before.

Harvey hits 97 in best spring start (Sunday, March 26)
Matt Harvey was well aware of his flagging spring velocity and what people thought about it. Knowing that, Mets manager Terry Collins figured Harvey was determined to show off on Sunday, dialing his heater up to a monthly high of 97 mph .

Mesoraco not expected to be on Opening Day roster (Sunday, March 26)
Working his way back from left shoulder and right hip surgeries last year, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been free of setbacks or issues throughout Spring Training. The only thing Mesoraco is lacking, really, is time.

Tigers trying to convert Gose into pitcher (Sunday, March 26)
The Tigers formally closed the door on Anthony Gose's quest for their open center-field job. However, they might have opened the door to a second career for him as a pitcher.

Yankees release bullpen candidate Niese (Sunday, March 26)
The Yankees released Jonathon Niese on Sunday, ending the left-hander's bid to secure an Opening Day bullpen job.

Giolito, SP prospects could be bullpen assets (Sunday, March 26)
Every time Reynaldo Lopez was asked over the past six weeks whether he'd prefer to be a starter or a reliever, the White Sox prospect put forth a grin and presented the same answer.

Zobrist likely to return in next day or 2 (Sunday, March 26)
Veteran Ben Zobrist, who has not appeared in a game in a week because of a stiff neck, expects to return to Cactus League action for the Cubs on Monday night against the Indians or Tuesday afternoon against the Giants.

Arroyo inching closer to making team (Sunday, March 26)
Reds manager Bryan Price wasn't yet ready Sunday to say that veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo has made the club. To make the starting five, however, Arroyo appears to only need to get through the final days of camp healthy.

Opening Day status in the air for Polanco, Stewart (Sunday, March 26)
The Pirates are in wait-and-see mode with Gregory Polanco and Chris Stewart, both nursing injuries eight days before from Opening Day.

Martinez perseveres following final out of Game 7 (Sunday, March 26)
The very late-inning machinations that had helped Cleveland manager Terry Francona extend Game 7 of the World Series into an extra inning had introduced what had once seemed impossible: Championship dreams rested in the bat of little, light-hitting Michael Martinez.

Estrada named Opening Day starter (Sunday, March 26)
One of the worst-kept secrets in all of baseball was made official on Sunday afternoon as Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced veteran right-hander Marco Estrada will be his Opening Day starter.

Brantley feeling good, hits first spring homer (Sunday, March 26)
Michael Brantley stared at the lineup sheet hanging inside the Indians' clubhouse on Sunday morning and did not see his name. The Indians' left fielder then pulled the paper off the wall, and he marched into the team's training room.

Story works to pair strong arm with power bat (Sunday, March 26)
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story's strong throwing would be his calling card, if not for his habit of hitting home runs -- 27 in 2016, a National League rookie record at his position. But Story notes that he cares as much for his arm as his bat.

With Bryant back home, dad talks prep work (Sunday, March 26)
When Kris Bryant got back to work on his swing this offseason, his father, Mike, wanted him to remember how he was pitched to in the Minor Leagues, and that's what they worked on. His mother, Susie, was busy handling all the wedding gifts.

Seager may miss Freeway Series (Sunday, March 26)
Shortstop Corey Seager might miss the Freeway Series to work on his swing in Arizona, while reliever Pedro Baez will likely begin the season on the disabled list, along with Josh Ravin, leaving the Dodgers thin in right-handed relievers.

Yadi HRs in return; Fowler, Leake key Cards (Sunday, March 26)
Home runs by Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler lifted the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday. The victory was the Cardinals' 18th of spring, the most the club has had in a Grapefruit League season since 2009.

Harvey goes 6 strong, Reyes bangs 3 hits (Sunday, March 26)
Matt Harvey delivered six strong innings in his best outing of the spring on Sunday, leading the Mets to an 8-2 win over the Braves at First Data Field.

Top prospects vying for Opening Day roster spots (Sunday, March 26)
With less than two weeks remaining until Opening Day, teams have gone through multiple rounds of cuts, but there are still a number of roster spots up in the air and a number of top prospects are vying for those slots. So who will make the team? Who still needs to leave a strong lasting impression? And who needs a perfect sequence of events to fall just right?

Tillman resumes throwing program (Sunday, March 26)
Orioles starter Chris Tillman threw from 60-90 feet on Sunday, his first time resuming a throwing program since suffering a setback earlier this spring, and the plan is for him to repeat that on Tuesday.

Scheppers' abdominal injury not sports hernia (Sunday, March 26)
Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers has a strain in his lower abdomen, but it is not a sports hernia. He was able to play catch on Sunday, and making the Opening Day roster is still a possibility.

Former MLB pitcher, scout Frohwirth dies at 54 (Sunday, March 26)
Former Major League pitcher and Orioles scout Todd Frohwirth died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 54.

Lagares feels 'way better' day after injury (Sunday, March 26)
Though Juan Lagares won't know his fate for certain until he undergoes an MRI early this week, the Mets outfielder woke up Sunday with his left oblique feeling "way better than yesterday." Lagares had strained the muscle in the third inning of Saturday's game against the Braves

Prado (hamstring) expected to open '17 on DL (Sunday, March 26)
The Marlins are less than a week from wrapping up Spring Training, and the organization is still taking a wait-and-see approach with Martin Prado.

Matz to skip next start due to elbow irritation (Sunday, March 26)
A flare-up of irritation in Steven Matz's left elbow has prompted the Mets to skip his next start, general manager Sandy Alderson announced on Sunday. Matz had been scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game at the Mets' First Data Field complex.

Strasburg gets Nats' Opening Day nod (Sunday, March 26)
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday.

Top prospects vying for Opening Day roster spots (Saturday, March 25)
With less than two weeks remaining until Opening Day, teams have gone through multiple rounds of cuts, but there are still a number of roster spots up in the air and a number of top prospects are vying for those slots. So who will make the team? Who still needs to leave a strong lasting impression? And who needs a perfect sequence of events to fall just right?

Pirates trio among top prospect performers Saturday (Saturday, March 25)
Pittsburgh's top two prospects, right-hander Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Austin Meadows, impressed Saturday, as did No. 10 prospect Steven Brault.

Cueto makes most of Minor League tuneup (Saturday, March 25)
The Giants sent right-hander Johnny Cueto to the Minor League complex Saturday to face a band of D-backs farmhands.

MLB contract extensions: Who's next? (Sunday, March 26)
With Rougned Odor joining the list of players to agree to contract extensions this spring, who else is in line to be locked up?

MLB clubs stay focused on future of analytics (Saturday, March 25)
One thing virtually every baseball executive agrees on is that we have just started to scratch the surface on the impact analytics ultimately will have on the sport.

Ready to set Sale: Ace's tuneup leads .TV (Sunday, March 26)
Opening Day is just a week away, and there are 12 Spring Training games that can be seen today on MLB.TV to get you into the swing of the season.

Grass is greener for Meadows this spring (Saturday, March 25)
Austin Meadows won't break camp with the Pirates, but he's been around long enough this spring to show what he's capable of doing -- and learn quite a bit in the process.

Romo produces a clean inning in his return (Saturday, March 25)
Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless inning in the Dodgers victory over the A's on Saturday, his first outing since returning from the World Baseball Classic with a sore back.

O's Jones reflects on experience at Classic (Saturday, March 25)
Adam Jones was one of the stars of the World Baseball Classic, though the Orioles outfielder said Saturday he doesn't feel like he's any different after winning a gold medal with Team USA.

Phils' Herrera is the next-best thing to Kelly Leak (Saturday, March 25)
What happens when the center fielder runs to make a play on a ball that actually would have been easier for a corner outfielder to make? If that reminds you of Kelly Leak from "The Bad News Bears," you're not alone.

Bryant homers in Vegas return for Cubs (Saturday, March 25)
Chesny Young, Kris Bryant and Ian Happ all homered in the fifth inning on Saturday to spark the Cubs to an 11-7 victory over the Reds in a split-squad game at Cashman Field.

Conforto goes deep, Montero fires 5 strong (Saturday, March 25)
Michael Conforto homered before R.A. Dickey settled into a groove and Rafael Montero provided five strong innings as the Mets claimed a 3-0 win over the Braves on Saturday afternoon at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.

Gray's toe fine; starter won't miss next outing (Saturday, March 25)
Rockies right-hander Jon Gray, the expected Opening Day starter, said Saturday that he didn't aggravate his left big toe injury during Friday's start against the Giants. It was more his trying to protect it set off red flags, which led to him being removed after 2 2/3 innings.

Cano, Cruz out as head cold affects clubhouse (Saturday, March 25)
Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz were both sent home sick Saturday as the Mariners continued dealing with a nasty cold virus that has hampered a number of players over the past few days.

O's hoping young pitchers step up (Saturday, March 25)
So what happens to the Orioles if Chris Tillman's cranky right shoulder stays cranky for awhile? This is the issue the O's have wrestled with this entire Spring Training.

Kipnis gets cage action, Chisenhall shut down (Saturday, March 25)
Jason Kipnis has taken the first step back toward the Indians lineup. The second baseman resumed baseball activities Friday, continuing his comeback from a right shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined for most of the spring.

Sandoval flexes muscle against Rays (Saturday, March 25)
Pablo Sandoval's three-run homer in the fifth led the Red Sox to a 7-5 win over the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Yoga keeps Hendricks centered on mound (Saturday, March 25)
Kyle Hendricks got out of a jam in Game 7 of the World Series in part because he told himself to breathe and focus. The difference? Yoga.

Rodon to see doctor Monday for 2nd opinion (Saturday, March 25)
Left-hander Carlos Rodon is scheduled to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday in Los Angeles for a second opinion on what he described as tightness in the biceps tendon area of his left shoulder.

deGrom sets sights on 200 innings (Saturday, March 25)
Though Jacob deGrom is a former Rookie of the Year and All-Star, he has never pitched 200 innings in a regular season.

Source: Odor, Texas agree on extension (Saturday, March 25)
The Rangers are in agreement with second baseman Rougned Odor on a six-year, $49.5 million contract extension, according to Major League sources and multiple media outlets.

Bird bashes 7th spring HR; Girardi impressed (Saturday, March 25)
As Spring Training comes closer to wrapping up, Greg Bird will be hoping his hot bat will be migrating with him to the regular season.

Q&A: Beltre on motivation, 3,000 hits (Saturday, March 25)
Adrian Beltre is enjoying the best stretch of his career. He, however, has yet to win a world championship, and that, he admits is something missing from his career.

MLB executives foes on field, family off it (Friday, March 24)
Here's what you get when you ask baseball people to name the executives -- or the organizations -- they most admire. You hear about mentors and friends and role models. You hear about men admired from afar for their reputation and body of work. You hear about those who inspired with their management style, charisma and insight.

Yu to make 1st Opening Day start for Texas (Saturday, March 25)
Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed that Yu Darvish will be the Opening Day starter on April 3 against the Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Lagares exits with left oblique injury (Saturday, March 25)
Juan Lagares left Saturday's game against the Braves due to a left oblique strain. There was no immediate word as to the severity of the injury.

Royals tab Duffy for Opening Day start (Saturday, March 25)
Royals manager Ned Yost finally made official Saturday what everyone in Royals camp already knew -- that left-hander Danny Duffy would be his Opening Day starter on April 3 in Minnesota.

Donaldson talks hitting with Mr. October (Saturday, March 25)
Josh Donaldson spends a lot of time before every game talking hitting to anyone who will listen. Whether it's in the clubhouse, or on the field, players will come and go as they exchange information on opposing pitchers, mechanics and overall philosophy.

Yadi won't negotiate new contract past OD (Saturday, March 25)
Rejuvenated by Puerto Rico's run to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to camp confident that he has many more years to give behind the plate and is ready to determine whether those will come as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Price shows increased strength in elbow (Saturday, March 25)
David Price's latest check-in with Boston's medical staff showed strength gains in his left elbow, which led to the first gradual step of a throwing program on Saturday.

Rays OF Rasmus to begin season on DL (Saturday, March 25)
Rays manager Kevin Cash said earlier in the week that Colby Rasmus, who has been used as a designated hitter but has not played the field, needed to be able to play a defensive position in order to be active for Opening Day. Rasmus is returning from offseason hip surgery.

Rangers, Odor reportedly agree on extension (Saturday, March 25)
The Rangers are in agreement with second baseman Rougned Odor on a six-year, $49.5 million contract extension, according to Major League sources and multiple media outlets.

Ervin on track for Twins after WBC '17 run (Friday, March 24)
Twins right-hander Ervin Santana was solid in his second-to-last start before his projected Opening Day outing against the Royals on April 3, tossing four strong innings against the Orioles on Friday.

Walk-year watch list: 6 playing for contracts (Saturday, March 25)
Here are three pitchers and three position players who could end up being the most talked-about free agents after this season.

deGrom takes hill against Braves on MLB.TV (Saturday, March 25)
A full slate of Spring Training games can be seen today on MLB.TV.

Her way: Umpire stays on track this spring (Friday, March 24)
Phil Hughes, a 10-year big league veteran, was pitching in a game this spring. The home plate umpire was making the calls, ball or strike. It was a completely ordinary baseball setting with one significant exception. The umpire was Jen Pawol, who hopes to become the first female umpire to work an MLB game.

Ervin sharp for Twins; Mancini HR forces tie (Saturday, March 25)
Trey Mancini hit a three-run homer and Chris Johnson hit a solo shot to help the Orioles mount a late comeback and force a 5-5 tie with the Twins on Friday night at Hammond Stadium.

Marlins' rotation hopefuls impress vs. Nats (Friday, March 24)
Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single and two hits on Friday night and right-hander Jose Urena threw four shutout innings in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Wright frustrated by 5-run outing vs. Twins (Friday, March 24)
Mike Wright was hoping to be better than he showed on Friday night. The right-hander, who allowed five earned runs over two innings against the Twins, is still in the mix for the Orioles' final rotation spot, but opportunities are dwindling this spring.

Meyer among 4 sent to Minors camp (Friday, March 24)
The Angels continued to pare down their roster on Friday, sending four players to Minor League camp, including right-hander Alex Meyer.

Battling for rotation spot, Romano roughed up vs. Brewers (Friday, March 24)
Sal Romano has offered the Reds a compelling case to be included in the Opening Day rotation, and even if he doesn't solidify a starting spot, he figures to be in the club's plans for 2017.

Scheppers' status questionable after early exit (Friday, March 24)
Rule 5 draft pick Mike Hauschild is winning a spot in the Rangers bullpen, while Tanner Scheppers' situation has suddenly become a mystery after leaving Friday's game with pain in his lower core. He is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow to determine the cause and severity of the injury.

Segedin vying for role on Dodgers' bench (Friday, March 24)
In the scramble for the Dodgers' last few bench jobs, don't forget Rob Segedin.

Flaherty returns from injury, Smith close (Friday, March 24)
Ryan Flaherty returned to the Orioles' starting lineup Friday night as the versatile infielder/outfielder has been battling shoulder soreness that has sidelined him since March 13. Seth Smith, who has been out with a hamstring injury for about two weeks, is expected to return Saturday.

Williams among top prospect performers Friday (Friday, March 24)
With Opening Day a little more than a week away, right-hander Trevor Williams is making a strong case for why he should win the final spot in the Pirates rotation.

Classic shined spotlight on Crawford's ability (Friday, March 24)
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford gained attention and acclaim during the World Baseball Classic in the best way possible. He played his usual game.

Battle heats up for Miami's 5th starter spot (Friday, March 24)
The first four rotation slots are now settled, but the competition continues for the final spot. Two of the top contenders -- Jose Urena and Adam Conley -- each took the mound Friday night in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Neither disappointed.

Arenado basking in glow of WBC '17 victory (Friday, March 24)
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was reveling in the closeness of Team USA's World Baseball Classic-champion squad. But Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, also back with his club, sent a reminder that they're National League West rivals.

Mariners giving Dyson's legs a rest (Friday, March 24)
Jarrod Dyson relies on his wheels as one of Major League Baseball's premier speedsters, so the Mariners are giving him time to rest up before beginning the final push for the regular season next week.

Angels use 8 pitchers to no-hit Mariners (Friday, March 24)
Eight Angels pitchers combined to no-hit a Mariners split squad on Friday night, leading the Halos to a 4-0 win in the lone night game of the spring at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Top prospects vying for Opening Day roster spots (Friday, March 24)
With less than two weeks remaining until Opening Day, teams have gone through multiple rounds of cuts, but there are still a number of roster spots up in the air and a number of top prospects are vying for those slots. So who will make the team? Who still needs to leave a strong lasting impression? And who needs a perfect sequence of events to fall just right?

Tribe, Ramirez agree to 5-year extension (Friday, March 24)
On Friday night, MLB.com confirmed that the Indians reached an agreement with Jose Ramirez on a five-year, $26 million contract extension that includes team options for 2022 and '23, pending a physical. The deal has a maximum value of $50 million.

Tribe returns Rule 5 pick Milner to Phillies (Friday, March 24)
Hoby Milner understood the landscape when he stepped into the Indians' clubhouse at the start of this spring. There was only one bullpen spot available and Cleveland already had a pair of skilled veteran lefites on the team in Andrew Miller and Boone Logan.

Burgos returns to camp with silver medal (Friday, March 24)
Right-hander Hiram Burgos returned to Brewers camp on Friday with gold hair and a silver medal.

Friedrich officially ruled out for Opening Day (Friday, March 24)
Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich has been diagnosed with a mild left lat strain, ruling him out for the Opening Day roster. The 29-year-old southpaw, who led the team in starts last season, hasn't pitched since March 17 and won't resume throwing for another week or two, according to manager Andy Green.

Another strong outing has Happ confident about '17 (Friday, March 24)
Take away one bad pitch from Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ's third start of the spring, and Friday's 3-2 victory over the Red Sox would have been practically pristine.

Chargois optioned, likely to close at Triple-A (Friday, March 24)
Hard-throwing right-hander J.T. Chargois, competing for a spot in the Twins' bullpen, was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday after struggling in recent outings.

Smith keeps progressing, could be ready in June (Friday, March 24)
The Red Sox have seen enough encouraging signs from side-winder Carson Smith in his return from Tommy John surgery to think he could be ready to be back in their bullpen by June.

Back from Classic, Miller has lot of work to do (Friday, March 24)
Andrew Miller returned to Arizona with a strong sense of pride over Team USA's championship run in the World Baseball Classic. The Indians' lefty relief ace also rejoined Cleveland's camp unsatisfied with how he has thrown the ball over the past two weeks.

Seager, Iwakuma lead Mariners past Royals (Friday, March 24)
Kyle Seager continued warming up with his first Cactus League home run and Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 5 2/3 strong innings on Friday afternoon as a Mariners split squad topped the Royals, 4-1, at Peoria Stadium.

Stanton, Yelich return, riding Classic wave (Friday, March 24)
Riding the adrenaline of winning the World Baseball Classic title, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton returned to Marlins camp on Friday ready for the next step -- the regular season.

Carrasco, Lackey hold offenses in check (Friday, March 24)
Starters Carlos Carrasco and John Lackey combined to give up just one run over nine innings as the Indians topped the Cubs, 4-2, on Friday afternoon at Sloan Park.

Puerto Rico crew rejoins Twins from Classic (Friday, March 24)
Kennys Vargas returned to the lineup as designated hitter and Eddie Rosario started in left field against the Orioles, while left-hander Hector Santiago will start against Baltimore on Saturday night. The Twins are still deciding on a plan for right-hander Jose Berrios.

Gravemen in control, Healy hits fifth HR in A's win (Friday, March 24)
The hot-hitting A's busted out for five runs in the first inning en route to an 8-2 victory over the White Sox at Hohokam Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Gray exits game with soreness in left big toe (Friday, March 24)
Right-hander Jon Gray, the Rockies' expected Opening Day starter, left Friday's game against the Giants with soreness in his left big toe after giving up seven straight hits in the third inning.

Cozart's leadoff homer starts offense in walk-off win (Friday, March 24)
A pitching matchup between starters hoping to crack their respective teams' Opening Day rotations developed into an offensive outburst, as the Reds outlasted the Brewers, 12-11, on Friday at Goodyear Park, capped by a two-run, walk-off double by Arismendy Alcantara.

Strong arms force Friars to make tough call (Friday, March 24)
Entering camp, the Padres figured their bullpen might be a strength in 2017. Now -- with strong spring performances from several fringe candidates -- the Friars face some difficult decisions over the next 10 days. "They're making it really tough," Padres manager Andy Green said of his relief corps.

Martinez pitching to impress during next start (Friday, March 24)
Nick Martinez will be trying to earn the fifth spot in the Rangers rotation when he pitches against the Mariners on Saturday. That is… if there is still a fifth spot to be won in a rotation that already consists of Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Martin Perez and -- most likely -- A.J. Griffin.

Robertson, Jones return as Classic winners (Friday, March 24)
The crowd in the back corner of the White Sox clubhouse was gathered around a shimmering bit of bling the likes of which had never been seen in a Team USA player's hands before. It was Nate Jones' World Baseball Classic gold medal, and though he was happy to show it to his White Sox teammates, he wasn't letting go of it anytime soon.

Forsythe, 3 others notch 2 RBIs vs. D-backs (Friday, March 24)
Four Dodgers hitters, including second baseman Logan Forsythe, had two RBIs, while Los Angeles handled nine Arizona pitchers in an 13-6 win, despite three hits from D-backs left fielder Reymond Fuentes.

Perez returns behind the plate (Friday, March 24)
A familiar face was behind the plate for the Royals on Friday -- All-Star catcher Salvador Perez

Shark solid, Gray injured as Giants edge Rox (Friday, March 24)
Brandon Belt's three-run homer keyed a five-run Giants third inning -- a frame in which Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray left the game with soreness in his left big toe -- during San Francisco's 6-5 Cactus League victory on Friday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Mariners being cautious with Dyson's injury (Friday, March 24)
Jarrod Dyson relies on his wheels as one of Major League Baseball's premier speedsters, so the Mariners are giving him time to rest up before beginning the final push for the regular season next week.

Valbuena disappointed to start Angels career on shelf (Friday, March 24)
Luis Valbuena, the Angels' top free-agent acquisition, is disappointed he will not be able to begin the season with his new teammates.

Back in Cactus action, Carrasco feels 'normal' (Friday, March 24)
Every pitch Carlos Carrasco has thrown since his elbow flareup earlier this spring has provided a little more peace of mind. On Friday, the Indians starter logged three innings against the Cubs in a 4-2 victory and again felt a mental lift. "I can throw like normal," Carrasco said. "Now, I can throw every pitch."

Pomeranz's mechanics 'finally click' vs. Jays (Friday, March 24)
Drew Pomeranz felt the difference when he warmed up prior to the third inning on Friday. Finally, he felt like himself again from a mechanical standpoint.

Nats discuss love of game at Play Ball event (Friday, March 24)
Nationals manager Dusty Baker, along with pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Sammy Solis, took some time off from their Spring Training schedule on Friday morning to attend the MLB Play Ball event at the Dan Calloway Recreation Complex.

Reports: Tribe, Ramirez sign 4-year extension (Friday, March 24)
On Friday night, the Indians finalized a four-year contract extension with Jose Ramirez, according to multiple reports. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the deal is worth $26 million with team options for the 2022 and '23 seasons that could bring the contract's total value up to $50 million. The Indians have not confirmed the reports.

Clippard: Classic one of 'coolest things' in career (Friday, March 24)
The realization hit Tyler Clippard long before he was part of the World Baseball Classic celebration at Dodger Stadium, confetti raining from the sky and the stars and stripes across his chest.

Bautista, Travis lift Blue Jays in return to action (Friday, March 24)
Jose Bautista hit an RBI double in his first Grapefruit League game since returning from the World Baseball Classic, and J.A. Happ struck out five in 5 1/3 innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

CC goes 5 1/3 before Yanks walk off vs. Phils (Friday, March 24)
The Yankees rallied late to grab their 20th victory of the spring, pushing two runs across in the ninth inning to walk off in a 3-2 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday.

Classic fuels Schoop's enthusiasm in return (Friday, March 24)
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop said Friday he's "200 percent" ready for the regular season after returning from a stint in the World Baseball Classic. Schoop was part of the Netherlands team that advanced to the semifinals.

Reports: Kang denied work visa, season in doubt (Friday, March 24)
Jung Ho Kang's request for a work visa has reportedly been denied, leaving him in South Korea awaiting entrance to the United States and casting further doubt on his availability for the Pirates this year.

Bonds follows heart back to San Francisco (Friday, March 24)
If you're a baseball fan, I'm about to make you jealous. I can't tell you how many times I threatened to pinch myself through the years after walking into the Giants' clubhouse in either Scottsdale, Ariz., for Spring Training or during the regular season in San Francisco and seeing Major League royalty across the way. The two Willies, both Mays and McCovey. Gaylord Perry. Juan Marichal. Orlando Cepeda. Now Barry Bonds is back.

Marlins name Volquez as Opening Day starter (Friday, March 24)
With Edinson Volquez, you don't look for flash. You count on consistency. A history of steady performances is the primary reason the Marlins are giving the ball to Volquez to launch the 2017 season.

Tribe deems Kluber 'ready' for Opening Day start (Friday, March 24)
Following a conservative start to camp -- due to the heavy load he shouldered in the postseason last year -- Corey Kluber is on target to take the ball for the Indians in the April 3 opener against the Rangers in Arlington.

Hosmer has done it all at every level (Friday, March 24)
Eric Hosmer's championship quest now is complete. With the World Baseball Classic title in hand, Hosmer believes he has won it all at every level.

Classic win has Cutch, Harrison aglow (Friday, March 24)
After winning the World Baseball Classic with Team USA, Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison reported to Pirates camp Friday morning with gold medals draped around their necks.

Gray exits game with left foot soreness (Friday, March 24)
Right-hander Jon Gray, the Rockies' expected Opening Day starter, left Friday's game against the Giants with left foot soreness after giving up seven straight hits in the third inning.

New data shows Morales could thrive in Toronto (Thursday, March 23)
Did the Blue Jays quietly make a smart move by bringing Kendrys Morales north of the border? Statcast data suggests that by simply getting out of Kansas City, you could see more power from Morales in 2017.

Lucroy returns prepared, full of patriotism after WBC '17 (Friday, March 24)
The next World Baseball Classic is due in 2021. Jonathan Lucroy said getting guys to play for Team USA should not be a problem. "If any player turns it down, they should look in the mirror and check themselves," Lucroy said. "I get the starting pitchers because of the timetable. There is no excuse for anybody else. Everyone else should want to go. It's an experience like no other. You put USA across your jersey, you can't replicate that anywhere else. You are playing for an entire country. There is nothing like it."

Duffy would do Classic again in a heartbeat (Friday, March 24)
When it was over, when the United States had beaten Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to capture the World Baseball Classic title, left-hander Danny Duffy had one more mission to complete.

T-shirt reminds Cubs of Heyward speech (Friday, March 24)
On some of Joe Maddon's new T-shirts this year there's a simple image of an umbrella with a couple of raindrops over "8-7." Cubs fans know that's the score from Game 7 of the World Series. The umbrella is a reminder of the 17-minute rain delay when Jason Heyward gave the players a pep talk that helped propel the Cubs to victory.

Choo's motor not slowing down with age (Friday, March 24)
Shin-Soo Choo is equal parts eager to please and impossible to satisfy. He expects so much from himself that, when things inevitably go awry somewhere in the midst of a 162-game schedule, he wears those struggles on his sleeve, feeling he's let both himself and his team down. That's how it's been for the entirety of Choo's Major League career, and that was especially how it was in a lost 2016 that saw him make four trips to the disabled list.

J.D. Martinez out 3-4 weeks with right foot sprain (Friday, March 24)
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez will open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a sprain of the lisfranc ligament in his right foot, dealing an early blow to Detroit's lineup.

Podcast: Spring's top prospect performers (Friday, March 24)
The top MLB prospects today are not only able to accomplish great feats on the diamond, but they are great people off the field as well. The following is a transcript of a segment from this week's episode of the Pipeline podcast, in which MLBPipeline's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo and MLB.com's Tim McMaster discuss how some of the top prospects in baseball have fared in big league camp.

Cessa optioned amid Yankees' roster moves (Friday, March 24)
The Yankees have eliminated one contender from their rotation battle, optioning right-hander Luis Cessa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigning him to Minor League camp on Friday.

White Sox hand Quintana his 1st Opening Day start (Friday, March 24)
Left-hander Jose Quintana will start Opening Day for the White Sox on April 3 against the Tigers, the team announced Friday. It will be the first Opening Day start for Quintana, who was slotted into the second spot in Chicago's rotation behind Chris Sale in each of the past two seasons.

Kinsler 'ready to go' after Classic's intensity (Friday, March 24)
Ian Kinsler returned to Tigers camp from the World Baseball Classic with a championship on his resume, an appreciation for international baseball, a desire to stay out of politics and an eye toward Opening Day.

Panda poised for rebound season (Friday, March 24)
Maybe Pablo Sandoval will write a happy ending to this story after all, and isn't this kind of unbridled optimism one of the things we love about Spring Training?

Gregerson, lucky eagle return to Astros (Friday, March 24)
The ceramic eagle that became the de facto mascot of the United States team that won the World Baseball Classic -- and had one if its wings clipped in the dogpile celebration Wednesday night -- was displayed proudly in the Astros' clubhouse at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Friday morning.

Tommy John surgery recommended for SF reliever Smith (Friday, March 24)
Giants reliever Will Smith flew to California this week to get a second opinion about his left elbow. When he returned, he brought the news that both doctors agreed -- his recommended course of action is Tommy John surgery.

Fantasy rankings reset: What's changed? (Thursday, March 23)
Wise fantasy owners will be aware that the following players have made significant moves in the rankings since the MLB.com Fantasy Player Preview launched on Feb. 6.

White Sox scratch Rodon due to biceps tightness (Friday, March 24)
White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon was scratched from his scheduled start against the A's on Friday with upper left biceps tightness. In his lone Cactus League start this year, Rodon worked four scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing one hit and one walk.

Source: Norris to Rays 'very likely' (Friday, March 24)
The Rays are finalizing a deal to sign free agent catcher Derek Norris, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times. A Major League source told MLB.com that a deal is not done but "very likely." The club has not confirmed the deal.

Astros tab Keuchel for 3rd straight OD start (Friday, March 24)
Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Friday that lefty Dallas Keuchel will make his third consecutive Opening Day start on April 3 against Seattle.

Illness pushes back Paxton's next outing (Friday, March 24)
Mariners left-hander James Paxton has been scratched from his scheduled start in Friday's 1:10 p.m. PT Cactus League game against the Royals and replaced by veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma in order to give Paxton time to recover from a head cold.

Verlander has arsenal ready for season (Thursday, March 23)
Justin Verlander came to Spring Training six weeks ago with a goal to get himself closer to top form around Opening Day and avoid the first-half struggles that slowed his 2016 season. He won't know for sure how well he did that until he takes the mound at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago in a week and a half, but he at least has given it his best shot.

Felix dominates Giants in Cactus League return (Friday, March 24)
The Mariners blanked the Giants for six innings Thursday, riding a masterful pitching performance behind their ace, Felix Hernandez. The Giants could muster only one hit through the first six innings as Seattle went on to a 9-2 triumph.

Kershaw in top form with 11 K's, 6 scoreless (Friday, March 24)
Those who were panicky after Clayton Kershaw served up three homers in his previous start can chill after Thursday. The Dodgers' ace rebounded with Cy Young form against the Rangers, fanning 11 in six scoreless innings on two hits.

12 prospects to watch in 2017 (Thursday, March 23)
These dozen youngsters won't be on Opening Day rosters, but their timetables could align nicely with their teams' needs.

Tommy John surgery recommended for SF reliever Smith (Friday, March 24)
Giants reliever Will Smith flew to California this week to get a second opinion about his left elbow. When he returned, he brought the news that both doctors agreed -- his recommended course of action is Tommy John surgery.

Classic stars back to spring action on MLB.TV (Thursday, March 23)
With several MLB stars from the World Baseball Classic returning to their clubs to resume Spring Training, intriguing matchups abound in Friday's Cactus and Grapefruit League action.

Zych, Cishek progress nicely in rehab process (Thursday, March 23)
Tony Zych fired a sharp 1-2-3 inning against a Texas Double-A squad and Steve Cishek looked strong in a 22-pitch bullpen session as Seattle's two rehabbing relievers took big steps forward Thursday.

Griffin tightens grip on Rangers' rotation job (Thursday, March 23)
A fourth starter has been identified in Rangers camp. A.J. Griffin was given the front-line starting pitcher treatment Thursday when the Rangers let him do his work in a Minor League game.

Katz, Goldberg relish Classic experience (Thursday, March 23)
Prior to taking part in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, White Sox Minor Leaguer Alex Katz was pitching on the back fields of Camelback Ranch.

Motter near lock for Mariners' utility role (Thursday, March 23)
One of the few roster battles in Mariners camp appears all but finalized now as Taylor Motter will open the season as the club's utility player with Shawn O'Malley expected to miss about 10 to 14 days following his appendectomy surgery Tuesday.

A. Wilson looks past rough Spring Training stats (Thursday, March 23)
Alex Wilson knows his history with Spring Training statistics.

Nunez expects to be ready for Opening Day (Thursday, March 23)
Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez was in good spirits Thursday after returning from San Francisco where he had two cortisone shots. Nunez's recurring shoulder soreness flared up earlier in the week, and he flew to San Francisco on Tuesday for an MRI and an anticipated cortisone shot.

Hamilton returns from Achilles inflammation (Thursday, March 23)
Billy Hamilton, who had been sidelined since Saturday due to Achilles inflammation, returned as the designated hitter in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox. Hamilton went 0-for-3, and was one of the many victims of a lights-out Jose Quintana, who carried a perfect game into the sixth inning.

Moncada, Giolito, Lopez reflect on Sox camp (Thursday, March 23)
Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez held court before the White Sox 4-2 victory over the Reds at Camelback Ranch after the team's top five prospects per MLBPipeline.com were returned from big league Spring Training to Minor League camp Tuesday. Here's a look at some of their comments.

Price pondered Votto batting leadoff in 2016 (Thursday, March 23)
In the context of facing the Cubs last Thursday and witnessing their innovative approach in leading off Kyle Schwarber, Reds manager Bryan Price admitted he pondered the prospect of Joey Votto in the one hole last year.

Giants grant release to infielder Beckham (Thursday, March 23)
The Giants got one step closer to a final roster Thursday when the club granted Gordon Beckham's request to be released from his Minor League contract.

Verlander retires 15 in a row before Braves walk off (Thursday, March 23)
Justin Verlander experienced little trouble against Atlanta's projected normal lineup, and Jaime Garcia did his part to create the pitchers' duel that evolved before Adam Walker hit a walk-off single against Daniel Stumpf to give the Braves a 2-1 win over the Tigers on Thursday night at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.

Kershaw cruises as Dodgers thump Rangers (Thursday, March 23)
Chase Utley got the Dodgers started with a two-run home run in the first inning, and behind ace Clayton Kershaw, they went on to a 10-2 victory over the Rangers at Surprise Stadium on Thursday.

10 burning questions 10 days before season (Thursday, March 23)
As players from Team USA and Puerto Rico return to their MLB teams after an excellent three-week adventure, the good news is that Opening Day is right around the corner. So with that in mind, here are 10 questions that still need to be answered in the next 10 days.

Fedde wrap? RHP crisp in likely final ST start (Thursday, March 23)
Erick Fedde threw his best and almost certainly his last Grapefruit League outing of the spring in Thursday's 1-0 victory against the Mets.

No rest: Knapp pushing for backup catcher role (Thursday, March 23)
Andrew Knapp remains in the hunt to be the Phillies' backup catcher.

Volquez 'ready to go' as regular season nears (Thursday, March 23)
Edinson Volquez made a quick transition from the festive atmosphere of the World Baseball Classic to throwing three innings of relief on a rainy afternoon in Grapefruit League play at Roger Dean Stadium.

Wright adds to spotless spring in latest outing (Thursday, March 23)
Steven Wright has put concerns about his right shoulder to rest while regaining the type of knuckleball that led to him becoming an All-Star last season. In Thursday's 10-7 win over the Pirates at JetBlue Park, Wright cruised through 4 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three.

Arenado, McGee rejoin Rockies from WBC '17 (Thursday, March 23)
Third baseman Nolan Arenado finished what had been a difficult World Baseball Classic with two singles in Team USA's 8-0 championship game win over Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The good news for Rockies lefty reliever Jake McGee, also a member of Team USA, was his tournament went well. Bad news was he threw one inning, with one hit and one walk, through the whole tournament.

Astros high on Davis, but where will he play? (Thursday, March 23)
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman could be on the verge of becoming a star. Colin Moran has had a terrific spring camp at the plate and figures to start at third base at Triple-A Fresno to begin the season. J.D. Davis, ranked as Houston's No. 13 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, doesn't need to be reminded of any of this.

Candelario among six sent down by Cubs (Thursday, March 23)
The Cubs released pitcher Jim Henderson on Thursday, and optioned Jake Buchanan, Alec Mills and Jeimer Candelario to Triple-A Iowa. Williams Perez, Dylan Floro and David Rollins also were assigned to Minor League camp, trimming the number of players in camp to 36.

Inciarte back in action with Braves after Classic (Thursday, March 23)
With Ender Inciarte back from a World Baseball Classic experience that he hopes will help him avoid the first-half struggles he experienced last year, the Braves have a chance to spend Spring Training's final week getting a feel for their projected normal lineup.

Yanks confident in stepping up with Didi out (Thursday, March 23)
Chase Headley does not know who will be standing to his left when he takes the field on Opening Day, but the third baseman is confident that the Yankees will be able to weather the injury that is keeping shortstop Didi Gregorius on the sidelines.

Marte brings sweet swing back from Classic (Thursday, March 23)
Starling Marte wasted no time announcing his return to the Pirates' lineup after participating in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic.

Kluber, Almonte feast on Rockies (Thursday, March 23)
Indians ace Corey Kluber looked sharp during an 8-3 win over the Rockies on Thursday in his continued march toward Opening Day. Cleveland is still trying to determine whether left fielder Michael Brantley will also be ready for the start of the season.

Schimpf hits 1st HR as Padres rally vs. Halos (Thursday, March 23)
Ryan Schimpf hit a home run, and Luis Perdomo allowed two runs in five innings against the Angels on Wednesday. Ricky Nolasco allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings and C.J. Cron had an RBI single for the Halos.

Adonis says hamstring feels 'back to normal' (Thursday, March 23)
As Adonis Garcia missed a little more than a week's worth of games while battling a sore left hamstring, he was able to keep his reflexes sharp as he completed hitting and fielding drills that did not require him to run.

Alonso homers twice as A's erupt for 15 runs (Thursday, March 23)
The A's counted off four home runs against Brewers Opening Day starter Junior Guerra, including two from Yonder Alonso, in a 15-5 slugfest at Hohokam Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Arrieta, La Stella highlight offense vs. D-backs (Thursday, March 23)
Jake Arrieta's 465-foot homer off Zack Greinke may have stolen the show, but the pair of pitchers also put on a pretty good display on the mound in a game that ended in a 5-5 tie in front of a record crowd of 14,002 at Salt River Fields.

Diaz logging extra hours in pursuit of Tribe 3B role (Thursday, March 23)
Yandy Diaz has spent a lot of time on the backfields at the Indians' complex over the past couple of weeks. An opportunity exists for him at third base, so Diaz has been working hard with third-base coach and infield instructor Mike Sarbaugh, like a student cramming for an exam.

Dyson, Claudio on track after WBC '17 run (Thursday, March 23)
The workload for Rangers relievers Sam Dyson and Alex Claudio -- who both delivered strong performances in the World Baseball Classic -- is about normal at this point in the spring.

Pollock expected to return to lineup on Friday (Thursday, March 23)
Center fielder A.J. Pollock is expected to be back in the D-backs lineup Friday for the first time since experiencing some discomfort in his left groin after hitting a home run in the first inning on March 12.

Alcantara keeps battling for spot in A's rotation (Thursday, March 23)
Raul Alcantara is doing his best to keep it a three-man race for the last two spots in the A's rotation.

Senzatela calm while facing adversity in start (Thursday, March 23)
Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela displayed a solid fastball and plus stuff, even if his command stood sharpening, on Thursday during his latest bid for the starting rotation. But the true test can't be measured in miles per hour or any other metric.

Arroyo makes strong case for rotation (Thursday, March 23)
Bronson Arroyo, the 40-year-old right-hander in a crowded mix fighting for a rotation spot, continued to make his case in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox.

Margot puts sore left knee to test (Thursday, March 23)
Manuel Margot, the Padres top prospect, returned to a game for the first time since March 5 on Thursday, and tested his sore left knee by beating out an infield hit against the Angels.

Yount, Gantner return to Brewers' camp (Thursday, March 23)
They wore Brewers uniforms on Thursday with their names on the back, as if that was really necessary. They were The Kid and Gumby, Robin Yount and Jim Gantner, two of the most recognizable faces in Brewers history, making their first spring appearances at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Loney a long shot to make Rangers' roster (Thursday, March 23)
James Loney is the consummate professional, but that may not be good enough to earn him a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, and he understands that.

Quintana flashes perfection as Sox top Reds (Thursday, March 23)
Jose Quintana appears to be regular-season ready. With 17 scouts in attendance, the White Sox ace and prime trade candidate as part of the team's rebuilding, pitched 5 2/3 perfect innings during a 4-2 victory over the Reds on Thursday at Camelback Ranch.

Wainwright bounces back with 'conviction' (Thursday, March 23)
The results were bound to get better, and they did for Adam Wainwright, who shook off a beating against the Mets last Friday with a much more controlled performance on Thursday.

Freeman ends 12-pitch at-bat with HR off Verlander (Thursday, March 23)
When Freddie Freeman concludes his career, he likely won't have vivid memories of too many of the home runs he has hit during Spring Training. But there's a good chance he'll remember the one he hit immediately after he and Justin Verlander exchanged smiles in the midst of a long battle.

Managers rewrite rules on bullpen usage (Thursday, March 23)
If you want the real lesson baseball people took from the way bullpens were managed during last fall's postseason, it's this: Indians manager Terry Francona is very good at his job. Spectacularly good. Hall of Fame good.

Hahn won't budge on asking price for Quintana (Thursday, March 23)
Trying to decipher potential Jose Quintana trade destinations from this week's latest batch of rumors really isn't that difficult, even with Quintana throwing 5 2/3 perfect innings against the Reds on Thursday in front of 17 scouts during a 4-2 White Sox victory at Camelback Ranch.

Historic 2017 Classic smashes event records (Thursday, March 23)
The 2017 World Baseball Classic has reached its conclusion, and the returns say the tournament was one for the history books. The fourth installment of the Classic set new event records for attendance, television ratings, digital consumption and merchandise sales, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

See Jake rake: Arrieta crushes 465-foot HR (Thursday, March 23)
Jake Arrieta led the Cubs pitchers with two home runs last season, and got his swing tuned up on Thursday with his first of 2017.

Pina, Marinez make first Opening Day roster (Thursday, March 23)
When Manny Pina and fellow out-of-options player Jhan Marinez were informed Wednesday that they had made their first big league Opening Day roster, it was much more than a mere formality.

Pipeline report: Prospects in Blue Jays' camp (Thursday, March 23)
Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camps, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com is visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today we check in on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ethier: Spring injury like Groundhog's Day (Thursday, March 23)
Andre Ethier said his mild disk herniation responded to an epidural injection, but he's back in limbo as far as the severity and recovery time, as he was a year ago, when he fractured his right leg on a foul ball that sidelined him most of the year.

Mondesi making tight battle a four-player race (Thursday, March 23)
The only position battle in Royals camp has been quite intense this spring.

Black sharing insight with Rockies' young arms (Thursday, March 23)
One of the first things Bud Black said when the Rockies hired him as their skipper was that he "sees the game through the pitcher's eyes," and sometimes those words are meant to be taken literally.

Field plus defense a winning formula for Twins (Thursday, March 23)
Baserunning mistakes hampered the Phillies offensive attack, but Aaron Nola rebounded in his longest start of the spring in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday at Spectrum Field.

Sternberg, Rays exploring options for new stadium (Thursday, March 23)
Stuart Sternberg showed up at camp on Thursday, and the Rays' principal owner spoke about the stadium issue.

Inbox: Louisville's McKay could go No. 1 in Draft (Thursday, March 23)
We'll expand our current Draft Top 50 Prospects to a Top 100 in April and a Top 200 in May, and we'll also have a slew of first-round projections and other coverage. I'm starting to get Draft fever just thinking about it, which is why there's a heavy Draft flavor to this week's MLBPipeline Inbox.

Cards swipe six bags in win over Marlins (Thursday, March 23)
The Cardinals added late runs with heads-up baserunning to break a tie and defeat the Marlins, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Hoffman sent to Triple-A as rotation battle heats up (Thursday, March 23)
The Rockies optioned right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday as they began narrowing the competition for the season-opening starting rotation. The Blue Jays' ninth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, and key to the deal that sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, Hoffman went 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in three official Cactus League games this spring.

D-backs expect to have Goldy back in camp Friday (Thursday, March 23)
After playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is expected to report back to camp Friday.

Gsellman bolsters rotation case with sharp start (Thursday, March 23)
Robert Gsellman furthered his case to be the Mets' No. 5 starter, with another quality outing on Thursday against the Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Mariners option No. 10 prospect Vogelbach to Triple-A (Thursday, March 23)
Rookie Daniel Vogelbach, who was expected to open the season as Seattle's starting first baseman, instead was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

Iglesias injured back, elbow slipping in shower (Thursday, March 23)
The back injury and bone bruise in his right elbow that has kept Raisel Iglesias sidelined stemmed from a slip in the shower three weeks ago at his home, the right-handed reliever said Thursday.

Bryant gets a chance to rest before season (Thursday, March 23)
For the first time since he moved into his new house in Las Vegas in January, Kris Bryant will have a chance to sit by the pool.

Bowa on Green: 'He did what he had to do' (Thursday, March 23)
Dallas Green was made for Philadelphia. His quintessential blue-collar attitude and tendency to eschew the niceties sharpened the 1980 Phillies into a World Series champion in just his second year as manager.

Arrieta homers in first spring at-bat (Thursday, March 23)
Jake Arrieta led the Cubs pitchers with two home runs last season, and got his swing tuned up on Thursday with his first of 2017.

Montgomery, Pruitt strong in Yanks-Rays tie (Thursday, March 23)
The Yankees and Rays played to a 5-5 tie as New York's Tyler Wade stole third and then scored on an error to knot the game up in the ninth Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Cabrera ejected following timeout tiff (Thursday, March 23)
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected in the fourth inning of Thursday's game with the Nationals.

Archer OD starter as Rays announce rotation (Thursday, March 23)
No big surprise: Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter.

Back tightness keeps Miggy day to day (Thursday, March 23)
Miguel Cabrera is back from the World Baseball Classic. He is not back to action with the Tigers. His timetable depends on the tightness in his back, which looms larger than the precautionary concern it was characterized to be when he was held out of Venezuela's final game last weekend.

Valbuena sidelined with hamstring strain (Thursday, March 23)
Infielder Luis Valbuena has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks, the Angels announced Thursday.

Mom's advice gave Buxton boost he needed (Thursday, March 23)
As Byron Buxton learned last year, sometimes the best scouts don't even work in baseball.

Anderson wins spot in Cubs' rotation (Thursday, March 23)
Not many teams have the luxury of having the Major League's ERA leader as their No. 5 starter but the Cubs can do that.

Pedey, Panda pace high-flying Sox vs. Bucs (Thursday, March 23)
With both teams trotting out similar lineups to the ones they'll have against each other on Opening Day in Boston, the Red Sox downed the Pirates, 10-7, in a Thursday afternoon slugfest at JetBlue Park.

Righty Meyer filled in as teacher in offseason (Thursday, March 23)
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has seen his fair share of players who have side jobs in the offseason. One of the new ones is 27-year-old pitcher Alex Meyer's job. He works as a substitute teacher in his hometown of Greensburg, Ind., when he gets the opportunity.

Classic success could spark Puerto Rico (Thursday, March 23)
Though Puerto Rico once again was shutout in the championship game -- 8-0 on Wednesday night against Team USA at Dodger Stadium following a 3-0 loss in the 2013 Classic finals to the Dominican Republic -- many see the nation's success in the past two tournaments as a path to restoring the passion for the game to a place that was once the hotbed of baseball talent outside of the United States.

Archer: USA win 'fantastic,' shows deep talent (Thursday, March 23)
Chris Archer couldn't stay awake until the end of Team USA's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic, but the right-hander was happy about the result on Thursday morning.

A's hand Opening Day start to Graveman (Thursday, March 23)
A's right-hander Kendall Graveman has been called on to make the first Opening Day start of his career.

Prospect Williams to have Tommy John surgery (Thursday, March 23)
Right-hander Devin Williams, the Brewers' top Draft pick in 2013, needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2017 season, a source told MLB.com's Jim Callis on Thursday. The Brewers have not yet confirmed the news.

Huntington: Kang on OD roster 'unrealistic' (Thursday, March 23)
With Jung Ho Kang still awaiting his work visa in South Korea, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington acknowledged Thursday it is "unrealistic" to expect Kang to be on Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster.

Yanks mulling candidates to round out rotation (Thursday, March 23)
The best-case scenario would have made the decisions easy for manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild, with the best candidates for the fourth and fifth spots in the Yankees' starting rotation clearly identifying themselves this spring.

HOFer Raines holds court before Mets-Nats (Thursday, March 23)
Hall of Famer Tim Raines watched Mets players compete for the Puerto Rican team in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals, but his allegiance remained with the United States team.

D will be key for Cards to return to postseason (Thursday, March 23)
In just the past two seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals went from being one of baseball's best defensive teams to one of its worst. Not coincidentally, a five-year run of postseason baseball ended in 2016.

Q&A: Cashman on 30-plus years with Yanks (Thursday, March 23)
MLB.com recently sat down with Brian Cashman in his office at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., to discuss what he learned working for The Boss, what it was like being a seller for the first time at last year's Trade Deadline and how he hopes the current youth movement will bring a 28th title to Yankee Stadium.

Farrell: Mookie may be best suited in 3-hole (Thursday, March 23)
With the idea of getting his most dynamic hitter to the plate more often, Red Sox manager John Farrell is leaning toward hitting Mookie Betts third instead of fourth to start the season.

Classic contest: Best half-frames of WBC '17 (Thursday, March 23)
With Team USA's 8-0 championship game win over Puerto Rico on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, a thrilling 2017 World Baseball Classic is in the books after 40 games of great action.

Bucs whittle roster by 9, including 3 prospects (Thursday, March 23)
After nine more cuts Thursday, the Pirates' potential Opening Day roster is taking shape. The club optioned catcher Elias Diaz and infielder Max Moroff to Triple-A Indianapolis and reassigned seven to Minor League camp.

Thrilling Classic leaves strong impression (Thursday, March 23)
It's too early to gauge all that is possible as a result of a memorable 2017 Classic and the Americans who won it. But we know we're going to miss watching them, and they will miss playing with each other. At least they have golden reminders of their time together.

Leyland adds final line to Hall of Fame resume (Thursday, March 23)
By coming out of retirement and guiding Team USA to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Jim Leyland may have given his resume the line it needed to secure a ticket to the Hall of Fame.

Puerto Rico falls short in amazing Classic run (Thursday, March 23)
For the second consecutive World Baseball Classic, Team Puerto Rico fell one victory shy of winning its first Classic title, as an undefeated run through the first seven games of the tournament ended in an 8-0 loss to the United States on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

DYK: Stroman caps triumphant run for U.S. (Thursday, March 23)
With a memorable World Baseball Classic now in the books, here is a look at some notable facts and figures from Wednesday's final and Team USA's triumphant run.

PR plans inspire USA's Jones in final win (Thursday, March 23)
Before the United States' 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in Wednesday night's championship game at Dodger Stadium, Adam Jones and his teammates got some bulletin-board material, courtesy of rumors that Puerto Rico already had a celebration planned.

5 Cy Young winners take the hill on MLB.TV (Thursday, March 23)
Five Cy Young Award winners will take center stage today, punctuating an enticing slate of Spring Training games on MLB.TV.

Yadi, Balentien among All-Classic Team standouts (Thursday, March 23)
Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.

Classic experience one USA, PR won't soon forget (Thursday, March 23)
You heard the emotion in the words as they said it. You saw their faces and knew they meant it. To the players in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the tournament was an enormous hit, a stunning success story that is only getting better every four years.

Preferred picks: Zinkie's '17 fantasy favorites (Thursday, March 23)
Via tweets, chat sessions, articles, videos and podcasts, MLB.com lead fantasy writer Fred Zinkie has already dished out plenty of advice in 2017. But have you ever wondered which players he is especially eager to own this season? The 10 players listed here are Zinkie's favorites for 2017.

Kinsler gets U.S. going with homer vs. PR (Thursday, March 23)
Ian Kinsler jumped-started the United States' offense with a two-run home run in the third inning in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico.

Stroman dazzles en route to Classic MVP (Thursday, March 23)
Marcus Stroman dazzled for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic championship game Wednesday night, stifling a Puerto Rican lineup that had slugged its way through the tournament.

American Beauty: USA dominates PR in final (Thursday, March 23)
The United States got a brilliant pitching performance from starter Marcus Stroman and enough offense from its All-Star-packed lineup of Major League luminaries to beat Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Classic on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

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