3/29/2013 | Harper, Werth playing through nicks
Nationals outfielders Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth were both in the starting lineup for Friday's exhibition game against the Yankees, fending off some dings and dents.
3/29/2013 | Kottaras snags final spot on Royals' roster
George Kottaras was selected over Brett Hayes as the reserve catcher on Friday, the final move necessary to get the Kansas City 25-man roster in place.
3/29/2013 | Scherzer dominant in final Spring Training outing
The Tigers appear ready to lunge out of their cage upon the first pitch of the regular season. In Friday's 8-3 win over the Rays, they pounced on right-hander Jeremy Hellickson before a single-game record 10,451 fans at Joker Marchant Stadium.
3/29/2013 | Numerical tribute: A salute to the No. 13
Superstition is as much a part of the game as double plays and high-and-tight fastballs. And the No. 13 is as much a part of superstition outside the game as any black cat. We have 13s all around us this year. But no special allowances will be made for them. Instead, we offer a salute to the number Dave Concepcion, Edgardo Alfonzo and Clint Hurdle favor.
3/29/2013 | Before injury, Furcal's arm ranked high
What's going to happen to Rafael Furcal's arm now that the shortstop has had Tommy John surgery to repair his damaged right elbow?
3/29/2013 | Defensive versatility nets Carp backup job
Traded to the Red Sox early in Spring Training, Mike Carp learned Friday he'll be with the team when the regular season opens Monday at Yankee Stadium.
3/29/2013 | Bradley waiting to see if he'll get roster spot
Jackie Bradley Jr. is still in limbo, and he'll probably stay there until the Opening Day roster is submitted Sunday afternoon.
3/29/2013 | Maddon wants to see more from Hellickson
Throughout Spring Training, manager Joe Maddon has preached efficiency to Jeremy Hellickson. Maddon had enjoyed Hellickson's last two outings, as the 25-year-old limited the Tigers to three runs on six innings on March 19 and completed seven frames against the Yankees last Sunday. But he struggled on Friday.
3/29/2013 | Verlander agrees to record five-year extension
Justin Verlander and the Tigers agreed Friday on a five-year contract extension through the 2019 season with a vesting option for the 2020 season. The deal will pay Verlander $28 million a year from 2015-19, the highest annual salary for a pitcher in Major League history.
3/29/2013 | D-backs, Goldschmidt agree to five-year extension
Paul Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks have agreed on a five-year, $32 million extension with a $14.5 million club option for 2019. The first baseman hit .286 with 20 home runs and 82 RBIs in 2012.
3/29/2013 | It is time to whet your baseball app-etite
As Spring Training ends and Opening Day approaches, updates are available over MLBAM's suite of mobile applications.
3/29/2013 | Don't underestimate Manuel's impact on Phillies
They're saying this might be Charlie Manuel's last roundup. Let's hope that doesn't happen. And if it does happen, let's hope it's Manuel's call.
3/29/2013 | Mets teammates feel for Johan after latest setback
Johan Santana's teammates were hit hard by the news that he had torn his left shoulder capsule again, likely ending his tenure with the Mets.
3/29/2013 | Wright returns, likely to be ready for Opening Day
David Wright returned to the Mets' lineup on Friday against the Cardinals, all but solidifying the fact that he will also play Opening Day on Monday against the Padres.
3/29/2013 | Hernandez named starter; Niemann to bullpen
The Rays' last position battle of the spring officially ended Friday morning. Roberto Hernandez will be in the starting rotation, and Jeff Niemann is headed to the bullpen.
3/29/2013 | Ventura, Matheny paved route for eager Weiss
On Monday afternoon, Rockies manager Walt Weiss will walk out to home plate at Miller Park, exchange lineup cards with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, and take a deep breath. The reality will hit for the new skipper. Weiss is back in the big leagues, ready or not.
3/29/2013 | Jaso catches another learning curve
Learning a new pitching staff is simply becoming another rite of Spring Training for John Jaso. The new A's catcher is in the process of learning his third different pitching staff in as many years.
3/28/2013 | Giants happy to be back in home park
A day after landing in the Bay Area from a long, seven-week stretch in the desert for Spring Training, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was happy to be back in the dugout at AT&T Park on Thursday.
3/28/2013 | Roster hopeful Noonan plays waiting game
Nick Noonan has done everything to prove his case that he belongs on the Giants' roster in Cactus League play. Now he has to play the waiting game.
3/28/2013 | Sandoval close to returning this weekend
Pablo Sandoval appears to be on track to return to game action this weekend as part of the exhibition tuneup between the Giants and A's.
3/28/2013 | Mauer getting extra work in with new pitchers
The first three pitchers in the Twins' rotation -- Vance Worley (Phillies), Kevin Correia (Pirates) and Mike Pelfrey (Mets) -- are new to the organization this season. That alone would have meant a steep learning curve for All-Star catcher Joe Mauer. Throw in the fact that played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic and the degree of difficulty only increases. Terry Ryan isn't worried.
3/28/2013 | Hendriks, Diamond impress with progress
The Twins got good news on the health of two pitchers after right-hander Liam Hendriks threw in the bullpen and left-hander Scott Diamond pitched in a Minor League game Thursday.
3/28/2013 | 'Confidence-builder' for Correia in spring finale
Facing a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday night at Jet Blue Park, Twins right-hander Kevin Correia pitched like it was a playoff game. Or at least the second game of the regular season, when he's scheduled to start against the Tigers.
3/28/2013 | Dodgers yet to name replacement for Hanley
As the Dodgers prepare for Opening Day, manager Don Mattingly's biggest concern is the left side of the infield. With shortstop Hanley Ramirez sidelined due to a torn ligament in his left thumb, the Dodgers are still finalizing plans on how to replace the three-time All-Star. Luis Cruz is the likely candidate, but Mattingly would not commit to that Thursday.
3/28/2013 | Lilly, Capuano, Harang could be headed to 'pen
The Dodgers have an overflow of starting pitchers, and some could end up in the bullpen by Opening Day on Monday. Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang are the candidates to move from a starting role to the 'pen.
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