2/22/2013 | Holland not taking increased job security for granted
After rebounding from a shaky start to his 2012 campaign, Greg Holland has gained the trust of manager Ned Yost to be the team's closer.
2/22/2013 | A's embrace yoga as a part of daily workout
Once Bob Melvin wraps up his media session each morning, the A's manager joins his players on the field for their daily yoga session. It's a new trend in A's camp this year, one that provides significant benefits in terms of breathing, flexibility and injury prevention.
2/22/2013 | Kinsler's spring features new faces, healthy ankle
There are three reasons why this could be termed as an unusual Spring Training for second baseman Ian Kinsler -- or at least a particularly interesting one.
2/22/2013 | 'Stress-free' Posada enjoying life as retiree
Jorge Posada likes the idea of being a part-time instructor and enjoys the process of teaching young catchers, but he doesn't have any interest in getting back into baseball in any full-time capacity right now.
2/22/2013 | Porcello tosses two hitless innings in spring opener
Tigers starter Rick Porcello struck out two and did not issue a walk during his two hitless innings, and Detroit earned a 2-1 win over Atlanta in its Grapefruit League opener.
2/22/2013 | Gio says recent tests have come back clean
Gio Gonzalez revealed that he took blood and urine tests two days after the Miami New Times linked him to Anthony Bosch, who reportedly supplied PEDs to professional athletes. Gonzalez says he received word from the Major League Baseball Players Association that the results from those tests were negatives.
2/22/2013 | O's to honor Weaver before spring opener
The Orioles will hold a moment of silence and air a video tribute for former manager Earl Weaver, who passed away in January, prior to the start of Saturday's Spring Training opener against the Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET.
2/22/2013 | Jeter gradually ramping up spring workouts
On the eve of the Yankees' first Grapefruit League game, Derek Jeter provided a brief update on his progress as he works his way back from offseason surgery on his left ankle.
2/22/2013 | Girardi sets travel roster for Grapefruit opener
The Yankees have set their travel roster for Saturday's Grapefruit League opener, against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista. As manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday, the starting lineup will include first baseman Mark Teixeira, second baseman Robinson Cano and infielder Eduardo Nunez behind starter David Phelps.
2/22/2013 | Nationals' depth separates them from the pack
If there's anything that indicates how far the Nationals have climbed in standing, it's the collection of role players and organizational depth general manager Mike Rizzo and the franchise have built over the last few years.
2/22/2013 | Aramis to play early and often in Cactus League
Aramis Ramirez laughed at the fan-suggested cure for his traditionally slow starts -- that Ramirez celebrate his June birthday before the Brewers break Spring Training camp.
2/22/2013 | Longoria could return to camp this weekend
Rays manager Joe Maddon hasn't spoken directly with Evan Longoria since the birth of Longoria's daughter Wednesday night, but it sounds like Longoria could be rejoining the club sometime this weekend.
2/22/2013 | Baseball's return rekindles fond memories
The arrival of a new baseball season brings to mind cherished family memories, and the love for a game that has only intensified as the years have clipped past.
2/22/2013 | Maddon wants 'good energy' in early spring games
It's a long camp and a long exhibition schedule. But heading into the Grapefruit League games, Rays manager Joe Maddon hopes to see a consistent energy level from his club, even with so many players due to depart for the World Baseball Classic.
2/22/2013 | At long last, Rivera faces hitters in first test of knee
On Friday, nearly 10 months after inducing a double play and getting a save, Mariano Rivera threw to hitters.
2/22/2013 | Kemp, Crawford unlikely to play until early March
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said March 1 is a very rough target date for Matt Kemp to get into games coming off left shoulder surgery. Carl Crawford will likely be later than that as he returns from Tommy John elbow reconstruction.
2/22/2013 | Taiwan scouts pose as umps to scout Korea
Four advance scouts for Taiwan reportedly sneaked into one of South Korea's practice games by posing as umpire trainees, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap News.
2/22/2013 | Bucs hope Alvarez takes ownership of cleanup spot
When the Pirates bus Saturday morning to Port Charlotte to engage the Tampa Bay Rays in their Grapefruit League opener, it will be the first preview of their new look. It will not, however, offer a first look at what manager Clint Hurdle is hoping becomes a fixture: Pedro Alvarez in the cleanup spot, as the centerpiece of a deep lineup.
2/22/2013 | Angels to skip starting rotation members until March
Jerome Williams (at home against the Cubs) and Brad Mills (in Scottsdale against the Giants) will start each of the split-squad games that will open up the Angels' Cactus League schedule on Saturday. Don't expect to see any of the five rotation members until March 1.
2/22/2013 | Carp excited for fresh start with Red Sox
Few things are more demoralizing than getting designated for assignment just before the start of camp -- which was Mike Carp's plight a couple of weeks back.
2/22/2013 | Correia hopes to bring durability, stability to rotation
Part of a staff that's filled with pitchers coming off injury, Kevin Correia hopes to bring durability to the Twins, as he is one of the few not recovering from an operation.
2/22/2013 | Papelbon explains 'lack of leadership' comments
On Friday, Jonathan Papelbon discussed the Phillies' lack of leadership in the clubhouse last season. He told The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., earlier this week that "since I've been here I haven't seen any leadership." He expounded on that comment before an intrasquad game at Bright House Field.
2/22/2013 | Astros hope to bring Bagwell back to organization
While Roger Clemens has taken a more prominent role in the organization as a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow and Craig Biggio remains active with the team, the club is hoping to one day get Jeff Bagwell back in the fold.
2/22/2013 | Off and running: Gomez focused on year ahead
Every now and again, Ryan Braun says, he settles under a fly ball in left field and hears screaming from his left. It's center fielder Carlos Gomez.
2/22/2013 | Descalso's first priority is winning job at second
There is an outside expectation that the Cardinals' decision on a second baseman will come down to whether the organization prioritizes defensive stability or offensive potential at the position.
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