2/21/2013 | Votto added to Team Canada roster for Classic
Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been added to the roster of Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic. Whether Votto actually plays for his country remains unresolved. Votto was left off of the original provisional roster submitted last month.
2/21/2013 | After first 'pen session, Haren lists spring goals
Dan Haren took the mound to face hitters for the first time this spring on Thursday, and the newest member of the Nationals' rotation said he intends to slow things down in his upcoming bullpen sessions before he makes his first Spring Training start Feb. 27.
2/21/2013 | Ankiel bringing rocket-powered arm to Astros
Of all the things Rick Ankiel brings to the Astros, perhaps the one dynamic where he might make the biggest difference is in right field, where his rocket-powered arm has long been considered one of the best in the game.
2/21/2013 | Trout, Miggy bond after AL MVP race
Over the last few months -- while caught in the middle of a heated, old school vs. new school MVP debate -- Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera have built a friendship.
2/21/2013 | Schmidt refuses to write off Phillies this season
Mike Schmidt has been in Phillies camp just two days, but he already detects a different attitude. This team doesn't believe it's dead yet.
2/21/2013 | MLB reportedly gives A's outline for potential move
There appears to be some traction regarding the A's ongoing stadium situation, with the Los Angeles Times reporting on Thursday that Major League Baseball has provided the club with an outline for a potential move to San Jose.
2/21/2013 | Despite offseason losses, Cardinals remain resilient
The St. Louis Cardinals came within one victory of reaching the 2012 World Series. If they need to improve, they don't require great leaps and bounds of improvement.
2/21/2013 | Sans spotlight, Lawrie poised to realize potential
Though Brett Lawrie didn't light MLB on fire as some predicted, his first full year with the Blue Jays demonstrated flashes of greatness that he intends to fully realize this season, with the help of mentor Mark DeRosa, writes Anthony Castrovince.
2/21/2013 | Johnson being cautious with full season in mind
Last spring, Jim Johnson was slowed to start camp due to a back issue. A year later, the Orioles closer is coming off a team-record 51 saves, and Johnson is again being brought along a little slower.
2/21/2013 | Focused on rebound, Doc content to follow Hamels
Much is made about the Opening Day starter, but the person who might care least is Roy Halladay. Cole Hamels is expected to get the nod, although the Phillies have not made an official announcement.
2/21/2013 | Top starters to ease into Cactus League action
With the Cactus League schedule stretched out to accommodate the World Baseball Classic, Royals manager Ned Yost decided to skip James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, Ervin Santana and Wade Davis in the first four games.
2/21/2013 | Holland believes Classic will give him an edge
Derek Holland is scheduled to start for the Rangers on Friday against the Royals in the first game this spring. The plan is for Holland to throw 50 pitches over three innings.
2/21/2013 | Rondon clearly on the fast track toward success
Go ahead, try to tell Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon he shouldn't be a closer on a World Series team. He has heard worse. After all, this is the kid somebody thought shouldn't be pitching at all.
2/21/2013 | Burnett honored to be chosen for Opening Day start
A.J. Burnett came to Pittsburgh for the opportunity to be a leader, to set the tone for a pitching staff, and on April 1, he will get to set the tone for an entire team.
2/21/2013 | Szczur's football roots ring familiar at Cubs camp
Cubs prospect Matt Szczur is adjusting to life as a pro ballplayer after dedicating most of time at Villanova to the football team. Manager Dale Sveum and pitcher Jeff Samardzija can relate.
2/21/2013 | Amid storm, Braun finds sanctuary in clubhouse
Outside the Maryvale Baseball Park clubhouse on Wednesday, a storm brewed and yet the Brewers went about their work. The storm clouds can't get inside the clubhouse, where, for the past year, Ryan Braun has enjoyed his oasis. For all of the questions he faces on the outside, he is safe on the inside to go about his business.
2/21/2013 | Hamilton using spring to ease into outfield switch
Stolen base champion Billy Hamilton is making the difficult transition from shortstop to center field, and the Reds have been using former star outfielder Eric Davis -- also an infielder at the start of his career -- to tutor Hamilton as he makes the switch.
2/21/2013 | Sarah's Take: Dodgers looking up at Giants
The Dodgers could have the largest payroll in MLB history this season, but the Giants have the experience and intangibles to be the best of the NL West again in 2013.
2/21/2013 | Weiss, Tulo building solid relationship
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki have quickly developed a positive rapport.
2/21/2013 | Olympic champ, O's fan Phelps stops by camp
The Orioles got a special guest for Thursday's batting practice session, with Olympic swimmer -- and Baltimore County native -- Michael Phelps taking swings at Ed Smith Stadium.
2/21/2013 | Napoli about a week from game action
The only projected Opening Day starters who weren't scheduled to get any at-bats for the Red Sox during Thursday's college exhibition game against Northeastern University? Mike Napoli and David Ortiz.
2/21/2013 | Farrell sees offensive improvement from Iglesias
If Jose Iglesias had proved he could hit at the Major League level during his trial run late last season, the Red Sox likely would not have acquired Stephen Drew. But to Iglesias' credit, he hasn't moped about the situation. Instead, he continues to work.
2/21/2013 | For Crawford, a case of art imitating life
As last season progressed, so did Brandon Crawford's excellence. He committed 12 errors in his first 59 games before being charged with just six miscues afterward. Long before the season ended, the Giants knew they had a blossoming talent at shortstop.
2/21/2013 | McGwire brings fresh approach to Dodgers
In the last 15 years, the Dodgers have had 10 hitting coaches. Mark McGwire makes 11. McGwire, who minimizes mechanics and focuses on approach, studied all Dodgers hitters during the offseason and came to Spring Training ready to work.
2/21/2013 | Betancourt, Belisle set the tone in Rockies bullpen
Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle set the tone for the younger members of the Rockies bullpen, and it starts with the pair's phenominal dedication to being prepared, mentally and physically.
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