3/23/2013 | Major League clubs prepping for spring cleaning
Although late March might not bring the same excitement as July's non-waiver Trade Deadline or December's Winter Meetings, it's still a time for a flurry of movement throughout Major League Baseball.
3/23/2013 | Crain ready to return to Cactus League action
News from White Sox reliever Jesse Crain's appearance in a Saturday afternoon Minor League game was much more positive than it was after his previous outing on Wednesday.
3/23/2013 | Rockies show interest in veteran pitcher Garland
The Rockies, hoping to improve their starting pitching, have talked to representatives of right-hander Jon Garland, who requested and received his release from the Mariners on Saturday.
3/23/2013 | Chacin returns to mound from back spasms
Jhoulys Chacin was scratched from a scheduled start Friday with back spasms and gave up two home runs in two innings Saturday night.
3/23/2013 | Rosario homers again as Rox outslug Padres
Wilin Rosario homered in his third straight game as the Rockies beat the Padres, 10-4, Saturday night at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
3/23/2013 | Yost commends Santana's efficient start
The Royals' win over the D-backs on Saturday was dominated by offense, but Ervin Santana managed to pitch well considering the circumstances. The No. 2 starter threw 86 pitches in six innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits.
3/23/2013 | Quentin encouraged after testing knee for six innings
Left fielder Carlos Quentin is still waiting for a fly ball to head his way this spring, though he was satisfied nonetheless with the six innings he played Saturday in a Minor League game.
3/23/2013 | Familiar problems plague Lincecum vs. A's
Tim Lincecum's performance Saturday against the Oakland A's was uncomfortably reminiscent of 2012. It included too much first-inning drama and too many walks.
3/23/2013 | Delgado struggles in possible final rotation audition
Randall Delgado is battling only Patrick Corbin for the final spot in the D-backs rotation now that Tyler Skaggs was moved to Minor League camp, but he didn't do much to help his chances on Saturday. Delgado surrendered three home runs and issued four walks to the Royals.
3/23/2013 | Cranky elbow halts Sandoval's throwing session
The Giants are close to determining whether third baseman Pablo Sandoval's ailing right elbow can heal quickly enough to enable him to participate in the April 1 season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
3/23/2013 | Seeking spot on staff, Richards makes big statement
Garrett Richards was asked if he feels he's done enough to make the Angels' staff out of Spring Training, and before the sentence could be finished, the 24-year-old right-hander already had his answer. "I do," Richards said. "I do. I feel like I've done everything I can possibly do."
3/23/2013 | Darvish looks regular-season ready against Reds
Yu Darvish, pitching in a Cactus League game for the first time since March 11, allowed two runs on three hits against the most of the Reds' regular lineup in the Rangers' 6-2 victory at Goodyear Ballpark Saturday.
3/23/2013 | Kazmir pleased with outing despite runs allowed
Scott Kazmir is hoping the Indians use more than the pitching line found in the box score to evaluate his latest performance. The lefty knows Cleveland is nearing a decision on its fifth starter and that his outing against the Mariners might have been his final say on the mound.
3/23/2013 | Back with LA, Hanley in cast for three weeks
Hanley Ramirez, who had surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament on Friday, rejoined the Dodgers on Saturday. The shortstop will be able to partially participate in drills, but he won't return to full baseball activities for three weeks.
3/23/2013 | X-rays on Latos' left foot negative
Right-hander Mat Latos left Saturday's game against the Rangers with a left foot injury after being struck by a ball hit toward the mound. He was later taken for X-rays that came back negative, according to a team spokesman.
3/23/2013 | Dodger Stadium upgrades ready for Opening Day
Dodgers president Stan Kasten said on Saturday that the club will sell a record 31,000 season tickets for 2013 and the Dodger Stadium renovation, which will cost "north of" $100 million, will be complete by Opening Day.
3/23/2013 | Astros nearing deal with shortstop Cedeno
The Astros are closing in on a deal with free-agent infielder Ronny Cedeno, a baseball source has told MLB.com. Cedeno was released by the Cardinals earlier this week.
3/23/2013 | Rotation hopeful Locke able to limit hometown team
Facing Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia was a rush for Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke, who grew up with a share of Red Sox season tickets in nearby New Hampshire. Winning a job with the Bucs this spring, likely, would be the bigger rush.
3/23/2013 | A's get Nakajima some work at second base
In an effort to diversify their new shortstop's skill set, the A's sent Hiro Nakajima over to a Minor League game Saturday to rack up some innings as a second baseman.
3/23/2013 | Dirks remains out due to swollen knee
Andy Dirks wasn't ready to return to left field on Saturday. The swelling in his right knee, which he banged into the fence at Joker Marchant Stadium on Tuesday, was still too much to get much flexibility out of it.
3/23/2013 | Lawrie working his way back from strained rib cage
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was hopeful Saturday that first baseman Edwin Encarnacion -- day to day with a jammed index finger -- will be back in the lineup Monday, when Toronto will begin using as much of its regular lineup as possible on an everyday basis. He was not quite as optimistic about third baseman Brett Lawrie's return from a strained muscle in his rib cage.
3/23/2013 | De La Rosa misses start with left forearm tightness
Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa's scheduled start on Saturday night against the Padres was pushed back because of left forearm tightness that caused him to skip a bullpen session this week.
3/23/2013 | Rondon's command off against Yankees
Bruce Rondon had shown steady progress over the last couple weeks since working with pitching coach Jeff Jones to improve his mechanics. Command-wise, though, Rondon's inning of work Saturday looked more like his early spring struggles.
3/23/2013 | Wells makes rare spring start in right field
Vernon Wells got a rare start in right field for the Angels on Saturday, only his second of the spring at a position where he's spent less than two percent of his career innings. In the reserve role he figures to be in this season, playing both outfield corners is a must for the 34-year-old.
3/23/2013 | Eovaldi's outlook positive as season nears
Nathan Eovaldi turned in another strong spring showing Saturday, giving up three runs in six innings in Miami's 6-5 win over the Cardinals.
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