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Indians | Trevor Bauer focused on two-seamer
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:19:48 -0800

Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer focused on his two-seam fastball in his first spring training start Thursday, March 5. "It was nice to be in a game situation again," said Bauer. "In live BP and bullpen [sessions], the adrenaline isn't quite there and you never quite know how things are going to turn out when your adrenaline is there and you have a defense behind you and in a stadium. I was pleased with it." Bauer allowed one unearned run on three hits in three innings in the start.

Angels | Mike Trout trying to cut down K's
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:55:10 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout wants to be more aggressive early in counts after striking out an American League-leading 184 times last season. "I'm looking to drive the ball a little bit," Trout said. "The biggest thing about cutting down on the strikeouts is getting a pitch early in the zone to drive. I'm going to work on that this spring. Throughout my whole career, I've been taking. I like to see pitches, but I'm going to get locked and loaded first pitch. If it's in the zone, I'm going to take a hack at it."

White Sox | Jeff Samardzija contract extension talk
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:38:09 -0800

Chicago White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija is unlikely to sign an extension with the White Sox before he gets to test free agency in the offseason, in the opinion of's Jon Heyman.

Yankees | Carlos Beltran's elbow is feeling good
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:36:00 -0800

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (elbow) is slated to make his spring debut Friday, March 6. "I'm happy. I'm excited, of course," Beltran said, "I feel pretty good, making improvement every day. I'm taking a lot of swings like I used to in the past in Spring Training. The elbow feels good." Beltran is looking to put his elbow injury behind him and reclaim his spot as the Yankees' everyday right fielder after playing 76 of his 109 games as a designated hitter last year.

Rangers | Yu Darvish not concerned about triceps
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:31:27 -0800

Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (triceps) said there is nothing to worry about concerning his tightened triceps Thursday, March 5. "I was working on my location," Darvish said. "It didn't affect my location or the command of my pitches. I felt it warming up and didn't think too much of it. But it never loosened up."

Indians | Tribe being cautious with Gavin Floyd
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:49:23 -0800

Cleveland Indians SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) is having his innings monitored this spring after fracturing his right elbow in 2014. The Indians will be cautious with him in camp, and they'll delay his first Cactus League start. Floyd was initially scheduled to debut Sunday, March 8, but he'll be pushed back a few days. He might work in a simulated game on the minor league side before making his spring debut, according to manager Terry Francona.

Tigers | Yoenis Cespedes could be back Saturday
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:56:18 -0800

Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers OF Yoenis Cespedes (back) could return to the lineup Saturday, March 7, according to manager Brad Ausmus. Cespedes' back tightened up on him, and he was a late scratch from the game Thursday, March 5.

Twins | Byron Buxton visibly stronger
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:52:32 -0800

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton hit the gym hard in the offseason, and he's visibly bigger and stronger this spring. "I feel a lot stronger than I've ever been," Buxton said. "I haven't jumped on a scale, but I feel better than I have. I'm trying to stay out of the training room."

Rangers | Yu Darvish leaves game early
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:38:37 -0800

Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (triceps) left the spring training game after one inning Thursday, March 5, because of right triceps tightness. He was taken out as a precaution, and the injury is not considered serious. Darvish will be re-evaluated Friday, March 6.

Tigers | Yoenis Cespedes scratched from lineup
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:46:58 -0800

Detroit Tigers OF Yoenis Cespedes (back) was scratched from the starting lineup for the spring training game Thursday, March 5, because of back tightness.

Angels | Arbitrator to decide fate of Josh Hamilton
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:29:32 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton will have an arbitrator decide if he should enter rehab for drug use after a four-person disciplinary committee is deadlocked, according to a source. Hamilton met with MLB officials Feb. 25 regarding a relapse of substance abuse. He'll be owed only a full salary for 30 days and half his salary for the next 30 days if he's sent to rehab, and he's scheduled to make $25 million this year. If he's suspended and not in treatment, he won't be paid. MLB is deciding if they should classify Hamilton as a fourth-time offender of the drug policy. Violators face up to a full-season suspension for a fourth offense.

Red Sox | Mookie Betts leading candidate for CF
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:10:06 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts is now the leading candidate for the starting center field job with OF Rusney Castillo (oblique) dealing with a strained left oblique. It seems like a certainty that Betts will start the year as the center fielder. There is no timetable for Castillo's return and the likely best-case-scenario will that Castillo will be given more time to prepare for the regular season. Betts spent much of the offseason trying to get stronger, and he said he now weighs 180 pounds after being listed at 160.

Indians | Jason Kipnis to play Saturday
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:52:25 -0800

Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (finger) is scheduled to play in the spring training game Saturday, March 7.

Tigers | Miguel Cabrera close to running outside
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:07:37 -0800

Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is close to progressing to running outside. He's running on an anti-gravity treadmill at 72% weight. Once he gets to 80%, he'll be ready for outside running.

Athletics | Marcus Semien off to hot camp start
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:42:48 -0800

Oakland Athletics SS Marcus Semien is 5-for-5 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his first two spring training games.

Twins | Miguel Sano makes triumphant return
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:18:24 -0800

Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano (elbow) returned to game action Wednesday, March 4, against the University of Minnesota. After several months of rehab following Tommy John surgery his elbow is feeling fine. "It's exciting," Sano said. "I feel pretty good. I feel healthy. Nothing has been bothering me. I've been throwing 100 percent every time."

Mariners | Justin Ruggiano to work in platoon
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:17:46 -0800

Seattle Mariners OF Justin Ruggiano is expected to work in a platoon situation in right field with OF Seth Smith, although manager Lloyd McClendon isn't expected to use the plan during Cactus League spring games.

Mariners | Seth Smith to be in RF platoon
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:17:11 -0800

Seattle Mariners OF Seth Smith is expected to split time in right field with OF Justin Ruggiano, although the plan isn't expected to be implemented during Cactus League spring games.

Mariners | Rickie Weeks to be part of platoon
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:16:35 -0800

Seattle Mariners 2B Rickie Weeks is expected to be part of a platoon in left field with OF Dustin Ackley, although the projected platoons are not expected to be part of the plan during spring games.

Mariners | Felix Hernandez tosses BP
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:59:04 -0800

Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez threw his first batting practice session of the spring Wednesday, March 4. He worked on his fastball command and breaking balls against a collection of minor leaguers.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker off on right foot
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:54:40 -0800

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker kicked off his bid for a rotation spot with two strong innings of work Wednesday, March 4, against the San Diego Padres.

Astros | Utility role ahead for Matt Dominguez?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:31:40 -0800

Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez will receive playing time at first base during spring training, according to manager A.J. Hinch. Dominguez will battle for playing time at third base with 3B Luis Valbuena, with Dominguez likely starting against left-handed pitchers. Dominguez could potentially spell 1B Jon Singleton at first base against southpaws, too.

Indians | Corey Kluber dealing with flu
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:47:55 -0800

Cleveland Indians SP Corey Kluber (flu) is the latest player on the team to come down with the flu bug in spring training. He's scheduled to make his Cactus League debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, March 7, but the team will monitor how he's feeling the next few days. The Indians can adjust things if he continues to be ill.

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo out indefinitely
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:41:45 -0800

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo (oblique) will be out indefinitely after an MRI exam showed a strained left oblique, according to manager John Farrell. Farrell said it's too early to tell if Castillo's availability for opening day will be affected. "There's caution to the progression, there's no doubt," Farrell said. "(Pain) tolerance, for one. How aggressive you become to build that back. We just want to be careful of a setback, because everything is rotational in this game." The competition with OF Mookie Betts for the starting center field job will be on hold for now. Castillo doesn't think the injury will affect his ability to be ready for the season. OF Jackie Bradley Jr. will see more playing time in center in camp with Castillo sidelined.

Yankees | Alex Rodriguez singles in first AB
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:39:58 -0800

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez had a single and a walk in his first taste of spring action this year Wednesday, March 4. He finished the day 1-for-2 and left in the sixth inning. Rodriguez hit second in the lineup as the designated hitter. He's not on the travel roster for the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, March 5.

Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka throws
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:37:16 -0800

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday, March 4, and he reported no issues with his right elbow. Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will throw a simulated game next week in preparation for his first spring start, which probably won't come before mid-March.

Orioles | O's taking it easy with Kevin Gausman
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:26:30 -0800

Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman worked a scoreless inning on 14 pitches in his spring debut Wednesday, March 4, and the Orioles plan to take it slow with him in camp to avoid him shutting it down early this season. "That's one thing that's different this year is they kind of held me back. (The Orioles) told me don't throw any bullpens before you get to camp. Normally I throw seven or eight bullpens before camp." He was pleased with his outing Wednesday after throwing 113 1/3 innings in the majors and 45 1/3 frames in the minors in 2014.

Rays | Alex Cobb to start opening day
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:56:51 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb will start the team's opening day game in 2015, according to manager Kevin Cash. Cobb went 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA in 27 starts in 2014 and is the team's ace after SP David Price was traded to the Detroit Tigers. SPs Chris Archer and Drew Smyly will follow Cobb in the rotation.

Mariners | Dustin Ackley to split time in LF?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:42:05 -0800

Seattle Mariners OF Dustin Ackley is expected to split time in left field with 2B Rickie Weeks, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. However, McClendon doesn't plan on using projected platoons in spring games. For example, Ackley will see playing time against left-handers in camp.

Athletics | Coco Crisp moving to LF
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:20:16 -0800

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp will be moved from center field to left field this year in an effort to keep him healthy as he ages. OFs Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld will form a platoon in center field. Crips played in just 126 games in 2014 due to a lingering neck issue that he suffered while crashing into the outfield wall, and he hasn't played in more than 136 games since 2007. Crisp has appeared in left field 232 times in his 13-year career, including 138 times in 2205. Manager Bob Melvin expects Crisp to remain exclusively in left field this spring.

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