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Brewers | Scooter Gennet picks up three hits
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:39:00 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 15-1 win over the Seattle Mariners Thursday, March 26.

Phillies | Cole Hamels returns to form
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:00:40 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels tossed five scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, March 26, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out four.

Marlins | Giancarlo Stanton shows off power
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:49:51 -0700

Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton had a double and home run in two at-bats Thursday, March 26, driving in two runs in a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cubs | Rough game for Kris Bryant
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:37:37 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant struck out looking three times Thursday, March 26.

Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw sharp in spring start
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:50:37 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (tooth) started Thursday, March 26, against the Chicago White Sox and allowed one run, with eight strikeouts in six innings.

Mets | Wilmer Flores back in Mets lineup
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:30:12 -0700

New York Mets SS Wilmer Flores (foot) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 26.

Braves | Chris Johnson potentially platooning?
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:28:59 -0700

Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson is unlikely to be used in a strict platoon but could be used in a soft platoon, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Johnson batted .395 in 114 at-bats against left-handed pitchers and .231 in 468 at-bats against right-handed pitchers last season. In 2013, he hit .381 in 134 at-bats against lefties and .300 in 384 at-bats against right-handed pitchers. Johnson has gained comfort with his adjusted batting stance, which focused on lowering his hands. He's totaled five hits, including a two-run homer against Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed SP Vance Worley Thursday, March 26, in his past six spring training at-bats.

Diamondbacks | Yasmany Tomas headed to minors?
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:43:47 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks 3B/OF Yasmany Tomas could still begin the season in the minor leagues, according to manager Chip Hale. "Yeah, there's a definite chance ... It's going to come down to us all sitting down and everybody talking about what's best for the Major League team."

Rockies | Colorado youths eyeing rotation spot
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:15:49 -0700

Colorado Rockies SPs Jon Gray and Eddie Butler are competing for the final rotation spot, according manager Walt Weiss. Also in the running are SPs David Hale and Christian Bergman.

Reds | Johnny Cueto returns to camp
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:39:32 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto returned to camp Thursday, March 26, after going to the Dominican Republic to be with his mother, who needed open-heart surgery. Cueto missed his scheduled start last Friday, but he feels he's on track for opening day. He was working out with the pitchers Thursday morning. Cueto will have two more spring starts before he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates April 6 in Cincinnati. Manager Bryan Price said Cueto will likely throw in a minor league game in his next outing.

Marlins | Henderson Alvarez ready for season
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:35:41 -0700

Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez's start was cut short by a rain delay Thursday, March 26, in the top of the fourth inning. He allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and strikeout. "He looked good out there today. That's Henderson -- the way he pitched. I was happy with the way he went out there. It's too bad," manager Mike Redmond said. Alvarez added he is 100% ready to go for the start of the season.

Padres | Derek Norris looking to find groove
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:18:44 -0700

San Diego Padres C Derek Norris hit his first home run of the spring Wednesday, March 25, and said, "It's been a lot better the last few days," Thursday, March 26. He went 3-for-32 with 13 strikeouts before the home run, and is looking to improve his production while juggling his duties controlling a new pitching staff. "That could play a little into it for the slower start," Norris said. "My (main) priority is getting to know these guys. Everyone would love to go 4-for-4 every day, but in my case, controlling the pitching staff and getting to know these guys is priority No. 1. Hopefully we can mesh the offense and defense."

Mets | David Wright might hit second
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:52:50 -0700

New York Mets 3B David Wright may be moved out of the third spot in the lineup in 2015. The Mets are playing with their lineup in spring training, and they are thinking of moving Wright into the No. 2 spot. Wright has hit second three times this spring, and manager Terry Collins confirmed that the team is thinking about this move occasionally. Wright said a move in the lineup won't bother his ego at all. He hit third in all 133 starts in 2014, in 109 of 111 starts in 2013 and 144 of 155 starts in 2012.

Mets | Matt Harvey to start Friday
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:46:35 -0700

New York Mets SP Matt Harvey (elbow) will have an 80-pitch limit in his next spring start against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, March 27, in his fifth Grapefruit League start. Harvey currently has a 1.26 ERA and 9 2/3-innings scoreless streak. He's scheduled to make his season debut April 9 against the Washington Nationals. Harvey has walked just one hitter in 14 1/3 spring innings.

Cubs | Jon Lester still on track
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:38:00 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester (arm) will make another minor league start next week and should approach 75 to 80 pitches. He is still on course to start opening day Sunday, April 5, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mets | Daniel Murphy does some running
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:56:56 -0700

New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (hamstring) did some running Thursday, March 26, and did not appear to have any problems.

Nationals | Jayson Werth dealing with soreness
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:50:38 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder) is dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder when he tries to hit, according to manager Matt Williams. Werth has been cleared to swing a regular bat but is not cleared for full batting practice.

Mets | Jon Niese working on mechanics
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:31:21 -0700

New York Mets SP Jon Niese pitched in a simulated game Thursday, March 26, in order to fix his mechanics. Niese noticed during his last bullpen session that he was stepping more toward the first base side when he landed, which fatigued his left shoulder. Niese used the simulated game to step toward the home plate and said his shoulder felt much better.

Brewers | MIL still has faith in Jimmy Nelson
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson has struggled this spring, but he remains on track to be the No. 5 starter for the team this season, according to manager Ron Roenicke. Nelson has a 6.23 ERA in four outings during spring training and is allowing batters to hit .304 off him. The Brewers believe Nelson has the stuff to be successful in the major leagues.

Nationals | Bryce Harper has stomach virus
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:36:18 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (illness) is dealing with a stomach virus, according to manager Matt Williams. The team is hoping that he can return to action Friday, March 27.

Braves | Christian Bethancourt returns
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:35:40 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt (illness) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 26.

Phillies | J.P. Crawford out 4-6 weeks
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:44:06 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SS J.P. Crawford (oblique) will miss four to six weeks with a strained left oblique.

Giants | Angel Pagan to the three-hole?
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:46:35 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan might be used in the third spot of the batting order for manager Bruce Bochy. It appears OF Norichika Aoki is working his way into the leadoff spot, and 2B Joe Panik will be the two-hole hitter with Pagan sliding down the order. "Hopefully this works. I think it could work with the way Aoki grinds at-bats and finds ways to get on base, and I like Angel in the three-hole. But we'll see how it goes in the next nine to 10 days," Bochy said Wednesday, March 25.

Giants | Joe Panik could take more pitches
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:45:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Joe Panik appears to be set to serve as the team's No. 2 hitter, and he might be asked to take more pitches to allow potential leadoff man OF Norichika Aoki more opportunities to steal a base. The team haven't discussed the situation, but Aoki said he will talk to Panik if the two are officially penciled in as the one and two hitters. Aoki is hopeful of stealing more bases in his return to the National League.

Giants | Norichika Aoki could hit leadoff for SF
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:14:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki is a candidate to hit leadoff. Manager Bruce Bochy voiced a desire for Aoki to work as the leadoff hitter so OF Angel Pagan (back) can be dropped to third in the order. Aoki has hit leadoff in 336 of his 384 big leagues starts. He hopes to be more aggressive now that he's back in the National League. Aoki stole 50 bases in two season with the Milwaukee Brewers before stealing only 17 with the Kansas City Royals last year.

Giants | Tim Hudson still building arm strength
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:08:14 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Tim Hudson (ankle) threw a spring-high 78 pitches Wednesday, March 25, completing six innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Hudson is still trying to build up arm strength as he recovers from right ankle surgery. He's likely lined up to be the fourth starter for the Giants.

Giants | Buster Posey pulled after five innings
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:51:33 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (shoulder) was pulled after five innings Wednesday, March 25, with minor scapula discomfort. Posey had trouble loosening his shoulder, but the Giants don't consider it a big deal. He'll play first base Thursday, March 26, instead of catching.

Reds | Johnny Cueto still has time to be ready for OD
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:22:07 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto still has time to return, get two starts and be ready for opening day, according to manager Bryan Price.

Reds | Homer Bailey should be back in April
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:20:52 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (elbow) is on track to return by late April, according to manager Bryan Price.

Cardinals | Michael Wacha not walking hitters
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:41:23 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha admitted that he is happy about his lack of walks this spring. He issued his first walk Wednesday, March 25, after opening with 13 2/3 walk-free innings in spring training. "That's been one of the things coming into spring training -- filling up the zone, and not just with strikes, but with quality strikes," Wacha said. "I've been pretty happy with my ability to throw strikes so far this spring. I'm just going to continue to work on it and continue to pound the zone."

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