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3/5/2015 | Bogaerts, Pedroia get off to powerful starts

Xander Bogaerts could tell that Dustin Pedroia was back to full strength in January, when he watched his double-play partner hit and listened to him chirp. So count the shortstop among the least surprised when Pedroia belted a grand slam on Thursday night in his Grapefruit League debut.


3/5/2015 | Zimmerman looks comfortable at 1B in spring opener

In a 5-4 victory over the Mets on Thursday night, Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman played first base as if he had manned the position for years.


3/5/2015 | Twins use balanced attack, top Red Sox in slugfest

The Twins opened Grapefruit League play by outlasting the Red Sox in a 9-8 slugfest Thursday night at newly renovated Hammond Stadium.


3/5/2015 | Olmos returns to Mariners after Rangers' waiver claim voided

he on-again, off-again saga of Edgar Olmos with the Mariners continued Thursday as the left-handed pitcher was returned to Seattle's 40-man roster after Major League Baseball voided a Rangers waiver claim on him following a dispute over the health of his shoulder.


3/5/2015 | Collins impressed with Nationals' rotation

If the Mets have any designs on competing for a playoff spot in the NL East, they will need to do better against the Nationals.


3/5/2015 | Kennedy allows home run to Cruz ... or did he?

Ian Kennedy left the Padres' training facility late Thursday afternoon with a 9.00 ERA, thanks in large part to the long two-run home run he allowed to Seattle's Nelson Cruz. Or was it a home run?


3/5/2015 | Goal for Colon is to reach 200 innings again in 2015

At this point, Mets manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen do not try to interfere with Bartolo Colon's program. They know better. Set to turn 42 in May (he joked that he's not sure if he's 42 already), Colon is set in his ways. And his ways apparently work, as Colon proved by topping 200 innings last year for the first time since 2005.


3/5/2015 | Rangers see prospects as key to rebound season

The Rangers have reason for confidence that the lull in their success will not be extensive, not with the type of young talent that is about to arrive from the farm system.


3/5/2015 | Lagares playing it safe with right elbow

Twice in his Grapefruit League debut against the Braves on Wednesday, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares had prime chances to throw out baserunners. Each time, Lagares refrained, not wanting to risk the health of a right elbow that he hyperextended last September.


3/5/2015 | Norris thrives under bright lights in spring debut

Blue Jays top prospect Danile Norris made a solid Spring Training debut under the lights on Thursday, against most of the Orioles' right-handed regulars and in front of general manager Alex Anthopoulos and several other members of the front office.


3/5/2015 | After nearly giving up, Moss rejuvenated career

Nine days. That is all Brandon Moss had to get through before he could opt out of his contract with the A's and pursue an opportunity playing baseball in Japan. He was mentally ready to head overseas and his family was prepared to make the dramatic move with him.


3/5/2015 | Ripken visits O's during book promotion tour

The Orioles got a visit on Thursday from Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. Ripken also signed copies of his new children's book, "Out At Home."


3/5/2015 | Colon goes two perfect innings in Mets' loss

Bartolo Colon went two perfect innings in the Mets' 5-4 loss against the Nationals on Thursday at Space Coast Stadium.


3/5/2015 | Nationals win Scherzer's debut on HR by Ka'aihue

Max Scherzer made his Nationals debut and pitched OK, allowing a run over two innings in a 5-4 Washington victory over the Mets at Space Coast Stadium on Thursday night.


3/5/2015 | Mariners' offense shows potential for breakout season

The Mariners have long been known for stellar starting pitching, but the offense could break out in 2015 with Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano anchoring their lineup.


3/5/2015 | What to watch for in today's games

The return of Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, 18 months after Tommy John surgery, and Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran's spring debut highlight today's slate of spring games.


3/5/2015 | Pain-free start good news for Chacin, Rockies

Leaving the mound without pain made Thursday afternoon a success for Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. He'll worry about sharpness as Spring Training continues.


3/5/2015 | Tonkin determined to show he can stick with Twins

After spending parts of the last two seasons in the Majors, Michael Tonkin knows how important this year is for him and he's determined to show he can be a capable late-inning reliever.


3/5/2015 | Switch-pitching Venditte continues to confound

Should Pat Venditte finally get a tour of the big leagues one day, after toiling in the Minors for years with his ambidextrous glove and switch-pitching ways, the unfamiliarity and sheer disbelief and wonder with which opponents greet him will gradually dissipate. For now, the A's pitcher will continue to perplex -- and sometimes confuse -- them.


3/5/2015 | Lopez to make D-backs debut Saturday

Cuban free-agent pitcher Yoan Lopez will make his Cactus League debut Saturday against the Mariners in Peoria.


3/5/2015 | Tomas sees plenty of action at third base

After not getting a ball hit to him while playing five innings of third base in Tuesday's exhibition against Arizona State University Yasmany Tomas saw plenty of action at the hot corner Thursday.


3/5/2015 | Molitor goes with regulars in first Grapefruit lineup

New Twins manager Paul Molitor didn't waste any time getting his regulars into the lineup for the Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox, as he penciled in nearly every projected Twins starter Thursday night.


3/5/2015 | Zito 'pretty impressive' in return to game action

A's comeback hopeful Barry Zito was one pitch away from tucking two scoreless innings in his pocket. But even that one, a low changeup the Cubs' Mike Olt belted for a two-run homer Thursday, couldn't dampen an otherwise encouraging day for the adrenaline-fueled southpaw.


3/5/2015 | Cron, Rutledge in lineup; preview of Opening Day?

Was the Angels' starting lineup for Thursday's Cactus League opener the same one they'll trot out for Opening Day 32 days from now? It sure is possible.


3/5/2015 | In much-hyped return, Harvey to oppose Price

Mets manager Terry Collins knows that once Matt Harvey steps into uniform, stands on the mound and sees Tigers ace David Price on the other side, it will be impossible -- even in a Spring Training game -- to completely rein in Harvey.




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