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2/26/2015 | Sterling hosts fundraiser for families displaced by NJ fire

If anything was made clear by the goings-on Thursday night at D&D's Restaurant & Pub, it's this: Yankees fans love them some John Sterling. While hosting a meet-and-greet fundraiser in support of the families displaced last month by a fire at the AvalonBay luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, N.J., Sterling, the Yankees' longtime radio play-by-play man, barely had a moment to himself.


2/26/2015 | Scherzer reportedly adding cutter to arsenal

Right-hander Max Scherzer is adding a cutter to his existing four-pitch repertoire, The New York Times reported on Thursday, and former Major League pitchers Al Leiter and Ron Darling discussed the news during a Diamond Demo segment on MLB Network.


2/26/2015 | Mattingly ready for some 'open competition' in camp

Manager Don Mattingly held a 70-minute meeting before the Dodgers' first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Thursday, presumably just to introduce everybody. There were 58 players in last year's Major League camp and 61 this year, but only 24 are holdovers from 2014 to '15.


2/26/2015 | Legendary Koufax stops by for first full-squad workout

With all of the new faces in uniform for the first full-squad workout on Thursday, there was also the most iconic Dodgers face in uniform: Sandy Koufax.


2/26/2015 | Change offers Canha opportunity to go home

Mark Canha always wanted to settle down in the Bay Area, where he grew up. The power-hitting outfielder/first baseman finally gets that chance this season with the A's.


2/26/2015 | Overcoming elbow injuries, Floyd gets new start with Indians

For the second year in a row, Floyd is on the comeback trail, but he is doing so as the newest member of the Indians' rotation this time around.


2/26/2015 | Bumgarner faces Pence, Sanchez in first BP

Looking as powerful as ever, Madison Bumgarner, the Giants' 2014 postseason hero, threw his first round of live batting practice this spring on Thursday.


2/26/2015 | Casilla OK after batting-practice mishap

Santiago Casilla and the Giants survived a scare Thursday morning when the reliever escaped with a bruise after a batted ball struck him on his left shin.


2/26/2015 | Dickerson striving for more plate discipline

Corey Dickerson hit .312 with a .364 on-base percentage, a team-high 24 home runs and 76 RBIs in 131 games last season. Part of his appeal is the ability to do damage to pitches out of the strike zone.


2/26/2015 | Werth confident he will be ready for Opening Day

Jayson Werth served as a spectator for most of the Nationals' first full-squad workout of the season Thursday. His participation was limited as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired right shoulder.


2/26/2015 | Rockies embracing Coors Field advantage

Coors Field can be intimidating for pitchers, but the Rockies familiarity with the hitters' park is the single greatest home-field advantage in Major League Baseball.


2/26/2015 | Teenager Arroyo learning at Giants camp

Christian Arroyo is the youngest player at the Giants' Spring Training camp. Though the 19-year-old almost surely will relocate to Minor League camp by mid-March and likely will begin the season with Class A Augusta, the Giants think that embedding him with many of the principals of their World Series-winning squad will help mold him in their image.


2/26/2015 | Johan signs Minor League deal with Blue Jays

Johan Santana is back in baseball as the Blue Jays signed the two-time Cy Young Award winner to a Minor League contract on Thursday.


2/26/2015 | Happy Prince gives Rangers reason to smile

You're not really supposed to hit the ball hard during live batting practice, at least not in February. Even the best hitters take some time to catch up to pitching in Spring Training. Yet that didn't stop Adrian Beltre from getting on Prince Fielder on Thursday, when the Rangers held their first full workout at the Surprise Stadium complex.


2/26/2015 | Wilson shares strong bond with Hamilton

When Josh Hamilton arrived in Texas for the 2008 season, he and C.J. Wilson shared an instant bond that had little to do with baseball and everything to do with staying clean. Wilson was never pulled into drug-and-alcohol addictions, but he always admired the way Hamilton overcame them.


2/26/2015 | Williams sets tone of Nats camp with first team meeting

At the top of the Nationals' workout schedule each day during Spring Training, manager Matt Williams leaves a quote of the day for his club.


2/26/2015 | Blue Jays have the look of a postseason team

When you look closely at the Blue Jays of the past few years, it's amazing they haven't made it to the postseason. They've certainly had enough talent to get there. That's exactly how I look at them as Spring Training gets underway at the picturesque little Florida town of Dunedin. This team has postseason written all over its roster.


2/26/2015 | Girardi, Yankees adjusting to life without Jeter

As the Yankees went through their drills Thursday, Joe Girardi wandered around the lip of the outfield grass, exchanging pleasantries with the infielders. When he reached the shortstop position, he had to remember why Derek Jeter was absent.


2/26/2015 | Maddon emphasizes 'Respect 90' message

Ernie Banks used to come up with a saying every year for the Cubs. This season, manager Joe Maddon's message has been painted along the first base line of Field 1 at the Cubs' complex: Respect 90.


2/26/2015 | Surveying full spring squad, Cashman expresses optimism

After Brian Cashman watched the full squad of Yankees players assemble Thursday, the veteran general manager referred to his roster as a "potpourri" of bounce-back candidates and young newcomers, voicing hope that they will fit together for a run at a championship.


2/26/2015 | A-Rod participates in Yankees' first full workout

Alex Rodriguez said that he felt "like I'm a rookie all over again" as he slipped the pinstripes for the first time in more than a year Thursday, taking batting practice and fielding drills with his Yankees teammates at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


2/26/2015 | Texas 'playing it over-cautiously' with Moreland, Choo

First baseman Mitch Moreland and Shin-Soo Choo are at full strength in Spring Training. But both are coming off surgery and the Rangers are going to monitor them carefully to make sure they leave that way.


2/26/2015 | Back to school: Appel tasked with teammate report

Astros manager A.J. Hinch has given prospect Mark Appel the assignment of making a presentation about every player on the team, which means Appel has spent the past few mornings interviewing his teammates and taking notes in a small notebook.


2/26/2015 | Halos have options to replace Hamilton's production

Even in a subpar and injury-ravaged season, Josh Hamilton did contribute for the AL West champion Angels last year, and the Halos are going to need that kind of production out of left field in 2015. But it doesn't necessarily need to come from Hamilton, writes columnist Anthony Castrovince.


2/26/2015 | Potential Pap suitors fewer after K-Rod signs with Crew

The Phillies can remove another potential landing spot for closer Jonathan Papelbon. The Brewers and Francisco Rodriguez on Thursday agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract, effectively making him Milwaukee's closer this season.




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