2/26/2013 | Inge hopes Pirates can channel spirit of '06 Tigers
The team two years removed from a season in which it lost more than 100 games approaches Spring Training with the World Series dream to which everyone is entitled -- and believes that delusion is made more credible by the presence of an All-Star catcher, whose purpose in signing as a free agent with the also-rans flabbergasted everyone.
2/26/2013 | Hamilton can't deny 'weird' feeling in Angels debut
For exactly two weeks, dating back to the very first day he arrived in camp, Josh Hamilton has been getting used to life with the Angels. But something about Tuesday -- site of his first game, uneventful as it may have turned out to be -- still felt different.
2/26/2013 | Pujols running toward Cactus League contests
Albert Pujols, recovering from offseason arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, continues to take batting practice, run on the treadmill and field ground balls in his general vicinity.
2/26/2013 | On call: Minor Leaguers can make big impression
While the playing time might not be great for Minor Leaguers coming over to big league camp -- a few innings for a position player, an inning for a pitcher -- the opportunity to make an impression is.
2/26/2013 | Hall smacks pair of two-run doubles in Angels' tie
A D-backs split squad teed off on Angels pitching prospects A.J. Schugel and Ryan Brasier, scoring three runs each in the first and fourth innings, before the Angels came back late behind Bill Hall in an eventual 7-7 tie.
2/26/2013 | D-backs dial up long ball to rout Athletics
The D-backs hit a trio of two-run homers en route to a 9-4 win over the A's on Tuesday afternoon at Salt River Fields.
2/26/2013 | Astros proud co-hosts of Diversity Business Summit
Major League Baseball's second annual Diversity Business Summit moves to Houston this year. On June 19, executives from all 30 teams as well as MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball clubs and MLB's main office will converge on the George R. Brown Convention Center for a networking opportunity of a rare scope.
2/26/2013 | Sliding remains last hurdle for recovering Ramos
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has just one thing left on his to-do list before the Nationals feel he's adequately prepared for Spring Training action: sliding.
2/26/2013 | Nationals aware of threat Braves pose
Tuesday was set to be the Nationals' first look at the Braves, who beefed up their lineup over the offseason and figure to be Washington's chief competition in the National League East.
2/26/2013 | Braves believe they can dethrone Nats in NL East
For the first time since Bobby Valentine was managing the Mets more than a decade ago, the Braves might once again have a true division rival in the Nationals, a team that is also looking toward the future with great expectations.
2/26/2013 | Parraz's home run sparks five-run inning to sink Nats
Jordan Parraz's leadoff home run fueled a five-run sixth inning that carried the Braves to a 9-5 win over the Nationals at Champion Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
2/26/2013 | Majority of players want tougher PED penalties
Many players want tougher penalties for first-time offenders. A 50-game penalty hasn't been enough of a deterrent, so by Opening Day 2014, that punishment probably will increase to 100 games, or more likely an entire season.
2/26/2013 | Arencibia surprises autistic fan with tickets
J.P. Arencibia has ensured that Matt Harvey's start to the Blue Jays' 2013 season will get off on the right foot. Harvey is a self-proclaimed diehard fan who has been closely following the team since the early '90s. He's also autistic and had to suffer through years of bullying before reaching his adult life.
2/26/2013 | Marlins use trio of long balls to defeat Mets
The youthful Marlins, not loaded with power, relied on the long ball on Tuesday afternoon to beat the Mets, 7-5, at Roger Dean Stadium. Casey Kotchman set the tone with a grand slam in the first inning, and Miami broke open the game with solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Downs in the sixth.
2/26/2013 | Pelfrey OK with mixed results in return to mound
It wasn't the prettiest of outings, but Mike Pelfrey still came away mostly pleased with his spring debut against the Blue Jays on Tuesday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
2/26/2013 | Spotlight slowly moving away from Mejia, Familia
Three years ago, no one generated more buzz than Jenrry Mejia. One year ago, it was Jeurys Familia. But with others on the radar, the hype machine has moved on.
2/26/2013 | Lilly slated to make spring debut against Angels
Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly is coming off September shoulder surgery and is scheduled to make his first Spring Training appearance on Thursday against the Angels.
2/26/2013 | Loria keeping eyes trained firmly on the future
Though Jeffrey Loria understands the fans' reaction to his offseason moves, he says, "It's a new year, and I'd like to look in front of us instead of behind us."
2/26/2013 | Sore left oblique sidelines Youkilis
Kevin Youkilis was scratched from Tuesday's Yankees lineup for precautionary reasons after the third baseman said that he felt a cramp above his left hip.
2/26/2013 | Kotchman makes grand debut against Mets
After a freak injury delayed his Spring Training debut, Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman started and went deep in the first inning on Tuesday afternoon against the Mets.
2/24/2013 | Cashman successful with smart, efficient plan
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has come too far to turn back now. His vision of the Yankees is one built on player development, on being smart and efficient, and on not overreacting to every crisis.
2/24/2013 | Hart eager to return and fill void at first
Alex Gonzalez, Bobby Crosby, Taylor Green and Hunter Morris are the Brewers' healthy in-house options to fill the void left at first base by Mat Gamel's season-ending knee injury, but Corey Hart hopes to return from his own knee surgery ahead of schedule to take the role.
2/24/2013 | Mendoza impressive despite blustery conditions
Right-hander Luis Mendoza went four innings and threw 65 pitches on an afternoon chilled by winds that gusted up to 31 mph.
2/24/2013 | Lamb eager for more after first Cactus League outing
Royals left-hander John Lamb, who has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery since 2011, came to the mound in the fifth inning Sunday.
2/24/2013 | Wells remains focused on role with Angels
Vernon Wells keeps track of everything that goes on in baseball. So on Sunday afternoon, shortly after checking out of his first spring game, he had already found out that Curtis Granderson would miss 10 weeks with a broken forearm, that the Yankees may be looking for another outfielder and that, naturally, his name would be thrown around.
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