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2/25/2015 | Sure-handed infielder Ellis retires at 37

Second baseman Mark Ellis is retiring from baseball, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle. The 37-year-old Ellis, a ninth-round selection of the Royals in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, played 12 years in the Majors with the A's, Rockies, Dodgers and Cardinals. Ellis spent 8 1/2 seasons with Oakland.


2/25/2015 | Tireless Hale right man for D-backs' revival

When September rolls around, we're going to be talking about the D-backs' Chip Hale as a surprise pick in a group of candidates likely to include Joe Maddon, Bud Black, Mike Redmond and all the usual suspects, the guys like Bruce Bochy, Clint Hurdle and Mike Matheny. It may sound silly to speculate about this before the first pitch of the Cactus League season, but you don't need a crystal ball to know this is going to work.


2/25/2015 | Werth to start Spring Training in rehab mode

The entire Nationals roster reported to camp Wednesday, according to manager Matt Williams. The team will have a full workout Thursday. However, Williams announced that left fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) would be in rehab mode to start Spring Training.


2/25/2015 | Harper confident in Nats' World Series chances

Outfielder Bryce Harper badly wants to help the Nationals win a World Series title. In fact, Harper sounded pretty confident Wednesday afternoon that the Nationals could go all the way this year. It helps that the team signed right-hander Max Scherzer to a long-term deal.


2/25/2015 | D-backs allowing Tomas to ease into playing third base

Manager Chip Hale acknowledged Wednesday that the team would probably make a decision whether Yasmany Tomas can stay at third or needs to get shifted back to the outfield.


2/25/2015 | All-Star? Crawford focused on consistency

Brandon Crawford maintained perspective after general manager Brian Sabean said he envisioned "an All-Star-type season" from the Giants shortstop. He knows he possesses the capability to be recognized among baseball's best.


2/25/2015 | Hudson feels on track after first mound session

Tim Hudson took what he considered to be a significant step toward retaining a spot in the Giants' starting rotation with a 25-pitch throwing session off a bullpen mound Wednesday.


2/25/2015 | Koufax, Lasorda to greet Dodgers at camp

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax's appearance at Camelback Ranch has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated rituals since Koufax became special advisor to chairman Mark Walter in 2013.


2/25/2015 | Managing new faces is old hat to Melvin

Bob Melvin was hired to manage the A's on June 9, 2011. Only one player who was on the roster that day -- Coco Crisp -- is still in the organization.


2/25/2015 | Fans a priority as D-backs aim for strong start to season

When it comes to the team payroll, team president/CEO Derrick Hall said the D-backs organization is comfortable having it in the $90 million to $91 million range, but that, as of right now, it is higher than that.


2/25/2015 | Projecting the Mets' Opening Day roster

If any questions remained as to the makeup of the Mets' Opening Day roster, manager Terry Collins answered them in the early days of spring. With only five players in camp who did not end last season in the organization, Collins never figured to face many difficult decisions. And while upsets do happen, the bulk of New York's roster appears relatively static heading into this week's full-squad workouts.


2/25/2015 | Cruz, Weeks make noise on first day of Mariners camp

A Mariners team looking to add some right-handed punch trotted out two new veterans to fill that gap Wednesday, as Nelson Cruz and Rickie Weeks took the field for the first time with their new club.


2/25/2015 | Indians to employ more shifts to shore up defense

After leading the Major Leagues with 116 errors, Indians bench coach Brad Mills said the team plans on doing everything it can this spring to prepare for the unexpected.


2/25/2015 | Descalso brings postseason experience, intangibles

Descalso, 28, spent the last five seasons with the Cardinals, and had postseason playing time the last four. The Rockies signed him to a two-year, $3.6 million contract to have someone who knew winning.


2/25/2015 | Maddon gets help from The Boss to fire up Cubs camp

The music was loud Wednesday for the Cubs' first full-squad workout, and included "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen. It was time to get to work under new manager Joe Maddon.


2/25/2015 | Finnegan among 10 Royals signed to 2015 deals

Left-hander Brandon Finnegan is among 10 players the Royals agreed to terms on 2015 contracts with on Wednesday.


2/25/2015 | Glove love: Tigers try microwave, bat to break 'em in

Andrew Romine is a candidate to fill Don Kelly's old role as the Tigers' superutility player. He has not yet reached Kelly replacement level on the number of gloves he carries around, having brought five to camp. One of those is his middle-infield glove, the same glove Romine has used in games ever since he turned pro eight years ago.


2/25/2015 | Cardinals touch on Taveras tragedy in meeting

It is customary before the first full-squad workout each spring for the Cardinals' manager to gather players and staff into the clubhouse and officially open spring with a message that sets the tone for the season ahead. This year, however, the meeting was also tinged with reflection.


2/25/2015 | Darvish, Chirinos getting comfortable together

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish threw live batting practice on Wednesday and Robinson Chirinos was his catcher. Darvish seemed to be fine with that arrangement. Darvish can be finicky and denanding about who catches him in a game and Chirinos did not catch him last season after an April 28 loss to the Athletics.


2/25/2015 | Cubs owner Ricketts hopes to reward fans' loyalty

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts met with the players prior to Wednesday's first full-squad workout and part of his message was to "treat our fans like gold." That's because they've helped Ricketts during the losing seasons.


2/25/2015 | Syndergaard feeling more comfortable at Mets camp

A year after reporting to Port St. Lucie as the talk of camp, a wunderkind whose upper-90s fastball and cartoonish weightlifting regimen dwarfed even Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler's prospect hype, Noah Syndergaard admits to feeling overwhelmed. Now, finally, perhaps that pressure has eased.


2/25/2015 | Hedges shrugs off rankings, focused on Majors

This is a big season for Padres prospect Austin Hedges, who is in his third big league camp. While there are few questions about his defense -- receiving, game calling, cutting down basestealers, pitch framing -- his offensive game has lagged behind.


2/25/2015 | Ackley's newborn son couldn't wait for Spring Training

For Dustin Ackley, no matter what stresses come his way this baseball season, nothing will likely match his cross-country journey from Michigan to Arizona that was interrupted midway by the unexpected arrival of his first child.


2/25/2015 | Hamilton meets with MLB over disciplinary issue

Josh Hamilton spent Wednesday in New York, meeting with the Commissioner's Office regarding a disciplinary issue, the Angels confirmed. The team declined to give specifics on the meeting and aren't sure when they'll hear back from Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Times first reported the news.


2/25/2015 | Richards: Goal is to be ready for Opening Day

Garrett Richards knows the odds are somewhat stacked against him, and he understands that it would be practical of the Angels to place him on the disabled list at the start of the season to make sure he's 100 percent healthy. But that isn't changing his mindset.




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