3/27/2014 | Fans to enjoy Petco Park's upgrades in 2014
The offseason saw projects to shorten the fences in right field and left-center at Petco Park, add the Jack Daniel's deck in right field, move the visiting bullpen from the field to a position above the Padres bullpen in left-center and begin addressing deferred maintenance issues.
3/27/2014 | Gomes, Luecke appear to win bullpen spots
While nothing official has been announced, right-handers Brandon Gomes and Josh Lueke appear to be choices to claim the final two spots in the Rays' bullpen.
3/27/2014 | Maddon sets rotation with no surprises
Joe Maddon announced the order of the Rays' rotation Thursday night and the Rays manager had no surprises. David Price will start Monday's opener against the Blue Jays and he'll be followed in order by Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi.
3/27/2014 | Bradley loses bid for rotation, sent to Triple-A
The D-backs reassigned top prospect Archie Bradley to Minor League camp Thursday, ending his bid to win a spot in the starting rotation.
3/27/2014 | Kluber posts seven solid frames to close spring prep
Corey Kluber worked six scoreless innings before running into trouble in the seventh as the Indians trumped the D-backs, 3-2, on Thursday at Talking Stick at Salt River Fields. Jason Kipnis, Nyjer Morgan and David Murphy knocked in runs.
3/27/2014 | Semien earns starting nod at second base
Marcus Semien set a number of offseason goals to fulfill during the 2014 season. He hit on the first one by breaking camp with the team and starting at second base on Opening Day at home against the Twins on Monday.
3/27/2014 | Lester officially given Opening Day start
With the decision all but official for weeks, John Farrell finally announced on Thursday that Jon Lester will be the Opening Day starter in Baltimore on Monday. "I know, it is earth-shattering," joked Farrell.
3/27/2014 | Victorino feeling fine after Minor League game
Shane Victorino wasn't in the lineup for Thursday's contest against the Twins, but he did participate in a Minor League game. In that contest he had six at-bats, tallying three hits and a stolen base, and he played five innings in center field.
3/27/2014 | Niese throws 60 pain-free pitches in Minors game
Mets left-hander Jon Niese took what he deemed "a huge step" in his return from elbow soreness on Thursday afternoon, experiencing no pain while tossing about 60 pitches in a Minor League game on a backfield at the club's spring complex.
3/27/2014 | Dice-K, Mejia take rotation battle to Montreal
Going into exhibition games in Montreal on Friday and Saturday, the Mets still have not decided on a fifth starter between veteran Daisuke Matsuzaka and 24-year-old Jenrry Mejia.
3/27/2014 | Bourgeois, Duran go deep in win over Brewers
Jason Bourgeois homered and drove in a pair of runs Thursday to help beat his former team, as a Reds split squad topped the Brewers, 8-2, in the spring finale at Maryvale Baseball Park.
3/27/2014 | Andrus says his arm is ready to go
Elvis Andrus hasn't played defense since March 17 due to a sore elbow, but the Rangers' longest-tenured position player expressed no doubt Thursday that he would be back at shortstop on Opening Day.
3/27/2014 | Fielder, Murphy hit homers in Globe Life Park debuts
Prince Fielder's first swing in a Rangers uniform at Globe Life Park couldn't have been any better. In a 7-4 exhibition victory Thursday over the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League, Fielder laid off three straight balls in his first-inning at-bat, then crushed the fourth pitch 424 feet into the Rangers bullpen for a two-run homer.
3/27/2014 | Cingrani, Hamilton lead victory over D-backs
The Reds' 9-1 victory marked the final tuneups for left-hander Tony Cingrani of the Reds and right-hander Randall Delgado of the D-backs. On Thursday morning, Reds new manager Bryan Price named Cingrani as his No. 2 starter.
3/27/2014 | HOF Luncheon kicks off Big League Weekend
Big League Weekend, organized by Ryan Sanders Baseball, is in its second year and will feature the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros.
3/27/2014 | Bracket busted? Beat the Streak is far easier
Many stories have circulated the past couple of weeks about how difficult it is to pick a perfect bracket. We think MLB.com's Beat the Streak, which has a $5.6 million grand prize, is easier. A lot easier. Like, 6 trillion times easier.
3/27/2014 | Scherzer, Dombrowski clear the air in meeting
Max Scherzer is mindful of how it was perceived after he and the Tigers cut off contract talks. To that effect, he said after Thursday's game that he had met with team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski earlier this week to clear up some things about Sunday's announcement and the accompanying reaction.
3/27/2014 | Source: Miggy, Tigers close to extension
Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers have spent the past couple of days closing in on a long-term extension to keep the two-time American League Most Valuable Player in Detroit, a source with knowledge of the talks told MLB.com.
3/27/2014 | Hollands finally getting chance to make impression
Mario Hollands spent 2012 bouncing around between Minor League cities and teammates' couches. He spent 2013 regaining his rhythm. After an impressive spring, the non-roster left-hander could be spending some time with the Phillies in 2014.
3/27/2014 | Tigers still legitimate contenders despite setbacks
For much of Spring Training, the Detroit Tigers were on cruise control, a multi-talented team poised to win another American League Central title. And then they hit some traffic.
3/27/2014 | Fister leaves Minors start with right lat strain
Nationals right-hander Doug Fister left Thursday's Minor League start with a right lat strain, bringing into serious question his readiness for the beginning of the season. The setback could mean that both Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark, previously battling for the fifth-starter's job, will open in the rotation.
3/27/2014 | Tribe confident in closer Axford to come out strong
Although there's no real way to simulate a high-leverage end-of-game situation because of the often mechanical nature of Cactus League play, manager Terry Francona is confident new Indians closer John Axford is more than prepared to handle ninth-inning duties come Opening Day on Monday.
3/27/2014 | Tribe trims five from camp ahead of weekend trip
The Indians made a series of roster moves Thursday: Infielder Justin Sellers was optioned to Triple-A Columbus, while pitchers Shaun Marcum and Matt Capps and catchers Matt Treanor and Luke Carlin were reassigned to Minor League camp.
3/27/2014 | Red Sox must ride Sizemore wave while they can
There's no telling whether Grady Sizemore can help the Red Sox later, but he can help them now, and the team has to ride that notion for all it's worth.
3/27/2014 | Comeback campaigns on tap for big Bay Area bats
The best rebounders in the Golden State's Bay Area this year might not be Andrew Bogut and David Lee of the Warriors. Keep your eyes on the Giants' Buster Posey and Josh Reddick of the Athletics. They appear poised to take flight and do some amazing things.
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