3/21/2014 | Pro tip: Watch Opening Series, still get enough sleep
Want to watch the Dodgers and D-backs open the 2014 in Australia and yet not have your sleep schedule thrown out of whack for the week? Follow the advice of a sleep specialist and you should be good to go.
3/21/2014 | How do White Sox prospects fit Chicago's needs?
This series is designed to evaluate the role prospects play in each Major League organization, looking at the short- and long-term needs of each club and illustrating how prospects fit in both scenarios. Here's my look at the White Sox.
3/21/2014 | Galvis hospitalized with MRSA
Freddy Galvis, who was a lock to make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder, is in the hospital with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). He had an abscess removed from his left knee Wednesday, but he returned to the hospital Thursday and has been there since.
3/21/2014 | Attention to detail is Butterfield's calling card
Brian Butterfield's title doesn't do him justice. In the minds of nearly everybody who works with him, he is the best at what he does.
3/21/2014 | Owings to start at short in D-backs' opener
While revealing that Chris Owings will start Saturday's regular-season opener at shortstop, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the club still had some roster decisions to make before the Opening Series.
3/21/2014 | Baseball has always moved at the perfect pace
Baseball games are not too long. They're just not. In fact, they're probably close to perfect. And when it's good, it's really good. That may be how fans see it. They don't want one of the things they enjoy the most to be hurried along. They love it just the way it is.
3/21/2014 | D-backs blanked in final Opening Series tuneup
Top prospect Archie Bradley couldn't get into a rhythm on Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the D-backs lost to Team Australia, 5-0, on the eve of their regular-season opener against the Dodgers.
3/21/2014 | Dodgers, D-backs get season started Down Under
The quest for Major League Baseball's 110th World Series opens on Saturday in Sydney, Australia, where the National League West rival Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers lift the lid on the Opening Series at the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground.
3/21/2014 | A half-century later, Murakami's legacy remains strong
Masanori Murakami made his debut for the Giants on Sept. 1, 1964, becoming the first Japanese pitcher in big league history. It would, however, be another 30 years before Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers would become the second Japanese player in the big leagues.
3/21/2014 | Ziegler ready to get dialed in as season opens
D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler's spring numbers have been poor, but that's not a cause for concern, as the righty has used the exhibition season to work on his secondary pitches and is confident he'll be as reliable as ever when the season opens this weekend in Australia.
3/21/2014 | Fender, MLB link up for team-themed Stratocasters
Unveiled at a launch event on Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., a few miles away from several Cactus League ballparks, Fender showcased its new line of MLB team-themed guitars as two of America's favorite pastimes -- music and baseball -- joined together on a home run of an instrument.
3/21/2014 | Great Plains prep prospects set to begin season
The official start of spring on Thursday brought with it the start of baseball season for high schools in Nebraska and Missouri. The region isn't typically a hotbed for Draft prospects, but with two players ranked in MLB.com's Top 50 Draft Prospects list, crosscheckers and executives are sure to make a trip to the heartland this season.
3/21/2014 | Cederoth adjusts to 'pen role ahead of MWC showdown
Before the season began, Friday's key Mountain West game in Las Vegas between San Diego State and UNLV was likely circled on more than a few scouts' calendars. The game and series remain an enticing matchup, though the expected pitchers' duel between UNLV's Eric Fedde and San Diego State's Michael Cederoth won't materialize.
3/21/2014 | Top North Carolina high schools square off before NHSI
T.C. Roberson (N.C.) and Braxton Davidson will face a tough text next week when they head to Cary, N.C., for the National High School Invitational. First, however, they have a pair of games this weekend, including Saturday's showdown with North Buncombe (N.C.) and left-hander Alex Destino.
3/21/2014 | Dodgers' rich international history on display in Sydney
Tommy Lasorda's 2000 gold medal in Sydney was just another example of the rich history that the Dodgers have in international baseball, which is on display again as they prepare for Opening Series 2014 in historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
3/21/2014 | Bumgarner dominant, extends shutout streak
Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner appeared more than ready for his Opening Night start March 31. Making his fourth outing of the Cactus League season Thursday night, Bumgarner fanned nine over seven scoreless innings against the Padres.
3/21/2014 | Posey's slam plenty of support for Bumgarner
Buster Posey drilled a grand slam and Madison Bumgarner tossed seven shutout innings on Thursday night, leading the Giants to an 11-3 victory over the Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.
3/21/2014 | Shortstop a position of intrigue late in Spring Training
Injuries, trades and other factors have led to the shortstop market being one of the more intriguing storylines as the regular season nears.
3/20/2014 | Strasburg stays focused as Opening Day nears
A day after being named the Opening Day starter, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitched five shutout innings and struck out five in an 8-1 victory over the Tigers at Space Coast Stadium.
3/20/2014 | Sizemore zeroing in on starting center-field job
There was a thought that Grady Sizemore was signed to push Jackie Bradley Jr. But anyone who felt this situation was as simple as that didn't understand how hard Sizemore was willing to push himself. He's been doing it for years, as much as anyone in baseball, and it looks like that work is about to pay off.
3/20/2014 | Showdown between Lee, Lester highlight today's action
Just six days after clashing in Fort Myers, Fla., southpaws Cliff Lee and Jon Lester return to the mound again Friday in a marquee matchup between the Phillies and Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. That contest is just the first of 10 games that can be seen on MLB.TV.
3/20/2014 | Morse homers in Minors game, feels 'awesome'
Giants outfielder Michael Morse, who hadn't played since March 12 while nursing a troublesome right calf, played six innings in a Minor League exhibition Thursday and homered. "Today I felt great. Awesome," Morse said. "I didn't feel anything [in the calf]."
3/20/2014 | Cain to face Minor Leaguers; Petit tabbed vs. A's
The Giants will have Matt Cain take the mound Friday in a Minor League exhibition rather than have him wait for the night game against the A's. Instead, Yusmeiro Petit will make the start against Oakland.
3/20/2014 | After final rotation case, Diamond left to wait
Scott Diamond was mostly solid against Tampa Bay on Thursday, but his 5.79 ERA this spring lags behind the respective 2.19 and 2.70 of rotation competitors Samuel Deduno and Kyle Gibson.
3/20/2014 | Phelps helps rotation cause with solid outing
David Phelps is not exactly spending his down time scouring the Internet for updates on the Yankees' fifth-starter battle. He is well aware of how strong Michael Pineda has looked in his return to action this spring.
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