2/17/2013 | Dickey baffles teammates in first live session
R.A. Dickey threw to live batters for the first time in camp on Sunday afternoon, and most of the Blue Jays came away from the plate shaking their heads.
2/17/2013 | Seeing A's as a fluke would be a mistake
In every corner of the A's spring clubhouse, there's a determination to repeat the feat of 2012, but also a pride in having already accomplished something almost no one on the outside thought possible.
2/17/2013 | Lat strain cuts Garza's throwing session short
The good news for Matt Garza is that his right elbow felt fine. The bad news, though, is he had to cut short a scheduled 40-pitch throwing session because of a mild lat strain on his left side.
2/17/2013 | Cespedes more at ease for sophomore season
Having never completed a round of batting practice with Yoenis Cespedes that didn't involve a single ball clearing the fence, A's manager Bob Melvin finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel on Sunday afternoon following a few home run-free pitches to the outfielder.
2/17/2013 | Braves prospect Graham emulates idol Hudson
During his first big league Spring Training, highly touted pitching prospect J.R. Graham has had the pleasure of spending time with his childhood idol, Tim Hudson. In fact, he has already informed Hudson that they actually encountered each other many years ago.
2/17/2013 | Chipper comfortable as 'rookie coach'
Chipper Jones had no trouble looking the part while spending his first day as a guest instructor for the Braves on Sunday afternoon. About an hour before the team workout began, Jones strolled through the home clubhouse wearing his old uniform and handling his fungo bat with the grace of a veteran coach.
2/17/2013 | Mariners camp full after Paulino arrives
Catcher Ronny Paulino arrived at Mariners camp on Sunday after dealing with a visa issue getting out of the Dominican Republic, finally giving the club its full 61-man contingent.
2/17/2013 | Swisher returns to camp from mother's funeral
First baseman Nick Swisher was happy to be back at camp with the Indians on Sunday morning, given his trying week.
2/17/2013 | Bonderman, Garland get in extra work
While most of the Mariners' pitchers didn't throw on Sunday to rest up before live batting practice starts on Monday, veterans Jeremy Bonderman and Jon Garland put in extra work with 10-minute bullpen sessions.
2/17/2013 | Francona plans to mainly use Santana at catcher
The Indians have used catcher Carlos Santana as a part-time first baseman and designated hitter over the past two seasons. This year, the plan is to have him at catcher -- a lot.
2/17/2013 | Major confidence boost has Minor in good place
When asked numerous times about the possibility of sending Mike Minor back to the Minor League level last year, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez preached the need to remain patient.
2/17/2013 | Leaner Liddi ready to play multiple positions
Alex Liddi worked to lose weight over the offseason, figuring he needed to get leaner to compete in the outfield if the Mariners asked him to play there more this season.
2/17/2013 | Dunn may replace patience with aggression
The 222 strikeouts produced by Adam Dunn topped the Majors during the 2012 season. His 105 walks also ranked No. 1, as did the 4.43 pitches per plate appearance he witnessed. That selectivity helping Dunn to a career-best .370 on-base percentage might be replaced this season by Dunn swinging earlier in the count.
2/17/2013 | Bochy believes Giants will hit more homers in '13
At times last year, it seemed as if the Giants said bye, bye, baby to the home run. But as a new season beckons, so do the outfield barriers, which manager Bruce Bochy believes his hitters can clear more frequently.
2/17/2013 | As skippers go, Davey among the most special
Davey Johnson is in position for a second Spring Training with the Nationals. The first preceded a season of 98 victories, the most in the game. The second comes with expectations for another occupied October and for more reasons to consider him one of the special managers in the long history of the game.
2/17/2013 | Astros praise Clemens' knowledge, experience
Roger Clemens, who has a personal-services contract with the Astros that kicked in when he retired, was coaxed back onto the field by owner Jim Crane, and last month worked out a schedule with general manager Jeff Luhnow to pay three separate visits to Kissimmee and lend a hand.
2/17/2013 | Blue Jays expect communication from players
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos disputed claims on Sunday morning that Adam Lind received mixed messages regarding the club's philosophy on hitting last season.
2/17/2013 | Back to keep Cooper out of Blue Jays camp
Blue Jays first baseman David Cooper is out indefinitely with a back injury, and he will not be reporting to Spring Training this year.
2/17/2013 | First full-squad workout has Blue Jays pumped
Spring Training is now officially in full swing as the Blue Jays held their first full-squad workout at the club's Bobby Mattick Training Center on Sunday.
2/17/2013 | Rule 5 pick Kobernus in outfield mix
Jeff Kobernus spent the last few years as a second baseman in a middle-infield logjam in the Washington Nationals' farm system. He never played a game in the outfield in the Minors.
2/17/2013 | Boesch dealing with right oblique soreness
The gut reaction to news that Brennan Boesch tweaked his right oblique while taking batting practice Saturday afternoon is that nobody can afford an injury less than Boesch, who's trying to work his way back into the Tigers lineup.
2/17/2013 | Rondon impresses in first live batting practice
Bruce Rondon has never thrown a pitch in the Major Leagues. In his first session against hitters in Major League camp, he wanted one more pitch.
2/17/2013 | Span fitting in well early on in Nats' tenure
After center fielder Denard Span put on his Nationals uniform for the first time on Friday at Space Coast Stadium, he said it felt comfortable, even more comfortable than any Twins uniform he ever put on.
2/17/2013 | Porter draws inspiration from music
Astros manager Bo Porter welcomed a couple of reporters into his office following Sunday's workout and invited them to listen to his favorite song, "Hold Me Now," by gospel artist Kirk Franklin. Porter sang along at times and pointed out some of the most inspirational lines.
2/17/2013 | Helton apologizes for arrest, grateful for support
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said Sunday he is taking steps to make sure he will never repeat the mistakes that led to his arrest on an alcohol-related charge.
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