2/17/2013 | Porter meets with top prospect Singleton
Jonathan Singleton, the Astros' top prospect who's suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season after violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse, spent a few moments Sunday morning having a closed-door meeting with manager Bo Porter.
2/17/2013 | At Giants camp, Bonser back where it all began
Boof Bonser has received another opportunity to fulfill the destiny that the Giants envisioned for him 13 years ago. Bonser, San Francisco's No. 1 selection (21st overall) in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, is in big league camp as a non-roster invitee.
2/17/2013 | Meulens to depart for Classic duties Tuesday
Hitting coach Hensley Meulens will be the first member of the Giants to depart for his World Baseball Classic duties. He's due to leave Tuesday to begin his stint managing the Netherlands squad.
2/17/2013 | 'K-Mart' group pays big dividends for Brewers
Brewers special assistant Dick Groch is the man who scouted and signed Derek Jeter, a first-round Draft pick of the Yankees in 1992. But he can also appreciate a good bargain.
2/17/2013 | Few swings for Astros on first day of live BP
On the first day of live batting practice, hitters typically don't take many hacks against the pitchers, and that was especially true for the Astros on Sunday with chilly temperatures invading Osceola County Stadium.
2/17/2013 | Righty Soria continues rehab, feels strong
Reliever Joakim Soria is scheduled to throw 30 pitches off the mound in the bullpen on Monday. It will be his fourth session since coming to Spring Training, as he continues his rehabilitation program after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April.
2/17/2013 | Soto may become Darvish's personal catcher
Yu Darvish threw 27 pitches of live batting practice on Sunday with Geovany Soto behind the plate. Darvish has thrown three bullpen sessions and Soto has caught two of them.
2/17/2013 | Villarreal can command his future
Brayan Villarreal says his arm is fine after cutting short his winter ball season in Venezuela as a precaution due to elbow soreness. Now that he's full-go in his throwing program, his command is his priority as he tries to sew up a spot in the bullpen.
2/17/2013 | Crawford feels good after first batting practice
Carl Crawford took his first live batting practice session on Sunday and it must have been a big deal because it was observed by manager Don Mattingly, general manager Ned Colletti, president Stan Kasten and assorted other front-office execs.
2/17/2013 | Collins to deliver more subtle message to Mets
Don't expect any fire or brimstone from Terry Collins this spring. The Mets manager is planning only a brief message for his players prior to their first full-squad workout on Monday.
2/17/2013 | Cain misses BP due to minor injury
Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was held out of batting practice on Sunday due to a minor injury to his right hand.
2/17/2013 | Soria keeping his distance from former club
Former Royals closer Joakim Soria is now with the Rangers and, even though he's in the same training complex, he's keeping his distance from his old teammates. He's staying on the Texas side of the Surprise facility.
2/17/2013 | Teaford recovering, but still sidelined
Pitcher Everett Teaford's sore left shoulder is healing, but he's still sidelined.
2/17/2013 | Newcomer Martin offers high praise for pitching staff
Russell Martin's first impression of Pirates pitchers was a jaw-dropper.
2/17/2013 | Simon excited to join Dominican team for Classic
Reds reliever Alfredo Simon will be the second player in big league camp to depart for the World Baseball Classic in March.
2/17/2013 | Jurrjens is happy with first bullpen session
Jair Jurrjens threw his first bullpen session with the Orioles on Sunday morning, and the right-hander was pleased with the approximately 45-pitch session.
2/17/2013 | Buck discusses plans for Roberts and Hardy
Brian Roberts told reporters on Friday that he wanted to play as much as possible this spring, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter seems to agree. The O's manager also acknowledged that he'd like to move shortstop J.J. Hardy out of the second spot.
2/17/2013 | Crane enjoys round of golf with Obama, Woods
Astros owner Jim Crane was thrilled Sunday to have an opportunity to play golf with President Barack Obama and golf legend Tiger Woods, both of whom were guests of Crane at his Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City.
2/17/2013 | No-no hero Baxter tries to catch up in competition
A Johan Santana no-hitter momento will go to Mike Baxter, who was otherwise uncompensated for the catch that saved Santana's slice of history -- at the temporary expense of his own career. The catch set Baxter back for months, displacing his collarbone and forcing him to endure weeks of pain, followed by weeks of rehab, then weeks of lingering discomfort.
2/17/2013 | Live batting begins with games quickly approaching
The Reds are trying to sharpen up ahead of the first Cactus League games, which begin earlier than usual, on Feb. 22.
2/17/2013 | Bourjos set to make most of return to starting lineup
Peter Bourjos was the odd man out of a crowded outfield a year ago, but the speedster believes a return to the starting lineup will improve his production in 2013.
2/17/2013 | Kelley wants to show Yanks what he can do
Shawn Kelley settled into Yanks camp with No. 27 on his back, and now the right-hander is hoping to get a chance to show it off in New York when the season begins.
2/17/2013 | A-Rod's absence in camp to be a weird feeling
With 84 players invited to camp, space is at a premium in the Yankees' clubhouse, but there is no problem finding a little extra breathing room around Alex Rodriguez's vacant locker.
2/17/2013 | Teixeira hopes early spring start means fast open
Mark Teixeira hopes that revving up earlier to play in the World Baseball Classic will help him avoid a sluggish start to his season.
2/17/2013 | Yanks counting on Hafner's bat to be a force
While Travis Hafner said that he felt "great" physically as he reported for his first day as a Yankee, manager Joe Girardi made it clear that the only equipment required of the left-handed slugger will be his bats.
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