1/23/2013 | Leyland ready to see what Rondon can do
To have the closer as the most serious question left isn't the worst sign for a team heading into Spring Training. For a contending team, though, it's a serious question, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland sounded Wednesday like someone making it his priority to figure out what he has in Bruce Rondon.
1/23/2013 | Uggla eager to leave inconsistency in the past
Dan Uggla's encouraging stretches were overshadowed by maddening offensive droughts during his first two years in Atlanta, but the second baseman's confidence is at a high point as Spring Training approaches.
1/23/2013 | Wedge sees Smoak at first base, Morales at DH
With work still to be done, manager Eric Wedge expressed optimism that the Mariners will continue improving as a strong group of young talent begins meshing with the addition of key veterans like Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez, Jason Bay and Robert Andino.
1/23/2013 | Wedge counting on veterans to provide leadership
Eric Wedge is counting on newcomers Raul Ibanez, Jason Bay, Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales to provide a veteran leadership the manager feels the Mariners lacked in the past few seasons.
1/23/2013 | D-backs receive offer from Braves for Upton
The Braves and D-backs are engaged in trade talks involving outfielder Justin Upton, and a Major League source confirmed Wednesday that Atlanta has made an offer to acquire the outfielder from Arizona.
1/23/2013 | Tillman is motivated to win a rotation spot
Heading into Spring Training, things are a little different for Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman. But the 24-year-old -- who is coming off a career year despite spending the first half in Triple-A -- said he will try to approach next month's camp with the same mindset.
1/23/2013 | Cards hitters looking forward to working with Mabry
Mike Matheny took the question -- one in which he was asked to discuss possible remedies for the offense’s maddening inconsistency last year -- and jokingly shifted the onus elsewhere. “That’s John Mabry’s job,” the soon-to-be second-year manager replied. “He has to figure that out.”
1/23/2013 | Astros express gratitude to military at luncheon
Considering the sacrifices the military has made for them through the years, the Astros were more than happy to turn the tables Wednesday afternoon and serve lunch, sign autographs and take photos with more than 250 service members and their families as part of the team’s annual CAREavan.
1/23/2013 | Braves may be D-backs' strong suitor for Upton
The D-backs have received a trade offer for Justin Upton that is believed to be from the Braves, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman took it a step further by saying that the Braves have made a "strong offer."
1/23/2013 | New managers face varying challenges
The Rockies, Astros, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Indians and Marlins will open Spring Training next month with a different manager than a year ago, and all six managers face different challenges.
1/23/2013 | Elbert's season in doubt after second surgery
Dodgers left-handed reliever Scott Elbert underwent a second arthroscopic operation on his left elbow Wednesday, putting his 2013 availability in question.
1/23/2013 | Herrera, Rockies compromise on $900K deal
The Rockies and utility infielder Jonathan Herrera avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. A Major League source said the deal is for $900,000, the midpoint between Herrera’s request for $1 million and the club’s offer of $800,000.
1/23/2013 | No longer a rookie skipper, Ventura ready for 2013
Robin Ventura never coached or managed at any level before replacing Ozzie Guillen prior to the 2012 campaign. He proved to be a natural in the position, leading the White Sox to first place in the American League Central Division for 117 days.
1/23/2013 | Magadan sees Martin's ceiling as 'limitless'
Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin met with new hitting coach Dave Magadan this week at the Ballpark in Arlington. Martin was one of five players who came in to get acquainted with Magadan.
1/23/2013 | Worth the wait: Cincy ready to reap ASG benefits
It's not just a game. That's one of the first things the good folks of Cincinnati will discover as they prepare to host the 86th All-Star Game in 2015.
1/23/2013 | Bucs' Marte, Johnson shine in Dominican finals
Starling Marte was named the playoff MVP after leading Escogido to the Dominican Winter League title, while fellow Pirate Kris Johnson was the ace of the team's staff in the playoffs.
1/23/2013 | Sosa talks Cubs, Hall of Fame in online chat
Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa hosted a 10-minute chat with fans on his YouTube channel Wednesday afternoon, answering questions about his favorite memories in Chicago, whether he feels he belongs in the Hall of Fame and if he would be interested in reuniting with the Cubs organization.
1/23/2013 | Asche getting big chance with Phils this spring
The Phillies announced Wednesday that Cody Asche was among six additional non-roster invitees to big league camp in Clearwater, Fla. It's just the latest signal that the Phils are hoping that Asche could be their third baseman of the future.
1/23/2013 | E. Beltre, Profar have different views on Classic
Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar and outfielder Engel Beltre both have dreams of being in the Majors. Profar is undecided about playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, while Beltre believes that path runs through the Classic.
1/23/2013 | Prospects among six invited to Phillies' camp
The Phillies announced Wednesday they have added six more players as non-roster invitees for Spring Training, with the list including several of the organization's top prospects.
1/23/2013 | Jake Mauer excited to lead Twins' new Class A club
After going through candidates for their vacant Class A Cedar Rapids managing job, the Twins decided to stay in house and went with a familiar name in Jake Mauer -- Joe's older brother.
1/23/2013 | Established in big leagues, Happ likely Minors bound
The ramifications of the Blue Jays' busy offseason will be felt by J.A. Happ when the veteran starter reports to camp next month.
1/23/2013 | Nava, Kalish look to earn significant playing time
With the offseason quickly fading, the Red Sox have brought in outfielders Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino to replace Carl Crawford and Cody Ross. Victorino should play every day in right, but that's not the case for Gomes in front of the Green Monster, leaving in-house options Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava with a real opportunity heading into Spring Training.
1/23/2013 | Fuld hosting camp for diabetic children in February
Sam Fuld is preparing for the Sam Fuld Diabetes Sports Camp, and he is excited about the promise of the camp's second year, based on the initial camp's success.
1/23/2013 | Fortified by '12 moves, Marlins' farm now rich
Through trades and strong recent First-Year Player Drafts, the Marlins are building a sturdy foundation for the future.
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