2/13/2013 | Wilpon says no limitations on Mets' payroll
Nearly a full year after settling the Madoff lawsuit that hovered over his team's baseball operations, Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon said he envisions the payroll returning to its pre-Madoff heights.
2/13/2013 | Lester determined for rebound season
For the first time, Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester comes to camp trying to avenge a subpar individual season, not to mention a last-place finish by his team.
2/13/2013 | Rays feel they can cover for loss of Shields' workload
James Shields gave the Rays 200-plus innings the past six seasons, but the organization traded the veteran right-hander to the Royals in December. So subtract the surplus of innings lost from Shields' departure and what you have are the many frames Tampa Bay must find a way to fill.
2/13/2013 | Desire to be the best fuels Shields' success
There's a streak of fierce competitiveness in James Shields, the Royals' new No. 1 starting pitcher, and he comes by it naturally.
2/13/2013 | Chen scratches plans, won't pitch for Team China
Royals left-hander Bruce Chen, who pitched for Panama in the first two World Baseball Classics, announced on Wednesday his withdrawal from attempting to secure a spot on China's roster for next month's tournament.
2/13/2013 | Normally upbeat Kalish 'tired' of being hurt
Even for someone as upbeat as Ryan Kalish usually is, the latest injury -- the one that will again make him more of a rehabber than a baseball player this season -- was a crusher.
2/13/2013 | According to Lasorda's 'Gospel,' pennant won in spring
Spring Training has changed drastically since Tommy Lasorda was a pitcher and then a Dodgers manager, but one constant is that the work done in the spring "will determine the outcome of your season."
2/13/2013 | Cervelli regrets visiting South Florida clinic
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli addressed his link to a South Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball, saying that he visited once and has never used performance-enhancing drugs.
2/13/2013 | Francisco's health issue puts Parnell in closer's role
As Frank Francisco continues to deal with inflammation in his surgically repaired throwing elbow, Bobby Parnell is in line to begin the season as the Mets' closer.
2/13/2013 | Where to go, Lohse? Here are some ideas
A team pondering a move on Kyle Lohse must consider four primary variables: opportunity, baseball sense, payroll and the Draft.
2/13/2013 | Old ballpark sites serve as stark reminders of change
As the decades of baseball and technology and business and politics and economic realities steam ahead, there's a palpable sadness at the sites of old ballparks.
2/13/2013 | From Abreu to Zambrano, big names remain unsigned
Spring Training's arrival doesn't mean the end of free agency, and there's a stable of recognizable names out there, from Bobby Abreu to Carlos Zambrano, just waiting for a team to take a chance.
2/12/2013 | Batista with Rockies to be a workhorse
Usually, if you mention the word "abuse" to a pitcher, he thinks of appearances in many different roles and the pain that goes with it, then he heads in the other direction. Miguel Batista just laughs and signs the contract.
2/12/2013 | Dice-K's arrival at Tribe camp signals deal is near
Daisuke Matsuzaka arrived at Indians camp and underwent a lengthy physical, which is the final step in completing his Minor League contract with the club. The club is expected to officially announce the signing on Wednesday.
2/12/2013 | Giants fundamentally sound from top to bottom
There are things the San Francisco Giants did that everyone can appreciate. These are basic baseball fundamentals that can be measured and replayed, fundamentals that show up in the box score to be debated and admired.
2/12/2013 | Mariners finalize Saunders deal, designate Carp
Lefty starter Joe Saunders officially signed a one-year Major League deal with the Mariners on Tuesday and first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
2/12/2013 | Rangers seek utility infielder
General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are still looking outside the organization for a possible utility infielder who can play shortstop, but candidates may be reluctant to sign with the club because playing time is limited behind its incumbent All-Stars.
2/12/2013 | Cruz to report to Rangers on Friday
The Rangers have acknowledged that outfielder Nelson Cruz is part of an MLB investigation into a Miami wellness clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs, but Daniels said the Rangers have heard very little from the league on the subject.
2/12/2013 | Big expectations won't change Mattingly's approach
The new Dodgers ownership has demonstrated it will do things beyond the wildest imagination in the name of winning. But after welcoming pitchers and catchers to Spring Training on Tuesday, Don Mattingly said he's not changing his approach to managing.
2/12/2013 | Towers has confidence in a Bell rebound
Few people in baseball know reliever Heath Bell like D-backs general manager Kevin Towers. Towers was the Padres GM who let closer Trevor Hoffman leave via free agency and replaced him with Bell. And it was Towers who acquired Bell this winter after the right-hander had a disastrous 2012 season with the Marlins.
2/12/2013 | White Sox monitoring Danks through spring camp
There's not much more that John Danks could have accomplished during his rehab since Aug. 6 arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. But the veteran southpaw realizes a real test for his recovery will come from facing hitters.
2/12/2013 | Garcia 'encouraged' by first camp bullpen session
Jaime Garcia, whose 2012 season was dotted with shoulder problems, garnered a substantial amount of attention on Tuesday when he took the mound for a bullpen session as part of the Cardinals' first official workout. Of interest, of course, is the health of the team's only left-handed starter.
2/12/2013 | Mozeliak: Wainwright, club not close on extension
While acknowledging that there has been recent dialogue between the sides, general manager John Mozeliak said on Tuesday that the Cardinals and right-hander Adam Wainwright are not close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension.
2/12/2013 | Glad to be back with Giants, Torres reports early
Try to imagine Andres Torres playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. That's right, you can't. Neither could Torres, though he said that the Dodgers were among the few teams that pursued him in free agency this past offseason.
2/12/2013 | Bauer focuses on things to come with Tribe
After Miguel Montero criticized Trevor Bauer on Saturday at D-backs' FanFest, the young pitcher responded, attempting to turn the page Tuesday at the Indians' Spring Training complex.
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