2/12/2013 | Icy morning, genuine optimism greet Royals
Work officially was under way for the jazzed-up Royals, with their pitching enhanced by the addition of starters James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana, as well as the retention of Jeremy Guthrie.
2/12/2013 | Blue Jays open Spring Training eyeing playoffs
As Spring Training began, Toronto took stock of injuries and began introductions among this year's players, many of them new, who enter the season with high expectations.
2/12/2013 | Baker will take it slow in comeback from surgery
Scott Baker threw about 40 pitches at 70 percent effort on Tuesday, the first workout day for Cubs pitchers and catchers, but the right-hander will be "babied" this spring in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, manager Dale Sveum said.
2/12/2013 | O's hope to finalize deal with Jurrjens soon
The status of the Orioles' agreement with pitcher Jair Jurrjens remains in limbo, with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette saying Tuesday that he hoped to have a resolution within the next few days.
2/12/2013 | Scherzer healthy, hopeful for long-term deal
Max Scherzer's shoulder issues that hampered him down the stretch last season, they say, are a thing of the past. The right-hander wants to stick around in a Tigers uniform for the long term if he can.
2/12/2013 | Swisher, Francona faces of Tribe's makeover
Formerly archrivals as members of the Yankees and Red Sox, respectively, Nick Swisher and Terry Francona represent just two prongs of a serious Tribe makeover that includes former Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds and will place free-agent signing Michael Bourn in center field by the end of the week.
2/12/2013 | Hamilton arrives at Angels camp lean and ready
A new chapter of Josh Hamilton's life officially began on Tuesday, when he arrived at Spring Training in a new facility to begin a new tenure with a new team.
2/12/2013 | In tough Central, White Sox trust their pitching
Divisional changes haven't lessened White Sox general manager Rick Hahn's belief that the South Siders can challenge for the top spot in the American League Central.
2/12/2013 | Kershaw won't talk extension during season
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said negotiations with the club to extend his contract have not started and, if and when they do, they won't take place once the regular season begins.
2/12/2013 | Early arrival Choo working on new position
Acquired in the offseason by the Reds, Shin-Soo Choo is already arrived at the team's Spring Training site, working on his transition to center field and his adjustment to his new team.
2/12/2013 | Healthy Pujols reports to camp early
Albert Pujols arrived early to Spring Training on Tuesday, as is his custom, and reported good health in his right knee, which underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure early in the offseason.
2/12/2013 | Crawford 'confident' he'll be ready for Opening Day
On the day pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training, perhaps the biggest question mark in the Dodgers' clubhouse Tuesday was an outfielder. Carl Crawford is throwing up to 90 feet, hitting off a tee and hopes to graduate in the next few days to live pitching.
2/12/2013 | Ryu getting help adapting from Cruz
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, covered by more than two dozen media from his native Korea on Tuesday's Spring Training reporting day, said he's had an unexpected cultural coach -- third baseman, and Mexican native, Luis Cruz.
2/12/2013 | Billingsley not worried about partially torn UCL
Maybe Dodgers ownership would have spent $200 million this winter to sign Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu even if there was no doubt about Chad Billingsley's arm. But there is, even if not in the mind of the man with that arm, who sounded convincing Tuesday when he said he's not worried about the partially torn elbow ligament that cut short his 2012 season.
2/12/2013 | Added rotation depth creates questions, competition
General manager Jeff Luhnow spent his offseason building organizational depth of starting pitching, creating a fierce competition for rotation spots that will last through the season.
2/12/2013 | To look ahead, Mets may have to first look back
Every 30 years or so comes a need to take a step back in order to take a longer stride forward. Sometimes the strategy even works. How such maneuvering will affect the Mets of 2013 and beyond began to play out Tuesday, the eagerly anticipated first day of pitchers and catchers.
2/12/2013 | Bogaerts expected to play third in Classic
Though top Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts is a shortstop, he will broaden his horizons when he plays for the Netherlands in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
2/12/2013 | With Victor back, victories should follow for Tigers
Let the record show that the knee injury that cost Victor Martinez his shot at a 2012 season was not a total loss. The benefit of all that extra time at home arrived two weeks ago, in the form of little Barbara Victoria Martinez, the third child of Victor and his wife, Margret.
2/12/2013 | Papi no longer worried about Achilles
Moments after sitting down for his annual Spring Training State of Papi address on Tuesday, David Ortiz reported what Red Sox fans were hoping to hear.
2/12/2013 | At Tigers camp, all eyes on Rondon, Mercedes
Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski has had to answer plenty of questions about Bruce Rondon this winter, but he's also watching Melvin Mercedes.
2/12/2013 | Verlander tabbed for sixth straight Opening Day nod
Justin Verlander's standing as the Tigers' Opening Day starter is now enough of an afterthought that manager Jim Leyland has done away with the suspense, announcing it on the first day of Spring Training.
2/12/2013 | For old-school Leyland, some new technology
One of the subtle surprises of reporting day Monday was the shiny new iPad on old-school manager Jim Leyland's desk. It was an offseason acquisition for him, and he knows how to use it.
2/12/2013 | Focused Montero moving past allegations
Mariners catcher Jesus Montero says he's put last week's report linking his name to the controversial Miami anti-aging clinic behind him and is focused solely on getting ready for Spring Training and the upcoming season.
2/12/2013 | Johnson joins Royals' 40-man roster from Rays
Infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday as the player to be named in the trade that brought pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.
2/12/2013 | Samardzija feels he's not yet worthy of long-term deal
Both the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija have talked about a possible long-term contract, but the pitcher would like to do a little more on the field first before signing on the dotted line.
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