3/8/2013 | '42' will bring Robinson's story to new generation
I had so much to do the other day, but it didn't matter. Once I began watching "The Jackie Robinson Story," a few seconds went by, then a couple of minutes and then I was hooked through the end.
3/8/2013 | Fiery Cook ambitious for big follow-up of 2012
Ryan Cook was dominant from the start in 2012, posting 21 consecutive scoreless appearances to open the season. He finished equally strong, by putting up zeroes in 22 of his final 23 outings.
3/8/2013 | Robinson swats slam as Cards outslug Nationals
Matt Carpenter went 4-for-4, Shane Robinson hit a grand slam and Ronny Cedeno and Rob Johnson notched three RBIs apiece as St. Louis outslugged Washington, 16-10, on Friday at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.
3/8/2013 | Kemp facing mental hurdles in rehab process
Going into Friday's action, Matt Kemp was 0-for-8 with three strikeouts, a couple of flyouts to the warning track and the lingering memory of a shoulder that required surgical repair in October.
3/8/2013 | Seeking No. 5 starter job, Miller continues to impress
Facing a Nationals lineup loaded with regulars on Friday, right-hander Shelby Miller only strengthened the case he's building in his attempt to claim the final spot in the Cardinals' season-opening rotation.
3/8/2013 | Eovaldi backed by bats as Marlins down Yanks
Matt Downs and Adeiny Hechavarria each drove in two runs as the Marlins defeated the Yankees, 6-1, on Friday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/8/2013 | Lowe in unfamiliar position, competing for roster spot
Derek Lowe has pitched in two All-Star Games and 26 playoff games, and he was the winning pitcher in Game 4 of the 2004 World Series when the Red Sox crushed the Curse of the Bambino. He has been a 21-game winner as a starter and led the league in saves as a reliever. Now he finds himself in an unfamiliar position with the Rangers: He has to make the team.
3/8/2013 | Chinese Taipei-Cuba a matchup of dueling desires
Having lost their opening second-round games, Chinese-Taipei and Cuba are both frustrated, and both will be looking to get back on track when they square off on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local) in Tokyo.
3/8/2013 | Price strikes out five, earns win over Phillies
David Price struck out five in four innings and Evan Longoria hit a two-run double in the Rays' 3-2 win over the Phillies on Friday at Charlotte Sports Park.
3/8/2013 | McCann progressing steadily with shoulder rehab
Brian McCann has remained in the shadows as he spent the first month of Spring Training recovering from right shoulder surgery that will force him to miss at least the first two weeks of the season.
3/8/2013 | Gimenez's leap of faith paid dividends for swing
Chris Gimenez didn't like the direction in which his career was headed, so he took a leap of faith. Now the candidate for the Rays' second catcher's position hopes the product of that bold move will lead to his earning the job.
3/8/2013 | First round of Classic a ratings bonanza in Japan
Nearly one-third of all TVs in Japan tuned in to see Team Japan in the first round of the World Baseball Classic.
3/8/2013 | JJ's perfect outing, Gose's big game lift Blue Jays
Anthony Gose highlighted his three-hit performance with a two-run home run, and Josh Johnson displayed his dominant form while helping the Blue Jays claim a 7-1 win over the Braves at Champion Stadium on Friday afternoon.
3/8/2013 | Rondon mixes heat with command, shows promise
Bruce Rondon says he can tell when he hits 100 mph on a radar gun, by the reaction of the crowd and by the feel for the pitch. His first pitch Friday didn't draw that type of reaction, when he hit 99 mph on the Joker Marchant Stadium board, but it still brought a cheer from the crowd. It wasn't 100, but more important, it was a strike.
3/8/2013 | Fully healed, Jeter nearing Grapefruit debut
Yankees captain Derek Jeter returned to camp Friday after getting word Thursday that his surgically repaired left ankle was 100 percent healed.
3/8/2013 | Pettitte could make first spring start Wednesday
Andy Pettitte threw a simulated game Friday morning against three hitters, and said afterward that he's ready to make his Spring Training debut.
3/8/2013 | Now more than ever, pitching will be key for Yanks
There's a very good reason that so many people are so worried about the deluge of injuries that has befallen the Yankees this spring. And it's not just that it's the Yankees.
3/8/2013 | Revere riding into Philly with his own highlight reel
Before the Phillies played their first Grapefruit League game last month, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel stopped short in his assessment of Ben Revere because he had not seen him play very much. Well, Revere has impressed.
3/8/2013 | Grizzled veteran Pierre continues to be on the run
Reach base and get ready to go has pretty much been Juan Pierre's mindset ever since he broke into the big leagues.
3/8/2013 | Pettitte, Girardi still in awe of Rivera's dominance
Mariano Rivera had "nothing to say" Friday morning about the speculation that the 2013 season will be the last chapter of his storied career. While he kept his words to a minimum, those close to him began the 43-year-old closer's victory lap by lauding his accomplishments and his attitude, the cutter of the pitcher and the character of the man.
3/8/2013 | Ryu's value to Dodgers may be as a reliever -- for now
Although two outings may not be conclusive, and although his transition to the States is going well, what I have seen has me wondering about Hyun-Jin Ryu serving as a starter. For now, I think he is best suited to pitch out of the bullpen and continue to prepare for a role as a starter.
3/8/2013 | Craig 'humbled' by five-year contract with Cards
The Cardinals and first baseman-outfielder Allen Craig reached agreement Friday on a five-year, $31 million contract through the 2017 season with a club option for 2018.
3/8/2013 | Marlins trim Spring Training roster by 11 players
Round 1 of Marlins cuts came on Friday morning, and 11 players were informed they wouldn't be part of the Opening Day roster.
3/8/2013 | Kotsay provides Padres with wealth of experience
Entering his 18th year in pro ball, Mark Kotsay has pretty much seen it all, and he's more than happy to share his wisdom with his young Padres teammates.
3/8/2013 | Extra Classic: Japan outlasts Chinese Taipei
Hirokazu Ibata hit a game-tying RBI single in the top of the ninth, Sho Nakata drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th and Japan rallied defeat Chinese Taipei, 4-3, in the second round of the World Baseball Classic on Friday at Tokyo Dome in a thrilling game that lasted four hours and 37 minutes.
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