3/4/2013 | Morneau knows Canada has a lot riding on Classic
While the Canadians have Reds first baseman and 2010 National League MVP Joey Votto and plenty of young talent on their side, Justin Morneau is their greatest asset.
3/4/2013 | Leyland shoots down idea of Valverde reunion
A couple of days after a rumor floated that Tigers manager Jim Leyland was interested in bringing back free-agent closer Jose Valverde, Leyland denied any interest in a reunion with Detroit's former closer.
3/4/2013 | Whitt sets Canada's rotation for pool play
Team Canada's Ernie Whitt concedes that he must manage more than games in the World Baseball Classic. He must manage pitch count, too. He's set two "starters" for each pool game before he turns it over to the bullpen.
3/4/2013 | Consistency is key as Cain makes third outing
As is so often the case in Spring Training, Matt Cain's performance Monday felt better to him than the results looked in the boxscore.
3/4/2013 | Trout goes 3-for-3, Wells homers against A's
Mike Trout had three hits, Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer and Jason Vargas tossed two scoreless innings in his Angels debut during a 13-5 loss to the A's on Monday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
3/4/2013 | Vogelsong brings passion for Classic to Team USA
To Ryan Vogelsong, baseball remains synonymous with America. That's more than just a feeling for the Giants right-hander. It's a conviction.
3/4/2013 | Jaso's triple ignites A's comeback vs. Angels
The A's didn't get their first hit unil the fourth inning, but catcher John Jaso's three-run homer ignited a 13-5 comeback victory over the Angels on Monday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
3/4/2013 | Prospect Venditte proud to compete for Italy
In 27 years of life, Pat Venditte has only been to Italy once. In fact, the pitcher only speaks a bit of Italian, but that does not mean he isn't dedicated and committed to playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.
3/4/2013 | Darvish keeps spring hitless streak intact
Aesthetically, it may not have been a thing of beauty, but Yu Darvish emerged from his second Cactus League start unscathed and his hitless spring still intact.
3/4/2013 | Maddon continues to be impressed by Myers
It was easy for manager Joe Maddon on Monday to imagine highly touted prospect Wil Myers trotting onto the field to play against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, and not just because the Rays were, in fact, playing the Sox and Myers started in right field at JetBlue Park, with its replica Green Monster looming in left.
3/4/2013 | One last test awaits Gallardo before Classic
Team Mexico's prospects for advancing past the first round in the World Baseball Classic were enhanced measurably with the appearance on Monday of Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo, who is recovering from a strained groin.
3/4/2013 | Dungy delivers pre-workout speech to Pirates
Tony Dungy delivered an impassioned pre-workout locker room speech to the Bucs in the morning, and his inspirational and motivational message can still have a delayed effect on the club.
3/4/2013 | Cueto slims down but plans to regain weight
Reds ace Johnny Cueto has looked leaner than he has in past camps, and it's apparently for good reason.
3/4/2013 | Team Italy confident despite 'underdog' status
Italy enters the 2013 World Baseball Classic with an impressive resume. Italy has won 10 European championships, including the past two. However the Italians are in a pool with Canada, Mexico, the United States and are viewed largely as an underdog.
3/4/2013 | Beltre back in the swing with successful debut
Adrian Beltre's right calf was tested from all angles on Monday, and it held up just fine in his spring debut -- a prospect that bodes well for both the Texas Rangers and the Dominican Republic.
3/4/2013 | Darvish throws three no-hit innings vs. Padres
Making his spring debut, Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre went 1-for-3 with a run scored, and Yu Darvish threw three no-hit innings, as the Rangers rallied for a 5-4, walk-off victory over the Padres on Monday at Surprise Stadium.
3/4/2013 | Furcal getting second opinion on elbow this week
The Cardinals scheduled a Monday consultation between head team physician Dr. George Paletta and shortstop Rafael Furcal, who has been shut down indefinitely due to pain in his right elbow.
3/4/2013 | Ellsbury secure, confident as he enters walk year
Though there's an assumption by some that Jacoby Ellsbury will never again match his dream season of 2011, the veteran center fielder doesn't blink when surmising that he's capable of turning in an even better 2013 campaign.
3/4/2013 | Lannan sharp as Phillies shut out Pirates
Michael Young went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and John Lannan allowed one hit in three shutout innings Monday as the Phillies downed the Pirates, 5-0, in Grapefruit League play.
3/4/2013 | Infield shift gives Dunn fits, takes away hits
The defensive shift employed by opposing teams against Adam Dunn certainly wasn't invented for the White Sox slugger. But it has cost him nonetheless.
3/4/2013 | Smooth start for Nats' Young in intrasquad game
Nationals right-hander Chris Young pitched his first game of the spring and allowed two unearned runs in two innings in a Minor League intrasquad game at Space Coast Stadium on Monday afternoon.
3/4/2013 | Kazmir still getting a feel for his pitches
Left-hander Scott Kazmir is competing for a spot in the Indians' rotation, but he is also playing it smart in terms of getting a feel for his pitches.
3/4/2013 | Allen looking to make mark in Indians' bullpen
Cody Allen's rise to the Major Leagues was meteoric, and the 24-year-old right-hander has shown up to camp on a mission to make sure the Majors is where he stays. He has come out firing this spring, putting him right in the thick of the race for the handful of bullpen vacancies.
3/4/2013 | Dutch, Aussies clash, eye second-round berth
The Kingdom of the Netherlands will need its sluggers re-energized Tuesday if it wants to overpower Australia in both teams' final game of the first round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
3/4/2013 | Top prospects Cole, Taillon key to defining Bucs' future
Somewhere down the road -- perhaps later this season, maybe next season -- the Pirates believe Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon will be hugely important in putting the finishing touches on turning around baseball in Pittsburgh.
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