3/22/2014 | Australian Major Leaguers proud of homeland
Sunday was the last day of baseball at the Sydney Cricket Ground, for now, but lasting impressions have been made. The field played well, the stands were full of lively fans, and the country took to the game with the passion of its small but proud group of Major Leaguers.
3/22/2014 | Game 1 stud Van Slyke sits in finale
Scott Van Slyke, the unlikely offensive star in Saturday's 3-1 Dodgers win, was on the bench to start Game 2 of the Opening Series, replaced in left field by Mike Baxter.
3/22/2014 | Dodgers show off home white unis in Australia
Although they were the visiting team against the D-backs in the Opening Series finale, the Dodgers broke with baseball tradition and wore their home white uniforms.
3/22/2014 | Aussie Rowland-Smith impressed with crowd
D-backs left-hander and Australia native Ryan Rowland-Smith was impressed with the reception the Dodgers and D-backs received from the locals during the first game of the season at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
3/22/2014 | D-backs to take it easy upon return home
The D-backs are expected to arrive in Phoenix sometime in the late afternoon Sunday, and they will be told to stay away from the Salt River Fields facility and take Monday completely off.
3/22/2014 | Abreu to get a couple of days to rest ankle
Jose Abreu will not play again until Monday in Peoria at the earliest, after White Sox manager Robin Ventura and the team temporarily shut down the first baseman with recurring soreness in his left ankle.
3/22/2014 | White Sox not ready to reveal rotation order
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper knows how the team's starting rotation will be lined up at the season's outset, beginning with Chris Sale on Opening Day at home against the Twins on March 31. At this point, with one week left in Spring Training, he's not quite ready to share that full information.
3/22/2014 | White Sox still undecided on who will be closer
With Matt Lindstrom throwing one inning against the Cubs on Friday, the White Sox have their entire relief corps healthy and throwing for the first time since the start of Spring Training. That delay, in part, has prevented the White Sox from naming a closer to replace Addison Reed.
3/22/2014 | Blanton's future with Angels uncertain
Joe Blanton gave up four runs on six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on Saturday, and there's a chance -- perhaps a strong one -- that it was his last official start in an Angels uniform.
3/22/2014 | Hudson looks good on mound, at plate
Tim Hudson's springtime aptitude at the plate prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to declare that he'll consider using the 15-year veteran as a pinch-hitter. As for Hudson, he was mostly satisfied with his main priority -- pitching.
3/22/2014 | Wieland to have minor surgery to ease elbow pain
Pitcher Joe Wieland will have arthroscopic cleanup surgery on his right elbow Tuesday, a procedure aimed to eliminate the irritation in the back of the elbow.
3/22/2014 | Brewers' first-base plan to be revealed Sunday
Juan Francisco reported to camp to compete with non-roster invitee Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay for first base duties, and it appears he is the odd man out.
3/22/2014 | Orioles claim infielder Adams off waivers from Indians
The Orioles claimed infielder David Adams off waivers from the Indians Saturday night. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz was designated for assignment.
3/22/2014 | Elias pushing to make leap into Mariners rotation
Cuban left-hander Roenis Elias, who was an All-Star in Double-A last year, has a 2.04 Cactus League ERA in five outings with the Mariners.
3/22/2014 | Scheppers' goal as a starter? Stay healthy
Tanner Scheppers has a simple goal as a starting pitcher. He wants to stay healthy as he transitions from the bullpen to the rotation.
3/22/2014 | Tonight's lineups for Game 2 of Opening Series
The Dodgers and D-backs released their lineups for Saturday's game in Sydney.
3/22/2014 | Padres lose Johnson for at least a month
Padres manager Bud Black announced after Saturday's 3-3 tie with the White Sox that right-handed starter Josh Johnson will be sidelined for four to five weeks with a flexor strain in his right forearm.
3/22/2014 | Bernadina's hot spring continues as Reds top Cubs
Roger Bernadina hit a three-run home run and an RBI single and Brandon Phillips added a solo homer in the ninth Saturday to lift the Reds to an 8-3 victory over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd of 15,241, two shy of the Cactus League record.
3/22/2014 | Arenado day to day after getting hit in left hand
Nolan Arenado exited Saturday's split-squad game against the Indians in the sixth inning after being struck on the left hand by a pitch from Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. X-rays taken later in the day were negative, and the Rockies' third baseman is day to day.
3/22/2014 | Fister takes step forward with strong start
Pitchers around baseball have been getting bad health news all spring, with Tommy John surgery a common endpoint. But Nationals right-hander Doug Fister, sidelined the past few weeks with elbow inflammation, took a big step forward on Saturday toward distancing himself from that crowd.
3/22/2014 | Williams doesn't want to stop Harper's aggressiveness
In the eighth inning of Saturday's game against the Marlins, Bryce Harper collected a Donovan Solano double not far from the left-field warning track at Space Coast Stadium and unleashed a majestic throw toward home.
3/22/2014 | Lackey takes away hit, gets hit during eventful third
If Red Sox pitcher John Lackey was not yet prepared for the regular season entering Saturday, a wacky third inning in a 6-3 loss to the Braves at Champion Stadium probably did the trick.
3/22/2014 | Bradley optimistic despite struggles at plate
Despite his struggles, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. remains optimistic as the final week of Spring Training approaches. Although his numbers are not at an ideal level, he likes the progress he has made in changing his plate approach.
3/22/2014 | Burnett not concerned with shaky spring numbers
A.J. Burnett has never been much of a Spring Training performer. He entered Saturday's Grapefruit League start against the Pirates at McKechnie Field with an 8-12 record and a 5.61 ERA in 33 appearances (32 starts) from 2006-14. That included a 0-2 record with a 7.36 ERA in four starts last spring.
3/22/2014 | Walker, Pryor thrilled with Minor League outings
Top Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker and reliever Stephen Pryor were pleased after they each threw an inning in a Minor League game against the Padres' Triple-A club Saturday.
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