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Twice-traded Alvarez eager to make mark with A's

Major League Baseball - Wed, 2015-03-25 00:43
R.J. Alvarez has already impressed the A's with his hard-throwing ways early in Spring Training, and the 23-year-old is eager to succeed in a competition for two open bullpen spots.
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Dodgers and reliever Mike Adams agree to minor league deal (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 8 hours 49 min ago
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Relief pitcher Mike Adams and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
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Rockies add Axford to big league bullpen at $2.6 million (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-02 02:03
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have selected John Axford's contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen.
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Castillo, Betts try to impress in CF for Red Sox (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-02 01:12

Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-feet-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. ''I don't look at it as a competition,'' Betts said Sunday. I just look at it as getting ready for the season.'' Opening day is more than a month away and the Red Sox have their final workout of the spring Monday before they start playing big league exhibition games. Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's not close to deciding who will be in center field on April 6 when the Red Sox open the season in Philadelphia.

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Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 23:15

Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals. ''You've got to simulate it like it's a real game,'' Scherzer said Sunday. ''It's always about the little things.'' So before Scherzer could leave the bullpen, he turned to manager Matt Williams, who was standing near him. ''It's Max's thing,'' Williams said.

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Young Cubs look up to new hitting instructor Manny Ramirez (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 22:58

Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Soler had limited access to major league games on television. Only the best teams and the most famous players made the news on the communist island. Manny Ramirez was one of them. ''In Cuba, you always hear about the best players, no one else, and you always heard about him.'' Soler and other Cubs youngsters who watched Ramirez on TV during his heyday with the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox can now learn firsthand from the Dominican slugger.

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Rangers Darvish: "I didn't quit on team." (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 22:47

Yu Darvish saved his best stuff for after his inning on the mound. The Texas Rangers ace, who was shut down last August with elbow inflammation, threw 14 pitches without any discomfort on Sunday during an intrasquad game - his most extensive work since the injury ended his 2014 season. Darvish struck out two of three batters he faced as curious Rangers fans, the usual large Japanese media contingent that follows his every move and a touring college team from Japan watched through the fence on a back practice field behind Surprise Stadium. After making his last start on Aug. 9 Darvish was accused in some circles of quitting on the Rangers, an allegation he shut down with a choice English curse word.

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Phillies fall to college team in 1st spring training game (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 22:37
Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of Tampa 6-2 Sunday in the first spring training game for a major league team this year. Russ Canzler, Aaron Altherr and Tommy Joseph strung together three straight one-out hits to put the Phillies ahead 2-0 in the second inning. After that, Philadelphia hitters did little against the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA Division II. The Phillies are projected to have a tough time all season long. ''It kind of shows where we're at as far as seeing players and workouts and seeing the work that needs to be done,'' said Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg, kept the majority of his big league starters out of action.
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Major league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 22:24

CHICAGO (AP) -- When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the ''Cuban Comet'' was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox.

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Yankees' Alex Rodriguez nearing 1st spring game (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 21:59

Alex Rodriguez feels fine after his first week of workouts, and will leave the decision of when he makes his spring training debut to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. The Yankees begin exhibition play Tuesday against Philadelphia at the Phillies' camp. ''I'll talk to Joe first,'' Rodriguez said Sunday. No setbacks.'' Girardi said he'll announce Monday whether Rodriguez will be in the lineup for the spring opener.

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Angels starter Garrett Richards progressing in knee rehab (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 21:17

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season for the reigning AL West champions. ''It's not going to be opening day, let's put it that way,'' manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. He's working very hard to be ready opening day, but he's not going to be ready opening day.'' Scioscia said that Richards would throw a bullpen session of 40-50 pitches and do some simulated work Sunday to prepare for fully fielding his position, weather permitting with rain forecast all weekend in the Arizona desert. So if that progression is prorated, you get kind of a window where you can expect him during the season.

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Blue Jays boost outfield depth, sign Dayan Viciedo (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 21:09
The Toronto Blue Jays boosted their outfield depth Sunday, signing Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract and saying he might be able to earn a spot at another position. The deal came a few days after Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball. The 25-year-old Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the Chicago White Sox last season while batting .231 with 58 RBIs. ''He's got some power, a right-handed bat,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.
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Blue Jays sign Viciedo to Minor League deal

Major League Baseball - Sun, 2015-03-01 16:49
The Blue Jays announced they signed free agent Dayan Viciedo to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training on Sunday.The 25-year-old outfielder was released by the White Sox in February.
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Didi given opportunity to improve, thrive in New York

Major League Baseball - Sun, 2015-03-01 16:19
Upon arriving in camp for the first time this spring, new shortstop Didi Gregorius received these words of wisdom from manager Joe Girardi: Try to be the best Didi Grigorius you can be. Don't try to be like Derek Jeter, the icon he's replacing on the left side of the Yanks infield.
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One-time elite prospects set for breakout season in 2015

Major League Baseball - Sun, 2015-03-01 16:12
While we salivate at the release of the Top 100 prospect lists, the fact is that very few players become superstars. But some still manage to surprise you when most have stopped paying attention. Who could it be this season?
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Six players who could be traded before Opening Day

Major League Baseball - Sun, 2015-03-01 15:58
As we inch closer to Spring Training games, the number of quality players available on the trade market could make the month of March as active as this past winter. Here are my top candidates to garner a lot of attention and even potentially be traded by the start of Opening Day.
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Fernandez throws first session since Tommy John surgery

Major League Baseball - Sun, 2015-03-01 15:33
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez took another step Sunday in his rehab from Tommy John surgery when the right-hander threw a short bullpen session off the mound for the first time since last May.
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Holland scratched from intrasquad game

Major League Baseball - Sun, 2015-03-01 14:42
Derek Holland has been scratched from Sunday's intrasquad game because of what the Rangers said was normal Spring Training soreness in his left shoulder.
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White Sox legend Minoso passes away

Major League Baseball - Sun, 2015-03-01 13:54
Minnie Minoso, a seven-time All-Star who played in five decades, died on Sunday morning.
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Now with Blue Jays, Johan Santana aims for another comeback (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Sun, 2015-03-01 00:20

When Johan Santana walked into the Blue Jays' clubhouse for the first time early Saturday morning, a surprise was waiting inside his locker. Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the celebration from Santana's no-hitter with the New York Mets in June 2012, arguably the finest moment in his baseball career. ''I know exactly who did that,'' Santana said with a smile. For Santana, after two major surgeries on his throwing shoulder and a ruptured Achilles tendon he sustained with Baltimore during extended spring training last June, the picture served as an emotional reminder of his distinguished past.

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