Red Sox's Napoli spurs 7-run inning with broken-bat homer (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2015-03-31 03:08
Mike Napoli started a seven-run fourth inning with a broken-bat homer and Justin Masterson allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings as the Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Napoli had his bat sawed off on an inside pitch from Brian Duensing. The Red Sox went on to score six more times in the inning off Duensing. ''It was a weird feeling,'' Napoli said.
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Bryant sent to minors by Cubs; union threatens litigation (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2015-03-31 00:26

Third baseman Kris Bryant was reassigned by the Chicago Cubs to their minor league camp on Monday despite an outstanding spring training at the plate, triggering a threat of litigation from the players' association. Bryant hit .425 in the exhibition season with nine homers and 15 RBIs in 40 at-bats. If the 23-year-old spends 12 or more days in the minor leagues, Chicago would delay him from becoming eligible for free agency by one year, until after the 2021 season, according to baseball's collective bargaining agreement. ''Today is a bad day for baseball,'' the Major League Baseball Players Association said in a statement.

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Nationals reliever Storen out with blister in loss to Cards (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-30 23:04
Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen exited early because of a blister on his right big toe Monday in a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Storen issued a two-out walk to Kolten Wong, then left the mound in the sixth inning. ''You start sweating, it gets hot, you start having friction down there and he developed a blister and then the next pitch it ripped,'' Washington manager Matt Williams said. The setback is the second of the spring for the right-handed Storen, who missed time after undergoing surgery to remove part of a bone in his left hand.
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Verlander to miss start Thursday, hopes to pitch April 8 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-30 22:24

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander will miss his scheduled spring training start Thursday but hopes to take his first scheduled regular-season turn for the Detroit Tigers on April 8 against Minnesota.

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Simon allows 1 run in 6 innings as Tigers lose to Braves 4-2 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-30 22:19

Despite some poor spring training outings, Alfredo Simon says he was never worried. ''I feel better today,'' Simon said Monday after allowing one run in six innings in the Detroit Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. After leaving the ball up earlier in spring training, he was pleased with his location. ''Simon threw well,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

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Orioles and Rays play to 6-6, 10-inning tie (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-30 22:16
Evan Longoria hit his third homer of the spring and drove two runs as the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles played to a 6-6 tie in 10 innings Monday. For the second time in three days, Orioles manager Buck Showalter used a minor league pitcher against an American League East opponent. Zach Davies started instead of Wei-Yin Chen, who pitched a minor league game. Chen is scheduled to start against the Rays on opening day.
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Verlander to miss next spring start

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:59
Justin Verlander will miss his next spring start as he continues to recover from a right triceps cramp, and it is unclear when the right-hander will pitch next.
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Mets acquire lefty relievers, Torres and Blevins (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:54

The New York Mets made two trades Monday to bolster a bullpen lacking in left-handers, acquiring Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres and Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals. The Mets sent minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named to the Padres and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Nationals in deals made just hours apart.

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Hardy to miss Opening Day with strained muscle

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:47
Buck Showalter said before Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park that he'd like to see Hardy be ready to return to the lineup no later than this Friday's game against the Braves in Sarasota, Fla. in order to be ready for the regular season opener at Tampa Bay on April 6.
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Once under the radar, Middlebrooks now excelling

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:47
Perhaps the biggest eye-opener in a spring full of them for the Padres has been the play of third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
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Mets add lefty relievers Torres, Blevins in pair of trades

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:46
The Mets addressed their left-handed relief problem in two quick strikes on Monday, acquiring Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named, then Jerry Blevins from the Nationals for outfielder Matt den Dekker.
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Cabrera OK after taking tumble at first base

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:42
Miguel Cabrera is OK, but put a scare into Tigers fans and team officials when he took a tumble over Atlanta's Kelly Johnson trying to make a tag at first base.
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Orioles shortstop Hardy likely to begin season on DL (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:35
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will likely begin the season on the disabled list because of a strained left shoulder.
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Storen exits outing due to blister on toe

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:22
Nationals closer Drew Storen exited Monday's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals in the sixth inning with a blister on his right big toe.
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Quick pitch leads benches to clear; Pirates rout Phils 18-4 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:17
A quick pitch by Kevin Slowey sparked benches to empty in a rare testy spring training game. Both teams rushed onto the field before the bottom of the fifth inning of the Pittsburgh's 18-4 rout of Philadelphia on Monday when Phillies first base coach Juan Samuel and Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield began yelling at each other. In a year when baseball is implementing new rules to speed the pace of games, the disagreement stemmed from when Slowey threw a quick pitch to Sean Rodriguez in the fourth inning. As players ran onto the field during the altercation, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli wrestled Rodriguez away from the scrum.
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After impressive spring, Bryant sent down by Cubs

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:16
The Cubs reassigned top prospects Kris Bryant and Addison Russell to Minor League camp on Monday, and also optioned second baseman Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.
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Cespedes homers to back solid outing from Simon

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:07
Alfredo Simon pitched effectively over six-plus innings, and Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight day, but the Braves rallied late for a 4-2 win over the Tigers.
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Sofield, Samuel ejected after benches-clearing incident

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:06
The benches emptied and two coaches were ejected Monday in a game between the Pirates and Phillies that featured six Bucs homers in a rout of Philadelphia.
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Cuddyer hits 6th HR, Duda drives in 5 as Mets beat Marlins (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:06

Michael Cuddyer hit his sixth home run this spring and Lucas Duda homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Monday. He added a three-run double in the sixth and Cuddyer, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, followed with his home run. Duda missed the Mets' first 11 exhibition games because of a strained intercostal muscle. Marlins starter Dan Haren gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings.

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Edwards' faith guiding force in battle with cancer

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-03-30 21:05
It's hard to believe that Rangers pitcher Jon Edwards developed testicular cancer in the offseason and needed surgery just before Christmas. But his perpetual smile may reflect that his post-surgery tests have been positive and his wife Katelyn is pregnant with the couple's first child.
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