MIke Trout hit a two-run home run off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse in the first inning and Josh Hamilton hit a solo shot just inside the right-field foul pole in the fifth, but the Angels needed a four-run seventh inning against to cap a comeback Saturday vs. the Brewers.
Any lingering concern over Scott Kazmir disappeared Saturday, when the A's lefty returned to game action following a 10-day layoff and put together an encouraging performance.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Colby Rasmus drove in two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 on Saturday. Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes left the game after the third inning due to tightness in his left hamstring. Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera was 0 for 2 with a strikeout and an RBI for the Tigers. Encarnacion connected off Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein in a five-run first inning, which included a solo shot to right field by Moises Sierra and an RBI double from Melky Cabrera.
The ongoing battle for the final spot in Tampa Bay's rotation came to an end Saturday, with manager Joe Maddon declaring Jake Odorizzi his team's fifth starter. Vet Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos were also in the running. Bedard was given the option to go to Triple-A, and Ramos will start the year in the 'pen.
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.
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.
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.
The Indians released outfielder Jeff Francoeur. The Indians signed the 30-year old to a minor league free-agent contract on January 6 and invited him to major league training camp. Francoeur had 35 at-bats with the Indians this spring, hitting .286 with one home run and 10 RBI. The Indians signed infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson to a minor league contract on January 27.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have assigned infielder Brent Lillibridge to minor league camp and released Jose Contreras, the 42-year-old right-hander they had already said wouldn't make the team.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ron Roenicke has a contract to manage the Brewers through next year after the club exercised its option for 2015.
Opening day turned out to be a pretty g'day for the Los Angeles Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the NL West champions opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Sydney Cricket Ground. A crowd of about 40,000 watched as MLB played its first regular-season game in Australia. Kershaw, who signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January, allowed one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Jose Reyes left Saturday's 9-4 win over the Tigers after the third inning because of a tight left hamstring. Toronto's shortstop attempted to downplay the incident by saying it was precautionary and didn't think it was a big deal.
After talking and tinkering all spring, the Brewers have settled on center fielder Carlos Gomez as their new leadoff hitter. He's getting the nod over shortstop Jean Segura and second basemen Rickie Weeks and Scooter Gennett.
Schumaker left the game between the Reds and Royals on Friday after making a diving attempt to cut off a line drive hit by Angel Franco in the left centerfield gap in the seventh inning. Schumaker's glove jammed into the hard ground on the Arizona field. The injury is similar to the injury Ryan Ludwick sustained on opening day last year when his hand jammed into the ground at Great American Ball Park while sliding into third base. ''It was good news actually,'' Schumaker said.
Manny Machado still doesn't know if he'll be ready to start the season with the Baltimore Orioles. Two days after the 21-year-old All-Star third baseman had his left knee examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, Machado has yet to run - even though he's been cleared for full activities. Machado's recovery has been slowed by scar tissue in his knee as well as by a calf injury. And once I get there, I'll go ahead and continue doing whatever I've got to do,'' Machado said at the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. Baltimore opens its season on March 31, and Machado isn't ruling out playing even though he must start playing this week.
Before Saturday's game against the Red Sox, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez officially announced Julio Teheran will start the club's March 31 season opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee. This will be the first Opening Day start for the 23-year-old right-hander.
The Rangers announced Saturday that Tanner Scheppers will be in the rotation, Alexi Ogando is headed to the bullpen and Joakim Soria will be the closer.
In his inaugural season in Major League Baseball, right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will experience a lot of 'firsts.' During Saturday afternoon's 5-4 win over the Twins, he worked into and out of jams for the first time this spring.
If there were any lingering questions about the level of baseball knowledge fans in Australia would display during Opening Series 2014, they were put to rest Saturday in Game 1.
Clayton Kershaw put on his typical Opening Game show for the Aussies on Saturday while Scott Van Slyke homered and doubled as the Dodgers beat the rival D-backs, 3-1, in the first baseball game played at hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground in 100 years.