Sabathia sharp as Yankees beat Pirates 4-2 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-03-27 20:39

New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia pitched four scoreless innings in his final tuneup for opening day, a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. Pitching in a steady drizzle, Sabathia faced 13 batters, allowed three hits and got five ground-ball outs. He finished spring training with 17 scoreless innings. ''I had some easy innings,'' Sabathia said.

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Fister leaves Minors start with right lat strain

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 20:26
Nationals right-hander Doug Fister left Thursday's Minor League start with a right lat strain, bringing into serious question his readiness for the beginning of the season. The setback could mean that both Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark, previously battling for the fifth-starter's job, will open in the rotation.
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Astros claim OF Presley off waivers from Twins (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-03-27 20:00
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have claimed outfielder Alex Presley off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.
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Reds RHP Cueto to start opening day in Cincinnati (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-03-27 19:58

Johnny Cueto is set to start on opening day for the Cincinnati Reds for the third straight season. First-year manager Bryan Price said Thursday that Cueto will pitch Monday at home against St. Louis. Price had to sort through a series of minor injuries, including Cueto's tender right shoulder, before making the final determination. Cueto missed a turn this spring because of soreness.

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Comeback campaigns on tap for big Bay Area bats

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 19:51
The best rebounders in the Golden State's Bay Area this year might not be Andrew Bogut and David Lee of the Warriors. Keep your eyes on the Giants' Buster Posey and Josh Reddick of the Athletics. They appear poised to take flight and do some amazing things.
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Red Sox must ride Sizemore wave while they can

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 19:42
There's no telling whether Grady Sizemore can help the Red Sox later, but he can help them now, and the team has to ride that notion for all it's worth.
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Chris Young agrees to $1.25M deal with Mariners (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-03-27 19:32

The Seattle Mariners hope Chris Young can solidify the back of their rotation until their staff gets healthy. The 34-year-old right-hander agreed Thursday to a $1.25 million, one-year contract after Seattle released veteran starters Randy Wolf and Scott Baker this week. Young can earn an additional $3,475,000 in roster and performance bonuses and would get the full amount if he makes 28 starts and pitches 180 innings. Young has not pitched in the majors since 2012, but Seattle is taking a chance he can be a serviceable starter behind Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez and James Paxton until Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker return from injuries.

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Olt and Kalish make Cubs' opening-day roster (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-03-27 18:40

Third baseman Mike Olt and outfielder Ryan Kalish have made the Chicago Cubs' opening day roster. ''Both of those guys played well and did a lot of things to make the team,'' general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday. ''We are really happy with the guys we kept, but it was a ready hard decision.'' Chris Coughlan will be sent to Triple-A Iowa to play outfield, and infielder Ryan Roberts has to decide whether he will report to Iowa or ask for his release, Olt, acquired from Texas in the Matt Garza trade on July 22, struggled with his vision last year and hit .197 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs at Triple-A Round Rock and Iowa.

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Hamels confident after first spring action

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 18:25
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels took a major step forward Thursday, pitching two innings in his first game action of the spring. Hamels, who suffered a setback on March 1 following his recovery from left shoulder inflammation, allowed two infield singles and recorded nine outs in a Minors game at the Carpenter Complex.
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Reyes, Encarnacion cleared to play

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 18:14
Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion have both been cleared to play in this weekend's upcoming two-game series against the Mets in Montreal.
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Marte, Pirates finalize $31 million, 6-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-03-27 17:40

Starling Marte wants to be part of what he hopes will be a long run of success for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Less than two years after his major league debut, the 25-year-old outfielder finalized a $31 million, six-year contract with the Pirates on Thursday. ''There are a lot of reasons,'' Marte said through interpreter Peter Greenberg, his agent. ''I didn't feel I needed to wait because I like where I am. I have confidence in the organization and I feel comfortable.'' Marte receives a $2 million signing bonus from the Pirates, who are coming off their first postseason appearance since 1991.

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So much to look forward to this season

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 17:33
With more teams in contention and with an amazing number of extraordinarily gifted young players making an impact, baseball has given us wild, unpredictable rides the past few seasons. The one about to begin will undoubtedly provide the same.
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Home openers near, At the Ballpark app gets update

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 17:26
As the first clubs prepare to play exhibitions Thursday night at their regular-season ballparks, Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced the 2014 update to its award-winning MLB.com At the Ballpark app for iPhone and Android smartphones.
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Clark confirmed as new head of MLB players' union (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-03-27 17:14
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tony Clark has been confirmed as the new head of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
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Veteran Abreu released by Phillies

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 16:47
The Phillies released Bobby Abreu on Thursday, bringing an end to the veteran outfielder's comeback attempt with his former team.
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$5.6 million Beat the Streak back for 14th season

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-03-27 14:00
Beat the Streak is back for year 14, with new prizes and new rules to make winning the $5.6 million jackpot easier than ever.
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