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Jesse Hahn added five scoreless innings Saturday in his campaign to crack the A's rotation, and so far he has very few doubters.
For two weeks, the two leading candidates for the fifth spot in the Padres' rotation took turns matching each other, good outing for good outing. It's probably only fitting then that on Saturday neither fared especially well in a 7-5 loss to the D-backs at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked if Andre Ethier's hot bat has put him back into consideration for playing time. "He's been considered the whole time," Mattingly said of Ethier, who has taken a back seat to rookie Joc Pederson in Spring buzz.
Mike Zunino proved himself as a quality defensive catcher last year who was capable of providing some right-handed power at the plate, but the 23-year-old's continued development of his offensive game this spring is a postive sign for Seattle.
Attrition could soon test all that pitching depth the Dodgers have collected. Closer Kenley Jansen is out until May recovering from foot surgery. Hyun-Jin Ryu will likely be placed on the disabled list with a stiff shoulder. Brandon League will test his tender shoulder off a mound on Sunday, but like Ryu might have missed too much time to be ready in two weeks.
Alex Gordon's first real day at the office came with no surprises attached. It's just what Gordon and the Royals wanted.
At some point in the next couple of weeks, the Cardinals will make a decision on which pitchers will make up their rotation to start the season. For the second straight spring, Carlos Martinez hopes to be one of them. For the second straight spring, there are no guarantees.
Pitching just his second Cactus League game of the spring, Felix Hernandez was hit hard as he surrendered a pair of two-run blasts -- to prime prospects Kris Bryant and Addison Russell -- as well as two doubles in his abbreviated stint.
Chase Utley took another step forward in the Phillies' 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Bright House Field on Saturday, playing four innings at second base -- his first defensive action all spring.
There was a ball hit to Adam Wainwright's left and one to his right. He batted. Eric Young Jr. faked a bunt that forced him to take a hard first step off the mound. "I think he had every test that he needed to have," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said
Yovani Gallardo has been reunited with Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and first baseman Prince Fielder, each of whom were already Brewers when the team selected Gallardo in the second round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons admitted Saturday that he doesn't think Maicer Izturis, sidelined with a pulled groin, will be ready to play on Opening Day, April 6, against the Yankees.
Jordan Zimmermann was not pleased with the amount of hits he gave up during his fourth Grapefruit League start, but he was even more upset after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch from Henderson Alvarez in the second inning of Nationals 4-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday.
As understudies go, Starling Marte could be the best off-Broadway performer, when it comes to taking center stage when given the chance. As Andrew McCutchen's placeholder, Marte rapped two more solid singles in three at-bats on Saturday, improving his spring average as a center fielder to .550.
Manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday the decision on the team's fifth starter will likely come in another week or so. And, no, he's still not tipping his hand in the battle between Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias.
Opening Day is a little more than two weeks away, and Cole Hamels has yet to throw four innings in a Grapefruit League game. It's not that Hamels hasn't built up his pitch count; he just hasn't been able to pitch deep enough into games.
The first sign of Didi Gregorius' flash came when he strolled into the clubhouse on this March morning wearing gold-plated headphones, shining brightly. The gold wasn't real, for the record, but the flash Gregorius brings to the field for a Bronx ballclub that has reinvented its defensive reputation in the last calendar year is as authentic as it comes.
Even though it was only Spring Training, Mark Appel reveled in the opportunity to face the New York Yankees, and did not disappoint.
Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Tigers after he twisted his left ankle while conditioning on Friday. Nationals manager Matt Williams said the issue was not serious, but the team will push Strasburg's start back a few days.