Mike Pelfrey couldn't get through the third inning of an 11-5 loss against the Orioles on Wednesday, and he came away dissatisfied with his pitch location.
D-backs pitcher Brandon McCarthy took some time prior to Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Royals to field questions from fans via social media and a live video stream in the Edward Jones Chatting Cage.
D-backs GM Kevin Towers wants to make sure the D-backs have the necessary parts to make that trip to the Promised Land. And unlike his days in San Diego, where rebuilding was so often the focus, this past winter, alone, showed that Towers knows the future is now in the Desert of the Sun.
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos took a big step forward on Wednesday in his efforts to return from left knee surgery.
Jeff Samardzija struggled with his command at times in a three-inning outing Wednesday in a Colorado Rockies split-squad's 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The Cubs' possible opening-day starter gave up two straight singles then, after a sacrifice bunt, hit a batter and walked the next in a rocky two-run third inning.
Ryan Braun hit his second homer of the spring and added a single to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Wednesday. Braun raised his batting average from .800 to .875 with the hits and now has seven hits in his first eight Cactus League at-bats.
Aaron Hicks is hoping for a turnaround after he followed a strong spring last year with a debut season in which he hit .192/.259/.338 before being sent to Rochester for good in early August.
Kansas City ace James Shields allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the Royals' 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. A.J. Pollock's leadoff single in the third was the only hit Shields has allowed in four innings this spring. Shields struck out three with no walks. Patrick Corbin, set to be Arizona's opening-day starter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, on March 22, gave up two runs on four hits in four innings.
Matt Cain pitched three shutout innings in his first start of the spring and Pablo Sandoval hit a pair of RBI singles as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday. Cain gave up one hit, a second-inning double by Collin Cowgill, and struck out two. Sandoval, slimmer after losing nearly 30 pounds during the offseason, got his hits off Jered Weaver, who pitched four innings and gave up two runs and four hits with two walks and struck out two. STARTING TIME Angels: Weaver, 1-0 entering the game, started off on the wrong foot in the bottom of the first inning when left fielder Brennan Bosch dropped leadoff man Gregor Blanco's shallow fly ball in the sun along the left-field line.
During Cleveland's run to the American League Wild Card Game last season, Jason Kipnis proved to be the motor within the Indians' versatile offense. Terry Francona trusted the second baseman with the third spot in the batting order and the Tribe's manager sees no reason not to open the coming campaign with the same plan.
Defending National League batting champion Michael Cuddyer left the Rockies' 7-5 win over the Cubs in the third inning on Wednesday after he was hit on the left shoulder blade by a pitch from right-hander Jeff Samardzija. But Cuddyer doesn't believe the injury is serious.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since suffering a mild right calf strain six days earlier in his first Spring Training start. Manager Don Mattingly said the session went well and the right-hander will throw off a mound again Thursday.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Marco Scutaro, who's recovering from an ailing back, has increased his baseball-related activity. But the second baseman might make his first Cactus League appearance later than sooner.
The major work to replace Andy Dirks in the outfield will come for Tigers officials, from manager Brad Ausmus to the front office, who have to evaluate whether the answer to their void is in their camp right now -- or if there's a realistic solution on the market worth their time to acquire.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Jose Fernandez had trouble sleeping before his latest start. Fernandez allowed two hits and struck out two in 3 1-3 scoreless innings as the Miami Marlins beat a New York Mets split squad 5-2 in 10 innings. Eric Young Jr. hit a leadoff single in the Mets against Fernandez before the NL Rookie of the Year retired the next nine batters. ''I'm not scared,'' Fernandez said.
Shelby Miller finally got a chance to pitch against the Boston Red Sox. The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander gave up a leadoff home run in his spring training debut Wednesday, then retired eight in a row to help beat Boston 8-6. The game was a relaxed rematch of last year's World Series, won by the Red Sox. ''It's still early and we've got to build up, but I felt like the fastball was coming out of my hand really good.'' Boston newcomer Chris Capuano, pitching his first game, went two innings and allowed two runs on a homer by Xavier Scruggs.
D-backs right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday, was diagnosed with a slight bulging disk. Arroyo underwent an MRI on Tuesday afternoon and was given an epidural Wednesday morning by team physician, Michael Lee.
Ryan Braun, who tied the game with his fourth-inning homer, has reached safely in eight of his nine Cactus League plate appearances.
Aside from Adam Wainwright, who will start for St. Louis on Thursday, the Cardinals have now watched each of their starting pitchers take the mound in a spring game. And with his outing on Wednesday, Shelby Miller set the early bar.
Spring Training is a big deal to Jose Fernandez, who makes it clear that he isn't just using his Grapefruit League starts to go through the motions.