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2/18/2013 | Wigginton brings chase for champagne to Cards
"Still chasing the champagne" is how Ty Wigginton explains his decision to bring his blue-collar career to the center of the Cardinals' red universe. Though he is unlikely to play with any degree of regularity, it was the anticipated joy of playing before the appreciative folks of the Show Me State that convinced him.

2/18/2013 | Asdrubal could follow Bourn in No. 2 spot
The Indians filled the hole atop their lineup when they signed Michael Bourn last week. Cleveland has its leadoff man, but the team is still sorting out the second spot in the order. On Monday, Indians manager Terry Francona said All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera might fit the criteria for that role.

2/18/2013 | Leyland likes Hunter for No. 2 spot in lineup
Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't ready to finalize an order quite yet, but he ended speculation that Torii Hunter could move down to the middle of the lineup.

2/18/2013 | A's have deep competition for second-base job
The A's everyday second baseman has yet to be identified -- and likely won't be for weeks. In the meantime, don't expect manager Bob Melvin to tip his hand, not out of secrecy, but because even he isn't sure how the situation will pan out. Evaluations of the contenders, led by Scott Sizemore and Jemile Weeks, will be ongoing.

2/18/2013 | Soriano wants a winner, and hopes it's with Cubs
Entering Year No. 7 with the Cubs, Alfonso Soriano has the same goal as when he first signed, and the 37-year-old outfielder is hoping he can stick around to see it happen before his deal runs out.

2/18/2013 | Vogelsong to start Cactus League opener
Ryan Vogelsong will start Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Los Angeles Angels, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.

2/18/2013 | Romero's knees feel fine after second 'pen session
The Blue Jays will have to keep a close eye on left-hander Ricky Romero this spring as he attempts to battle back from tendinitis in both knees. He received platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees during the offseason to help alleviate the chronic pain, but the treatment was met with mixed results.

2/18/2013 | Cards courted second-base options over winter
As the Cardinals continue evaluating their in-house second-base options during the early days of Spring Training, it's become evident that the organization looked aggressively all offseason to supplement those candidates with another.

2/18/2013 | D-backs acquire Campana for two Minors hurlers
The D-backs acquired outfielder Tony Campana from the Cubs on Monday in exchange for a pair of Minor League pitchers. Right-handers Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal were sent to the Cubs in the deal. Both pitchers played for Arizona's entry in the Dominican Summer League last season.

2/18/2013 | McCarthy faces hitters for first time since injury
For the first time since being struck in the head by a line drive on Sept. 5, D-backs right-hander Brandon McCarthy faced a batter Monday in a live batting-practice session.

2/18/2013 | Hand strain temporarily sidelines Cain from BP
Center fielder Lorenzo Cain will miss a few days of batting practice due to a strained right hand.

2/18/2013 | Doc impressive in first live action against hitters
Phillies ace Roy Halladay was among the pitchers to throw to live hitters on Monday morning for the first time this spring at Carpenter Complex.

2/18/2013 | Soriano appears sharp in first bullpen with Nats
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano threw his first bullpen session of the spring Monday and looked sharp, according to catcher Kurt Suzuki.

2/18/2013 | Saunders comes out swinging in live BP
After having pitchers throw strictly in bullpen sessions while hitters took batting practice against easy-tossing coaches the first five days of camp, the Mariners began live batting practice for the first time Monday.

2/18/2013 | Kershaw baffles hitters in first live BP session
Dodgers pitchers threw live batting practice Monday for the first time this spring on Monday, and the lucky batters to draw Clayton Kershaw first out of the chute were Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford.

2/18/2013 | Braves weighing backup backstop for start of year
With the start of the exhibition season still four days away, it is far too early to start making assumptions about the makeup of the Braves' Opening Day roster. A number of variables will determine the direction manager Fredi Gonzalez will take while dealing with the fact that starting catcher Brian McCann is expected to miss at least the season's first two weeks while recovering from shoulder surgery.

2/18/2013 | Young Cards pitchers tap into wealth of experience
As the three developing right-handers -- Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal and Joe Kelly -- compete for the same Major League rotation spot this spring, they do so having been molded through their deliberate attempts to attach themselves to someone who has already ascended to a place where they want to be.

2/18/2013 | Non-roster reliever spends offseason as MLS intern
Right-hander Mike Ekstrom needed a way to fend off the boredom that typically takes up some of a ballplayer's offseason, so he worked as an intern for Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers.

2/18/2013 | Frasor could play prominent role in Rangers' 'pen
Some of the young Rangers relievers might want to introduce themselves to Jason Frasor because he is exactly what the Rangers are looking for in a reliever. The Rangers would love to see Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman and others to emulate Frasor's philosophy to pitching.

2/18/2013 | McCutchen ready for work after hectic offseason
Andrew McCutchen spent the offseason collecting the spoils of his breakthrough 2012 season. At times, it felt like he was spending it in track shoes.

2/18/2013 | Gordon likely to end up in Minors for more seasoning
Hanley Ramirez has signaled to management with words and actions that he's all-in to play shortstop this year, so where does that leave Dee Gordon?

2/18/2013 | Flowers' work ethic unchanged with starting job
Getting the starting job behind the plate hasn't changed Tyler Flowers' work ethic during Spring Training. Flowers put in countless hours of preparation last year as A.J. Pierzynski's backup.

2/18/2013 | Peavy pleased offseason path led back to White Sox
Jake Peavy, who re-signed with the White Sox in October, left behind what promised to be more lucrative offers on the free-agent market to stay at a place where he felt he belonged.

2/18/2013 | Grichuk still has time to make impact like Trout
Twenty-four selections were made in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft before the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Mike Trout. Randal Grichuk was one of the 24. Grichuk, however, is different.

2/18/2013 | Gamel to miss 2013 season after re-injuring knee
The Brewers were re-examining their options at first base Monday after learning Mat Gamel had re-torn his right ACL and would miss the 2013 season.


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