2/18/2013 | Prospect Mahtook has drive, speed, strong instincts
Tampa Bay Rays outfield prospect Mikie Mahtook is a scout's dream. While he may not have superstar-caliber tools, he plays the game with an aggressive intensity that puts pressure on the other team's defense. His work ethic compensates for any shortcoming he demonstrates in his skill level.
2/18/2013 | Hanrahan to make Sox debut in college game
Red Sox manager John Farrell posted his pitching alignment for Thursday's college doubleheader against Northeastern University and Boston College. First out of the gate against Northeastern? Newly acquired closer Joel Hanrahan. Just like all the other pitchers Farrell will deploy that day, Hanrahan will go one inning.
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.
2/18/2013 | Pedro having a blast in new role with Red Sox
Perhaps the magnitude of returning to the Red Sox didn't fully dawn on Pedro Martinez until Monday, when he put Boston's uniform pants back on for the first time since his victory in Game 3 of the 2004 World Series.
2/18/2013 | Madson throws off flat ground after setback
Potential Angels closer Ryan Madson threw off flat ground on Monday morning, picking up a baseball for the first time since being shut down 18 days earlier.
2/18/2013 | Odorizzi welcomes competition for rotation spot
Jake Odorizzi, who made his Major League debut in September for the Royals, felt good about his chances of making their rotation this season before coming to the Rays in the James Shields trade. Now the competition looks a little tougher for the 22-year-old righty.
2/18/2013 | Scott brings in surprise
Luke Scott told reporters on Sunday that he would have a surprise for the clubhouse on Monday. As promised, the Rays' great outdoorsman delivered, bringing in the head of a wild boar he had killed.
2/18/2013 | Bucs to extend Hurdle's contract through next season
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, 55, is approaching the final year of the three-year contract he'd signed in November 2010 and will have one season added to that deal, with an option for 2015.
2/18/2013 | Willingham looks to build on career year
After a career year, the question is now whether or not Josh Willingham can repeat last season's success.
2/18/2013 | Hosmer KISSing '12 goodbye with simpler approach
It's the old KISS theory with a slight twist. Instead of Keep It Simple Stupid, it's Keep It Simple Slugger for Eric Hosmer.
2/18/2013 | Trying to make roster, Profar to skip Classic
Infielder Jurickson Profar has told the Rangers that he is not going to play in the World Baseball Classic. Third baseman Adrian Beltre is also pulling out of the first round because of a slightly strained right calf muscle.
2/18/2013 | Schafer looking to figure in Braves' outfield plans
An older and humbled Jordan Schafer finds himself hoping the Braves still see enough in him to keep him at the Major League level as backup outfielder this year.
2/18/2013 | Clemens tries to fire up Astros prior to workout
Joking that his luggage had finally arrived, Astros special instructor Roger Clemens was at camp Monday wearing baseball pants as he took time to speak to the pitchers and catchers prior to Monday's workout at Osceola County Stadium.
2/18/2013 | Price aims to repeat success of last year, lead staff
David Price remembers what got him here, so he always packs extra socks.
2/18/2013 | Clemens issues statement on death of McCready
Roger Clemens, who's spending a few days in camp with the Astros in his role a special instructor, met with the media Monday morning and issued a typed statement about the passing of country music star Mindy McCready, who was a former friend of Clemens'.
2/18/2013 | Maybin remains limited with sore right wrist
Center fielder Cameron Maybin expected to be ready for Monday's workout after missing Saturday's first full-squad session with a sore right wrist, but that was not the case.
2/18/2013 | Prospect Yelich strives to become complete hitter
Christian Yelich is predominantly right-handed. He throws, writes, shoots a basketball and swings a tennis racket all from the right side. So it's hard to figure exactly why when he first picked up a baseball bat, he became a natural lefty.
2/18/2013 | Collins wants to appoint Wright as Mets' captain
Now that David Wright is locked onto the roster for the next eight seasons, Mets manager Terry Collins wants to explore the possibility of naming his third baseman captain.
2/18/2013 | Deal official, O'Day thanks Showalter, Duquette
The Orioles officially announced Monday morning that they have agreed to terms with right-hander Darren O'Day on a two-year contract with a club option for 2015.
2/18/2013 | Depth perception: Talent surplus a pleasant problem
There's depth, that quality every Major League team wants to possess to stave off inevitable injury and ineffectiveness over the course of the marathon season. And then there's deep depth, a luxury that some teams have, knowing full well there are necessary problems with having more of a good thing than one needs on a given day.
2/17/2013 | Trades and deals have Tribe feeling positive
While other teams made headlines, the Indians underwent a roster adjustment that gives them reason to feel they can be a factor in the AL Central.
2/17/2013 | Melvin addresses players before full-squad workout
Even the defending American League West champions need a pep talk every now and then. There was never a better time for one than Sunday, when the A's gathered around manager Bob Melvin in their clubhouse at Phoenix Municipal Stadium shortly before their first full-squad workout.
2/17/2013 | Team pokes fun at Sveum's hunting accident
About halfway through Cubs manager Dale Sveum's speech prior to the first full squad workout on Sunday, the players started to take off their jackets to reveal bright orange hunting gear tops. Then, they put on the orange caps.
2/17/2013 | Hitters receive first spring look at live pitching
Bats get broken and hitters get a bit grumpy. All par for the course on the first day of pitchers facing hitters in live batting practice. Most, but not all, of the D-backs pitchers threw from behind protective screens and they signaled to batters what pitches were coming.
2/17/2013 | Prospect Russell thrilled to be in big league camp
If Addison Russell felt like he was dreaming on his first day in big league camp Sunday, he surely woke up when a pitch drilled his left knee during batting practice.
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