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2/17/2013 | Phillips to live dream in World Baseball Classic
Back in 1996, Brandon Phillips lived one of the more unique baseball experiences by serving as a bat boy during the Olympic Games in Atlanta. The experience was a motivating factor behind Phillips' decision to play in the World Baseball Classic

2/17/2013 | Aceves' batting-practice lobs perplex Red Sox
Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves lobbed the vast majority of his throws during live batting practice Sunday, to the obvious annoyance of manager John Farrell.

2/17/2013 | Mastroianni likely to win center-field job
After his experience with the Twins last season, Darin Mastroianni is the favorite to win the center-field competition this spring, but he said Sunday that he knows the job won't be handed to him

2/17/2013 | Galvis tries to move past injury, suspension
Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen entered camp last week as favorites to be the team's two utility infielders, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he sees a scenario in which Galvis starts 50-60 games. But Galvis will have to prove himself on a couple of fronts to stick: he has to stay healthy and produce while playing clean.

2/17/2013 | Koufax arrives, eager to take on new role with club
A Dodgers team loaded with big names welcomed the biggest name of all to Spring Training on Sunday. Sandy Koufax, the iconic Hall of Famer recently hired as special assistant to chairman Mark Walter, arrived for the final 15 minutes of Sunday's practice.

2/17/2013 | Gio to stay with Nats, miss first round of Classic
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, a late addition to the Team USA starting rotation for the World Baseball Classic, will not join the team until the second round of the tournament, should the United States advance.

2/17/2013 | Trade rumors behind him, Kubel's focus on field
Jason Kubel's name had been mentioned in trade talks throughout the winter, and it wasn't until Arizona finally dealt outfielder Justin Upton to Atlanta late last month that Kubel's return to the desert was assured. "It's all talk, but when it's all you hear, it's pretty hard not to think about it," Kubel said.

2/17/2013 | Key to Bucs' chemistry: Location, location, location
If there truly is such a thing as clubhouse chemistry, the Pirates' master chemist is Scott Bonnett. He is the one who mixes and matches team elements, and affects whether the final blend flows smoothly or perhaps blows up into a mess.

2/17/2013 | Late-inning roles set in Cardinals' bullpen
From newcomer Randy Choate matching up against lefties to Jason Motte (pictured) closing out the ninth, Cardinals relievers have well-defined roles.

2/17/2013 | Hard work, raw talent fuel Gordon's turnaround
After an up-and-down start to his pro career, Alex Gordon is becoming the rock of the up-and-coming Royals thanks to a wealth of raw talent as well as a lot of hard work.

2/17/2013 | Weaver on track for another Opening Day start
If healthy, Jered Weaver will be the Angels' Opening Day starter. That's obvious. He's been the Opening Day starter the last three years, and it was perhaps even more obvious than ever going into this season that he'd get the nod again.

2/17/2013 | Classic-bound Boggs to keep normal routine
Two weeks from Sunday, Mitchell Boggs plans to depart for Arizona, where he will begin preparing for the World Baseball Classic with his U.S. teammates.

2/17/2013 | Prospect Martinez remains delayed by visa issues
The Cardinals are nearly a week into Spring Training, and right-hander Carlos Martinez remains a no-show due to visa issues restricting him from leaving the Dominican Republic. General manager John Mozeliak said, too, that the club has still not been given any indication on when to anticipate his arrival.

2/17/2013 | Weeks' comeback in 2013 a family affair
Both Weeks brothers are back for 2013, Rickie having further cemented his role as the Brewers' starting second baseman with a strong finish to 2012, and Jemile back in A's camp trying to win back his old job.

2/17/2013 | Finger injury kept Grandal from hitting all winter
Suspended Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal revealed Sunday that he hasn't picked up a bat all winter, the result of two inflamed tendons in his left middle finger. Grandal, who will miss the first 50 games of the season for testing positive for testosterone, will hit for the first time Monday on a practice field.

2/17/2013 | Aviles driven by past experiences
Mike Aviles' story is one about overcoming odds and proving people wrong. It is a tale of fighting his way up through the Minor Leagues after an insulting signing bonus. It is about realizing his dream of becoming a highly-praised big leaguer. His story also includes a treacherous drive through a frightening snow storm.

2/17/2013 | Jeter expects to be ready for Opening Day
Derek Jeter's schedule will be lighter than usual while he returns from a left ankle injury this spring, but the Yankees' shortstop said that he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

2/17/2013 | Clemens pitching in with Astros as special instructor
Roger Clemens arrived Sunday at Astros Spring Training camp for the first of about four days he'll spend there this week as a special instructor. He'll also go back and forth between Florida and Houston two more times this spring.

2/17/2013 | Clubs, players likely to avoid arbitration in 2013
Thanks but no thanks, third parties. Major League teams and their arbitration-eligible players handled things just fine on their own this offseason. For the first time since the arbitration process started in 1974, it appears that Major League Baseball will not have an arbitration hearing this year.

2/16/2013 | Padres, Richard agree on $5.24 million for 2013
The Padres agreed to terms on Saturday with the last of their eight arbitration-eligible players, left-hander Clayton Richard.

2/16/2013 | Werth's left wrist much improved
On Jan. 26, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said his wrist was not as strong as he would like it to be. Last season, Werth broke his left wrist on May 6 against the Phillies, an injury that kept him out of action until early August.

2/16/2013 | Werth likes idea of Harper in left field
With Denard Span playing center field this year, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said Bryce Harper should start the season in left.

2/16/2013 | Former pitcher Owings at the bat for Nats
Right-hander Micah Owings will not pitch for the Nationals this year; he will play first base and the outfield. Owings was one of the best-hitting pitchers in the big leagues.

2/16/2013 | Ibanez returns to roots in first full-squad workouts
Raul Ibanez is in his 21st professional camp, which saw him come full circle Saturday as he returned to the Mariners complex for the first day of full-squad workouts.

2/16/2013 | Numbers game: Sveum surrenders No. 33 to Villanueva
Cubs manager Dale Sveum noticed that pitcher Carlos Villanueva had No. 33 on his cleats. Villanueva has worn No. 33 most of his career, while Sveum has that number now with the Cubs. The manager, though, is giving up 33 to the pitcher, and will wear No. 4

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