2/13/2013 | Urban Invitational's success mirrors that of UYA
The sixth edition of the Urban Invitational -- which will take place at Minute Maid Park will from Feb. 22-24 -- will for the first time exclusively feature historically black colleges and universities, and it comes when the Urban Youth Academy mission is thriving.
2/13/2013 | Wedge: Mariners' increase in talent 'dramatic'
Eric Wedge got his first full look at the 32 pitchers in camp with the Mariners on Wednesday and wasted no time noting how much the talent level has improved since his arrival in Seattle in 2011.
2/13/2013 | Dodgers' 'bold' approach helped sway Greinke
The Dodgers' Zack Greinke was gracious a day after losing the title of richest right-hander in baseball to Felix Hernandez. Greinke, however, declined to publicly offer any negotiating advice to the left-hander two lockers over, Clayton Kershaw, who could become the richest pitcher in history if a contract extension is worked out this spring.
2/13/2013 | Conditioning a work in progress for Ryu
Korean sensation Hyun-Jin Ryu was not sensational during the first conditioning run of Spring Training, huffing and puffing and cutting corners at the back of the pack that included pitchers and catchers.
2/13/2013 | Health, age force ace veteran Halladay to adjust
Roy Halladay enters Spring Training out to prove that 2012, when back and shoulder problems made him ineffective, was an aberration.
2/13/2013 | Blue Jays prepared to be Centre of attention
This is the reality that comes with becoming one of baseball's "it" teams, and, for now, the Blue Jays wear the label well. Like most modern-day athletes, the members of this club are well-schooled on the caveats and clichés that must be offered up whenever the subject of expectations arises, as it often will.
2/13/2013 | Johnson joins large group of reserve candidates
Elliot Johnson, the last piece of the Royals' trade with Tampa Bay, will join a large group of candidates for bench roles when full-squad workouts begin on Friday.
2/13/2013 | Chatwood looks to break out with tweaked mechanics
Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood has spent most of his time in the Majors over the last two seasons relying on talent, but he hopes he has finally developed a reliable enough pitching motion to truly thrive.
2/13/2013 | Depth ensures stiff 'pen competition for A's
Competition in the bullpen is fierce in A's camp this spring, putting Oakland in a position manager Bob Melvin described as "enviable."
2/13/2013 | Phillies, righty Cruz decide to part ways
The Phillies and right-hander Juan Cruz mutually rescinded their agreement to a Minor League contract. He became a free agent immediately.
2/13/2013 | Despite Torre's call, Pettitte skipping Classic
When Andy Pettitte picked up the phone and heard Joe Torre's voice at the other end of the line, asking him to fill one of Team USA's roster spots in the World Baseball Classic, the lefty's emotions stirred.
2/13/2013 | Rivera plans to continue shagging fly balls
No one ever wants to see anything like what the Yankees witnessed last May 3 in Kansas City, when Mariano Rivera lay writhing in pain on the warning track, his season cut short by a right knee injury.
2/13/2013 | Fan Cave finalists head to Arizona for last tests
Following two weeks of furious campaigning, 30 finalists vying to be contestants in the 2013 MLB Fan Cave earned trips to Spring Training for the final step in their quests for their baseball dream job.
2/13/2013 | Span early to camp, eager to join new team
Nationals position players are not required to report until Friday, but newly acquired center fielder Denard Span was in camp Wednesday and was seen working out at Space Coast Stadium.
2/13/2013 | New deal brings out emotion, excitement in Felix
On Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field, ace right-hander Felix Hernandez stood by his statements that he wanted to remain with the Mariners, signing a seven-year, $175 million contract.
2/13/2013 | Prospect Jackson takes hitting session to heart
An intense week of hitting in November may help Brett Jackson become the hitter the Cubs think he can be. Jackson and teammate Darwin Barney spent time with Cubs manager Dale Sveum, hitting coach James Rowson and assistant hitting coach Rob Deer at Fitch Park.
2/13/2013 | Nathan seeks normal spring with Rangers
Rangers closer Joe Nathan had an opportunity to pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. He respectfully declined the invitation because he feels he needs to concentrate on getting ready with the team.
2/13/2013 | Johnson stands by Gonzalez after Bosch report
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he supports left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who denied that he used performance-enhancing drugs after being linked to Anthony Bosch in a report.
2/13/2013 | Simmons relishes challenge of batting leadoff
Andrelton Simmons likes the fact there are those who are doubting his ability to handle the leadoff role for the Braves this season. The talented young shortstop views this as nothing more than his latest opportunity to prove somebody wrong.
2/13/2013 | Valencia refutes link to anti-aging clinic
Danny Valencia reiterated on Wednesday that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs after a report earlier this month mentioned him as one of three new names linked to the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic alleged to have distributed PEDs to Major League players.
2/13/2013 | Peralta feeling 'quicker' at camp, deflects PED talk
Jhonny Peralta will let last week's statement from his attorney stand in regards to the SI.com report that his name was found in the records of the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.
2/13/2013 | Yu takes first step toward building on '12 success
Other than a blast off the bat of Minor League outfielder Royce Bolinger, Yu Darvish's first bullpen session of the spring seemed to go smoothly.
2/13/2013 | Wainwright pleased with first mound session at camp
A year past the point of having reservations about his surgically repaired right elbow, Adam Wainwright took the mound on Wednesday to begin the buildup process toward Opening Day.
2/13/2013 | Lack of veteran backup catcher not an issue
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn reiterated Wednesday that he's comfortable with the team's catching situation despite not having a veteran option.
2/13/2013 | Spring brings competition for final rotation spot
Following the likely top four of Ricky Nolasco, Jacob Turner, Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, the Marlins may be considering at least seven pitchers to fill out the final rotation spot.
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