3/17/2013 | Harper hopes to compete in next Classic
Bryce Harper, who initially turned down an invitation to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic to prepare for his first Major League Opening Day, volunteered to replace David Wright after the Mets' star was injured.
3/17/2013 | Johnson, Francisco still battling for third base job
Manager Fredi Gonzalez still doesn't know who will be the Braves' starting third baseman on Opening Day in two weeks, with Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco locked in a third base battle.
3/17/2013 | Beachy continues to progress, could return by June
Braves' manager Fredi Gonzalez said injured right-hander Brandon Beachy continues to progress with his rehab and appears on schedule to return sometime in late June.
3/17/2013 | Mauer, Perkins return to Twins camp after Classic
Joe Mauer arrived back at Twins camp on Sunday after playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but he didn't make the 90-mile trip to Ed Smith Stadium for Minnesota's game against the Orioles. Twins closer Glen Perkins also arrived back at the Lee County Sports Complex after pitching for Team USA in relief.
3/17/2013 | Dickey returns to camp, focused on Opening Day start
After Team USA's elimination from the World Baseball Classic, R.A. Dickey has his full attention on getting ready for the season opener with the Blue Jays. He makes his first start back in a Minor League game on Tuesday.
3/17/2013 | Garcia out indefinitely with heel injury
The good news on Avisail Garcia is that X-rays taken Saturday on his right heel came back negative, confirming nothing more than a bruise. The bad news is that the right heel contusion will sideline him until further notice.
3/17/2013 | Zobrist savors World Baseball Classic experience
Ben Zobrist was back in Rays camp on Sunday morning, still riding the high from his World Baseball Classic experience.
3/17/2013 | Teixeira not sure when he'll return from tendon tear
Mark Teixeira continues to say that he is not exactly sure when he will return to the Yankees' lineup. The team has estimated Teixeira will need eight to 10 weeks to recover from the injury, which he suffered on March 3. But Teixeira now acknowledges that he might need to miss the entire month of May.
3/17/2013 | Lester's perfect outing powers Sox past Rays
Jon Lester, the leader of the Red Sox staff and the expected Opening Day starter, threw six perfect innings Sunday afternoon at JetBlue Park in a 5-1 win over the Rays.
3/17/2013 | Robinson making most of spring chances
Shane Robinson has benefited from more playing time with Carlos Beltran competing in the World Baseball Classic, and his batting average ranked first among the Cardinals through 14 games.
3/17/2013 | Matheny getting good look at Wisdom
Patrick Wisdom, who started Sunday, received increased playing time thanks to a lack of depth at third base, with David Freese nursing a sore back.
3/17/2013 | Kershaw unconcerned after comebacker scare
Dodgers Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw said his left Achilles was sore Sunday, one day after being struck by a comebacker, but he doesn't expect to miss a start or any practice time.
3/17/2013 | Correa makes his mark in Major League camp
Top prospect and 2012 No. 1 overall Draft pick Carlos Correa has made a big impression on Jeff Luhnow this spring, and the Astros GM said he expects Correa to spend the majority of the season with Class A Quad Cities.
3/17/2013 | Mesa, Youk homers power Yankees past Bucs
Melky Mesa smoked a grand slam and Kevin Youkilis added three RBIs on Sunday as the Yankees downed the Pirates, 11-9, in Grapefruit League play.
3/17/2013 | Although not official, Lester lined up for Opening Day
Red Sox manager John Farrell did not take Sunday morning as an opportunity to name his April 1 starter with two weeks left in camp.
3/17/2013 | Crawford's spring debut comes as designated hitter
Carl Crawford made his long-awaited Cactus League debut for the Dodgers on Sunday, going 0-for-3 as the designated hitter in the club's split-squad game at home against the Brewers.
3/17/2013 | Wright returns, status for opener remains uncertain
David Wright was back in Mets camp on Sunday morning, hopeful but not certain that he'll recover from a left intercostal muscle strain in time to be ready for Opening Day.
3/17/2013 | Not just another game for DR against Netherlands
Hollywood would bill the Kingdom of the Netherlands-Dominican Republic matchup in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic on Monday as a David-vs.-Goliath scenario. But the D.R. isn't buying the idea.
3/16/2013 | Japan again relying on aces in quest for third title
Classic pitching has made Japan back-to-back World Baseball Classic champions, and no other country has won this global tournament.
3/16/2013 | Davey sees Storen think too much, overthrow
Nationals reliever Drew Storen struggled for the second outing in a row. This time, he allowed three runs in one inning during a 4-2 loss to the Astros on Saturday evening at Space Coast Stadium.
3/16/2013 | Strasburg pleased with improved spring mechanics
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was dominant on the mound during a 4-2 loss to the Astros at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday evening.
3/16/2013 | Andruw, Profar provide treat for Dutch
Jurickson Profar is sharing the World Baseball Classic attention with Andruw Jones, a fellow Dutch countryman who was slightly younger -- 19 -- when he broke into the big leagues with the Braves in 1996.
3/16/2013 | Blyleven pays tribute to parents, Dutch heritage
Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven is best known for his years with the Minnesota Twins, but during this particular stretch of March, his identity is wrapped up in his native country.
3/16/2013 | Meulens' playing days too far removed for Profar
For most of the players he is managing in the World Baseball Classic, Hensley Meulens -- as a Major League player -- happened a little too long ago for them to remember.
3/16/2013 | Dutch manager right at home for title round
Kingdom of the Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens has been all over the place for the World Baseball Classic in the last month, but he's landed in a familiar spot for the most important round.
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