2/16/2013 | After strong winter, Valbuena hopes for successful spring
Luis Valbuena batted .306 in the Venezuelan Winter League, and is a favorite of Cubs manager Dale Sveum after his play last season. But Valbuena isn't taking anything for granted.
2/16/2013 | Mariners plan to use Morales mostly as DH
Kendrys Morales, acquired from the Angels in a trade for Jason Vargas, shared time with Justin Smoak during first-base drills on the first day of full-squad workouts.
2/16/2013 | Giants confident Sandoval will drop weight
Concerns about third baseman Pablo Sandoval's weight have become a rite of spring. Sandoval's waistline is again an issue. "I don't think that question will go away, to be quite honest," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday.
2/16/2013 | Vogelsong continues to inspire with career
Anybody who knows Ryan Vogelsong's saga can sense that it would inspire anybody trying to succeed, in or out of baseball. The Giants right-hander has realized this.
2/16/2013 | Wedge delivers annual kickoff speech at camp
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this is a different team and different clubhouse in his third year at the helm, so his message reflects some changes.
2/16/2013 | Weiss hopes to bring clarity to first team meeting
In the few days that pitchers have been working out at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, new Rockies manager Walt Weiss has concentrated on a few simple instructions and objectives. His next task will be to establish what he calls "clarity" on Sunday morning, during his first official meeting in front of the full squad.
2/16/2013 | Helton gets in first full spring workout with teammates
Saturday was the first extended appearance in the clubhouse of veteran first baseman Todd Helton. Actually, Helton has been in town for about a week, but he had made himself scarce around the complex. His lack of presence prevented his recent arrest and charges of driving under the influence and careless driving from distracting his teammates.
2/16/2013 | After trying 2012, Bettis trying to live in the moment
Rockies right-handed Chad Bettis entered last spring amid much fanfare. But after a shoulder injury cost him the entire 2012 season, he arrived to camp this spring with much less buzz, which is fine with him.
2/16/2013 | Brignac adds to Rockies reserve infield depth
The freshness of a new start outweighs any pressure infielder Reid Brignac could feel upon joining the Rockies, who acquired him from the Rays on Thursday for cash and a player to be named.
2/16/2013 | D-backs' Corbin, Skaggs enjoy friendly competition
Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin are very close friends who were drafted the same year by the Angels. They are also competing for the final open spot in the starting rotation this spring.
2/16/2013 | Putz benefitting from new dietary plan
D-backs closer J.J. Putz adjusted his diet this offseason after finding out he, like starter Trevor Cahill, had a food sensitivity to gluten and dairy.
2/16/2013 | Melvin has options in A's outfield
In advance of Sunday's first full-squad workout, A's position players officially reported to camp on Saturday, paving the way for conversation about where some of them will play.
2/16/2013 | A's might have Smith work out at first base
Add Seth Smith to the growing list of potential first-base options for the A's.
2/16/2013 | Below looking for happier ending to 2013
For four months, Duane Below was enjoying a storybook season in the big leagues. The ending was a bit of a letdown.
2/16/2013 | Verlander, Scherzer will have lighter load
After high workloads the last two seasons, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer will see less work this spring.
2/16/2013 | Porcello picks Rogers' brain
Rick Porcello is trying to gather pitching tips from former Tiger Kenny Rogers, a postseason hero of the 2006 American League champions.
2/16/2013 | Ortega draws rare early praise from Leyland
2/16/2013 | Start of something big: Chapman's transition begins
The bold decision by the Reds to have pitcher Aroldis Chapman shift from closer to the rotation this spring has been one of the most talked about scenarios in baseball all winter.
2/16/2013 | Freeman's left index finger finally pain-free
A frustrated Freddie Freeman went through the final four months of last season wondering when his injured left index finger would allow him to grip a baseball bat in pain-free fashion. He received his answer when he began taking batting practice after the arrival of the new year.
2/16/2013 | McCann gets encouraging report on shoulder
Brian McCann understands that he is likely at least two months away from being cleared to play in a Major League game. But the Braves catcher was still encouraged with the update he received after his surgicall -repaired right shoulder was evaluated by the team's orthopedic surgeon Dr. Xavier Duralde on Saturday morning.
2/16/2013 | Fredi holding off on opening Braves rotation
It seems obvious that the Braves will tab either Tim Hudson or Kris Medlen to serve as this year's Opening Day starting pitcher. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will wait a few more weeks to make the decision and determine the best way to strategically align his starting rotation.
2/16/2013 | Ryu trying to get leg up in Dodgers camp
If you've been following Hyun-Jin Ryu's first week in Dodgers camp carefully. you'll know that he won't be running track for the South Korea Olympic Team if this baseball gig doesn't pan out.
2/16/2013 | Mattingly, Dodgers stay focused on prep work
With expectations sky-high after the radical upgrade of the roster, the Dodgers held their first full-squad workout on a sunny Saturday at Camelback Ranch.
2/16/2013 | Jansen, Withrow miss workout with injuries
Dodgers pitchers Kenley Jansen and Chris Withrow missed workouts on Saturday with injuries -- Jansen because of a toe problem and Withrow with a stiff back.
2/16/2013 | Familiar faces hit the field in first full-squad workout
At 9:35 a.m. Mountain time, bench coach Ron Wotus strode into Scottsdale Stadium's home clubhouse, where the Giants were scattered as they played cards, changed into baseball gear or chatted idly.
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