2/17/2013 | Johan returns to mound with 20 pitches
When Johan Santana takes the mound on April 1 in Flushing, temperatures could easily dip into the 40s or colder. Florida's Treasure Coast felt about that frigid on Sunday, even if thermometers at Tradition Field read 10 degrees warmer. The wind and cold generated a fitting atmosphere for Santana, the Mets' Opening Day starter, who climbed atop a bullpen mound to deliver his first pitches since last August.
2/17/2013 | Gorkys tries to carry winter hitting lessons into spring
Gorkys Hernandez may be out of options, but the 25-year-old outfielder is not lacking optimism. With no guarantees, the speedster is trying to win a roster spot with the Marlins. Hernandez is competing either to be the starting center fielder or an extra outfielder.
2/17/2013 | Marlins might have to rely on small ball
Effort and energy are highly prevalent in Marlins' camp, but eye-popping power is not. Aside from Giancarlo Stanton, the team isn't loaded with big league ready power.
2/17/2013 | Marlins add B game with Mets on March 5
With so many roster spots open and a large volume of young players in camp, the Marlins were looking for more games. They found one, even if it is nothing more than a glorified scrimmage.
2/17/2013 | Ackley won't blame bum ankle for down '12
Dustin Ackley didn't have the type of 2012 season he or the Mariners expected offensively, but the young second baseman said he's worked hard over the offseason to refine his swing and get healthy.
2/17/2013 | Future uncertain, Konerko living in the present
The only difference between the open of Paul Konerko's 15th Spring Training with the White Sox from any of the past 14 is that this could be his last with the team.
2/17/2013 | Cust inks Minor League deal
Tampa Bay announced early on Sunday morning it had signed veteran outfielder/designated hitter Jack Cust to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League camp.
2/17/2013 | Peralta won't play in Classic
Joel Peralta confirmed on Sunday morning that he would not be participating for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, and noted he was disappointed about that fact.
2/17/2013 | Scott ready for action
Luke Scott reported to camp on Sunday feeling good about his conditioning and his prospects for the season. Scott was not in top form last season, due to his recovery from right-shoulder surgery. In deference to the previous offseason, Scott was able to take part in his normal workouts -- minus the precautionary measures. That has allowed him to add some quality weight, while injecting some enthusiasm into his feelings about the coming year.
2/17/2013 | Molina taking things in stride
Jose Molina is slated to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, which means he'll be leaving the Rays at some point during the spring. Since the Rays have a lot of new arms in camp, Molina was asked if felt any pressure about not having the time to catch all of the team's pitchers so he can grow familiar with them.
2/17/2013 | Overbay ready to battle for backup spot at first
Lyle Overbay used to be the veteran who could come to camp and simply fine-tune everything, knowing he was going to be the starting first baseman when the season started. Now he's the non-roster invitee aiming for a backup spot, but knowing there are no guarantees.
2/17/2013 | Farrell will go with only relievers against collegians
The Red Sox will play their first exhibition games on Thursday -- seven-inning games against Northeastern University and Boston College. However, you aren't likely to see any starting pitchers in those games. Instead, manager John Farrell will start wheeling his rotation out with the start of Grapefruit League games on Saturday.
2/17/2013 | Napoli gets some fielding drills in at first
Mike Napoli started easing into his new job as Boston's starting first baseman by doing defensive drills for the first time during camp. The right-handed hitter had to wait a little bit to make sure his most recent MRI on his hips came back was clean.
2/17/2013 | Drew showing he's over ankle injury
The more you see shortstop Stephen Drew going about his workouts, the more it becomes clear he is over the fractured right ankle that still hindered him during much of last season.
2/17/2013 | Without illusion, Twins aim for improvement in '13
For an effective encapsulation of the Minnesota Twins' offseason and outlook, look no further than the chairs in the home clubhouse at the Lee County Sports Complex.
2/17/2013 | Ricketts awaits next step in Wrigley renovation
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said on Sunday that he hopes the team can finalize some matters with the City of Chicago in the next few weeks so the five-year renovation plan for Wrigley Field can get under way.
2/17/2013 | Amaro says Phillies set with rotation
Right-hander Kyle Lohse remains a free agent, despite pitching effectively the previous two seasons with the Cardinals. The Phillies' rotation includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, but a pitcher like Lohse certainly would make their pitching staff more formidable.
2/17/2013 | Casilla hopes to supply O's with more than good 'D'
Coming off a solid Dominican Winter League season, Alexi Casilla is hoping he can bring more to the Orioles' organization than just a good glove.
2/17/2013 | Montero already likes what he's seeing from Bell
It was just an eight-minute session throwing to hitters, a first this spring, but D-backs catcher Miguel Montero was impressed with what he saw from reliever Heath Bell on Sunday.
2/17/2013 | In first session vs. hitters, Skaggs impresses Gibson
Tyler Skaggs came into camp determined to win the No. 5 spot in Arizona's rotation, and the extra work the left-hander put in this winter appears to have paid off. Skaggs had a session facing hitters for the first time in batting practice Sunday.
2/17/2013 | Pierre, Figgins together again like good ol' days
Fifteen years later, and it feels like Portland, Ore., all over again for Juan Pierre and Chone Figgins. Once again, they are teammates, this time with the new-look Marlins.
2/17/2013 | Jansen has bullpen session after toe injury
Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, who will have a painful ingrown toenail removed on Monday, was able to make his regular bullpen session on Sunday without limitations.
2/17/2013 | Reliever Withrow sidelined after back spasms
Chris Withrow said he expects to be sidelined a few days with back spasms suffered during his Friday bullpen session.
2/17/2013 | Davey checks out new players at first workout
With so much of the Nationals' core returning from a successful 2012 season -- essentially all positions are accounted for, plus the entire rotation and most of the bullpen -- the first full team workout Sunday gave the players a sense of familiarity amongst each other and gave manager Davey Johnson a chance to look at the organization's younger and more inexperienced players.
2/17/2013 | Martin has chance to grab center-field job
The Rangers are not interested in the details of Leonys Martin's dramatic escape from Cuba, they just want to know if he can be the everday center fielder on a team that expects to compete for a division title and more.
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