Rosario shows athleticism in work at first base

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Playing first base under game conditions went fine for the Rockies’ Wilin Rosario on Tuesday. Rosario, a catcher who could increase his playing time by being adequate at first base, made two error-saving plays in one inning.

Goldschmidt singles in first at-bat since breaking hand

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Paul Goldschmidt picked up right where he left off last July, as the D-backs first baseman singled sharply up the middle in his lone at-bat in Tuesday’s 4-0 win in an exhibition game against Arizona State University.

For Rockies, developing versatility key part of approach

For Rockies, developing versatility key part of approach

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In the Rockies’ world, a player may need to move around to move up. The Rockies usually carry 13 pitchers, while most teams tend to go with 12. That means fewer players on the Rockies’ bench, so the more versatile a player, the better.

A’s optimistic about prospects acquired in Samardzija trade

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The A’s have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.

MadBum’s mechanics — and personality — are stress-free

MadBum’s mechanics — and personality — are stress-free

Mar 3, 2015 | No Comments

Madison Bumgarner wasn’t even sure how many runs he gave up in his tough spring debut, showing how little it mattered to him.

D-backs honor Prescott resident killed in Syria

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The D-backs wore black patches with “KAYLA” on them on their left shoulders for Tuesday’s exhibition game against Arizona State University in memory of Prescott resident Kayla Mueller.

Lincecum shows flashes of dominance in spring debut

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Tim Lincecum demonstrated his potential for dominance, striking out two and reaching two-strike counts to each hitter he faced while working the third inning. He also proved susceptible to lapses as he surrendered Ben Zobrist’s leadoff double and wild-pitched him home.

De La Rosa to start D-backs’ Cactus League opener

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Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will get the start for the D-backs in their Cactus League opener on Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies at Salt River Fields.

Buchanan has no issue with flying below radar

Buchanan has no issue with flying below radar

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Phillies right-hander David Buchanan entered Spring Training last year as a last-minute invite to camp and a relative unknown outside the organization. But Buchanan, who allowed five hits and one run over two innings in Tuesday’s 5-5 tie with the Yankees at Bright House Field, enters this camp as the favorite to be the team’s No. 5 starter behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams.

Howard focused on nothing but positives

Howard focused on nothing but positives

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Ryan Howard could have come to Phillies camp last month in a miserable mood and with a scowl on his face. Howard’s offseason included a lawsuit between himself and his family, a concerted effort by the organization to trade him and a local radio interview in which his general manager said the Phillies would be better without him. But Howard showed up with a smile, and unless he is putting on an Oscar-worthy performance, he has maintained an upbeat appearance.