AL West Notes: Hernandez, Andrus, Crisp, Athletics

Mar 4, 2015 | No Comments

Astros righty Roberto Hernandez has finally received his visa an is set to report to spring camp for a physical, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart tweets. Hernandez has a bit of catching up to do if he hopes to make the roster after inking a minor league deal earlier in the offseason. Here are some notes from the AL West: A rough 2014 season for Elvis Andrus of the Rangers has left some looking askance at his eight-year, $120MM extension, which officially kicks in this season. As the Associated Press reports (via ESPN.com), Andrus says that he is ready for a better campaign after reporting out of shape last year. “This year I took it a thousand times [more] seriously than I did the year before,” he said. 

Felix excited to be part of new-look Mariners

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Felix Hernandez remains the face of the Mariners, as evidenced by a large MLB camera crew that followed his every move on Wednesday shooting video for an upcoming 30-second promotional spot. But Seattle’s ace isn’t all on his own any more as the club has beefed up its roster with some noticeable veteran presence.

Castillo adjusting to new spot on depth chart

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Welington Castillo will be behind the plate Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., in one of the Cubs’ split-squad games. Where he’ll be when the season opens is to be determined.

What to watch for in today’s games

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Baseball returned on Tuesday for 10 teams, as games got underway in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Ten more clubs are set to join the party today, including the defending American League champion Royals.

Black welcomes expectations for new-look Padres

Black welcomes expectations for new-look Padres

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The expectations have changed for manager Bud Black and the Padres. No longer are the Padres the underdog. “It’s exciting,” said Black. “We know what is in front of us, and we welcome it.”

Tomas turns in solid D-backs debut

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Yasmany Tomas played five innings at third base and went 1-for-2 in the D-backs’ 4-0 exhibition victory against Arizona State University on Tuesday, the Cuban’s first game action since signing with Arizona as a free agent.

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.

D-backs honor Prescott resident killed in Syria

Mar 3, 2015 | No Comments

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.