The Cardinals are opening Grapefruit League play by featuring three starting pitchers likely vying for one rotation spot. Following Carlos Martinez and preceding Jaime Garcia, Marco Gonzales made his first pitch on Friday as he seeks to find a way onto the Major League roster.
Paul Molitor says he won’t be shy about letting data help him make decisions during a game in his first season as Twins manager.
Tigers shortstop left Friday’s game against the Mets with a bruised right shin.
The MRI on Royals southpaw Tim Collins showed damage to his left elbow ligament, and he said he will have a second opinion within a week or so. Manager Ned Yost wouldn’t speculate whether surgery would be necessary or when Collins might be able to pitch again.
Nine days. That is all Brandon Moss had to get through before he could opt out of his contract with the A’s and pursue an opportunity playing baseball in Japan. He was mentally ready to head overseas and his family was prepared to make the dramatic move with him.
The Orioles got a visit on Thursday from Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. Ripken also signed copies of his new children’s book, “Out At Home.”
Leaving the mound without pain made Thursday afternoon a success for Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. He’ll worry about sharpness as Spring Training continues.
A’s comeback hopeful Barry Zito was one pitch away from tucking two scoreless innings in his pocket. But even that one, a low changeup the Cubs’ Mike Olt belted for a two-run homer Thursday, couldn’t dampen an otherwise encouraging day for the adrenaline-fueled southpaw.
Kevin Cash had been thinking about the walk for some time. “What will it be like?” he kept asking himself. “That’s when it will hit me.”
The most important result for veteran Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee after his start in Thursday’s 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium wasn’t even a number at all. It was this: “It feels normal,” the 36-year-old said.