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Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut, A’s beat Giants 9-4 (Yahoo Sports)

San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday. Bumgarner gave up four runs in 1 2-3 innings, allowing Semien’s two-run shot in the first. ”Right now I’m not worried about results,” Bumgarner said. You want to get guys out, but it’s more about getting my arm in shape.” Bumgarner led the Giants to the title last October, giving up just one run in 21 innings against Kansas City.


Posted on 4 March 2015 @ 1:14 am

Russell Wilson will be in Rangers camp March 28 (Yahoo Sports)

Two-time Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson is set for his second appearance at spring training with the Texas Rangers. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback is scheduled to visit the Arizona camp March 28. Like he did in a visit last spring, Wilson is expected to go through a morning workout with the Rangers, address minor leaguers and be in uniform for an exhibition game. It is unlikely that he will play in the game against the San Diego Padres.

Posted on 4 March 2015 @ 12:41 am

Rollins to lead off for Dodgers this season (Yahoo Sports)

Adjusting to his new team, Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins was happy to see something familiar: his name in the leadoff spot. After posting a lineup Tuesday with Rollins at the top of the batting order for the Dodgers’ Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, manager Don Mattingly said he expects Rollins to be his leadoff hitter this season. ”I like that feeling of going out there and leading the way,” said Rollins, whom the Dodgers acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on Dec. 19. Rollins, however, was batted second more often than first during his last two seasons in Philadelphia.

Posted on 4 March 2015 @ 12:31 am

Cespedes off to slammin’ start, Tigers rout Orioles (Yahoo Sports)

Detroit Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes flies out in the second inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam in his first game for Detroit, Ian Kinsler added a three-run homer and the Tigers routed the Baltimore Orioles 15-2 Tuesday in a spring training opener. The Tigers got the slugger from Boston in an offseason trade. Coming off a disappointing year, Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs in 1 1-3 innings. Third baseman Nick Castellanos was hit in the left hand and exited soon after that, but manager Brad Ausmus said he might play Wednesday.


Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 11:54 pm

Yanks say they fired part-time worker in Schilling flap (Yahoo Sports)

Baseball analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, left, watches as Dustin Pedroia, right, and other infielders take batting practice at baseball spring training in Fort Myers Fla., Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees say they have fired a part-time ticker seller accused by Curt Schilling of making offensive comments on Twitter about the daughter of the former Boston pitcher.


Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 11:37 pm

Howard gets 2 hits in spring opener; Phils tie Yanks 5-5 (Yahoo Sports)

An usher is shielded from the sun by an umbrella during a spring training baseball exhibition game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Newly trim, Ryan Howard singled in his first two at-bats of spring training and then broke his silence. He had not spoken with media since arriving for his 15th season with the Philadelphia Phillies. Following the offseason trade of Jimmy Rollins and talk of possible deals involving Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon, Howard knows there are questions about what his future as a 35-year-old on a rebuilding team. So he made clear questions had to be about Philadelphia’s spring training opener.


Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 11:29 pm

Alvarez homers, Pirates beat Blue Jays 8-7 (Yahoo Sports)

Toronto Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion tosses his bat after a strike against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run shot and Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang connected for his first major league homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the exhibition opener for both teams. Alvarez’s drive came in the first inning off Aaron Sanchez after Gregory Polanco singled and Starling Marte reached on an error by new Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson. The 2013 All-Star missed most of September last season with a stress fracture in his left foot and was left off Pittsburgh’s postseason roster. ”It was good to see,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.


Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 10:56 pm



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