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    Cardinals' Rosenthal considering abandoning the windup
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (1:01 am ET) Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal is considering ditching the windup this season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Rosenthal had trouble against the first batter he faced last season, and believes he may be able to get around that by pitching from the stretch. The idea has been discussed, but it's unclear if Rosenthal will follow through with it. 

    He did stress that getting ahead of batters is his main goal this season. "Working ahead (in the count). Making quality pitches early in the count. These are the big goals for this year," he said. 

    The 24-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA over 70 1/3 innings last season.


    Blue Jays' Martin: Pirates 'were going to do everything they could'
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (12:37 am ET) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin says the Pirates did everything they could to try and re-sign him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Martin signed a five-year, $82 million deal with Toronto, but said the Pirates really pushed to keep him around. "They were going to do everything they could," Martin said. "They were pretty vocal about that. But then it comes to a point where, as an organization, if you're thinking business-wise, you can't stack all your chips and then leave yourself vulnerable for later."

    Martin also admitted that the opportunity to be a role model in Canada was a big reason he signed in Toronto. "The opportunity to play in Canada, for my family to be able to watch me play, to be a role model for younger Canadians and be that guy, it's a better fit for me overall for that reason," he explained.

    In the end, the money and a fifth year led Martin to the Blue Jays. "[The Pirates] were pretty vocal, and I think that they definitely wanted me back. It was just a feeling that Toronto wanted me a little bit more," he said.

    The 32-year-old hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats last season.


    Rockies' Wilin Rosario receives positive reviews at first base
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/3/2015) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario received positive reviews after playing first base on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

    Rosario showed off his athleticism, saving two possible errors during the appearance. The club is trying to work Rosario in at the position after signing Nick Hundley in the offseason. Rosario has been taking extra fielding practice at first during camp. Rosario is expected to see equal time at first and behind the plate this spring.

    The 26-year-old hit .267/.305/.435 over 382 at-bats last year.


    D-backs' Yasmany Tomas does well in spring training debut
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (3/3/2015) Diamondbacks third baseman Yasmany Tomas went 1-for-2 in his spring training debut against Arizona State. The Cuban born player thought he did just okay for his first game.

    "Everybody knows it was my first day," Tomas said. "It was a good day. I put in the hard work to see it happen, and it felt like overall a good day."

    Tomas played in five innings on the day. Manager Chip Hale said he thinks Tomas is right where he expected him to be offensively.

    "With the bat, I thought this was how he would look," Hale said. "He looked very comfortable. He looked very relaxed."


    Diamondbacks' Goldschmidt not concerned about hand this year
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/3/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is not concerned about his hand this year, according to MLB.com.

    Goldschmidt saw his first game action since last season on Tuesday, singling in his first at-bat since August 1. Goldschmidt missed the final two months of 2014 due to a broken hand, but said the injury has not been an issue during camp. 

    "It was the last thing on my mind," Goldschmidt said. "It's not the first time I've gotten hit. It's not the first time I've gotten injured. Hopefully it doesn't happen again, but chances are something is going to happen in the future."

    Goldschmidt has been wearing a small pad in his batting glove in order to prevent the injury should he get hit in the same spot. He's used the pad during batting practices, and said he doesn't even feel it. 

    The 27-year-old hit .300/.396/.542 over 406 at-bats last season. 


    Athletics' Craig Gentry hoping for a fast start in 2015
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/3/2015) Athletics outfielder Craig Gentry is hoping for a fast start in 2015, according to the Bay Area News Group.

    Gentry missed time early last year with a back injury, but feels refreshed this season. "Last year was definitely frustrating, because you want to be here with your new team, and I wasn’t healthy," Gentry said. "Now I feel great and I’m really excited about this season."

    Gentry stressed that he's working on stealing bases this spring, as he plans to be aggressive once the regular season begins. "I want to be aggressive and practice is what does it. I need to work on getting jumps, trying to read the pitcher and all of that."

    Gentry, 31, hit .254/.319/.289 over 232 at-bats last season. 


    Phillies' Chad Billingsley expected to be out until late April
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/3/2015) Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley is not expected to be ready until late April, according to MLB.com.

    Billingsley is coming off two elbow surgeries, and is behind to start camp. Billingsley was expected to compete for a spot in the team's rotation if healthy. The 30-year-old owns a career 3.65 ERA over 1,175 1/3 innings.  


    Diamondbacks' Ender Inciarte fighting for a spot
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/3/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder Ender Inciarte is hoping to prove he deserves a spot, according to azcentral.com.

    Inciarte flashed potential during the second half of the season in 2014, but is on the fringes of the 25-man roster this spring. For right now, he's open to any role the team will give him.

    "There's a lot of competition here, but you only control what you can control," Inciarte said. "I know I can play defense. I know I can run. And I know I can hit. I've just got to do my job. I want to have a chance to play, but I'm ready to take any opportunity they give me or any role."

    Manager Chip Hale praised Inciarte's versatility, saying Inciarte is "the type of player you like to have because he can do so many different things."

    Inciarte knows the odds are against him, but knows whatever decision the team makes will be for the best. "I know whatever happens is going to be the best thing for me," he said. "I know if I go to Triple-A, I'm going to do my best and find my way back."

    The 24-year-old hit .278/.318/.359 over 418 at-bats last year. 


    Phillies' Chase Utley able to workout on Tuesday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/3/2015) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was able to work out on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

    Utley did not participate in workouts on Monday due to a sore ankle. He's expected to miss a few spring games due to the injury, but the fact that he was able to put in work on Tuesday should be seen as an encouraging sign.

    The 36-year-old hit .270/.339/.407 over 589 at-bats last season. 


    Giants' Tim Lincecum encouraged after first appearance
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/3/2015) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is encouraged after making his first spring appearance, according to MLB.com.

    Lincecum can on in relief on Tuesday, giving up one run in one inning of work. He struck out two batters, and generally felt good about the outing. "I felt pretty good out there," Lincecum said. "My fastball had some life and my changeup was good at times."

    Manager Bruce Bochy seemed to agree, saying he believed Lincecum had good command of his fastball. 

    Lincecum is expected to open the season in the team's rotation. He posted a 4.74 ERA over 155 2/3 innings last year. 


     
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