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    Out of options, Evan Scribner could have multi-inning role with A's
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (7:54 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Evan Scribner is out of options this spring and would likely be claimed if placed on waivers, but he's not worried about a potential move, the Bay Area News Group reports.

    "I’ve got a basic plan," Scribner said. "Do good this spring and I’ll be around. So I’m just focused on how I’m pitching and not on where I might wind up. It’s made it easier for me this spring. Whatever will happen will happen."

    Scribner tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings and has pitched multiple innings in three of his last four appearances.

    "The way they’re using me, I’d guess they are thinking of me as an extended reliever, throwing multiple innings," he said. "And that’s fine with me."

    Scribner has allowed four earned runs in 11 2/3 innings this spring while racking up 16 strikeouts and three walks.


    Rangers OF Ryan Ludwick will not make the team
    by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
    (7:53 pm ET) The Rangers have informed outfielder Ryan Ludwick that he will not make the team, according to mlblogs.com.

    “All-world guy,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “I hope he catches a big league job with another team. I think he can help somebody. As we look at it today, we thought other options in camp fit the roster better.”

    Ludwick, 36, has a batting average of .207, six hits with one home run and eight strikeouts this spring.


    Dodgers' Chad Gaudin shut down, will be examined
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (7:45 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin (biceps) felt a tingling in his fingers Thursday and was shut down, MLB.com reports.

    The pitcher will be examined, and it's possible he's sent for an MRI Friday. Gaudin was pulled from last Friday's outing due to a "tweak" in his biceps. He's surrendered two earned runs in six spring innings.


    Twins' Molitor likes what he has in OF Shane Robinson
    by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
    (7:43 pm ET) Twins manager Paul Molitor is impressed with what the team has in outfielder Shane Robinson , according to twincities.com.

    "Robinson's been great for me," the Twins' manager said Thursday. "He's very much into the game, whether he's playing or not. He's always watching, making observations. He does the fundamental things very well: base running, defense, takes a good at-bat."

    Robinson is currently tied for the team-lead in doubles this spring with four. He has been batting second and playing center. 

    Molitor also points out that Robinson has been better against left-handed pitchers as opposed to right-handers.

    "I think he takes good at-bats against right-handers," Molitor said, "but obviously the left-hand thing is probably a little better thing for him."

    After spending nine years with the Cardinals, the 30-year-old is batting .276 with four doubles on nine hits this spring.


    Indians' Francona on Salazar: We wanted him to pitch better Thursday
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (7:42 pm ET) Indians rotation hopeful Danny Salazar was knocked around during Thursday's Cactus League, allowing a pair of home runs in a 13-2 defeat to Cincinnati. He allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits and no walks while striking out six over 3 1/3 innings of work.

    Manager Terry Francona was not pleased by Salazar's outing when he spoke to reporters after the game, per MLB.com.

    "He started out, solo homer in the first and then another solo. And then, it kind of got away from him a little bit," Francona said. "I don't know. The stuff is definitely there. It's not there yet consistently, whether he's locating or following a pitch up with two pitches in a row. Again, we'll keep working at it -- that's for darn sure -- but the results weren't the kind of what we're looking for."

    When asked, Francona said he will not let Salazar's rough outing impact his roster decision.

    "I don't think we would ever make a decision on one start," Francona said. "I think that's where you set yourself up to make a mistake. Obviously, we wanted him to pitch better. I just don't think you can make decisions based on four innings in March. I don't think that's correct."


    Angels' Kole Calhoun (shoulder) removed from game Thursday
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (7:41 pm ET) Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun came out of Thursday's spring matchup in the Cubs in the second inning due to an apparent shoulder injury, MLB.com reports.

    Calhoun was hit in his right shoulder while leading off the game and slid hard into second base on a double play in the first inning. He played the bottom of the first inning in right field but did not return to the field for the second inning. Calhoun is 12 for 41 with one double and three walks this spring.


    Jeremy Guthrie gives Royals five-plus scoreless innings on Thursday
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (7:30 pm ET) Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, the team's No. 5 starter, turned in a solid outing, outdueling Felix Hernandez Thursday afternoon for his first Cactus League win of the year. 

    Guthrie tossed four innings of no-hit ball until Nelson Cruz recorded leadoff single off the right-hander in the fifth. He allowed two hits and no walks while striking out two in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He has a 3.52 ERA this spring.

    "I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes," Guthrie said, per the Kansas City Star. "Felt healthy and strong, which obviously is the most important thing for everybody, to feel like you're getting your strength up. We're getting toward the end of spring."


    Mariners' Hernandez after Thursday's start: 'My fastball was good'
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (7:20 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez turned in a dominant outing, but it went to waste due to no run support in Seattle's 3-0 Cactus League defeat to Kansas City.

    The right-hander yielded one run on two hits and no walks while striking out four over six innings of work -- his longest outing of the spring. He owns a 5.91 ERA through three Cactus League starts (10 2/3 innings).

    "My fastball was good," Hernandez said, per the Tacoma News Tribune. "When my fastball is good, everything is better."


    Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw to have stitches removed before next start
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (7:05 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw said Thursday that his jaw still feels sore from the line drive that hit him during Friday's game.

    Kershaw had two teeth damaged during the incident. He had one tooth extracted and another one repaired last week, and is expected to have his stitches removed before his next start.

    "I can't eat any jaw breakers," Kershaw said, jokingly, per the Orange County Register.

    Astros P Brady Aiken says he had Tommy John surgery
    by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
    (7:04 pm ET) Astros pitcher Brady Aiken took to Twitter to announce that he had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. 

    Aiken talked about the surgery and what he'll have to overcome in a piece on theplayerstribune.com. 

    "Yesterday, I had Tommy John surgery to fix my left arm. I’m obviously extremely disappointed. I wanted to let my pitching speak for itself, but now there are going to be new distractions. For that reason, I wanted to be the one to tell people what’s happened and make this a fresh start.

    "When I visited the doctor’s office and got the news I had torn my UCL, I can’t even begin to express how I felt. I was — and still am — overwhelmed with a lot of different feelings, but mostly it’s disappointment. I won’t be able to pitch this season, and this is going to keep me from doing what I love most of all — competing. It’s going to be frustrating, and not just from a baseball perspective. When it’s 90 degrees at home in Cardiff and the waves are perfect and I can’t surf, that’ll be tough, too. I know the road ahead will be full of patience and hard work, and I’m ready for that challenge."

    Aiken was the first overall pick by the Astros in 2014.


     
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