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    Danny Salazar issues apology to family, teammates, Indians
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (4:53 pm ET) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar declined to talk about his offseason sexual assault investigation. Instead, he told reporters that he apologized to his family, teammates and the Indians' organization.

    "I will talk about it, but at another time," Salazar said on Friday, per the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

    Salazar was investigated and had no charges filed against him in relation to a sexual assault investigation stemming from a January incident at a Cleveland club. Salazar is set to enter his third major league season. He posted a 4.25 ERA in 2014.


    White Sox P Carlos Rodon makes spring debut
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (4:46 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon, the the third pick in the 2014 draft, made his spring debut Friday afternoon against the Padres. He struck out four in two shutout innings. Of his 31 pitches, 21 were called for a strike.

    According to MLB.com, Rodon threw more in the bullpen following his debut.

    "I didn't really expect anything, just try to go out there, pound the zone, fastball-slider and I felt good," Rodon said, per Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


    Marlins' Koehler to work on breaking ball before next spring start
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (4:38 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler told reporters he was pretty impressed with his effort on Friday against the Red Sox. Koehler, who is slated to be the No. 5 starter in Miami's rotation, gave up four singles and one run in two innings of work.

    "I had situations where I couldn't put guys away and kind of left the breaking ball up trying to do too much with it," Koehler said. "I'm happy I was able to get into the count to where I can put them away. I know by the end of spring those pitches have been there for me.

    "That's a quality lineup and they're going to make you work and if you don’t execute those pitches every without banging any homers they can still put some (runs) on the board."

    Koehler told reporters he will work on changeup before his next scheduled start.

    "I threw a couple of changeups for a strike," Koehler said. "That was good. There's no doubt I need to go into my next side session and make sure I get a little crisper with my breaking stuff."


    Rays 3B Evan Longoria appears destined to hit cleanup
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (4:19 pm ET) Rays third baseman Evan Longoria appears to be penciled in the cleanup spot in the lineup, after manager Kevin Cash revealed that he's striving to have more of an everyday lineup once the season starts, per MLB.com.

    Longoria played 103 of his 162 games last season at the No. 4 spot. He hit .264/.333/.403 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI over 390 at-bats at cleanup.


    Yunel Escobar will be evaluated by Nationals' doctors on Friday
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (4:12 pm ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that shortstop Yunel Escobar will have his back examined by team doctors and is not scheduled to make the trip for Friday's game against the Braves, per MLB.com. Escobar was scratched from Thursday's lineup with the issue, and is also dealing with an illness the past few days.

    "He's been working hard, extra stuff and taking all his BP," Williams said. "We'll see what the doctor says today, but he's been a little bit delayed the last couple of days. We'll get back today and see where he's at."


    Cubs SP Jon Lester Ks three in first spring action
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (4:06 pm ET) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract in December, looked sharp in his first spring action on Friday against the Reds. The left-hander struck out three of the six batters he faced, per MLB.com.

    "He's been Jon Lester," manager Joe Maddon said. "I think he's a guy who leads by example, although if he were to say something, everybody does listen. He's been that guy, he's been exactly what I expected, a consummate pro, quiet in his own way."

    Lester will be Chicago's opening day starter on April 5 against the Cardinals.


    Mets OF Alex Castellanos headed for X-rays on finger injury
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (4:03 pm ET) Mets outfielder Alex Castellanos suffered a bruised right middle finger after getting hit by a pitch during Friday's spring game against the Tigers, per ESPN. He is headed for X-rays.

    Mets 1B Lucas Duda set to return next week
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (4:00 pm ET) Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that first baseman Lucas Duda (oblique) will take batting practice on Mondau and will likely see his first game action on Friday, according to ESPN. Duda was unable to take batting practice Friday, but instead, he was limited to front toss and tee work, per Newsday.

    Brewers' Lucroy could get into spring game sooner than expected
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:32 pm ET) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is progressing fast enough in his recovery from a right hamstring strain that he could play in spring games sooner than expected. Lucroy wasn't expected to get into spring games until the last week or two of spring training, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    "I think it’ll be a lot sooner than that," Lucroy said Friday. "I feel pretty good already but obviously we’re going to be cautiously optimistic about it and take our time. There’s no sense in rushing it because I’m sure I’ll get plenty of playing time so I’m not really too worried about it."

    Manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Lucroy's new timetable.

    "We talked to the minor-league side to see what they have going on, and they’ve got some simulated games or BP starting the 11th," Roenicke said. "Luc would like to see some live pitching before so we’ll try to pick some spots before to see if we can get him feeling pretty comfortable before he starts some games.

    "The timing of it, the way I look at it on the schedule, we have a lot of games left once he starts playing. So I think we’ll be OK with it."


    Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop working on improving plate discipline
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:25 pm ET) Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop did not have a good strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014, and he knows it. Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh has already declared he wants Schoop to show more patience at the plate in 2015, and Schoop seems to be on board with the strategy, per CSNBaltimore.com.

    “I have to swing at strikes more, see more pitches. If you swing at strikes, you get better pitches,” said Schoop, who struck out 122 times and walked just 13 times last year. “I want to get better at everything. I want to get better than last year. If you want to get better, you have to work at everything.

    “Walks are going to come. I’m not going in there to walk. I’m the type of hitter that’s aggressive. I want to swing the bat. The walks, I want them to go up, but I’m not going in there to walk. I’m going in there to swing. Hopefully be selective and swing at strikes. If they throw me four balls, I’ll take the base.”


     
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