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    Jason Heyward hits single in spring training debut for Cardinals
    by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
    (7:43 pm ET) Outfielder Jason Heyward wasted no time getting his bat on the baseball in his new uniform. 

    In Thursday's exhibition against the Marlins, Heyward hit a single in his first at-bat in the first inning. He scored a run, too, in St. Louis' 4-1 win. 

    "It's good to play baseball," Heyward said, per MLB.com. "[It's a] fresh start in so many ways this year."

    Heyward went 1-for-2 in the afternoon. He was traded to the Cardinals from the Braves last November. 


    Athletics' Barry Zito gives up two runs in return
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:29 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Barry Zito allowed two runs in his return to the mound on Thursday.

    Zito, who did not pitch in the majors last season, is attempting a comeback with the A's. He's considered a long shot for the rotation, but could be used in a relief role based on how he performs this spring. 

    In his first start, Zito gave up two runs on two hits over two innings. He struck out two, but did not issue any walks during the outing. Zito's big mistake was a changeup to Mike Olt in the second inning. Other than that, he was solid.

    Zito, 36, posted a 5.74 ERA over 133 1/3 innings in 2013. 


    Marlins' Derek Dietrich (ankle) makes spring debut
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (7:28 pm ET) Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich made his spring debut Thursday, striking out and getting hit by a pitch in his two trips to the plate.

    Dietrich was shut down in winter ball after suffering an ankle injury. He hit .228/.326/.386 with five home runs, 17 RBI and one stolen base in 158 at-bats with the Marlins last season. He'll compete for a reserve role but is blocked at second base after the team acquired Dee Gordon this offseason.


    Cubs' Kyle Schwarber hits grand slam on Thursday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:24 pm ET) Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber belted a grand slam on Thursday against the Giants.

    Schwarber didn't wait long, knocking in all four runs in the second inning. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Schwarber clobbered a pitch from Ryan Vogelsong, sending it out to right field. The 22-year-old is expected to begin the season in the minors, but is one of the team's top prospects. While he may not receive a promotion until late in the season, Schwarber could draw interest on the trade market if the Cubs decide to go all in at the deadline. 


    Braves P Julio Teheran exorcises previous spring training demons
    by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
    (7:21 pm ET) Braves pitcher Julio Teheran still remembers the 2012 spring training game when he gave up six home runs in two innings against the Tigers. 

    Therefore, scheduled to pitch against the Tigers on Thursday, he refused to use the same bullpen at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. that he did during that disastrous outing.

    "I don't really think about that," Teheran said, per MLB.com. "I know some guys make fun of that, and I do too. It's just something that happened before."

    On Thursday, Teheran fared much better in a 6-4 Braves victory. 

    Teheran gave up one run during his first spring start of the season. He threw 36 pitches with 25 going for strikes. 

    "I was controlling all of my pitches," Teheran said. "That was my goal today. I think the ball was coming out pretty good from my hands. I think that is where I want to be."


    Diamondbacks' Trevor Cahill shows off new mechanics
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:06 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill showed off his new mechanics against the Rockies on Thursday. 

    Cahill gave up two hits and one walk over two scoreless innings of work. The 27-year-old came into camp competing for a spot in the rotation, but has impressed thus far. In order to make the club, Cahill overhauled his mechanics. After his first start, he came away encouraged. 

    "I could definitely tell there is some stuff," Cahill said. "Just where I have to set my sights on pitches has to change a little bit, because the ball doesn't run as much."

    Cahill posted a 5.61 ERA over 110 2/3 innings last season. 


    Brewers Scooter Gennett looking to prove himself
    (7:05 pm ET) Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett knows that he must improve against left-handed pitching, per the team's official website.

    "I'm very eager," said Gennett. "For me, I'm not eager about showing or proving [that I can hit lefties], but just for myself, being able to play and have fun every day and get in there every day and crack lefties. That's part of the game -- you don't want to [sit] out. It's back to what I'm used to, and I'm really looking forward to it." 

    He didn't face one left-handed starting pitcher last year.  When batting against southpaw relievers in 2014, he went 4-for-39.  Gennett is 10-for-78 against lefties.

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this about Gennett's struggles.

    "For me, you can't hit lefties unless you can get hit by them," Gennett said, "which means, if there's a guy throwing 97 [mph] and slinging it in there, the only way I'm going to hit him is if I stand in there willing to stay in there and wear one in the neck or the shoulder or the ribs. That's what you have to do to hit lefties. So that's the one thing I worry about -- don't be a scaredy cat and get out of the way, and I'll be all right."

    Gennett, 24, has a career batting average of .300 going into his third season with the Brewers.


    Indians' Yan Gomes' first hit of spring goes for home run
    by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
    (7:04 pm ET) Indians catcher Yan Gomes' first hit of the spring came on a two-run home run during Cleveland's 9-3 Cactus League win over the Reds. 

    Gomes went yard in the fifth inning off of Reds pitcher Burke Badenhop. 

    Thursday's showing was a good sign that Gomes is picking up where he left off in 2014, when he recorded a batting average of .278 and hit 21 home runs. 


    Indians OF Michael Brantley goes hitless in spring debut
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (7:04 pm ET) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley (back) went 0 for 3 in his spring debut Thursday against the Reds.

    Manager Terry Francona said Monday that Brantley was expected to make his debut Thursday, and the outfielder was able to play after dealing with a sore lower back earlier this spring. He hit .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 611 at-bats last season.


    Tigers' Bruce Rondon to throw live batting practice on Friday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:48 pm ET) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon will throw live batting practice on Friday, according to mlive.com.

    Rondon is on schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, according to manger Brad Ausmus. "His schedule was behind what the others were, so he's on schedule," Ausmus said. "We were going to take it slower with him regardless."

    While he's on schedule, Rondon still has a lot of work to do. "First, he's got to get comfortable throwing to hitters," Ausmus said. "He's not quite there yet. Then, once we get him into games, we have to get him into back-to-back days. I would imagine that would be toward the end though."

    The 24-year-old Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA over 28 2/3 innings in 2013. 


     
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