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    Cardinals' John Lackey ready for the regular season
    by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
    (12:25 am ET) John Lackey pitched seven innings, the longest of any Cardinals starter so far this season. 

    Lackey allowed one run on six hits and didn't walk a batter, throwing 84 pitches. 

    "Throwing seven innings, that was probably a little bit further than I thought I'd go today with the pitch count," said Lackey, per MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch. "But they were pretty aggressive, and I was throwing a lot of strikes. It worked out pretty good."

    Lackey had his catcher call the game as if it were a regular season game, and his performance indicates that he's ready for the season to begin.

    "That's what it looked like," coach David Bell said. "It looked like he was making all his pitches. The velocity was there. He probably had a little more in the tank, which is a good thing."


    Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez not worried about role on staff
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (12:21 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez gave up just one run on five hits in five innings of work Friday against the Nationals. Martinez, who is competing for the final spot in St. Louis' starting rotation, has allowed just seven runs in 16 innings of work.

    "I've been working hard," Martinez said through an interpreter to MLB.com. "Some of the outings haven't gone as good as I've wanted to, but I'm just trying to learn from that and get better every day."

    Martinez is still focused on earning a starting spot.

    "Right now I'm fighting to be a starter," Martinez said. "But if they call me into the bullpen I'm going to be ready for the team. I just want to help the team win, and I'm going to be ready when my name gets called."


    Rays pitcher Everett Teaford making push for spot on pitching staff
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (12:16 am ET) Rays pitcher Everett Teaford tossed two scoreless innings Friday, sending all six batters down in order. The 31-year-old is making management give him an extra look before deciding on the final pitching staff, reports MLB.com.

    "I thought he threw the ball well. First pitch, Reimold was ready to go, but after that I thought Teaf did a nice job of mixing pitches just like he always does," manager Kevin Cash said.

    Cash likes that Teaford can get out of nearly any situation that arises.

    "He's been around enough that he's probably given up enough home runs and big hits so he knows how to handle it when he does deal with some adversity," said Cash. "I wouldn't have expected anything other than that from him. Just getting right back into the strike zone again."

    Teaford has spent most of spring training working on his command and effectiveness.

    "That's really been the biggest thing I wanted to do this spring is not walk anybody. If I'm going to get beat, make them beat me and up to this point, I really have," said Teaford.


    Carlos Gonzalez leaves Rockies' game with sore knee
    by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
    (12:15 am ET) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left Friday's game in the fourth inning with a sore left knee. 

    That's the same knee that Gonzalez had season-ending patella tendon surgery on last August. 

    His knee began bothering him after he caught a fly ball in the fourth inning. He was removed from the game. 

    Gonzalez is hitting .360 this spring. 


    Three scoreless innings for Aaron Nola in Phillies' spring debut
    by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
    (12:12 am ET) Phillies pitching prospect Aaron Nola had three scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday. 

    Nola was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft out of LSU. 

    He entered in the second inning and struck out four in three five-hit innings. Three of the hits came in the first five batters Nola faced, but he settled down. 

    "There was some nerves and some butterflies," Nola said, per the Philadelphia Daily News, "but it was a cool experience for me."

    "I like everything about him," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I thought he responded well, I really did. His composure was good. He threw strikes. He made some adjustments early. He was probably a little pumped-up the first couple pitches, because he's a command guy down in the zone. I've seen him on the minor league side that way. He made some adjustments there."


    Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers headed for bullpen role
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (12:03 am ET) Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers is likely to end up pitching out of the bullpen in 2015, reports MLB.com.

    Scheppers, who spent 2014 as a starter, struggled with injuries and will likely be the set-up in the eighth inning.

    "We talked to him about what his role is right now," manager Jeff Banister said. "He is pitching significant innings at the back end of the game. We are looking for Tanner to be one of our guys, along with Neftali to lock down the game and help us win the games we are supposed to win."

    Scheppers is still building back his arm strength and is hoping to regain a bigger role with the club at some point.

    "Of course I have big expectations for myself," Scheppers said. "If you're in the big leagues, you want to be a big key on the team you are playing on. But I have found out the hard way that if you look too far ahead, you get excited and then have a setback, it brings you back to earth."


    Madison Bumgarner fans 11 in Giants' minor league game
    by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
    (12:00 am ET) Madison Bumgarner through six scoreless innings in a minor league game for the Giants on Friday.

    Bumgarner struck out 11 and allowed just two hits. 

    "I feel good about it," Bumgarner said, per MLB.com's William Boor. "I made a lot of good pitches today. There weren't that many that were bad I felt like. I felt dang good about it."


    Angels prospect Roberto Baldoquin showing he belongs
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (3/27/2015) Angels prospect Roberto Baldoquin is still getting used to being in the United States. But the Cuban-born player is proving to his team he belongs in the big leagues, reports MLB.com.

    Baldoquin hit a towering home run Friday, showing Angels management just another tool in his arsenal.

    "He's 20, we're going to take our time with him -- but he has some things that you just can't teach," general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Baldoquin, who will start the season at one of the Class-A levels. "He has soft, quick hands, he has great feet, and he has a wonderful internal clock on the field."

    Manager Mike Scioscia loves what he's seen from the 20-year-old so far this spring.

    "We've worked him out; he's got a nice approach to the ball, has a real easy, fluid swing," Scioscia said. "That ball jumped out of his bat."


    Giants' Jake Peavy adds new pitch mid-game
    by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
    (3/27/2015) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy began throwing a new pitch in his most-recent start, in the middle of the game. 

    Peavy began throwing a four-seam changeup, a pitch he'd never even tried to throw before he was on the mound in a spring game. 

    "It's unlike anything I've ever thrown before," Peavy said, per MLB.com's Barry Bloom. "The first five I threw bounced to the plate, they were about 50 feet."

    By the time he left the game, he was already recording strikeouts with the new pitch. 

    "It just got better as the game went on," said Peavy. "I'm excited about it. I'm excited to have this time to work on a little bit of everything."


    Yankees' Stephen Drew starts to emerge from slump
    by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
    (3/27/2015) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew went three for three on Friday, which is a significant bright spot in what's been a tough spring. 

    Prior to Friday's game, Drew only had six hits all spring. The 3-for-3 game boosted his average from .167 to .231. 

    "He's swung the bat better the last two weeks," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "The one thing you want is you want a lineup that there's pressure on the pitcher of the opposing team the entire time, and I feel that we have that type of lineup that we can do that, where so much pressure doesn't fall on a couple of guys."


     
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