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    Rays sign Jim Miller to minor-league deal
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:26 pm ET) The Rays have signed pitcher Jim Miller to a minor-league deal, according to SBNation.

    Miller will report to major-league spring training as part of the contract. The 32-year-old tossed just 2 2/3 innings in the majors last season. 


    Padres' Middlebrooks, Solarte competing for starting role
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:23 pm ET) Padres third basemen Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte are competing for the third base job this spring, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

    Manager Bud Black admitted third base was the "biggest" competition in camp. He said he believes both players can hack it in the majors, but was hesitant to say he would utilize them in a platoon role. 

    "Possibility," Black said, "but I think any player will tell you he wants to be an everyday player -- they want to play. And they’re both young, they’re both in their mid-20s. You hope it’s a tough decision at the end, but these things have a way of working themselves out."

    Middlebrooks, 26, hit .191 over 215 at-bats last season. Solarte hit .260/.336/.369 over 469 at-bats. 


    Twins prospect Miguel Sano: I've been throwing 100 percent
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (8:22 pm ET) Twins prospect Miguel Sano is still battling to get back on the field after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Sano suffered the injury in an exhibition game in 2014 and Sano is finally starting to feel strong in the arm again.

    "It's exciting," Sano said. "I feel pretty good. I feel healthy. Nothing has been bothering me. I've been throwing 100 percent every time."

    Manager Paul Molitor is keeping a close eye on Sano's progress this spring.

    "I was monitoring how he was doing on the drills, and he didn't have any issues with that elbow," Molitor said. "I thought it was a good day, playing the Gophers, to get some of our young guys the chance to play. And I know people want to see him play, so it's a good thing."


    Yankees' Stephen Drew still learning in transition to second base
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (8:16 pm ET) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew knew the switch from playing shortstop to second base wasn't going to be easy. Drew committed an error on the very first ball hit to him this spring.

    "Coming over last year, what I was learning was that angle. Just totally different," Drew said. "The ball comes off the bat a little different on guys. That's definitely going to be something that I'm learning through this whole thing. That won't go away after I learn it. I'm going to work all through Spring Training to get those angles knocked out."

    Drew is expecting to take reps exclusively at second throughout spring training, allowing Did Gregorius and Brendan Ryan to get their chances at shortstop.


    Diamondbacks' Rubby De La Rosa gets off to strong start
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:16 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa got off to a strong start on Wednesday against the Rockies. 

    De La Rosa allowed one hit over two scoreless innings. He struck out two during the outing. The 26-year-old was acquired by the club during the offseason, and is expected to compete for a role in the team's rotation this spring. 

    De La Rosa posted a 4.43 ERA over 101 2/3 innings last season. 


    Braves' Jace Peterson to play both second base and shortstop this spring
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (8:11 pm ET) Braves infielder Jace Peterson has the inside track to start at second base for the club this season and manager Fredi Gonzalez was impressed with his play in the spring training debut Wednesday. Peterson doubled and drew two walks in the game.

    "He smoked that ball," Gonzalez said. "I like his ability and that you can run him out there at shortstop and let him play that position. We'll play him back and forth on the diamond and see what happens."

    Gonzalez knows he has the ability to step in and play very soon.

    "You like his baseball abilities, his makeup and his character," Gonzalez said. "He's not just a throw-in [in the trade], he's a baseball player."


    Athletics' Jesse Chavez tosses two scoreless innings
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:10 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut on Wednesday.

    Chavez is competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, and made his case during his first appearance. Chavez allowed two hits and one walk over two innings of work. He struck out one during the outing. 

    Chavez said he was nervous for the start, but embraces the competition. "I like the competition," he said. "Every year there's a competition, especially for me in my situation. So I embrace it, I like it, and I think it's challenging for all of us here and will bring out the best in us."

    The 31-year-old posted a 3.45 ERA over 146 innings last year. 


    Braves outfielder Eric Young steals two bases in spring debut
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (8:06 pm ET) Braves outfielder Eric Young is making his case to be a starter for the team this spring. Youn went 0-for-1 Wednesday with two walks and two stolen bases. 

    "I'm pleased with the first day," Young said. "I'll just continue to get the work out there."

    President of baseball operations John Hart thinks he has the speed to take the job.

    "He's got the one ingredient that you want in center field in that he can fly," Hart said. "He's a [plus] runner. We've got time to get ready for him. He's eager to play center field. Somebody will be playing center field. EY got off to a good start. He has the make, and what he brings is a little different dynamic."


    Pirates' Hurdle on Cole's spring debut: 'A good step forward'
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (8:02 pm ET) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that pitcher Gerrit Cole "did fine" in his spring debut, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    "He probably threw more pitches than he wanted to in the first inning," Hurdle said. "But he didn't back off and kept the damage to a minimum. He had some good angle to his breaking balls and used his two-seamer well. A good step forward."

    Cole, who surrendered one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out three in two innings Wednesday, said he wasn't worried about the outcome but wanted to get on the same page with new catcher Francisco Cervelli.

    "I told (Cervelli) I wasn't going to shake him off," Cole said. "I was just going to see how he wanted to do my stuff so he could get a feel for how he wants to call the game. I think it'll be that way for probably awhile. He'll get some information. I'll get some information, and then we'll probably sit down (to talk)."


    Brewers' Jim Henderson returns to action with strong game
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:45 pm ET) Brewers reliever Jim Henderson turned in a strong inning of work on Wednesday.

    Henderson, who missed the second half of last season due to shoulder surgery, got in his first game action in months. He pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two during the appearance. Henderson did allow one walk.

    Following the game, Henderson said he was glad to be back out there. "It felt great to have that umpire back there and a hitter in there," Henderson said. "I think I threw two balls in a row and had to remind myself, 'Just treat it like a live BP type of thing and just focus on the glove.' That's was all I was concerned about."

    The 32-year-old Henderson posted a 7.15 ERA over 11 1/3 innings before being shut down last year. He's expected to open the season in Milwaukee's bullpen.


     
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