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    Twins' Byron Buxton doubles twice on Wednesday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (11:27 pm ET) Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton doubled twice on Wednesday against the University of Minnesota.

    Buxton came into last season ranked as one of the best prospects in the minors. He had injury issues, which ended his season early. While Buxton is still considered the Twins top prospect, he was passed by other players in the overall prospect rankings due to the injuries. 

    Buxton seemed to be 100 percent on Wednesday, doubling twice during the contest. He scored one run and drove in one RBI. The 21-year-old should open the season in the minors, but could debut as early as this season depending on his performance. 


    Twins' Jose Berrios strikes out four on Wednesday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (11:22 pm ET) Twins starter Jose Berrios struck out four during his first spring appearance on Wednesday.

    Berrios took on the University of Minnesota, and turned in a good showing. While Berrios is a minor-leaguer, he's only 20, and was taking on players his age. Berrios allowed one hit and one unearned run over two innings of work. He struck out four batters.

    Berrios is the team's third-best prospect according to Baseball America. He's expected to begin the year in the minors, but could move quickly based on how well he performs. 


    Diamondbacks pitcher Braden Shipley makes debut Wednesday
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (10:36 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Braden Shipley pitched two innings in his spring training debut Wednesday, allowing just one baserunner and recording one strikeout. Shipley admitted he was a bit worried in his first appearance, reports AZCentral.com.

    "I was a little nervous going in, but that was expected," Shipley said. "I think it was more excitement for me. That was really fun."

    Manager Chip Hale said he expects Shipley to make starts in his next few appearances this spring.


    Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson faces batters for first time this spring
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (10:30 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson was able to face live batters for the first time this spring since recovering from back surgery, the 27-year-old tweeted Wednesday.

    Anderson was only able to pitch 43 1/3 innings in 2014 with a 1-3 record and 2.91 ERA after suffering the back injury that cut his season short. 


    White Sox SS Tim Anderson looking to become long-term solution
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (9:55 pm ET) White Sox prospect Tim Anderson is on a mission in spring training this year. He wants to prove that he belongs in the majors with the big boys.

    "Just show them I can stay at short and my defense has come a long way and it's going to get better," Anderson said. "I want to be a shortstop for a long time. I'm going to be a shortstop. I'm going to work hard to stay there."

    Anderson is currently considered Chicago's No. 2 prospect and could be just the prospect the White Sox are looking for. In his 2015 debut, Anderson smacked a two-run single.

    "I'm just staying calm and trying not to do too much and just doing what I've been doing to be here," Anderson said. "It has been exciting to get in here and work with all the big leaguers and get my reps in and see how they go in the daily routine."


    Reds' Kevin Gregg hoping to win a spot in the bullpen
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:52 pm ET) Reds pitcher Kevin Gregg is hoping to win a spot in the team's bullpen, according to MLB.com.

    Gregg may be 36-years-old, but understands he still needs to prove himself.  "I don't mind coming in and earning a spot," he said. "I'm coming off elbow surgery. At this point in my career, it's something I need to do."

    Gregg had bone chips removed from his elbow in August, but was able to hit 92 mph in a showcase in February. He believes his velocity has improved since then.

    Manager Bryan Price had good things to say about Gregg thus far. "He looks great. He looks durable," Price said. "He's got hand speed. He's crisp with his location. I've been extremely impressed with Kevin to this point."

    The 36-year-old tossed just nine innings in the majors last year.


    Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Reynolds sidelined with oblique injury
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (9:26 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Reynolds was scheduled to throw batting practice Wednesday, but was unable to do so while dealing with a sore right oblique, reports MLB.com.

    "I'm like, 'I'm in here again, I can't get out of this darn room,'" Reynolds said.

    Reynolds missed all of 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he isn't having any issues with the elbow.

    "My elbow feels real good," he said. "It feels strong."


    Report: MLB split on whether Josh Hamilton should go to rehab
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:24 pm ET) Major League Baseball is split over whether Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should go to rehab, according to the Los Angeles Times

    The four person panel assigned to Hamilton's case are deadlocked, and the group will have to bring in an arbitrator in order to break the tie. The panel first must decide whether Hamilton violated any rules, and then must agree on a course of treatment. The panel has not been able to agree on the latter of those conditions, which is why an arbitrator is necessary. 

    If Hamilton is sent to rehab, he would receive his full salary for 30 days, and then half his salary over the next 30 days. If he's suspended, but does not have to attend rehab, Hamilton would not be paid during the suspension. 

    MLB is also trying to determine whether Hamilton should be charged as a fourth-time offender of the drug policy. If that's the case, Hamilton could be suspended for the entire season.

    Hamilton, 33, admitted to MLB that he experienced a relapse a few months ago, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Hamilton has dealt with drug and alcohol issues throughout his career, and was suspended for three seasons after failing drug tests as a minor-leaguer. He met with officials in New York in February regarding the incident. 


    Mets' Curtis Granderson re-working his swing
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:06 pm ET) Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is re-working his swing with hitting coach Kevin Long, according to the New York Post

    Granderson and Long have a history. The two worked together with the Yankees. Long rebuilt Granderson's swing, turning him into a massive home run hitter from 2011 to 2012. Now, they are looking to repeat the process.

    "This is actually very similar to the first time we started making adjustments," Granderson said. "The idea is we want to get to the strongest position as consistently as possible with as little movement as possible."

    Long went into detail, saying he's trying to get Granderson to "preset" his hands. "Get him in the perfect hitting position so the hands are ready to fire and he can go as efficiently as possible from point A to point B," Long said.

    Granderson said everything is "still a work in progress," but he feels like Long's drills are getting through to him.

    The 33-year-old Granderson hit .227/.326/.388 over 564 at-bats last season. 


    Nationals' Yunel Escobar ahead of schedule in position transition
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (9:02 pm ET) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar was informed when he was traded from the Athletics he was switching from shortstop to second base for this season. Escobar has put in extra work to get himself ready for live action this spring at second, the position he's played since 2007, reports MLB.com.

    "He is a big man and has real light feet. He is very bouncy, live body," defensive coordinator and advance coach Mark Weidemaier said. "He has taken to the footwork well, as far as turning double plays. There are things we have to polish a little bit, but he is way ahead of the game for me. He has taken to it like a duck to water. It's very natural to him."

    Manager Matt Williams is planning to start Escobar at second Thursday.

    "He is going to play. He needs to play games and get game experience and get back in the flow of [being on] the other side of the diamond," Williams said. "He is ready to go, I know that."


     
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