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    Angels' Matt Lindstrom feeling 100 percent this spring
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:03 pm ET) Angels reliever Matt Lindstrom is feeling pretty good after having ankle surgery last season, according to the Los Angeles Times

    Lindstrom struggled with oblique and ankle injuries last season, but has drawn some rave reviews during camp. "Right now, his stuff is very similar to when he was throwing the ball well early last year," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's exciting. This guy has closer's stuff. It's just a matter of how consistent he is and if he can keep it going."

    Lindstrom admitted he came back from ankle surgery too soon last year, and it impacted his numbers. He was able to rehab the injury during the offseason, though, and feels much better now. "I can tell the ball is coming out of my hand better, the way it's supposed to," Lindstrom said. "It wasn't right last year, but now, I don't have any reservations. I can concentrate on getting people out."

    The 35-year-old posted a 5.03 ERA over 34 innings last season. He's competing for a role in the Angels bullpen this spring. 


    Orioles sign Elih Villanueva to a minor-league deal
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:54 pm ET) The Orioles have signed pitcher Elih Villanueva to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

    Villanueva has played in just one game in the majors. He gave up eight runs over three innings in a start for the Marlins back in 2011. Villanueva had a strong showing in the Dominican League, leading the circuit with a 2.63 ERA.


    Reds' Stephenson hoping to make an impact this season
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:49 pm ET) Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson is hoping to make an impact in the majors this season, according to MLB.com.

    Stephenson may not open the year in the majors, but is hoping he arrives sooner rather than later. "My goal by the end of the year is to be in Cincinnati," Stephenson said. "It's your dream growing up as a kid. It would be awesome to be there but at the same time, I want to get to a point where I deserve to be there and belong there."

    Stephenson is considered the team's top prospect. He dealt with shoulder issues earlier in camp, but is cleared for action now. 

    Manager Bryan Price said Stephenson has a few things to work on, but seemed optimistic about his long-term outlook. With Robert, it's command -- not necessarily throwing strikes, but the quality of the strikes," Price said.

    The 22-year-old should start the year in the minors, but could earn a promotion based on how well he pitches.


    Mariners' Chris Taylor homers, triples on Friday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:42 pm ET) Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor hit a home run and tripled on Friday against the Dodgers.

    Taylor came into camp competing for the team's shortstop position with Brad Miller. While Miller likely has the upper hand, he's coming off a down season. Taylor, on the other hand, played well in the minors in 2014, and hit .287 in a brief major-league debut. It's believed whoever loses out on the starting role will be sent to the minors. 


    Reds' Tony Cingrani goes two scoreless innings in debut
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:36 pm ET) Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday.

    Cingrani allowed two hits in two innings of work. He walked one and struck out two during the outing. After an injury-riddled 2014, Cingrani has received a clean bill of health, and is competing for a spot in the team's rotation. 

    The 25-year-old posted a 4.55 ERA over 63 1/3 innings last season. 


    Athletics' Graveman tosses two scoreless innings in debut
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:20 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday.

    Graveman was acquired by the club during the offseason, and is one of the few pitchers competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. He gave up two hits over two scoreless innings in his debut. Graveman struck out one and did not issue any walks.

    Graveman came away satisfied with the outing. I thought it went well," he said. "Stuff felt good, and thought I located well today. All in all I thought it was a good first outing."

    Graveman appeared in five games last season, putting up a 3.86 ERA. 


    Rangers' Nick Tepesch gets crushed in first spring start
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:15 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch got destroyed in his first spring start on Friday.

    Tepesch allowed seven runs on seven hits over just 1 1/3 innings. He walked one and did not strike out any batters during the outing. Tepesch is competing for a spot in the team's rotation, but didn't make the best impression. It's still early in camp, and Tepesch admitted he was trying to be aggressive during the outing.

    "I was just trying to attack hitters and get ahead of hitters," Tepesch said. "They took advantage of my mistakes. I didn't really have good command. They put some good swings on some balls."

    The 26-year-old posted a 4.36 ERA over 126 innings last year. 


    Padres' Despaigne, Morrow impress in bid to win fifth spot
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:09 pm ET) Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne and Brandon Morrow impressed during their first taste of spring action, according to MLB.com.

    "I thought they threw the ball well," said Padres manager Bud Black. Both Despaigne and Morrow are competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. While Despaigne got the start, Morrow came on and pitched two innings in relief.

    Both players were effective, keeping the White Sox off the board for four innings. Despaigne struck out two batters to Morrow's one, but they posted identical stat lines otherwise. 

    Despite the strong performances, Black said it was far too early to draw any conclusions about who will open the season in the rotation.


    Indians' Danny Salazar gives up two runs in debut
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:03 pm ET) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar allowed two runs in his spring debut on Friday.

    Salazar gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. Despite the shaky outing, manager Terry Francona came away impressed

    "He made a couple mistakes along the way, but I thought he threw the ball really well," he said. "In the season, we can probably nitpick. But, in Spring Training for a first outing, I thought the ball came out of his hand really well and I thought he tried to drive it down with more intent. That's what he needs to do."

    The 25-year-old Salazar is expected to compete for a spot in the team's rotation this spring. He posted a 4.25 ERA over 110 innings last season. 


    Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado goes two scoreless innings
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:56 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Randall Delgado tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday.

    Delgado allowed two hits over two scoreless innings. He struck out two and did not issue any walks. The 25-year-old is competing for a spot in the rotation this spring. He posted a 4.87 ERA over 77 2/3 innings last season. 


     
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