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    Braves' Rodriguez goes one inning, walks two in spring debut
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (4:31 pm ET) Braves starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one inning of work during his spring debut Wednesday against the Mets. He struck out one.

    Rodriguez got off to a rocky start Wednesday as he walked Juan Lagares to start the game. Lagares would score four batters later on a two-out single by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.


    Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens throws two scoreless innings Wednesday
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (4:29 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens was able to throw two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Yankees. Clemens came on in the third innings and did not surrender a hit in his appearance.

    He allowed just one base runner on one walk.


    Brewers' Kintzler ready to bounce back after injury plagued 2014
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (4:13 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler was been bit by the injury bug in 2014. Kintzler was forced to go under the knife with a knee injury last year while dealing with a shoulder issue as well, allowing him to pitch just 58 1/3 innings, posting a 3.24 ERA and 31 strikeouts.

    "My arm hasn't felt this good in a while. It feels live," Kintzler said. "I feel like my alignment, my mechanics, is right where I need it to be."

    Kintzler also said he wasn't in the right mindset in 2014.

    "Mentally, I just wasn't right because I was thinking of mechanics so much," said Kintzler, 30. "I had to go 'around' my knee, and as a sinkerballer, I need to get up over that knee. I would throw one really good sinker and go, 'Yeah, that's it.' Then, the next one, my arm couldn't get there, and it's a flat sinker and a homer. That was so frustrating. I couldn't be consistent."


    Giradi: Yankees' Tanaka to make spring debut late next week
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (4:04 pm ET) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka should make his spring debut sometime late next week, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Yankees are being cautious with Tanaka after he dealt with an elbow injury last season.

    Yankees' Alex Rodriguez goes 1 for 2 in spring training debut
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (3:57 pm ET) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 2 from the plate with a single and a walk in his spring training debut Wednesday. Rodriguez, slotted a DH with Chase Headley starting at third, also left one runner on base.

    Rodriguez said after the game he felt like he was swinging underwater, but was happy to make contact and pleasantly surprised to get a base hit, according to MLB.com.


    Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (elbow) to make spring debut Friday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:54 pm ET) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said outfielder Carlos Beltran will make his spring debut Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Beltran is coming off surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his elbow.

    Diamondbacks' Hellickson (rib) feels good after throwing in bullpen
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:46 pm ET) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson said he felt fine after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday, according to The Arizona Republic. Hellickson had his previous bullpen session Saturday end early due to discomfort in his rib cage area.

    Orioles' Chris Davis open to more reps at right field
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:44 pm ET) Orioles' Chris Davis told reporters that he's prepared for more reps at right field this spring, according to Comcast SportsNet Baltimore on Wednesday. Davis has not played the outfield since 2012, and has only 39 starts in right field during his MLB career.

    "The way our team is constructed here you're always on your toes," Davis said. "With the way we run the DH, you know that there's an opportunity for me to play somewhere else, so you try and stay prepared. I think the biggest thing for me going from the infield to the outfield is just the reps. I haven’t had a lot of reps in right field."


    Diamondbacks' Inciarte ready to compete for roster spot
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:39 pm ET) Outfielder Ender Inciarte was one of the Diamondbacks' top performers in the second half last season, but even a strong finish to the year couldn't secure him a starting job this season. Therefore, Inciarte will be competing for a spot on the roster this spring.

    "There's a lot of competition here, but you only control what you can control," Inciarte said, per The Arizona Republic. "I know I can play defense. I know I can run. And I know I can hit. I've just got to do my job. I want to have a chance to play, but I'm ready to take any opportunity they give me or any role.

    "I know whatever happens is going to be the best thing for me. I know if I go to Triple-A, I'm going to do my best and find my way back."

    Inciarte shouldn't be talking about Triple-A just yet, especially not when you are on the manager's radar.

    "He's the type of player you like to have because he can do so many different things," manager Chip Hale said. "He's kind of a throwback to when we played and being able to use all those different tools in a game instead of just waiting for the big home run."


    Mets' Wilmer Flores exits spring game after HBP on wrist/forearm
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:09 pm ET) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores was forced out of Thursday's spring training game after being hit by a pitch on the wrist/forearm region, reports MLB.com. Manager Terry Collins told reporters that his hand was "fine" after the game, per ESPN.

    Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the shortstop job after he hit .251 in 78 games and had a .979 fielding percentage at shortstop in 2014.


     
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