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    Rangers' Colby Lewis struggles in spring training debut
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (7:14 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis struggled on the mound in his spring training debut Wednesday, allowing six runs in his only inning of work. He threw 36 pitches, but managed to get three strikeouts.

    "I actually felt great, threw a lot of strikes," said Lewis, a notoriously poor starter in spring training. "Of course, the results aren't what you want, but it is what it is."


    Indians outfielder Carlos Moncrief goes 4 for 4 in spring debut
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (7:08 pm ET) Indians outfielder Carlos Moncrief had a perfect day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two runs scored in Cleveland's 4-2 win over the Reds Wednesday. Moncrief also doubled in the game. 

    Diamondbacks counting on Mark Trumbo to provide offensive spark
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (6:59 pm ET) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale knows what Mark Trumbo can bring to the lineup. So much so, that Hale tends to forget about him when worrying about different guys in the lineup, reports AZCentral.com.

    "When we talk about all the potential offensive stars that we have, sometimes he gets forgotten," Hale said. "We're looking for Tomas to do this, we're looking for Goldy (Paul Goldschmidt) to do this, we're looking for Lamb to come — and all of a sudden you start thinking, Trumbo has done it. He's hit 30 home runs in Anaheim. He knows what he's doing."

    Trumbo hit .235 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI in 328 plate appearances in 2014.


    Phillies' Grady Sizemore fine after being plunked
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:53 pm ET) Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore left Wednesday's game after being hit in the knee with a pitch, according to MLB.com.

    Sizemore was replaced by Jordan Danks at first base. His removal from the game was deemed "precautionary" by manager Ryne Sandbery. "He got hit on the meat in the back," Sandberg said. "He felt fine."

    Sizemore, 32, hit .233/.299/.354 over 347 at-bats last season.


    White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam misses Wednesday with illness
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (6:49 pm ET) White Sox relief pitcher Zach Putnam was held out of Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with a stomach ailment, reports MLB.com.

    Putnam, who is also dealing with a back injury during spring training, went 5-3 in 2014 with a 1.98 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings pitched.


    Tigers' Sanchez breezes through first spring outing Wednesday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (6:43 pm ET) Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez breezed through his two-inning outing Wednesday against the Orioles. Sanchez faced just seven batters in his spring debut, allowing a single to J.J. Hardy in the first inning and no walks.

    He also struck out Delmon Young.

    "They put a really good lineup out," Sanchez said, per MLB.com. "I don't want to pitch around those guys. They're smart. I know they're going to swing because they're working, too."


    Royals' Tim Collins dealing with elbow soreness
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:42 pm ET) Royals reliever Tim Collins is dealing with elbow soreness, according to the Kansas City Star.

    Collins will head for an MRI on Wednesday in order to determine the severity of the injury. The team won't have a timetable for Collins until they receive the results of the MRI. 

    The 25-year-old posted a 3.86 ERA over 21 innings last year.


    Nationals' Jayson Werth swings bat for first time since surgery
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (6:40 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who has been doing conditioning drills and running, swung a bat on Wednesday for the first time since Jan. 9 shoulder surgery, reports the Washington Post.

    Werth took about 20 light swings, mostly dry with roughly five of them coming off a tee. He admitted he's pushing his recovery to be ready in time for opening day.

    "We'll see how I react to it," Werth said. "I've been doing a lot. You push it as far as you can without setting yourself really setting yourself back. It's just a tedious process but stuff we got to go through. … It's a start."


    Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman developing sinker this spring
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (6:39 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is hoping to have a better spring this year after struggling in 2014, reports MLB.com.

    "I struggled all last spring, I wanted to make the team so bad," Stroman said following his debut during the Blue Jays' 4-1 win over the Pirates on Wednesday. "I feel a lot different. I feel much more relaxed, I'm focused. I know what I have to do rather than doing everything in my power to go out there and try to make the team, doing more than I had to. So I'm relaxed, I'm motivated, I'm ready to go. I'm excited for this year."

    Stroman heads into the 2015 campaign looking to add another pitch, a sinker.

    "I've always wanted a sinker," Stroman said. "If you can have a sinker, all hitters say that's one of the hardest pitches to hit when it's located. So it was not that I needed another pitch to make an adjustment, it was more so that I saw it as a weapon I never had that I wanted to add to my arsenal."


    Giants pitcher Derek Law throws off mound Wednesday
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (6:39 pm ET) Giants pitcher Derek Law was able to throw off a mound for the first time since last June when he underwent Tommy John surgery, reports MercuryNews.com.

    Law threw 25 pitches and was suppose to take it fairly easy in his bullpen session.

    "I was supposed to go 50 percent," said Law, smiling. "I might have gone 60 percent."

    Law is hoping to get back on the mound for a game by June, the one-year anniversary of the injury.

    "The first four or five felt a little weird, just getting used to standing on the hill," Law said. "Then it was coming out fine. It was like riding a bike."


     
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