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    Cardinals OF Matt Holliday looking to avoid another slow start
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:27 pm ET) By Matt Holliday's standards, the Cardinals outfielder's 2014 season didn't quite measure up to previous seasons. Although, the 35-year-old outfielder refuses to blame his decline in production on his age.

    "It was one of those things where I couldn't figure out what was going on in the first half," Holliday said, per MLB.com. "I couldn't get comfortable. I couldn't find the timing I wanted in my swing. You start questioning what you're doing with your swing and stuff like that. I got in a bad place."

    The numbers support Holliday's claim. He hit .265 with a .389 slugging percentage, .762 OPS, six home runs and 45 RBI in 93 first-half games before batting .281 with a .515 slugging percentage, .882 OPS, 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 63 games after the All-Star break.

    "After the break, I felt like I found it and was able to have a good second half," Holliday said. "I'm proud of that. But I'd like to do without the bad first half and have two good halves. That's where I want to be."

    Although he hasn't homered in 11 spring games, Holliday is batting .333 (8 for 24) with two doubles, two RBI and four walks.


    Yankees release pitcher Jared Burton from contract
    by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
    (3:27 pm ET) The Yankees announced the release of pitcher Jared Burton from his minor-league contract Thursday.

    Burton has been sidelined because of an oblique injury.


    White Sox's Ventura: Jake Petricka dealing with 'some soreness'
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:21 pm ET) White Sox manager Robin Ventura told reporters that pitcher Jake Petricka is experiencing some soreness, according to the Chicago Tribune on Thursday. Petricka has allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings of work this spring. He has not pitched in a game since Monday.

    Mets RP Vic Black could be ready in time for Opening Day
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:08 pm ET) Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said reliever Vic Black is "right on the cusp" of being ready for Opening Day, per NJ.com. Black has been sidelined since mid-March with a shoulder injury.

    Rays' Cash: Drew Smyly 'all good' after bullpen session on Thursday
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:04 pm ET) Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly completed a bullpen session without any issues on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

    "Smyly was all good," manager Kevin Cash told reporters.

    Smyly is working his way back from shoulder tendinitis. At this point, it remains unlikely that he'll pitch in a game this spring.


    Wilmer Flores (foot) returns to Mets' Grapefruit League lineup
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:00 pm ET) Wilmer Flores returned to the Mets' lineup and will hit second Thursday night against the Yankees in Grapefruit League play, according to ESPN. Flores was sidelined since Sunday, after he fouled a pitch off his left foot. He is hitting .342/.350/.605 in 38 at-bats.

    Brewers' Roenicke continues to back Nelson despite rough spring
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:58 pm ET) Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson has not had a banner spring. The right-hander has allowed 12 runs (nine earned) on 17 hits and one walk in 13 innings (6.23 ERA).

    However, despite poor spring numbers, manager Ron Roenicke has not lost faith in Nelson.

    “He was the most dominant pitcher in Triple-A,” Roenicke said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That tells you if we can get back to that guy, then we have a really good major-league starter.

    “(The struggles) are because he doesn’t command the ball. When he was in Triple-A, he commanded the ball better, for whatever reason. Maybe it was the confidence he had there. He’s got overpowering stuff but there’s not too many guys who can overpower a major-league hitter if you don’t put it in the right spot. The difference is he’s facing guys that are really good hitters.

    “It’s not that he doesn’t throw strikes. When I talk about commanding the ball, that doesn’t mean it’s not a strike. It means when you want to throw it inside, you can throw it inside instead of being outside for a strike. Or if you want to throw it down and you miss up for a strike, that’s not commanding the ball. Commanding it is throwing it in an area you want to throw it, and repeating an offspeed pitch.”


    Tigers' Victor Martinez running with a hitch in his step
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (2:45 pm ET) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that designated hitter Victor Martinez has been running gingerly, with a "hitch" in his step since Wednesday. Martinez made his first appearance of the spring on Sunday since undergoing knee surgery in February.

    "Thinking back, he sort of ran that way last year," Ausmus said. "He's always had, I don't want to call in a gimp, but he always had a little hitch in his step when he ran. Even a year ago. That may be a result of the first knee surgery."

    Martinez told Ausmus he feels fine, and Ausmus said he'll trust his designated hitter moving forward.

    "(Martinez) says he feels good. I talked to him (Wednesday)," Ausmus said. "At least he says he feels good. So I'm gonna trust him on that."


    Nationals OF Jayson Werth not ready to hit in spring game
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:39 pm ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday outfielder Jayson Werth is still not ready to hit in a game, per MASNsports.com. He continues to feel soreness in his right shoulder when swinging.

    “He’s still working through the swinging part of it,” Williams said, per NatsInsider.com. “But he’s playing defense, jumping from field to field to run bases and do the things he needs to do. So when he is ready to hit, then he’s ready to play. He’s not quite there yet, though.”

    Werth has remained optimistic about being ready by Opening Day. Although, Williams isn't as sure.

    “I still won’t (rule it out),” Williams said. “You do run out of time, though. There’s a question, sure. The fact he hasn’t had regular at-bats in spring training games makes me question that. But we’ll see.”


    Nationals OF Bryce Harper sidelined Thursday due to illness
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:35 pm ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams said outfielder Bryce Harper was held out of Thursday's spring lineup against the Mets due to a stomach illness. Harper is batting .231 (6 for 26) with one double, one home run, three RBI, five runs, seven strikeouts and 10 walks in 12 spring games.

    “He was really feeling bad yesterday, and then today he’s still not feeling well,” Williams said, per NatsInsider.com. “He came in, did a little bit of light swinging in the cage, and he’s still not feeling good. So we sent him home again (Thursday). I think he’ll be OK to go (Friday). But we wanted to get him out of here and not get anybody else sick at this point.”


     
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