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Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka doesn't impress scouts


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA this spring. More importantly, he remained healthy, despite the partially torn ligament in his elbow.

But scouts contacted by the Daily News weren't impressed with Tanaka's stuff. 

"I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt based on what he did last year," one Major League scout said. "But would I be worried based on what I’ve seen lately? Yeah, I’d have to be a little worried. ... He’s either saving himself for the season or he’s protecting that elbow a little bit, because his fastball has been around 89-90 (mph), with no life on it today. Two-seamer or four-seamer, it was flat and hittable."


Rays pitchers Colome, McGee, Moore throw bullpen sessions


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Rays pitchers Alex Colome (illness), Jake McGee (elbow surgery) and Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) were each able to throw bullpen sessions Tuesday as a part of their rehab, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"(Colome) looks like he feels really good," manager Kevin Cash said. "It's exciting to see."

The trio has yet to see any action this spring as they recover from elbow injuries.


Mariners trade Erasmo Ramierez to Rays for Mike Montgomery


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Mariners have traded pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to the Rays in exchange for pitcher Mike Montgomery, the teams announced.

Ramirez posted a 1-2 record with a 6.23 ERA and seven strikeouts in five spring training appearances while Montgomery posted a 2.38 ERA with nine strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings pitched.


Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski gives up four runs in outing


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski surrendered four runs (two earned) on five hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched Tuesday against the Braves.

Wojciechowski, who is still competing for a spot on the pitching staff, added three strikeouts and one walk while pushing his ERA to 1.71.

"It was frustrating, but I know it's all part of baseball," he said to the Houston Chronicle. "You're going to have your good days and you're going to have your bad days. You got to find a way to get through it and to adjust. I was starting to find my off-speed stuff late in that fourth inning. It was just one of those games for me."


Athletics pitcher Barry Zito touched for seven runs in outing Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Athletics pitcher Barry Zito gave up seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, over four innings in his final spring training start Tuesday against the Angels.

Zito added two strikeouts and one walk to his totals. He finishes spring training with a 5.03 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings over six appearances.

"My timing was a little off today," Zito said. "Obviously I can paint pictures in my head of what could happen, but that's where this game can take you out of the present moment."


Rangers' Nick Martinez struggles in final spring outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two and serving up two home runs in his team's 8-7 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Martinez was making his final start of the Cactus League season after winning the fifth spot in the rotation. He made it through just one scoreless inning Tuesday, and his ERA jumped from 0.84 to 4.20 over the course of one afternoon. Martinez will likely be on the mound for the team's home opener on April 10 against the Astros.


Rangers' Derek Holland struggles in final spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Rangers pitcher Derek Holland allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four in Tuesday's 15-10 loss to the Cubs.

Holland threw three scoreless innings in his spring debut but couldn't match his success Tuesday, giving up just one run through four innings before the Cubs racked up four more runs in the fifth. He was making just his second start of Cactus League play after dealing with shoulder soreness earlier in camp. Holland is expected to pitch the team's home opener April 10.


Felix Hernandez hammered in Mariners' start on Tuesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez gave up seven runs in one and two thirds innings on Tuesday. Hernandez gave up five hits, including a home run, and walked two. 

Hernandez dropped to 0-3 on the spring, and his ERA ballooned to 10.22. 


White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon allows one run in final spring start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon allowed just one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Dodgers.

Rodon, who will begin the season in Triple-A, lowered his ERA to 3.06 this spring. He finishes spring training with a 2-0 record and team-high 21 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings pitched.


Angels' Mike Scioscia expects 'a big year' from C.J. Wilson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday he's expecting a big rebound season from pitcher C.J. Wilson, MLB.com reports.

"I think he's throwing the ball as well as I've seen him throw it, which brings you back to either the start of last year or a couple years ago," Scioscia said. "I think that a lot of the second-half issues -- from the health to consistency to release point -- have been resolved. I look for a big year from C.J."

Wilson had posted no worse than a 3.83 ERA in his first four seasons working as a starting pitcher after a career in his bullpen but struggled in 2014, going 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA and 151:85 K:BB ratio in 175 2/3 innings. He's allowed eight runs (three earned) in 11 2/3 innings this spring while striking out seven and walking six.


MRI on Tanner Scheppers (ankle) comes back clean


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) An MRI on the injured ankle of Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers has revealed no structural damage, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Scheppers has dealt with the ankle issue all spring, causing him to get a late start on his preparation. He made four appearances before being sent for the MRI due to continued soreness. Scheppers is set to resume throwing after the results of the MRI came back clean.


Joe Blanton accepts assignment to Royals' Triple-A affiliate


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Royals RHP Joe Blanton agreed to accept an assignment to Triple-A Omaha. Blanton signed a minor league contract with the team on February 13 and was invited to camp as a non-roster player. 

Blanton was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three games this spring. 


Report: Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna, Miguel Castro earn spot on roster


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Blue Jays pitchers Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro have both made the Opening Day roster, according to the National Post.

Osuna and Castro were both competing for spots on the pitching staff and the team is unsure if they will go with 7 or 8 in the bullpen, according to the report.

Osuna posted a 2-0 record with a 0.82 ERA in seven spring training appearances while Castro posted a 1.64 ERA with 10 strikeouts and no walks this spring.


White Sox pay retention bonuses to Brad Penny, Jesse Crain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The White Sox paid $100,000 retention bonuses pitchers Brad Penny and Jessie Crain to keep them in the organization, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Penny has given up 12 earned runs in 15 2/3 spring innings. Crain hasn't pitched in major-league action this spring due to continued shoulder soreness.


Report: Blue Jays pay Johan Santana $100,000 retention bonus


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Blue Jays have decided to pay a $100,000 retention bonus to pitcher Johan Santana to keep him in the organization, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Manager John Gibbons said recently that Santana could be ready to return to the mound in mid-April. He's working his way back from shoulder and Achilles issues.


Wade Miley confirms he'll start for Red Sox against Yankees


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley confirmed that he would be the fourth or fifth starter for the Red Sox to start the season. 

Miley told the media he would make his first start of the regular season against the Yankees, although he didn't specify which game he would start. That series starts after three games against the Phillies. 

That would indicate that Justin Masterson is the Red Sox's third starter, although manager John Farrell hasn't confirmed it. 


Tigers SP David Price open to extension talks during season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Tigers starting pitcher David Price told reporters after his final start of the spring that he's not going to rush contract negotiations, and is open to extension talks during the regular season, per MLB.com.

"I left it open to talks throughout the year. There's no rush for them [to take place]," Price said. "It wouldn't be something that would linger on. These guys, they know what they want to do, and so do I.

"If we get to that point, then I think once it gets going, it would go quickly. If it doesn't happen, then it just wouldn't happen."

Price was named Detroit's Opening Day starter April 6 at home against the Twins. He finished the spring 0-2 with a 5.76 ERA and a 29:5 K:BB ratio over 25 innings.


Twins' Tommy Milone tosses six one-run innings vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks in six innings while striking out five in his team's 3-1 win over the Yankees Tuesday.

"Tommy did well," manager Paul Molitor said after the outing, per MLB.com. "He kind of minimized damage when he did have a little bit of difficulty. When he missed, he didn't miss by much. He was around the plate all day with all of his pitches."

Milone was named the No. 5 starter Sunday and delivered a fine performance a few days later.

"It was a success personally, especially coming off last year when I didn't do well at all coming over here," Milone said. "It's kind of nice to have success here and show them that I am the pitcher they traded for. But the job is not over. I have to keep it up."

Milone has posted a 3.60 ERA and 13:6 K:BB ratio in 20 innings this spring.


Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman struggles in start Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman surrendered four runs on seven hits, including one home run in Tuesday's start against the Rays.

Gausman also issued one walk and did not record a strikeout.

"I felt good," he said to MASN.com. "Stuff-wise, I was really good. I left a couple of pitches up. More than any of them, I left a slider up to (Desmond) Jennings for a base hit. Other than that, I felt pretty good. I thought I was hitting a lot of spots."

Gausman is competing with Ubaldo Jimenez for the final spot in Baltimore's starting rotation.

"Obviously, I'm not happy about the line, but I felt like I had good stuff. I commanded my off-speed pretty well. I think they just kind of came out hacking. I didn't really make an adjustment probably until the third inning and I got my ground balls, but just the way we were positioned, a couple of them were pretty tough plays to make. Just one of those days."


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka allows three runs vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka surrendered three earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out one and walking none in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Twins.

"Obviously it wasn't the best pitching today out there on the mound, but I felt that I was able to work on what I wanted to work on this spring," Tanaka said through a translator after the outing, per the New York Daily News. "I feel pretty much ready to go for the season."

Tanaka's fastball sat in the 87-to-91 mph range and touched 92 mph once in the loss, per Newsday. His fastball averaged 91.2 mph during the 2014 season, according to Fangraphs. Tanaka has posted a 3.07 ERA and 13:1 K:BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings and appears to be healthy heading into the end of spring training.

"I think he’s ready to go," manager Joe Girardi said.

Tanaka is set to start on Opening Day and will be limited to 90 pitches in the debut outing.


Tigers SP David Price gives up seven runs in final spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Tigers starting pitcher David Price took the hill Tuesday against the Pirates for his final start this spring. Although, he didn't save his best effort for last.

The left-handed hurler allowed seven runs on eight hits and no walks during a 7-3 loss. He struck out five.

Price got off to a pretty good start, retiring the first nine batters he faced. Unfortunately, his day began to unravel during a four-run fourth inning. Andrew McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang had RBI doubles, while Francisco Cervelli added a two-run homer.

The Pirates added three more runs in the sixth inning off Price on run-scoring singles from Cervelli and Sean Rodriguez.

Price, who will make his next start in the season opener Monday against the Twins, finishes the spring 0-2 with a 5.76 ERA. He had 29 strikeouts to five walks in 25 innings. He allowed just the one home run in six starts.


Mariners release Chavez; sign Gutierrez, Saunders to Triple-A deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Mariners announced Tuesday outfielder Endy Chavez opted out of his minor-league deal and was released, per MLB.com. 

Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and pitcher Joe Saunders were also released, but then signed to Triple-A contracts.


Angels option Nick Tropeano to Triple-A Salt Lake


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Angels optioned pitcher Nick Tropeano to Triple-A Salt Lake Tuesday, the team announced.

Tropeano posted a 4.41 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings this spring in his competition for a spot in the Angels' initial rotation. The move leaves the team with 38 players in major-league camp.


Twins' Kyle Gibson (illness) scheduled to start Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson is still dealing with flu-like symptoms but remains scheduled to start the team's spring finale Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Gibson was scratched from Monday's start due to the illness but it appears he'll only miss one outing. He has posted a 2.75 ERA in 19 2/3 innings over five spring outings while striking out 17 batters and issuing seven walks.


White Sox ace Chris Sale to pitch in minor-league game Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (foot) is slated to throw 90 pitches or six innings in a minor-league game Wednesday, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

 
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