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Angels prospect Roberto Baldoquin showing he belongs
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Angels prospect Roberto Baldoquin is still getting used to being in the United States. But the Cuban-born player is proving to his team he belongs in the big leagues, reports MLB.com.

Baldoquin hit a towering home run Friday, showing Angels management just another tool in his arsenal.

"He's 20, we're going to take our time with him -- but he has some things that you just can't teach," general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Baldoquin, who will start the season at one of the Class-A levels. "He has soft, quick hands, he has great feet, and he has a wonderful internal clock on the field."

Manager Mike Scioscia loves what he's seen from the 20-year-old so far this spring.

"We've worked him out; he's got a nice approach to the ball, has a real easy, fluid swing," Scioscia said. "That ball jumped out of his bat."


Giants' Jake Peavy adds new pitch mid-game
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy began throwing a new pitch in his most-recent start, in the middle of the game. 

Peavy began throwing a four-seam changeup, a pitch he'd never even tried to throw before he was on the mound in a spring game. 

"It's unlike anything I've ever thrown before," Peavy said, per MLB.com's Barry Bloom. "The first five I threw bounced to the plate, they were about 50 feet."

By the time he left the game, he was already recording strikeouts with the new pitch. 

"It just got better as the game went on," said Peavy. "I'm excited about it. I'm excited to have this time to work on a little bit of everything."


Yankees' Stephen Drew starts to emerge from slump
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew went three for three on Friday, which is a significant bright spot in what's been a tough spring. 

Prior to Friday's game, Drew only had six hits all spring. The 3-for-3 game boosted his average from .167 to .231. 

"He's swung the bat better the last two weeks," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "The one thing you want is you want a lineup that there's pressure on the pitcher of the opposing team the entire time, and I feel that we have that type of lineup that we can do that, where so much pressure doesn't fall on a couple of guys."


Yangervis Solarte can play anywhere, do anything for Padres
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Padres utilty man Yangervis Solarte will be in the lineup most days. He just doesn't know where. 

"Every day, it's a new place," he said per MLB.com's Corey Brock. "And that's good for me. I can play everywhere. That's a good situation. I can do everything. The more positions I can play, the better it is for me. I think that it can help me and help the team."

"We feel good about Solarte in there," said manager Bud Black.

Solarate has started at three infield positions this spring and is hitting .295. 

"Overall, he's done a nice job moving around the diamond," Black said. "The versatility he brings is very advantageous for us. He brings some offense, some durability."


Paulo Orlando, Moises Sierra battling for last Royals' roster spot
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) The last man on the Royals' roster will be either Paulo Orlando or Moises Sierra . The two are battling for the fifth outfielder spot. 

With just over a week to go in spring training, Orlando seems to have the advantage.

"He's done everything well. He plays solid defense in all three outfielder spots. He's a true center fielder," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan. "He's swinging the bat really well. He has made great strides the last couple of years. He's athletic and can run. He fits our profile."

Orlando is hitting .367 this spring, 47 points higher than Sierra. 


Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray trying to find change-up
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray has spent the spring trying to improve his breaking ball. In the process, he lost his change-up. 

"It'll come back," Ray said, per Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com. "I threw it (Thursday) and it's already starting to come back. I just have to throw it more."

Ray changed the finger position on his change-up grip to help get it back to its previous effectiveness. 

"Granted, yeah, I've lost a little touch for my change-up, but the slider is where it needs to be right now," he said. "I feel like I can always find the change-up. I've had it for so long. It's a matter of two bullpens and then maybe a game and I'll have it back. But I definitely feel like I'm in a better place right now."


Homer Bailey pitches three innings in Reds' minor league game
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Homer Bailey continued his return from elbow surgery with a three-inning outing in a Reds' minor league game on Friday. 

Bailey had surgery last September on a torn flexor mass tendon near his elbow.

Bailey allowed one run on three hits, walking two and striking out four. He threw 41 pitches, 25 for strikes. 

"I think Homer's first inning he was up (in the strike zone)," said Reds manager Bryan Price, per MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "He made a good adjustment going into the second inning and threw the ball much better. I thought he looked terrific."

Bailey also pitched three innings in a minor league game last Sunday. He'll start again on April 1. 


Johnny Cueto returns to mound in Reds minor league game
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto returned to the mound for the first time since March 15 in a minor league game on Friday. 

Cueto gave up two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Cueto threw 60 pitches, including 47 strikes. 

"I thought I was going to be a little wild and stuff like that, but no, everything felt pretty good," Cueto said, per MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "I was trying to throw the ball down and I was effective. So I was very pleased with my start."

Cueto left the team in mid-March to return home to the Dominican Republic, after his mother needed open heart surgery. He returned after the operation. 

"He threw all of his pitches for strikes, a lot of balls were in play on the ground," manager Bryan Price said. "I thought he threw very well, especially after a fairly extended layoff from facing hitters."


Solid start for Mets' Matt Harvey
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Mets' pitcher Matt Harvey celebrated his 26th birthday with a solid start against the Cardinals. 

Harvey threw 80 pitches in four and a third innings, striking out five. He gave up a run on three hits and didn't walk a batter. 

"It’s all the process now," manager Terry Collins said. "He’s obviously healthy."

Harvey is returning from Tommy John surgery that cost him all of last season. 

"To know I can throw strikes with everything right now, I’m pretty happy," Harvey said, per the New York Times.

Harvey has a 1.45 ERA this spring with 17 strikeouts in 18 and two thirds innings.


Another clutch home run for Athletics' Mark Canha
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Athletics first baseman Mark Canha has shown a flair for the dramatic this spring.

On Friday, he hit a walk-off, three-run home run, surprising no one. 

"The only question was whether he was going to hit it to right or hit it to left," manager Bob Melvin said, per SFGate

Two days earlier, Canha hit a two-out, two-run, game-tying home run in the ninth inning. 

"It’s fun. That’s what I try to tell myself in those situations, just have fun, because I tend to get nervous," Canha said. 

Canha is a Rule V pick, meaning the Athletics have to keep him on the MLB roster or risk losing him. He's hitting .267 with three homers and five RBI so far this spring. 


 
 
 
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