Rockies pitcher Rex Brothers working to fix command issues
"It was like an out-of-body experience," he said Friday. "Just one of those oddity nights. I was sharp until I got into put-away counts, then it was brutal. Absolutely brutal."
Manager Walt Weiss isn't concerned about his appearance and thinks it was more of an aberration.
"There's been enough positive signs in spring to feel good about where he is," Weiss said. "But fact of the matter is, that stuff is always right around the corner. Not just him, but anybody."
Seven no-hit innings for Royals' Yordano Ventura
Ventura walked two and struck out four, while throwing 49 of his 88 pitches for strikes. He lowered his spring ERA to 5.14.
The Royals took Ventura from the game after the seventh, as reliever Jason Frasor made it one out further before giving up a hit.
The bullpen completed the one-hitter.
Brewers pitcher Will Smith holds key to success out of the bullpen
"I think coming into it, we're counting on him to pitch some high-leverage innings," Roenicke said Friday. "He's going to be a huge part of that bullpen and what we do and how I match up the seventh and eighth inning. He's going to be important."
Smith has a 0.87 ERA in eight appearances this spring and posted a 3.70 ERA in 78 games last season.
"My last two outings I felt really good out there, really strong," Smith said on Friday. "Me and the catchers are on the same page for everything now. I think I'm good to go now."
Still no decision between Mariners' Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias
McClendon said he wouldn't announce his fifth starter until the final week of spring. Saturday marks the start of the final week, and McClendon said he'd "be close" to making the call, per MLB.com's Greg Johns.
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Gennett hit .289 with 54 RBI and 55 runs scored in 440 plate appearances last season while Gomez hit.284 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI in 574 plate appearances.
Phillies' Jake Diekman historically bad in loss
Diekman entered a scoreless game in the fifth inning and promptly gave up a double and four singles before recording an out. He ended up allowing seven runs in one third of an inning.
"I fell behind in counts and every strike I threw they took a good swing at," Diekman said, per CSN Philly. "It’s embarrassing. ... It's unbelievable."
Despite his 12.27 ERA, Diekman got a vote of confidence from manager Ryne Sandberg. "There’s no concern," he said.
Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy gets first start at first base Friday
"Thought we needed to do it, so hopefully we can do it at least once more,” said Roenicke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But as much as he gets out there, it will help. There’s some pitchers that we still want him to catch and if we can get through those then maybe some other days we can get him over there again."
Lucroy was happy to finally be back on the field.
"I've been doing a little bit out there every day," Lucroy said. "Taking some grounders and stuff to stay sharp over there."
Cardinals' John Lackey ready for the regular season
Lackey allowed one run on six hits and didn't walk a batter, throwing 84 pitches.
"Throwing seven innings, that was probably a little bit further than I thought I'd go today with the pitch count," said Lackey, per MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch. "But they were pretty aggressive, and I was throwing a lot of strikes. It worked out pretty good."
Lackey had his catcher call the game as if it were a regular season game, and his performance indicates that he's ready for the season to begin.
"That's what it looked like," coach David Bell said. "It looked like he was making all his pitches. The velocity was there. He probably had a little more in the tank, which is a good thing."
Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez not worried about role on staff
"I've been working hard," Martinez said through an interpreter to MLB.com. "Some of the outings haven't gone as good as I've wanted to, but I'm just trying to learn from that and get better every day."
Martinez is still focused on earning a starting spot.
"Right now I'm fighting to be a starter," Martinez said. "But if they call me into the bullpen I'm going to be ready for the team. I just want to help the team win, and I'm going to be ready when my name gets called."
Rays pitcher Everett Teaford making push for spot on pitching staff
"I thought he threw the ball well. First pitch, Reimold was ready to go, but after that I thought Teaf did a nice job of mixing pitches just like he always does," manager Kevin Cash said.
Cash likes that Teaford can get out of nearly any situation that arises.
"He's been around enough that he's probably given up enough home runs and big hits so he knows how to handle it when he does deal with some adversity," said Cash. "I wouldn't have expected anything other than that from him. Just getting right back into the strike zone again."
Teaford has spent most of spring training working on his command and effectiveness.
"That's really been the biggest thing I wanted to do this spring is not walk anybody. If I'm going to get beat, make them beat me and up to this point, I really have," said Teaford.
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