Rays 3B Evan Longoria appears destined to hit cleanup
Longoria played 103 of his 162 games last season at the No. 4 spot. He hit .264/.333/.403 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI over 390 at-bats at cleanup.
Yunel Escobar will be evaluated by Nationals' doctors on Friday
"He's been working hard, extra stuff and taking all his BP," Williams said. "We'll see what the doctor says today, but he's been a little bit delayed the last couple of days. We'll get back today and see where he's at."
Cubs SP Jon Lester Ks three in first spring action
"He's been Jon Lester," manager Joe Maddon said. "I think he's a guy who leads by example, although if he were to say something, everybody does listen. He's been that guy, he's been exactly what I expected, a consummate pro, quiet in his own way."
Lester will be Chicago's opening day starter on April 5 against the Cardinals.
Mets OF Alex Castellanos headed for X-rays on finger injury
Mets 1B Lucas Duda set to return early next week
Brewers' Lucroy could get into spring game sooner than expected
"I think it’ll be a lot sooner than that," Lucroy said Friday. "I feel pretty good already but obviously we’re going to be cautiously optimistic about it and take our time. There’s no sense in rushing it because I’m sure I’ll get plenty of playing time so I’m not really too worried about it."
Manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Lucroy's new timetable.
"We talked to the minor-league side to see what they have going on, and they’ve got some simulated games or BP starting the 11th," Roenicke said. "Luc would like to see some live pitching before so we’ll try to pick some spots before to see if we can get him feeling pretty comfortable before he starts some games.
"The timing of it, the way I look at it on the schedule, we have a lot of games left once he starts playing. So I think we’ll be OK with it."
Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop working on improving plate discipline
“I have to swing at strikes more, see more pitches. If you swing at strikes, you get better pitches,” said Schoop, who struck out 122 times and walked just 13 times last year. “I want to get better at everything. I want to get better than last year. If you want to get better, you have to work at everything.
“Walks are going to come. I’m not going in there to walk. I’m the type of hitter that’s aggressive. I want to swing the bat. The walks, I want them to go up, but I’m not going in there to walk. I’m going in there to swing. Hopefully be selective and swing at strikes. If they throw me four balls, I’ll take the base.”
Giants reassign Turley, Blackburn, Black to minor-league camp
Phillies ace Hamels throws two scoreless innings in spring debut
"I guess that’s what you want to do, get in there, throw strikes and execute," Hamels said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "I’ve been in a lot of springs and I know what I’m supposed to do with a certain pitch count and the first game and trying to build up. I’m not trying to go out there and blow by everybody. I’m just trying to hit my spots. I wasn't able to do it as much. But if you’re able to throw strikes, then I think that works. I had a general area that I needed to throw it in and I think I was able to do so."
Matt Harvey pitches like an ace in return to action for Mets
Harvey, who made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013, threw two perfect innings during Friday's spring game and reached as high as 99 mph on the radar gun.
"I feel like I never left," Harvey said, per MLB.com. "I could tell the ball was coming out good. I think I let a few go, but for the most part I was really trying to stay loose and hit my spots, and I felt pretty confident with that."
Harvey began the game with a strikeout of Anthony Gose on a 98 mph fastball. He then broke the bats of Jose Iglesias and Rajai Davis on grounders.
Harvey returned in the second inning with a flyout and two more strikeouts. He threw 25 pitches.
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