Miguel Cabrera
Tigers optimistic Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez ready for Opening Day
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
6:25 PM
News: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus expressed optimism he will have both first baseman Miguel Cabrera and designated hitter Victor Martinez available for Opening Day, reports MLive.com.

"I'd say, as of right now, I'm optimistic that we can have them both ready for Opening Day," Ausmus said. "But I'm probably more optimistic that at this point that Miggy will be ready to play."

Cabrera, who hit his second home run of spring training Saturday, missed nearly a month after surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle while Martinez underwent surgery in early February for a torn meniscus in his left knee.


Nick Swisher
Indians' impressed by Nick Swisher's minor-league appearance
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
4:54 PM
News: Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters Nick Swisher, who is working back from double-knee surgery, took "a good first step" in Friday's minor-league game, according to MLB.com.

"He had a base hit and ran through a stop sign at third, because he wanted to see how it felt," Francona said. "He got thrown out at the plate, but it's a good first step for him. Usually, the way it's been with Swish is, every time he's tried to do something, the next time he does it, he does it better."

Swisher, who is expected to land on the disabled list at the start of the season, will meet with a medical staff in the near future to map out a plan for the upcoming weeks.


Joe Mauer
Joe Mauer hits first spring homer for Twins
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN
4:13 PM
News: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the spring on Saturday. 

Maurer's two-run shot in the fourth was the highlight of a two for three performance. He lifted his spring average to .229. 


Mark Canha
Another clutch home run for Athletics' Mark Canha
Mark Canha, 1B, OAK
News: 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. 


Jon Singleton
Astros 1B Jon Singleton working to simplify things at the plate
Jon Singleton, 1B, HOU
News: Astros first baseman Jon Singleton is continuing to progress as a hitter. Singleton has hit .244 so far this spring and manager A.J. Hinch is seeing him get better every day, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"He's working on things to simplify things at the plate, clear his head and take a good pass at the ball and swing at strikes," Hinch said Friday. "Get in a good body posture, making sure that his effort level is at the right consistent. He can swing ferociously with the best of them, and that's not always the best balance swing for him. I think he's trying to find a happy medium on how to try to take his best swing while staying under control. And I think that’s starting to translate into games."

Singleton is getting in the mindset of focusing more at the plate.

"A lot of it is thinking," Singleton said. "You got to get in the box and just let everything go. Let everything that you're working on go. Compete. I think that has a little bit to do with it. I also think it's still early, pitches that I'm missing now I don't think I'm going to miss in May or June. But it’s all a work in progress."


Albert Pujols
Healthy Albert Pujols hitting well for Angels
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
News: Albert Pujols entered spring training feeling healthy this season, and it's showing at the plate. 

Pujols is hitting .326 with four home runs, for the Angels this spring, with all the homers coming in the last six games. 

"You could tell the difference when you're in good health, and he is right now," shortstop Erick Aybar said of Pujols, per MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.

"His lower half looks strong; as strong as I've seen it over the last few years," third baseman David Freese agreed.

"He's certainly in great shape, and he's moving well," manager Mike Scioscia said.


Edwin Encarnacion
Blue Jays' Encarnacion returns to spring lineup Thursday
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
News: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was back in the spring lineup Thursday against the Phillies for the first time since March 8. He had been sidelined due to a back injury.

He went 0 for 1 with two walks. Encarnacion has gone hitless in seven at-bats this spring. He has four walks in four games.


Marc Krauss
Angels' Marc Krauss (back) to take batting practice Thursday
Marc Krauss, 1B, LAA
News: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that first baseman Marc Krauss (back) felt better Wednesday and will take batting practice Thursday morning, MLB.com reports.

Krauss has been out since Sunday due to back spasms. He's 9 for 18 with five walks this spring as he competes for a spot on the major-league bench.


Mike McDade
Report: Orioles acquire 1B Mike McDade from Rangers
Mike McDade, 1B, TEX
News: The Orioles have acquired first baseman Mike McDade from the Rangers in exchange for future considerations, the Dallas Morning News reports.

McDade spent most of last season with Double-A New Hampshire, hitting .250/.307/.366 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 276 at-bats. He was 0 for 1 in major-league camp with the Rangers.


James Loney
Logan Forsythe still expected to receive playing time at 1B this spring
James Loney, 1B, TB
News: Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that Logan Forsythe will still receive some playing time at first base this spring. However, the Rays may revisit John Jaso as a possible backup to James Loney, and will consider outfielder Steven Souza only "in a pinch," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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