Report: Eric Young has the edge over Melvin Upton for CF spot
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Braves outfielder Eric Young
Jr., a non-roster invitee, appears to have the advantage for the center field gig
, after Melvin Upton
Jr. went down with a foot injury, reports Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Young is hitting .321/.397/.464 with one home run, eight RBI and five stole bases in 56 at-bats this spring. Upton had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot last week, and is expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
Report: Peterson in line to beat out Callaspo for Braves' 2B gig
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Braves infielder Jace Peterson could be in line to beat out Alberto Callaspo
for the second base job, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peterson, 24, is hitting .341/.442/.386 with one RBI in 44 at-bats this spring. Callaspo has slashed .216/.212/.216 with four RBI over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play.
Rays' Cash still mulling rotation order for Odorizzi, Karns
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Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday he still hasn't decided
on which order Jake Odorizzi
and Nathan Karns
will pitch in the season-opening series against the Orioles (April 6-8).
Chris Archer has been tabbed to start Opening Day in place of Alex Cobb (forearm), but Cash is mulling the starters for the next two games because he is still looking at matchups in the next few series after Baltimore.
Twins' Blaine Boyer working on improving his changeup
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Twins reliever Blaine Boyer
, who appears destined for a spot on the Opening Day roster, requested an unscheduled bullpen session on Wednesday to work on his changeup
, per the Pioneer Press
"It went really good," Boyer said.
Boyer, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, has allowed only two runs in 9 2/3 innings of work this spring. He has a March 30 opt-out clause in his contract, and is due to make $750,000 in the majors, with up to an additional $100,000 in performance bonus.
Nationals' Bryce Harper (illness) back after one-day absence
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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper
returned to the spring lineup Friday
against the Cardinals after sitting out Thursday due to an illness. Harper is batting .231 (6 for 26) with one double, one home run, three RBI, five runs, seven strikeouts and 10 walks in 12 spring games.
Pirates GM: Jung Ho Kang will be on our Opening Day roster
Jung Ho Kang
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Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told reporters that he still plans to have Jung Ho Kang
on the Opening Day roster, despite his recent struggles this spring, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Manager Clint Hurdle indicated last week that Kang's timing issues at the plate may have to do with his leg kick that begins his swing. Kang, who spent his previous nine baseball seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, is hitting .111 in 11 Grapefruit League games.
Jose Tabata among 12 players cut from Pirates camp Friday
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The Pirates announced Friday they cut 12 players
from major-league camp.
They optioned Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A, while reassigning Deolis Guerra, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Brad Lincoln, Steve Lombardozzi, Brent Morel, Gustavo Nunez , Deibinson Romero, Jose Tabata, Sebastian Valle and Josh Wall to minor-league camp.
Twins' Josmil Pinto (concussion): I'm cleared for 'everything'
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Twins catcher Josmil Pinto
told reporters he had been cleared to do "everything" in terms of baseball activity
, but isn't sure when he'll see game action, per the Pioneer Press
Pinto suffered concussion-like symptoms after he was hit on the back of the head three times by an Adam Jones backswing on Saturday. He indicated earlier in the week that he could get into a game this weekend.
D-Backs' Cahill feeling good despite so-so minor-league outing
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Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill
allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings during a minor-league start Thursday, according to The Arizona Republic
. Cahill, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, said he pitched better than his stat line indicated
"I was able, for the most part, to keep the ball on the ground," he said. "I felt like I didn't make too many mistakes and the ones I did, they hit. That's going to happen."
Cahill, who has a 4.50 ERA through three spring starts, said he feels better about his command and ability to repeat his delivery than in past years.
"I think the misses are a lot better," he said. "They're competitive misses. They're not yanks in the other batter's box. Most of the misses are down, which leaves less room to get hurt."
Nats' Drew Storen to pitch Friday, Stephen Strasburg on Saturday
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Nationals right-handed pitcher Drew Storen
is among the pitchers slated to make an appearance
in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, and starter Stephen Strasburg
will pitch Saturday against the Mets, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.
It will be Storen's first outing since he underwent surgery to remove the hook of hamate bone from his left hand back on March 13. Strasburg will also make his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury on March 20.