Brewers option Matt Clark, Jason Rogers, Rob Wooten to Triple-A
by Brandon Wise |
(4:30 pm ET) The Brewers have optioned first baseman Matt Clark, utility man Jason Rogers and pitcher Rob Wooten to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the team announced Tuesday.

Clark hit .349 with three home runs and five RBI in 43 plate appearances this spring while Rogers hit .361 with one double and five RBI in 36 plate appearances.

Wooten posted a 1.26 ERA in 14 1/3 innings with two runs allowed and eight strikeouts.

Twins' Joe Mauer improving power to right field
by Shawn Krest |
(3:45 pm ET) Twins catcher/first baseman Joe Mauer has put in extra time this spring working with hitting instructor Tom Brunansky, in the hopes of improving his power to right field.

"I know he's been spending time with Tom working on that," manager Paul Molitor said, per "Whether it's a runner on first and trying to pull the ball hard, or getting into counts and then turning it loose. I know he's added a little more confidence in that swing. He can keep people more honest by doing things at different times, but at the same time not making drastic changes to who he is." 

Maurer is hitting .229 with a home run and five RBI this spring. 

Indians' Nick Swisher will serve as DH vs. Giants
by Igor Mello |
(1:34 pm ET) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher will serve as a designated hitter Wednesday in Scottsdale against the Giants, according to FOX Sports Ohio.

Swisher, who is working back from double-knee surgery, is tentatively scheduled to start the season on the disabled list. He will accompany the team to Houston for the season opener before he returns to Arizona for extended spring training.

Yankees' Teixeira, Gregorius remain sidelined Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12:08 pm ET) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was held out of the spring lineup again Tuesday due to a bruised knee. However, manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira feels "decent" and is expected to play Wednesday, per Newsday.

Although, shortstop Didi Gregorius is not as close to returning. Girardi said he still has some swelling in his wrist and there is no timetable for his return.

Steve Tolleson, Justin Smoak make Blue Jays' Opening Day roster
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10:24 am ET) Even though he lost out to Devon Travis for the starting job at second base, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday infielder Steve Tolleson has earned a spot on the roster.

Gibbons also announced Justin Smoak will be on the Opening Day roster.

Tolleson hit .258 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI in 16 spring games, while Smoak hit .196 with one double, four home runs and eight RBI in 20 spring games.

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli homers in win over Twins
by Dave Peters |
(12:30 am ET) Mike Napoli of the Red Sox homered Monday in the team's 14-2 win over the Twins, reports

Napoli took an inside pitch and ended up delivering with a broken-bat home run.

"I watched the video on it," said Napoli. "It looked like I got the barrel to it. My at-bat before, when I shot the ball to right field, he kind of got in a little bit on me. That's probably where it broke there."

"It was just a weird feeling," said Napoli. "The bat exploded and it was just kind of sitting there. It's a weird feeling any time you do that. I don't know. I can't really explain it. I was just kind of running around the bases like, 'What just happened?'"

Napoli, 33, hit .248 last season with 17 home runs and 55 RBI.

Giants' Travis Ishikawa (back) gets MRI, comes back 'fairly clean'
by Jason Butt |
(3/30/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Travis Ishikawa had an MRI on his injured back and that it returned 'fairly clean,' according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Ishikawa left Sunday's game the Dodgers due to the ailment. This spring, Ishikawa is batting .191 with six RBI in 47 plate appearances. 

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera fine after fall at first base
by R.J. White |
(3/30/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera toppled over Braves infielder Kelly Johnson while trying to make a play near first base Monday but got up immediately and was fine, reports.

"You get concerned anytime you see something like that with Miggy or Victor [Martinez] this time of year," manager Brad Ausmus said. "You pause for a moment. … I mean, clearly Kelly's not trying to hurt Miggy in any way. He's trying to be safe at first. It's a little surprising that, as long as Kelly's been around, that he would do that in a spring training game, but I don't know what his situation is over with Atlanta. He may be trying to make the team, so it's certainly an understandable baseball play. You want to be safe."

Cabrera has been able to work at first base in recent games as he continues his return from ankle surgery. After going 1 for 3 Monday, the first baseman is 7 for 20 with two home runs this spring.

White Sox GM Hahn: 'Everything's fine' with Jose Abreu
by R.J. White |
(3/30/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was not in the lineup for a second straight game Monday, but general manager Rick Hahn said that there are no health issues with the first baseman, reports.

"Everything's fine,” Hahn said. "There's no health issue whatsoever."

Abreu was scheduled to take a personal day Tuesday but had the off-day moved up to Monday. He has hit .479/.490/.625 with one home run in 48 at-bats.

Blue Jays release Ramon Santiago, reassign Daric Barton
by Shawn Krest |
(3/30/2015) The Blue Jays trimmed their roster by two on Monday, SportsNet reported

The Jays released infielder Ramon Santiago . The 35-year-old Santiago was signed as a free agent in the offseason and hit .417 in spring training. 

The team also reassigned first baseman Daric Barton to its minor league camp. Barton signed as an offseason free agent and hit .250 this spring. 

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