Orioles' Manny Machado plays in first game since August
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:37 pm ET) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado struggled with an 0-for-3 day at the plate in his first game since back from an elbow injury.

Manager Buck Showalter was happy Machado finally got on the field, according to MASN.com.

"Manny needs to play in some games. He's tired of all the work. You think of all the work he's done since he was able to start going on the field after the surgery and you think about the last time he got to play a lot," Showalter said. "We'll try to get as many reps for him as we can, because physically it's not a challenge for him. He's in good shape."


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez goes 1 for 2 in spring training debut
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:57 pm ET) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 2 from the plate with a single and a walk in his spring training debut Wednesday. Rodriguez, slotted a DH with Chase Headley starting at third, also left one runner on base.

Rodriguez said after the game he felt like he was swinging underwater, but was happy to make contact and pleasantly surprised to get a base hit, according to MLB.com.


Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos (hand) able to play Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:27 am ET) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos made it into the lineup for Wednesday's spring game against the Orioles after leaving Tuesday's game with a left hand contusion, per MLB.com. Castellanos underwent X-rays on Tuesday, which came back negative.

Athletics' Marcus Semien homers twice in spring debut
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Athletics infielder Marcus Semien hit two home runs in his spring debut on Tuesday.

Semien didn't take long to strike. In his first at-bat, Semien crushed an 0-2 pitch from Madison Bumgarner for a two-run shot. He added a solo shot in the fifth inning off Cody Hall. Semien finished 3 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. He's expected to open the season as the team's starting shortstop. 


Tigers' Nick Castellanos departs with hand injury; X-rays negative
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was forced out of Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener with a left hand contusion, according to the team's official website. Castellanos underwent X-rays, which came back negative, and is listed as day to day moving forward.

Detroit will play Baltimore in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday.


A-Rod on spring debut: 'I'll be a little nervous, for sure'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez is battling an array of emotions heading into his spring debut Wednesday against the Phillies. Rodriguez will be making his first appearance in a Yankees uniform since Sept. 2013 after sitting out last season due to a season-long suspension.

“I’ll be a little nervous, for sure,” he said Tuesday, per the New York Post. “I haven’t been in front of our fans for a long time. I’m excited about that. I have some challenges ahead... Ready to go. Not sure how ready, but I’ll give it a shot.”

Rodriguez wants to rack up plenty of at-bats this spring following his long layoff.

“At-bats are key for me. I haven’t seen live pitching in a long time,” he said. “The more at-bats, the better. And I know (manager) Joe (Girardi) talked a little bit about maybe going to the minor leagues and utilizing that, too.”


Royals' Hunter Dozier ready for bounce season in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Royals prospect Hunter Dozier had a 2014 season to forget. Kansas City's top pick in the 2013 MLB Draft hit .209/.303/.312 in 64 games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

"I think it would have happened anywhere, whether I was at high-A ball or Double-A," he said to MLB.com. "For some reason, I just started overthinking everything. I started looking for changeups when I shouldn't have. I should have just stayed with my normal routine."

It was the first significant time in his career that Dozier experienced struggles at the plate.

"It's good that I went through it," Dozier said. "Now I know how to snap out of one of those slumps. I know that I shouldn't change anything like my approach -- just stay with it, stay with the routine."


Twins' Molitor receiving good reports on Miguel Sano
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor hasn't watched much batting practice thus far in spring training, but he keeps hearing good reports about prospect Miguel Sano, per the Pioneer Press.

“I just keep hearing how far balls are going,” Molitor said after Monday’s workout. “It’s fun for people to see. I hope he’s working on his whole game.

“He’s a young kid. But he’s doing fine. It’s good to see him healthy. He hasn’t had any issues with that (surgically repaired) elbow, and that’s what we’re trying to make sure we protect against as spring unfolds.”

While Molitor is pleased with how Sano is doing offensively, he really wants to see how Sano is progressing in the field.

“I was working today on the bunt defenses; he’s trying,” Molitor said. “There are things that are going to be a challenge for him. We’ve got to keep an eye on him. He’s a big boy. He carries it pretty well, but you’ve got to have some athleticism. He’s got to keep that … if he wants to play a corner-infield position in the big leagues, especially third base.”


Five Athletics competing to bat second in lineup
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Manager Bob Melvin indicated that five players are competing to bat second in the Athletics lineup this season, the Bay Area News Group reports.

Shortstop Ben Zobrist, second baseman Marcus Semien, third baseman Brett Lawrie and outfielders Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry are all in the mix for the second spot in the lineup.

The Athletics opened last season with third baseman Josh Donaldson slotted second, but Donaldson has since been traded to Toronto.


A-Rod will not play in Yankees' spring opener, but will DH on Wed.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez will not play in the team's spring opener Tuesday against the Phillies. His name was not highlighted on the roster of players selected to travel to Clearwater, Fla., per NJ.com.

Rodriguez, however, will play in Wednesday's spring game against the Phillies, manager Joe Girardi announced Monday.

Rodriguez was the DH and hit fourth in Monday's intrasquad game. Hitting off a pitching machine, he grounded to third on the second pitch of the first at-bat and flied out to short right on the first pitch of the second at-bat, per the Associated Press.


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