Mariners C Mike Zunino improving on hitting with two strikes
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) A year ago, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino showcased the power he can bring at the plate with 22 home runs. However, his .199 batting average did not do him much good otherwise. 

Part of the problem was Zunino's inability to put the ball in play with two strikes. This spring, Zunino has done a better job of being patient with two strikes against him. On Monday, Zunino hit a home run and a two-run double in Seattle's 5-3 win over the Angles. 

The double came with Zunino down 1-2 in the count, before working it up to 3-2. 

"That's what he's been working on all spring, the ability to put the ball in play with two strikes," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said, via MLB.com. "The knowledge and understanding to know what they're trying to do to you in those situations. He's continues to grow in that. He's gotten better this spring with it."


Rays reassign Everett Teaford, Brandon Gomes, six others
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Rays reassigned pitchers Everett Teaford and Brandon Gomes to minor-league camp along with six other players, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Teaford and Gomes were in the mix for spots on the 25-man roster before being reassigned. The team also cut catcher Mayo Acosta, outfielders Corey Brown and Joey Butler and pitchers Jhan Marinez, Jim Miller and Jordan Norberto.


Farrell: Leon acquisition likely pushes Swihart to Triple-A roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Monday with the acquisition of Sandy Leon from the Nationals, prospect Blake Swihart will start the season in Triple-A, per ESPN. Leon has the inside track for the backup catcher job behind Ryan Hanigan.

Twins catcher Josmil Pinto catches in minor-league game Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (concussion) caught three innings in a minor-league game Monday. He went 0 for 1 with two walks. He plans to catch in another minor-league game Tuesday, per the Pioneer Press.

Astros' Hinch: Jason Casto 'a well-rounded player'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Catcher Jason Castro is the longest-tenured member of the Astros and optimistic about the direction of the team, MLB.com reports.

"It's a great time for this organization," Castro said. "It's exciting to have been here and weathered the storm a little bit through the middle of that and see it through to the other side. It's exciting and hopefully we can play up to the type of baseball we're capable of playing. We have some guys in here who can do some pretty special things on the baseball field."

Manager A.J. Hinch is a fan of the different things Castro brings to the lineup and behind the plate.

"Jason's a well-rounded player," Hinch said. "There's a reason he's an All-Star, there's a reason he can contribute in every facet of the game. For us, being a left-handed bat, we have some right-handed bats that we're going to rely upon… and he'll offer us something different than those that hit in front of him. I like his balance, his composure, his steadiness of how he approaches the game. I look forward to his leadership. As he's entering these years of his career, he's got a track record under his belt to provide some steady leadership and have a good year for us."

Castro is 9 for 34 with two home runs this spring.


Orioles reassign C J.P. Arencibia to minor-league camp
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Orioles have reassigned catcher J.P. Arencibia to minor-league camp, the team announced Monday.

Arencibia received a cortisone shot in his right forearm and is expected to be re-evaluated Wednesday. He's played just once since March 17 and was 2 for 17 this spring before being reassigned.


Twins C Josmil Pinto (concussion) passes tests, cleared to return
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto has passed his concussion tests and has been cleared to return to game action, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pinto will likely play in a minor-league game Monday as he works his way back into action. Pinto hasn't played since March 21 and is 7 for 17 this spring.


Red Sox acquire Leon from Nationals, place Vazquez on 60-day DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Red Sox traded for Nationals catcher Sandy Leon on Monday. The Nationals received cash considerations in exchange for Leon.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox placed catcher Christian Vazquez (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list.

The 26-year-old Leon has appeared in just 34 games at the major-league level. He has a .236/.324/.329/.653 slash line over eight seasons in the minors.


Tigers reassign six players to minor-league camp
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Tigers announced Monday they reassigned Jordan Lennerton, Xavier Avery, Manny Pina, Jefry Marte, Aaron Westlake and Jason Krizan to minor-league camp, per MLB.com.

Tigers option Holaday to Triple-A, McCann wins backup catcher job
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Tigers announced Monday catcher Bryan Holaday was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. His demotion means James McCann will start the season as the primary backup to starting catcher Alex Avila, per MLB.com.

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