White Sox's Nate Jones has 'pen session scheduled Wednesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:48 pm ET) White Sox reliever Nate Jones is scheduled for a bullpen on Wednesday, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Jones is working his way back from Tommy John surgery last July. He will  likely stay in extended spring training through May, and is targeting a mid-season return.

MRI on White Sox P Jake Petricka's elbow comes back clean
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(12:15 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka underwent an MRI on his sore elbow, which came back clean, according to the ESPN. Petricka was recently shut down a few days and told reporters he underwent an MRI "just to be safe." He's expected to resume throwing on Saturday.

Yankees tab Masahiro Tanaka for Opening Day start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Friday starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Blue Jays. It will be his first Opening Day start.

Girardi added Tanaka will be followed in the rotation by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. Sabathia has started the last six openers for New York.

“We feel that’s the way it works the best. We feel that gives everybody a chance to be pretty ready,” Girardi said, per the New York Post. “Tanaka will be on a little bit of a pitch count the first time. We just like the way it works for our guys.”

The Yankees have not yet officially announced a fifth starter, but general manager Brian Cashman indicated earlier this week Adam Warren is the favorite to land the final spot in the rotation.

Tanaka and Sabathia were considered the top two candidates to start Opening Day. However, Girardi held off in making the decision as he wanted to see how both pitchers responded this spring coming off injury-plagued campaigns in 2014. While Sabathia is coming off knee surgery, Tanaka did not undergo surgery last season for a partially torn UCL. Although, he did miss a few months due to the elbow injury.

Tanaka is 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three spring starts. He also has 12 strikeouts to just one walk in 10 1/3 innings.


Twins' Blaine Boyer working on improving his changeup
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(9:35 am ET) 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.


Time running out for Matt Lindstrom to win spot with Angels
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(12:35 am ET) Angels pticher Matt Lindstrom can opt out of his contract if he's not placed on the active roster five days before the regular-season opener, and he believes he may not have an opening to fill in the bullpen, MLB.com reports.

"There's a ton of guys in here that have shown they can compete at this level," Lindstrom said. "I just hope I can be one of those guys that breaks camp with the team. It'd be fun to be on a team like this, that has so much potential, especially with how many games they won last year. The pitching staff's going to be solid no matter which way they go, but I'm hoping to be a part of that."

Lindstrom has given up seven runs in 4 2/3 spring innings but is excited about how his arm feels this spring.

"I can just tell the ball's coming out better," Lindstrom said. "Hopefully, that can just translate to outs."


Rangers' Fujikawa confident in return from Tommy John surgery
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(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch Friday, and the Rangers will be keeping a close eye on the pitcher to determine if he has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need time in the minors to open the season, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa hasn't allowed a run in four Cactus League outings but has struggled a bit in two camp games. He remains confident his recovery is on track.

"This is still spring training, not the regular season," Fujikawa said. "It's only going to get better. Coming into spring training, the surgery was out of my mind. As a player, I am really confident. I am not sure what my role will be, but I'll be confident whatever the situation is."

Manager Jeff Banister is looking for the pitcher to build off his spring success.

"The guy is coming off Tommy John," Banister said. "There are good days and bad days. He has logged a couple of good ones. Let's see that continue."


Rangers' Ross Ohlendorf (groin) leaves Thursday's game
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(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf was removed from Thursday's game against the Rockies due to recurring tightness in his right groin, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Ohlendorf tossed a scoreless inning and struck out two Thursday in his first appearance since March 15 but continued to battle groin issues. He's competing for a spot in the bullpen.


Out of options, Evan Scribner could have multi-inning role with A's
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(3/26/2015) Athletics pitcher Evan Scribner is out of options this spring and would likely be claimed if placed on waivers, but he's not worried about a potential move, the Bay Area News Group reports.

"I’ve got a basic plan," Scribner said. "Do good this spring and I’ll be around. So I’m just focused on how I’m pitching and not on where I might wind up. It’s made it easier for me this spring. Whatever will happen will happen."

Scribner tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings and has pitched multiple innings in three of his last four appearances.

"The way they’re using me, I’d guess they are thinking of me as an extended reliever, throwing multiple innings," he said. "And that’s fine with me."

Scribner has allowed four earned runs in 11 2/3 innings this spring while racking up 16 strikeouts and three walks.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle to play catch Friday
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(3/26/2015) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle is scheduled to play catch Friday for the first time since suffering a shoulder strain, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Doolittle has been doing sock throws this week in advance of progressing to catch. He is expected to begin the season on the disabled list due to the shoulder injury.


Ross Detwiler earns spot in Rangers rotation
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(3/26/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Thursday that pitcher Ross Detwiler will open the season in the team's rotation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Detwiler pitched exclusively as a reliever for the first time in his career last season, posting a 4.00 ERA and 39:21 K:BB ratio in 63 innings with the Nationals. He has posted a 4.15 ERA and 8:1 K:BB ratio in 8 2/3 spring innings.

Detwiler is expected to serve as the team's No. 4 starter behind Yovani Gallardo, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis. The team has yet to choose a fifth starter for the rotation.


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