Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez making final staff decision difficult
by Brandon Wise |
(7:39 pm ET) Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez is still in the fight for the final spot on the pitching staff. He continued to prove why he belongs Saturday, allowing one run on three hits in five innings of work against the Marlins.

Manager A.J. Hinch continues to like what he's seen from the veteran, who is battling with Asher Wojciechowski, reports

"He had a nice game by getting through some very difficult jams and also getting a lot of ground balls," Hinch said. "I don't know what his total was, but it felt like they were pounding the ball into the ground, which is vintage Roberto Hernandez. There's a reason he's lasted this long in the league and you know what you're going to get and he found a way today."

Hernandez threw 71 pitches Saturday with 43 going for strikes.

"I don't think about that," Hernandez said when asked about his chances of making the team. "I want to continue my work and I never think about, 'Is it my last start?' I'm happy."

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia not concerned with runs allowed
by Brandon Wise |
(7:05 pm ET) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia isn't worried about how spring training has gone so far. The former Cy Young award winner doesn't care that his numbers, an 11.57 ERA in 4 2/3 innings, look so bad, reports the New York Daily News.

"I don't give a (expletive) what stock (people) put in it," Sabathia said. "It is what it is. I've had spring trainings where I've given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I've had spring trainings like last year where I didn't give up no runs and I gave up five in the first game. Y'all can put stock in whatever you want. I'm not really worried about it."

Manager Joe Girardi expressed a similar mindset.

"The bottom line is that he's right Opening Day," Girardi said. "You try to evaluate his stuff and how you feel about that. What we've seen this year is much more positive than what we’ve seen the last, you know, in velocity, the discrepancy between that and the change up and slider, so now to me it's just ironing out and being more consistent."

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes shines again in outing Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(6:58 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes continues to impress the club with his poise and prowess on the mound, reports the Boston Herald. Barnes was called on with two runners on and two outs after previous pitcher, Stephen Wright, gave up five unearned runs.

He managed to get a groundball and get out of the inning. He finished with four strikeouts and no runs allowed  in 2 1/3 innings of work.

"It was good to be in a situation like that, coming in, especially in the middle of an inning, I haven't done that in a while, starting an inning with a guy on second and having to pitch through that," said Barnes. "I was happy with all of it."

Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna tagged with blown save Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(6:43 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna last just 1/3 of an inning Saturday in relief against the Braves. Osuna was tagged for one run on three hits with one walk and earned a blown save. Osuna didn't sound to worried about his struggle Saturday, reports

"I'll learn from today and I'm going to try to make those adjustments for the season," Osuna said. "I think it was a good day.

"That's going to happen in the season so I've got to get ready. I think everything was there. I just missed a couple fastballs a little bit up and they hit it."

Rays P Nate Karns has rough outing on Saturday
by Dave Peters |
(5:33 pm ET) After being told on Friday that he would be the No. 3 starter in the pitching rotation for the Rays, pitcher Nathan Karns was roughed up on Saturday, per

"My command was a little bit off," Karns said. "I fell behind a lot and these guys took advantage of that when I was really trying to make pitches. They were able to have the count in their favor."

Karns gave up six runnings in only four innings pitched against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old has only pitched in 12 innings the last two seasons with the Rays and Nationals, posting a career ERA of 6.00 with 24 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Rays pitcher Drew Smyly scheduled to throw bullpen Sunday
by Brandon Wise |
(5:28 pm ET) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly is expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday and could throw live batting practice during his next throwing session, according to manager Kevin Cash per the Tampa Bay Times.

Smyly, who is recovering shoulder tendinitis, has thrown two bullpen sessions since picking up the injury. There is still hope Smyly will be able to pitch in a game before the end of spring training.

Rangers option Ranaudo, Ohlendorf; Schierholtz takes his release
by Igor Mello |
(4:32 pm ET) The Rangers announced several roster moves on Saturday. The team optioned pitcher Anthony Ranaudo down to Triple-A Round Rock and reassigned pitcher Ross Ohlendorf down to minor-league camp while he recovers from a groin injury. Right fielder Nate Schierholtz has taken his release from the Rangers, per 

Tigers P Shane Greene strikes out six in loss to Cardinals
by Dave Peters |
(4:18 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Shane Greene was able to strike out six batters in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, reports Rotoworld.

Greene told that, " I felt pretty good since my first outing."  When asked if he was ready for the beginning of the season, he replied, "I couldn't be more ready."

Greene, 26, came over to the Tigers as part of a three-team deal in December of last year. The right-hander has a 3.95 ERA with 14 strikeouts and three walks this spring in 13 2/3 innings pitched.

Orioles option Tyler Wilson down to Triple-A Norfolk
by Igor Mello |
(4:08 pm ET) The Orioles optioned right-hander Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, per the team's official website. Wilson allowed one run in 10 Grapefruit League innings. The 25-year-old posted a 3.60 ERA last season at Triple-A Norfolk.

Felix Hernandez gets Mariners' Opening Day start
by Shawn Krest |
(3:26 pm ET) Felix Hernandez will get the ball for the Mariners on Opening Day, manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed on Saturday.

"It's up to 100 percent," McClendon said, per's Greg Johns. He had joked for weeks that it was 99.999 percent sure. 

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