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4/1/2015 | Betancourt completes comeback, makes Opening Day roster

The Rockies purchased the contract of right-hander Rafael Betancourt, who has completed a comeback from Tommy John surgery in 2013. Manager Walt Weiss also informed switch-hitting infielder Rafael Ynoa he has made the Opening Day roster.


4/1/2015 | Talent flowing through entire Cubs pipeline

The top prospects responsible for MLB.com ranking the Cubs' farm system No. 1 have almost universally played as advertised, while a lot of other players have raised their games to try to capture a roster spot.


4/1/2015 | Brothers, Barnes optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque

Believing lefty reliever Rex Brothers needs more time to harness the mental game so he can be more consistent, the Rockies optioned Brothers to the Minors on Wednesday. Seen entering camp as a possible primary left-handed setup man, Brothers will begin the regular year at Triple-A Albuquerque.


4/1/2015 | Yankees make trade, acquire infielder Petit from Astros

The Yankees acquired infielder Gregorio Petit from the Astros on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Petit, 30, hit .278 in 37 games for the Astros last season.


4/1/2015 | Vazquez to undergo Tommy John surgery

Christian Vazquez will miss the entire 2015 season, as the Red Sox officially announced that the catcher will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Thursday.


4/1/2015 | Bochy hints roster may almost be finalized

Although not yet official, the Giants' Opening Day roster appears to be close to finalized, hinted manager Bruce Bochy on Wednesday.


4/1/2015 | Hammel excited to see Wrigley renovations

Right-hander Jason Hammel is ready to see the Wrigley Field renovations up close, and despite the ongoing construction, looks forward to the landmark's rebirth.


4/1/2015 | Rotation race reopened? Bradley forces issue with stellar spring

D-backs prospect Archie Bradley was vying for a role with the bullpen, but his stellar spring could put him in the rotation conversation.


4/1/2015 | Rizzo leads Cubs' power barrage

The Cubs hit four home runs, including a three-run shot by Anthony Rizzo, to run away with an 11-7 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz. Tommy La Stella, Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler also went deep.


4/1/2015 | 'I feel really ready': Cueto pleased with progress as spring ends

Johnny Cueto was pleased with how he felt after his last "I felt really well. I felt really loose. I feel ready."


4/1/2015 | Royals focused on improving number of HRs

The Royals will focus on a key number for the upcoming season as they look to improve on the total of 95 home runs they swatted in 2014, the lowest in the Major Leagues.


4/1/2015 | Axford sleeps better as son's condition improves from bite

Rockies right-hander John Axford's heart was a little lighter because his son slept through the night Tuesday, for the first time since suffering two rattlesnake bites on his right foot last Wednesday. Now Axford has a plan that could have him ready when the regular season starts Monday at Milwaukee.


4/1/2015 | Sale remains on track for April 12 season debut

It was not exactly a comfortable afternoon for the Reds' Class A Minor Leaguers, who had to face Chris Sale and his full arsenal of pitching weapons Wednesday on a back field at Camelback Ranch. And that lack of comfort is a good sign for the left-handed ace and everyone throughout the White Sox organization.


4/1/2015 | Wright struggles in final audition for spot start

Steven Wright, the knuckleballer who is trying to earn a spot start for the Red Sox during the first week of the season, hoped for a better last audition than what transpired Wednesday against the Blue Jays.


4/1/2015 | Tulo homers twice, CarGo hits one, too, in win over Texas

Troy Tulowitzki hit two home runs to carry the Rockies to a 10-4 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday. Minor League outfielder Nomar Mazara hit his first spring home run for the Rangers.


4/1/2015 | Mazara belts first homer of spring in loss to Colorado

Troy Tulowitzki hit two home runs to carry the Rockies to a 10-4 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday. Minor League outfielder Nomar Mazara hit his first spring home run for the Rangers.


4/1/2015 | Shields sharp in short tuneup for Opening Day

Jedd Gyorko drilled a three-run home run, Yangervis Solarte added a two-run shot and James Shields was sharp in his final tuneup for Opening Day as the Padres defeated the White Sox, 8-2, on Wednesday at Camelback Ranch.


4/1/2015 | Sox split squad racks up 22 hits, routs Mariners

Designated hitter Jeremy Farrell and second baseman Carlos Sanchez each racked up four hits as a White Sox split-squad team hammered Seattle, 12-4, in Cactus League play Wednesday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.


4/1/2015 | Shark roughed up early by Padres in final Cactus start

Jedd Gyorko drilled a three-run home run and James Shields was sharp in his final tuneup for Opening Day as the Padres defeated the White Sox, 8-2, on Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. Gyorko's home run came as part of a five-run first inning off White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who like Shields will also start Opening Day.


4/1/2015 | Angels targeting Weaver as Opening Day starter

The Angels are "targeting" veteran right-hander Jered Weaver as their Opening Day starter on Monday when they play the Mariners at Safeco Field, manager Mike Scioscia said on Wednesday. Garrett Richards will open the season on the DL.


4/1/2015 | Refsnyder in line to break camp with Yanks?

The Yankees tried to splash cold water on their expectations for Rob Refsnyder this spring, offering not-so-subtle reminders that all of their available position player spots were already guaranteed and there was little chance of the prospect heading north as a big leaguer.


4/1/2015 | Medica, Almonte among Padres sent to Minors camp

The Padres, continuing to inch closer to finalizing their 25-man roster, sent five players to Minor League camp Wednesday. San Diego reassigned lefty Jason Lane, righty Marcos Mateo and infielder Ramiro Pena to Minor League camp. The club also optioned infielder/outfielder Tommy Medica and outfielder Abraham Almonte to Triple-A El Paso.


4/1/2015 | Bradley stymies Reds in shutout; Tomas delivers big double

Competing for one of the final spots in the D-backs bullpen, Archie Bradley stretched out and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning while his team took a 3-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.


4/1/2015 | Cueto fans 7 vs. D-backs in final Opening Day tuneup

Reds ace Johnny Cueto worked five innings against the D-backs in his final spring start, striking out seven and allowing three earned runs.


4/1/2015 | Liriano happy to be healthy after strong spring

Francisco Liriano came within two outs of a flawless spring. As far as the Pirates' Opening Day starter is concerned, however, his preseason remained perfect.




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