3/16/2013 | Puig goes 3-for-3, homers as LA drops KC
Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' $42 million Cuban signee, slugged a two-run homer, singled twice, stole a base and scored three runs and Juan Uribe went 4-for-4 in an 8-1 win over the Royals on Friday night in a split-squad game for both clubs.
3/16/2013 | Team USA faces harsh reality in face of high hopes
Brandon Phillips called his experience with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic "a dream come true." It, however, was not one of those live happily ever after moments. Good as the experience may have been, there was a rude awakening for Team USA in the international competition -- again.
3/16/2013 | Figueroa silences doubters with superb start
Hearing what he couldn't do helped inspire Nelson Figueroa to show what he actually still can do. At 38, and out of Major League Baseball since 2011, Figueroa entered Friday night feeling he had plenty to prove. The right-hander indeed stepped up, dissecting Team USA over six scoreless innings in Puerto Rico's 4-3 upset victory in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic.
3/15/2013 | Cuddyer not caught up in trade speculation
With starting pitching considered their biggest weakness, the Rockies figure to be part of the trade-rumor mill.
3/15/2013 | Team USA rallies twice but falls short vs. PR
The United States squad didn't go quietly, rallying twice in the seventh and eighth innings against Puerto Rico during Friday's 4-3 loss in a World Baseball Classic elimination game at Marlins Park.
3/15/2013 | Votto given day of rest away from complex
There was no sign of first baseman Joey Votto at Reds camp on Friday, but that was preplanned.
3/15/2013 | Yadi cuts down Rollins to halt USA's running game
The way Puerto Rico right-hander Nelson Figueroa was throwing on Friday night, he didn't need much help from his defense. But he picked up a big assist from his catcher to end the sixth inning. Yadier Molina showed why he is one of the toughest in the game to steal a base off when he threw out Jimmy Rollins trying to swipe second.
3/15/2013 | Versatile Aviles clutch in Classic vs. Team USA
Utility man Mike Aviles showed how valuable he can be for the Indians with another clutch performance in the World Baseball Classic, providing two key hits in Puerto Rico's elimination game against Team USA.
3/15/2013 | Deduno's Classic performance resonates
The Dominican Republic is headed to the World Baseball Classic semifinals and Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno is a big reason why.
3/15/2013 | Tolleson hit on elbow by liner, escapes injury
Dodgers reliever Shawn Tolleson was hit on the side of his pitching elbow by a line drive in Friday's game against the Padres but apparently escaped serious injury.
3/15/2013 | Puerto Rico holds off US rally to reach Classic semis
Behind the two-hit pitching of journeyman right-hander Nelson Figueroa, Puerto Rico defeated Team USA, 4-3, on Friday night at Marlins Park, knocking the Americans -- the only team replete with Major Leaguers -- out of the World Baseball Classic.
3/15/2013 | Colon, Melvin pleased with latest spring outing
Despite giving up six hits on Friday, Bartolo Colon was happy with his start. He allowed just two runs in four innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
3/15/2013 | Francis twirls five shutout innings against Reds
Left-hander Jeff Francis pitched five scoreless innings and Todd Helton went deep for his first home run of the spring as the Rockies claimed a win over the Reds on Friday night.
3/15/2013 | Hochevar breezes through first relief outing
Luke Hochevar, shifted to the Royals' bullpen on Wednesday, made his first appearance in his new role in the fifth and sixth innings of Friday's 7-5 split-squad victory over the Padres. He retired all six batters he faced.
3/15/2013 | Bonderman knows he can pitch in the Majors again
Jeremy Bonderman showed big league stuff in his fourth spring appearance Friday, lasting four innings and allowing just two runs on five hits and no walks. Nine of his 12 outs were ground balls, with two strikeouts and a fly to right. His goal is to balance the exploratory work that is important to address during Spring Training along with the need to show the Mariners that he can contribute to the rotation.
3/15/2013 | Blackley remaining confident in work despite results
Inconsistency has hurt Travis Blackley this spring, but the lefty's still hopeful it won't do the same for his chances of making the team. That's because Blackley is actually happy with how he's been throwing, particularly after shaking off a bout of forearm tightness in the early going.
3/15/2013 | LaTorre cherishes World Baseball Classic experience
Though the Giants reassigned Tyler LaTorre to Minor League camp Friday, he brought some big-time memories with him. LaTorre rejoined the Giants after a rousing stint in the World Baseball Classic with Italy, which qualified for the tournament's second round.
3/15/2013 | Aramis returns to lineup after extended absence
Aramis Ramirez played for the first time in nearly two weeks on Friday, making a successful return as he grounded into a double play and ran out an infield single.
3/15/2013 | Brewers making their best pitch for '13 success
There are clubs for which pitching appears to be the big variable heading into the 2013 regular season. The Milwaukee Brewers are definitely in that category.
3/15/2013 | Classic featuring plenty of in-game celebrating
A different energy level has overtaken the World Baseball Classic, where players are jumping around on the field like kids winning the Little League World Series.
3/15/2013 | Torre weighs in on Wright's injured intercostal
Team USA losing the services of David Wright has brought attention to the greatest fear of the World Baseball Classic -- injuries.
3/15/2013 | Puerto Rico careful not to overwork Molina
Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina certainly is a talent deserving of some special treatment in the World Baseball Classic. Throughout the tournament, Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez has figured out ways to best use Molina, without running him out there for too many games in a row.
3/15/2013 | Middlebrooks' success a product of family
Will Middlebrooks has found success in most of his ventures, which hardly makes him rare in his household.
3/15/2013 | San Francisco prepping for World Baseball Classic
This weekend, AT&T Park will host another marquee baseball event, this time expanding the venue's horizons around the globe, as the World Baseball Classic semifinals and final come to the place that has seen so much already in its relatively short lifespan along McCovey Cove.
3/15/2013 | Salty's blast backs Doubront's strong outing
Felix Doubront tossed four shutout innings and Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a two-run homer in a 5-0 blanking of the Twins on Friday.
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