The second weekend of Spring Training games wraps up with another full slate of action in both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, including 10 games on MLB.TV that will feature division rivalries, star power and a number of starting pitchers hoping to lock down roster spots.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a single analysis of the D-backs' trade for Mark Trumbo that doesn't somehow incorporate the words "lineup protection" in it. The problem, though, with this assumption is twofold: 1. The concept of "lineup construction" is statistically dubious to begin with, and 2. manager Kirk Gibson seems to have no plans to pair Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt, anyway.
Matt Clark's two-run double in the ninth helped the Mets rally past the Tigers for a 3-2 win on Saturday in Lakeland, Fla. Juan Lagares had a pair of hits, while Noah Syndergaard allowed a pair of runs and struck out three over three innings.
Norichika Aoki, the Brewers' starting right fielder and leadoff man for most of the past two seasons before he was sent to the Royals for Will Smith, reunited with his old teammates Saturday when the Brewers met the Royals at Maryvale Baseball Park.
The Giants' outfield has suddenly been bitten by the injury bug, as both Hunter Pence (left elbow) and Michael Morse (calf) are day to day with injuries and doubtful for Sunday's split-squad doubleheader.
Rockies left-hander Brett Anderson tried not to think about facing his old teammates leading up to Saturday's game against the A's. Then A's center fielder and leadoff hitter Coco Crisp stepped to the plate, made eye contact with Anderson on the mound and tipped his cap.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke threw his metaphorical first challenge flag on Saturday against the Royals at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that outfielder Matt Kemp is close to returning to game action.
Jose Quintana took a comebacker from Gerardo Parra off his lower left leg and exited Saturday's game with the D-backs at Camelback Ranch after just two batters.
Mark Teixeira had another day of positive signs for the Yankees on Saturday, slugging a double and working a walk in New York's 9-6 Grapefruit League victory over the Astros.
Phil Hughes allowed only one hit and a walk, while striking out two over three scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday, lowering his Grapefruit League ERA to 1.59 through two outings.
Ervin Santana, the top starter remaining on the free-agent market, has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $14 million deal with the Blue Jays.
There's one thing you should know about Perry Hill, the Marlins' first-base coach and infield instructor. In an era of overshifts and computer analysis, he's a dinosaur.
Though skeptical that he hit triple digits with his fastball on Saturday (as the Roger Dean Stadium scoreboard advertised), Trevor Rosenthal was nonetheless pleased with how things went during his spring debut.
Kenny Wilson delivered a walk-off triple to deep center field as Toronto defeated Minnesota, 4-3, on Saturday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Jose Bautista crushed a solo homer and Adam Lind went 2-for-2 with an RBI double.
A fundamental sense of calm and optimism inhabits the Texas Rangers, and it starts at the top of the baseball side of the organization with president of baseball operations/general manager Jon Daniels.
The Royals have lost their last five season openers and have not even scored in the last two, so they could use a change of fortune when James Shields starts on March 31 in Detroit.