Play ball: Five MLB games on tap Tuesday

Major League Baseball games are back. Madison Bumgarner, who threw the last pitch of the 2014 season 125 days ago for the Giants in Game 7 of an unforgettable World Series against Kansas City, is scheduled to start for the defending champs against Oakland at 3:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday in one of the first five scheduled Spring Training openers between Major League clubs.

Bogaerts finding comfort zone entering second season

For all the talk to this point in Spring Training about the improved first-step quickness of Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, the other area he's gotten quicker in is every bit as important. He is now thinking faster entering his second full season, and that could have an immeasurable impact on his defense at an all-important position.

Courageous teenager works out with Wood, Braves

As he has undergone multiple surgeries to remove a foot-long tumor from his spine and continued to play high school sports with titanium rods in his back, Thompson Ritter has maintained a passion for baseball that was enriched when he accepted Alex Wood's invitation to work out with the Braves during Monday's practice.

A-Rod sees time at DH in intrasquad tilt

The Yankees closed out the workout portion of Spring Training with a combination intrasquad game/simulated game Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. A pitching machine was used instead of real pitchers and situations were created. For example, both halves of the first inning began with a runner on first.