Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today, Braun and the batter's box:
Nelson Cruz slugged a two-run homer and Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored as the Mariners showed off the potential for their offense on Thursday against the Padres.
Clayton Kershaw is fine. His 2015 debut looked a lot like his 2014 National League Most Valuable Player/Cy Young Award-winning season. Starting against the unfortunate Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Kershaw pitched two perfect innings in the 6-1 win. He struck out three without allowing a ball hit out of the infield.
In his Nationals debut on Thursday, Max Scherzer completed two innings, allowed a pair of hits -- including a solo home run to John Mayberry Jr. -- and struck out two. Scherzer threw 29 pitches, 20 for strikes.
The most important result for veteran Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee after his start in Thursday's 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium wasn't even a number at all. It was this: "It feels normal," the 36-year-old said.
With his family watching in the stands, Astros right fielder George Springer went 1-for-3 with a single in a 6-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup Thursday with lower back tightness.
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Giancarlo Stanton's comeback took a big step on Thursday, playing four innings and had two at-bats in the Marlins' Spring Training debut against the Cardinals.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish left Thursday's start against the Royals with tightness in his right triceps muscle. Darvish threw just 12 pitches in one inning of work.
Jason Heyward wasted little time endearing himself to the Cardinals' faithful with a single on he first pitch he saw.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn't making any proclamations about Miguel Cabrera's chances for Opening Day. He's focused on Cabrera getting healthy in due time, whether it's for the start of the season or shortly thereafter.
Mike Trout is dominating the fantasy baseball landscape as much as any player has in recent years. The Angels' center fielder will be selected first overall in nearly every 2015 draft, so the real debate begins once Trout is taken. The second-overall selection is full of intrigue, as five players have a legitimate claim to be pick No. 2.
Baseball returned on Tuesday for 10 teams, as games got underway in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Ten more clubs are set to join the party today, including the defending American League champion Royals.
Throughout their history, the Marlins have tended to be either all in or out. There's been little middle ground for a franchise with two World Series titles that is currently riding a string of five straight losing seasons. Under president of baseball operations Michael Hill, the organization finally feels that it's establishing stability.
In just two trades -- one with the Marlins that involved Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes, and one with the Mets that brought in R.A. Dickey -- the Toronto Blue Jays emptied a large portion of the Minor League cupboard. In a short period of time, however, they have done a good job restocking the shelves, to the point where they have one of the best systems in baseball.
A day after Mets veterans David Wright and Bobby Parnell addressed Noah Syndergaard for eating in the clubhouse during a game, the rookie apologized for actions that he called "straight-up ignorance on my part."