he Rays are a month away from Opening Day, but they already know how they'll line up their pitching staff. Manager Kevin Cash announced Wednesday that Alex Cobb will get the ball first for Tampa Bay in recognition of his stellar work the past two seasons.
Paul Goldschmidt picked up right where he left off last July, as the D-backs first baseman singled sharply up the middle in his lone at-bat in Tuesday's 4-0 win in an exhibition game against Arizona State University.
The expectations have changed for manager Bud Black and the Padres. No longer are the Padres the underdog. "It's exciting," said Black. "We know what is in front of us, and we welcome it."
Yasmany Tomas played five innings at third base and went 1-for-2 in the D-backs' 4-0 exhibition victory against Arizona State University on Tuesday, the Cuban's first game action since signing with Arizona as a free agent.
The A's have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.
Madison Bumgarner wasn't even sure how many runs he gave up in his tough spring debut, showing how little it mattered to him.
The D-backs wore black patches with "KAYLA" on them on their left shoulders for Tuesday's exhibition game against Arizona State University in memory of Prescott resident Kayla Mueller.
Tim Lincecum demonstrated his potential for dominance, striking out two and reaching two-strike counts to each hitter he faced while working the third inning. He also proved susceptible to lapses as he surrendered Ben Zobrist's leadoff double and wild-pitched him home.
Ryan Howard could have come to Phillies camp last month in a miserable mood and with a scowl on his face. Howard's offseason included a lawsuit between himself and his family, a concerted effort by the organization to trade him and a local radio interview in which his general manager said the Phillies would be better without him. But Howard showed up with a smile, and unless he is putting on an Oscar-worthy performance, he has maintained an upbeat appearance.
A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte introduced himself to the Cactus League on Tuesday, recording two outs against the Giants -- one with each arm -- as fans, and even teammates, ooed and aahed.
A's shortstop Marcus Semien made quite the first impression in green and gold, belting two home runs and finishing 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the club's Cactus League opener against the Bay rival Giants at Hohokam Stadium on Tuesday.
Back on the mound for the first time since his World Series MVP performance, Madison Bumgarner faced 10 batters and was tagged for four runs and five hits, including a two-run homer to Marcus Semien, with two strikeouts.
Jung Ho Kang wasted no time demonstrating the power stroke that led the Pirates to bring him in, connecting on a solo home run in the third inning of their game against the Blue Jays.
First baseman Jose Abreu is still mourning the loss of White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, whom Abreu considered a mentor.
Jose Iglesias will be back in the Tigers' starting lineup Wednesday against the Orioles after he had Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener off. He has played one inning in the first couple games of Detroit's schedule, but he's about to get a slow uptick in play.
Billy Bean could have been any coach or instructor on Tuesday morning, throwing long toss with Matt den Dekker or pitching batting practice to John Mayberry Jr. But he was not. Bean was serving as Major League Baseball's ambassador of inclusion, spending the morning as an instructor after meeting with the entire organization prior to the workout.
He was only facing his teammates, but Jeff Samardzija approached his intrasquad outing on Tuesday the same as any other trip to the mound.