New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, left, and New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius watch Gregorius's third-inning, ground rule double in an exhibition baseball game in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Alex Rodriguez hit his third homer and raised his batting average to .306, new shortstop Didi Gregorius gave New York a scare and the Yankees lost 10-2 to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. BACK TO THE MINORS Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (knee surgery) allowed four earned runs, five hits - including two homers - and had seven strikeouts in five innings of a minor league game.

Posted: March 28, 2015, 9:50 pm
Joe Mauer isn't known for his pull-side power, but that could change this season. The three-time AL batting champion connected for his first home run of the spring and the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Saturday. He has spent extra time working off a tee with hitting coach Tom Brunansky, often focusing on getting the lefty-hitting Mauer to pull the ball hard to right. Brunansky, in fact, called Mauer's homer before he walked to the plate to face Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 9:37 pm
Mat Latos followed his worst start of the spring with his best, helping the Miami Marlins play to a 1-1 tie with the Houston Astros. Five days after allowing nine runs in three innings to the Mets, Latos rebounded by limiting the Astros to one run in 5 1-3 innings. ''I think you see night and day,'' Latos said. Today everything was downhill.'' While Latos' improvement was significant, it left room for improvement.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 9:21 pm

New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) jumps on home plate after hitting a home run in the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Curtis Granderson and David Wright hit consecutive home runs off Stephen Strasburg in the bottom of the third inning, leading the Mets to a 10-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Strasburg, making his first start since March 17 and only his third Grapefruit League start because of toe and ankle injuries, allowed four runs on four hits in four innings. ''It was good to get the pitch count up there,'' said Strasburg, who threw 70 pitches. I'm sure I'll feel a lot better next time.'' Strasburg, who is slotted as the Nationals' third starter in the rotation this season, struck out two and walked two.

Posted: March 28, 2015, 9:14 pm

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) and center fielder Anthony Gose misplay a two-run double hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams during the third inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game in Lakeland, Fla., Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run of the spring and raised his average to .385, leading the Detroit Tigers past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Saturday. Cabrera was playing in his sixth game of the spring while recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle. Shane Greene, acquired during the offseason from the New York Yankees, allowed three runs in five innings for the Tigers. Lance Lynn started his third game of the spring for the Cardinals and allowed six hits and two runs in five innings.

Posted: March 28, 2015, 8:51 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Gregory Polanco homered for the second straight day and Neil Walker hit a two-run double Saturday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat a Toronto Blue Jays split squad 8-3.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 8:20 pm
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 7:51 pm

New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, left, and New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius watch Gregorius's third-inning, ground rule double in an exhibition baseball game in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius sprained his left wrist going for a groundball in a spring training game and has been taken out for precautionary reasons.

Posted: March 28, 2015, 7:24 pm
The Houston Astros are looking for a link between the leadoff excellence of Jose Altuve and the business of scoring enough runs to win. George Springer, the free-spirited, free-swinging outfielder who hit 20 home runs in 78 games as a rookie, welcomes the assignment. ''First of all, you're hitting behind the batting champ, and he's always on base,'' Springer said. ''If he's on base he's a threat to run, and that puts me in a better position to hit.'' Batting second is an important assignment on the Astros, who wasted Altuve's phenomenal 2014 season by often failing to drive him in.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 4:21 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg will start for the Washington Nationals in the third game of the season on April 9 in a likely showdown with New York Mets ace Matt Harvey.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 3:47 pm

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