Cespedes launches slam in Tigers' Grapefruit opener

Cespedes launches slam in Tigers' Grapefruit opener

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Seven years after Miguel Cabrera marked his Tigers debut in Spring Training with a home run, Yoenis Cespedes' first hit in a Detroit uniform also had a similar impact. He drove a grand slam down the left-field line in the fourth inning of the Tigers' 15-2 victory against the Orioles on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

"He's a strong man, so he will do that once in a while," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Hopefully he does it often. It was a good first day."

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Red Sox debut, Porcello tosses two perfect innings

Farrell pleased with his first look at righty, who utilizes all four of his pitches

In Red Sox debut, Porcello tosses two perfect innings

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- All arms on deck.

The Red Sox got their Spring Training schedule underway Tuesday, when they scratched out a 2-1 victory over Northeastern University as part of an exhibition doubleheader. Seven pitchers combined to work eight crisp innings for the Red Sox, and Northeastern's only run came as a result of an error.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Home run highlights Kang's successful debut

New shortstop connects on solo shot, plays solid defense in Bucs' victory

Home run highlights Kang's successful debut

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jung Ho Kang did not wait long to flash his power -- or his first "Z."

The sensation from Korea slugged his first home run in a Pirates uniform in his second at-bat of Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Blue Jays in the Grapefruit League opener, and it was impressive.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bumgarner not sharp in Cactus League debut

Lincecum gives up one hit in one inning; Duvall homers

Bumgarner not sharp in Cactus League debut

MESA, Ariz. -- 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, which the A's won 9-4.

Three of those RBIs came against Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Back on the mound for the first time since his World Series MVP performance, Bumgarner faced 10 batters and was tagged for four runs and five hits, including a two-run homer to Semien, with two strikeouts.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Urias reminds Kershaw of early days with Dodgers

Cy Young winner familiar with experience of having attention at young age

Urias reminds Kershaw of early days with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Early hysteria over 18-year-old lefty Julio Urias reminds Clayton Kershaw of early hysteria over a 20-year-old Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw said he has already talked to Urias about dealing with it all.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Missed out on Trout? 5 options for No. 2 fantasy pick

Stanton, McCutchen, Goldschmidt, Kershaw and Miggy each have strong cases

Missed out on Trout? 5 options for No. 2 fantasy pick

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.

History has taught us that approximately 40 percent of top-five selections do not produce first-round value in the upcoming season. Owners who pick from the two-hole will be among the last to make their second-round pick, so choosing wisely when picking the centerpiece of their rosters is essential. Here's a look at all five options for the second overall pick:

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Fred Zinkie is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pace of play impacts more than just ballplayers

In-game entertainment, broadcasters also adjusting to new regulations

Pace of play impacts more than just ballplayers

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- One of the reliable old standbys during Grapefruit League games at Bright House Field mimics the classic television game show "Let's Make A Deal." A contestant standing on the dugout is allowed to choose between a nominal amount of cash or the contents of one of three boxes, two of which contain gag gifts.

The twist is that if the fan gets the harmonica or the rubber ducky instead of the gift certificates and autographed baseball, the ballpark emcee encourages the crowd to applaud. If they make enough noise, they're told, the fan will get the grand prize.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Syndergaard gets some tough love from Wright

Syndergaard gets some tough love from Wright

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Noah Syndergaard learned a rookie lesson the hard way during the Mets' intrasquad game Tuesday at Tradition Field.

As the middle innings played out on the main stadium field, Syndergaard, who was not scheduled to pitch, ducked inside to grab lunch. David Wright, who started at third base and was already out of the game, approached Syndergaard at the table and scolded him, according to multiple reports, telling the rookie that he should be on the bench supporting his teammates. Closer Bobby Parnell then grabbed Syndergaard's plate of food and threw it into the trash.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Samardzija finds comfort in intrasquad outing

Right-hander works two innings against teammates

Samardzija finds comfort in intrasquad outing

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was business as usual for right-hander Jeff Samardzija in Tuesday's intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch, his first game action in a White Sox uniform.

The veteran walked off the mound after the 33-pitch outing feeling good about his fastball.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Abreu mourns loss of friend, mentor in Minoso

Abreu mourns loss of friend, mentor in Minoso

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- First baseman Jose Abreu is still mourning the loss of White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, and on Tuesday, the slugger opened up about the man he considered his mentor and good friend.

Minoso passed away on Sunday. Funeral services will be held this weekend in Chicago.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Players, skippers quick to adapt to new pace rules

Players, skippers quick to adapt to new pace rules

While a number of players recorded their first official at-bat or tossed their first pitch of Spring Training on Tuesday, another first went largely unnoticed in the early games.

The new pace-of-play rules, which will be in effect at all Cactus League and Grapefruit League games this spring, did not seem to have much of an impact on Tuesday's play.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Iglesias set to suit up vs. Orioles on Wednesday

Iglesias set to suit up vs. Orioles on Wednesday

LAKELAND, Fla. -- 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.

"At some point, we're going to have to find out if he can take the grind," manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday. "We'll ease him into it."

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New shortstop Semien homers twice in Cactus League debut

A's greet Giants' Bumgarner with collective cycle in first inning

New shortstop Semien homers twice in Cactus League debut

MESA, Ariz. -- 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, which the A's won 9-4.

Three of those RBIs came against Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Back on the mound for the first time since his World Series MVP performance, Bumgarner faced 10 batters and was tagged for four runs and five hits, including a two-run homer to Semien, with two strikeouts.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Minny reunion: Torii, Garnett are talk of town

Star athletes return to Twin Cities where professional careers took off

Minny reunion: Torii, Garnett are talk of town

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Even Torii Hunter is amazed by the parallels between his return to the Twins and Kevin Garnett's recent homecoming with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hunter, 39, was a first-round pick by the Twins in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, playing in Minnesota from 1997-2007, while Garnett, 38, was a first-rounder with the T-Wolves in 1995, and he also played in Minnesota until 2007.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garza gifts fellow starters personalized jersey robes

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Garza gifts fellow starters personalized jersey robes

Tuesday may have marked the honorary start of Spring with six different Major League matchups, but it's still pretty chilly in the early morning. Fortunately, Brewers pitcher Matt Garza stepped up and made sure that his fellow starters were being kept nice and toasty with some personalized robes. 

Oh, and these weren't some old monogrammed things lifted from a hotel -- these were Brewers jersey robes. And they're amazing. 

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Buchholz's delivery adjustments show positive results

Red Sox righty tosses 1-2-3 inning in spring debut

Buchholz's delivery adjustments show positive results

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz only threw 13 pitches in his spring debut Tuesday, but he was pleased with the results. Buchholz faced three batters in Boston's 2-1 win over Northeastern University, and he said that his offseason work on his delivery has already begun to pay dividends.

Buchholz, who went 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA last season, said that he believes he's found a way to improve the command of his offspeed stuff. The Red Sox helped him make a minor adjustment with his kick leg designed to improve the accuracy of his changeup against right-handed hitters.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castellanos hit by pitch, but X-rays negative

Castellanos hit by pitch, but X-rays negative

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers have had six different players hit by pitches through the first two games this spring. Nick Castellanos is the only one so far to present a lingering concern.

Castellanos left Tuesday's Grapefruit League-opening 15-2 win over the Orioles in the second inning after a Ubaldo Jimenez pitch struck him on the left hand. X-rays were negative, and he left the clubhouse without any obvious limitation later.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Undaunted by injuries, Ynoa continues to pursue dream

White Sox may uncover hidden gem in reliever

Undaunted by injuries, Ynoa continues to pursue dream

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The buzz around Camelback Ranch on Tuesday centered around Jeff Samardzija's first game action with the White Sox, but Michael Ynoa's debut during the same intrasquad game did not go unnoticed.

Ynoa, 23, who was acquired from Oakland with Samardzija in the deal that sent infielder Marcus Semien, catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Rangel Ravelo and right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt to the A's, could be the central figure when the trade is finally judged years from now.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rotation hopeful Marquis makes strong first step

Relievers Samson, Hoover also throw shutout ball

Rotation hopeful Marquis makes strong first step

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Both the Reds and Indians opened their Cactus League seasons Tuesday showcasing pitchers who are competing for rotation spots.

Veteran Jason Marquis pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds while Zach McAllister allowed a first-inning run on Devin Mesoraco's RBI single during his outing in a 10-0 victory for the Reds.

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Yanks prospect Torrens to miss 2015 season

Catcher poised to undergo surgery to repair torn labrum in right shoulder

Yanks prospect Torrens to miss 2015 season

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Yankees Minor League catcher Luis Torrens has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss the 2015 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Torrens, 18, is rated as the Yankees' No. 10 prospect by MLB.com. The Yankees said that Torrens' procedure will be performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ellsbury-Gardner tandem could top Yanks' lineup often

Manager Girardi intrigued by potential of maximizing speed atop batting order

Ellsbury-Gardner tandem could top Yanks' lineup often

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Yankees are intrigued by the speedy combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner atop their lineup, and manager Joe Girardi said that it could be seen often this season.

"It's definitely a possibility," Girardi said. "I think that both of them are capable of leading off. Ells has done it a little more in his career than Gardy, but I just kind of like the combination of those two guys together."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp, Upton to start in Padres' Cactus opener

Kemp, Upton to start in Padres' Cactus opener

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres manager Bud Black certainly isn't wasting any time when it comes to unveiling any of the new acquisitions general manager A.J. Preller assembled this past offseason.

When the Padres face the Mariners at 12:05 p.m. PT on Wednesday (live on MLB.TV) in their annual charity game, which marks the Cactus League kickoff for both teams, new outfielders Matt Kemp and Justin Upton will be in the team's starting lineup.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox, BC honor Frates, donate No. 3 jerseys to his ALS fund

Former Eagles captain created Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised more than $200M

Red Sox, BC honor Frates, donate No. 3 jerseys to his ALS fund

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pete Frates, a lifelong Red Sox fan and former captain of the Boston College baseball team, couldn't be there Tuesday to see his two favorite squads meet up at JetBlue Park. Yet if you looked around during the seven-inning contest between the Red Sox and BC, Frates was everywhere.

Every Red Sox jersey had the No. 3 and the name Frates on the back. Ditto for BC, the team Frates once belted a home run for at Fenway Park.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuban slugger's super slow home run trot

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Cuban slugger's super slow home run trot

Cuban outfielder Alfredo Despaigne is largely considered one of the greatest international sluggers of his era. And if you weren't on board with that categorization before Monday, you should be now.

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Cowgill not taking spot on Angels for granted

Veteran outfielder knows he has to fight for his place on club

Cowgill not taking spot on Angels for granted

TEMPE, Ariz. -- He's a 28-year-old who played on four different teams before even attaining two years of Major League service time, so don't even begin to tell Collin Cowgill his spot on the 2015 Angels is "secure."

"I understand how the game works," Cowgill said. "I understand a lot, maybe more so than a lot of people, because I've found myself in a lot of situations. I don't take anything for granted. So I'm going to keep trying to work and earn it. If [Angels manager Mike] Scioscia's going to play me, it's because I deserve it. He's going to play me because he thinks I give him a chance to win, and that's the only way I want it to be."

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seager teams up with friend to help fight cancer

Mariners third baseman will raise funds through pledges

Seager teams up with friend to help fight cancer

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Racking up hits has always been important to Kyle Seager, but that role will help another goal this season as the Mariners All-Star third baseman has hooked up with former North Carolina teammate Chase Jones on a charity to help fight children's cancer.

Jones was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer when he was a freshman in college. Now seven years later, Jones is pushing to help others with his Vs. Cancer Foundation -- and he landed a key contributor in Seager.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB ambassador Bean speaks to Mets about inclusion

MLB ambassador Bean speaks to Mets about inclusion

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- 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.

The visit was the brain child of general manager Sandy Alderson, who approached Bean at the Winter Meetings and asked if he would attend camp. Originally, Alderson wanted Bean, an openly gay former Major Leaguer, to play in a Spring Training game, but Bean did not want to take away any time or attention from the players in camp.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MadBum not disappointed by shaky spring debut

MadBum not disappointed by shaky spring debut

MESA, Ariz. -- Admitting that he concentrated on preparation rather than results, Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings as the reigning World Series champions opened their Cactus League season Tuesday against the A's.

"I'm not wanting to give up hits and runs, but that's not my main concern right now," said Bumgarner, the Most Valuable Player of last year's National League Championship Series and World Series. "If I could go through everything and be feeling good and getting outs, that would be much better. But right now it's about getting ready."

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins tab Berrios, Gibson for spring openers

Twins tab Berrios, Gibson for spring openers

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins announced their probable pitchers for early Spring Training action, including No. 5 prospect Jose Berrios getting the nod against the University of Minnesota on Wednesday, along with right-hander Kyle Gibson starting the Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Left-hander Tommy Milone will start against the Rays in Port Charlotte on Friday, right-hander Phil Hughes will take the mound against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park on Sunday, while right-hander Ervin Santana will make his Twins debut against the Orioles on Sunday. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco will start on Monday against the Pirates in Bradenton.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Versatile Warren an asset to Yanks regardless of role

Season after rotation's lack of depth showed, righty may earn key starts

Versatile Warren an asset to Yanks regardless of role

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Though the Yankees are considering Adam Warren for their starting rotation this spring, it has been suggested that he could be at a disadvantage because of his ability to pitch effectively out in the bullpen. The right-hander doesn't see it that way at all.

"I think it helps me more," Warren said on Tuesday. "If they like what they see out of me as a starter, then they can throw me there. I always feel like versatility helps me more than hurts me. I'm just trying to go out there and prove that I can start, and that way I can add that versatility that I can do any role."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.