Legendary Koufax stops by Dodgers camp

Hall of Famer comments on Kershaw, new-look Dodgers at Spring Training

Legendary Koufax stops by Dodgers camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With all of the new faces in uniform for the first full-squad workout on Thursday, there was also the most iconic Dodgers face in uniform: Sandy Koufax.

The Hall of Famer did his thing as special assistant to the chairman, watching a full set of bullpen sessions, including that of 18-year-old prospect Julio Urias.

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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.

Now reporting for Spring Training: At Bat

Top sports mobile app launches massive update to add multiple new features

Now reporting to camp: MLB.com At Bat.

The seventh-year veteran and highest-grossing sports app a record six straight years made its 2015 debut on Friday as an update on millions of smartphones and tablets everywhere. At Bat already is making some more history, too: It offers the most comprehensive bilingual accessibility of any U.S. professional sports app, as part of one of the single largest updates Major League Baseball Advanced Media has made to its flagship product.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Waino returns to camp; hopes to throw off mound Monday

Despite abdominal strain, ace hopes to make first spring start in 2-3 weeks

Waino returns to camp; hopes to throw off mound Monday

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright returned to Cardinals camp on Friday, one day after a St. Louis-area specialist diagnosed him with an abdominal strain that should not keep him from continuing through a spring throwing program.

Wainwright, who described the diagnosis as "the news I expected to hear," said he would play flat-ground catch over the weekend and then be reevaluated on Monday, when he'll be seeking clearance to resume throwing off the mound. His fielding, running and work in the weight room will be limited for a while, but his throwing does not have to be.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maddon binge-watching 'The Office' at Spring Training

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Maddon binge-watching 'The Office' at Spring Training

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for refined cultural palate. He used to take the Rays on Woodstock-themed road trips, he's quoted "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and now he's binge-watching "The Office" at Cubs Spring Training.

That last revelation came when Maddon said he felt like Michael Scott when he couldn't remember the team's upcoming scrimmage schedule.

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Cubs prospect Russell embracing new team

Ranked No. 5 by MLBPipeline, SS looks forward to season after being acquired from A's

Cubs prospect Russell embracing new team

MESA, Ariz. -- Addison Russell has not had a chance to thank Jason Hammel for being part of the reason the shortstop was traded from the Athletics to the Cubs last July. It should be easy to do and won't even require a phone call. Hammel and Russell now find themselves in the same clubhouse with the Cubs.

Last July 5, Russell was included in the package the A's sent to Chicago for Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs also received outfielder Billy McKinney and pitcher Dan Straily, who was dealt to the Astros in January along with Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler. Hammel returned to the Cubs after signing a two-year contract last December.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB players argue over the color of a dress

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MLB players argue over the color of a dress

There are two types of people in this world: Those who think the above dress is black and blue and people who are wrong. Seriously, though, the entire Internet came to a screeching hault on Thursday night when a picture of a dress went viral because people were arguing about its colors.

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Scherzer reportedly adding cutter to arsenal

MLB Network crew breaks down new pitch for Nationals right-hander

Scherzer reportedly adding cutter to arsenal

The newest member of the Nationals' star-studded rotation doesn't seem to be resting on his past success, not even after signing a $210 million contract this offseason.

Right-hander Max Scherzer is adding a cutter to his existing four-pitch repertoire, The New York Times reported on Thursday, and former Major League pitchers Al Leiter and Ron Darling discussed the news during a Diamond Demo segment on MLB Network.

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

Before donning special helmet, Stanton takes first live BP

Having not faced a pitcher since being hit in face, slugger tracks pitches, but doesn't swing

Before donning special helmet, Stanton takes first live BP

JUPITER, Fla. -- The result wasn't very eventful, but the occasion was monumental for the Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton stepped into the batter's box on Thursday morning and saw live pitching for the first time since being struck in the face by a pitch at Milwaukee last September.

It was a significant step, but it wasn't very exciting, as Stanton tracked all 10 pitches he saw. The slugger didn't swing at any of the five offerings from right-hander Henderson Alvarez in his first round and lefty Brad Hand in his second.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morse impressed with Marlins' energy, enthusiasm

'Camaraderie is telling' for World Series-winning first baseman

Morse impressed with Marlins' energy, enthusiasm

JUPITER, Fla. -- Spring Training games may not have started yet, but the energy level has already picked up at the Marlins' camp. New first baseman Michael Morse, who knows something about winning cultures, can sense the excitement building.

Morse, who won a World Series with the Giants last year, is impressed with the work ethic and enthusiasm the youthful club is showing in even the most routine drills.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top units in four major phases may prove telling

Improved Red Sox could have best offense, while Nats' starting staff looks most imposing

Top units in four major phases may prove telling

Success and failure in baseball are decided by the performance of units in the separate but all-important major phases: offense, starting pitching, relief pitching and defense. Determining the best teams in the Major Leagues in each of these four categories can go a long way toward predicting who might be the last team standing at the end of October.

This, of course, is tough to do. For every statistic we can analyze from 2014, there might be an offseason adjustment or injury development on a team's roster that can radically alter how that club will do in 2015. But it wouldn't be any fun if we didn't try to project it anyway, right?

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

Johan signs Minor League deal with Blue Jays

Johan signs Minor League deal with Blue Jays

Johan Santana is back in baseball as the Blue Jays signed the two-time Cy Young Award winner to a Minor League contract on Thursday.

Santana injured his shoulder in 2013 and hasn't pitched in the Majors since '12.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ivy Leaguers Lucas, Ohlendorf reunited with Rangers

Ivy Leaguers Lucas, Ohlendorf reunited with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Dartmouth shortstop Ed Lucas was the 2004 Ivy League batting champion and Player of the Year, but he couldn't handle Princeton right-hander Ross Ohlendorf.

"He owned me," Lucas said. "The one that really sticks out in my mind is my senior year when we played Princeton for the Ivy League championship. He started Game 1 of a three-game series and he punched me out the first three at-bats. I don't think I've ever been so mad in my life. I got a single my fourth at-bat. By then they were up by six runs, so it didn't really matter."

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals staying hungry for World Series title

Royals staying hungry for World Series title

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- How devoted are the Royals to getting back to the World Series?

They won't even eat cheeseburgers.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

10 ways fans can hit a spring style home run

Get new looks while sporting team loyalty with help from the MLB.com Shop

10 ways fans can hit a spring style home run

We're about to get the Spring Training schedule started, and that means it's time for a new look of your own as a fashionable Major League Baseball fan. Here are 10 hot spring style collections to watch for, according to our buyers at the MLB.com Shop:

1. Cool Base Jerseys for the whole family. If you use the code COOLBASE2015, you'll get free U.S. ground shipping on these (over $50) from now through Sunday. This affordable jersey is available in kids, women's and men's styles. It not only replaces the familiar "replica" concept of years past, but also upgrades its features so it is closer to authentic.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards relieved Wainwright's injury not serious

Ace will take it easy while abdomen heals, should make Opening Day

Cards relieved Wainwright's injury not serious

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright's visit to a St. Louis-area specialist Thursday brought some relief to Cardinals camp, as they learned soon after that the staff ace is dealing with an abdominal strain that should not keep him from being ready for the season opener on April 5.

General manager John Mozeliak called the diagnosis "good news," adding that Wainwright is cleared to continue throwing while he allows the abdominal area to heal. Nevertheless, the Cardinals will have Wainwright "take it slow for about four or five days" with an eye on then having him at full strength in a couple of weeks.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Felix opens road toward Opening Day start

Mariners have mapped out ace's Spring Training path for April 6 at Safeco Field

Felix opens road toward Opening Day start

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Felix Hernandez made his spring debut for the Mariners on Thursday, throwing his first bullpen session as the progression begins toward his club-record eighth Opening Day start.

Hernandez punctuated his 30-pitch outing with a full 360-degree leap after his final toss, looking like a man who was happy to be back on the mound again after a long winter.

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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.

McCutchen declares Pirates' outfield baseball's best

Former MVP states case for Pittsburgh trio over Kemp's group in San Diego

McCutchen declares Pirates' outfield baseball's best

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Three years ago, when Matt Kemp showed up for Spring Training with a National League Gold Glove in his bag, Andrew McCutchen had a message for his buddy.

"You've got it now, but I'm coming to get it," warned McCutchen, who sure enough ousted Kemp from the NL's Gold Glove outfield in 2012.

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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.

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Phil Rogers

Happy Prince gives Rangers reason to smile

Fielder's disposition clearly different from last spring, when he played through injury

Happy Prince gives Rangers reason to smile

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- You're not really supposed to hit the ball hard during live batting practice, at least not in February.

Even the best hitters take some time to catch up to pitching in Spring Training.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sterling hosts fundraiser for families displaced by NJ fire

Sterling hosts fundraiser for families displaced by NJ fire

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- If anything was made clear by the goings-on Thursday night at D&D's Restaurant & Pub, it's this: Yankees fans love them some John Sterling.

While hosting a meet-and-greet fundraiser in support of the families displaced last month by a fire at the AvalonBay luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, N.J., Sterling, the Yankees' longtime radio play-by-play man, barely had a moment to himself.

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Tim Healey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bumgarner faces Pence, Sanchez in first BP

Giants ace 'got better' since last season, says backup catcher

Bumgarner faces Pence, Sanchez in first BP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Looking as powerful as ever, Madison Bumgarner, the Giants' 2014 postseason hero, threw his first round of live batting practice this spring on Thursday.

Occasionally grunting from the effort as he released a pitch, Bumgarner missed the catcher's target more often than he ordinarily might. But neither Hunter Pence nor Hector Sanchez, who faced Bumgarner, made solid contact.

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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.

Mattingly ready for some 'open competition' in camp

Mattingly ready for some 'open competition' in camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Don Mattingly held a 70-minute meeting before the Dodgers' first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Thursday, presumably just to introduce everybody.

There were 58 players in last year's Major League camp and 61 this year, but only 24 are holdovers from 2014 to '15.

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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.

The Johan Santana comeback is officially on

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The Johan Santana comeback is officially on

Remember Johan Santana? You should. All he's done is win two Cy Young Awards and a Gold Glove Award while making four All-Star appearances and earning MVP votes three different times over his 12-year career.

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Surveying full spring squad, Cashman expresses optimism

Yankees GM hopeful roster of veterans, young players mesh into title contender

Surveying full spring squad, Cashman expresses optimism

TAMPA, Fla. -- After Brian Cashman watched the full squad of Yankees players assemble Thursday, the veteran general manager referred to his roster as a "potpourri" of bounce-back candidates and young newcomers, voicing hope that they will fit together for a run at a championship.

"I know this year is different, I guess, because we have some youth involved now, too -- but it marks the baseball season," Cashman said. "It's true of every camp.

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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.

Huge snake pays visit to Astros clubhouse

Not everyone happy to see Sunshine, 11-foot Burmese python

Huge snake pays visit to Astros clubhouse

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros welcomed a guest into the clubhouse at Osceola County Stadium on Thursday morning that more than a few players hoped would have just stayed away.

Before taking the field for the morning work, some players posed for photos with Sunshine, an 11-foot albino Burmese python from nearby attraction Gatorland. Dallas Keuchel, Chad Qualls and Jed Lowrie were among those to pose with the reptile

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams sets tone of Nats camp with first team meeting

Williams sets tone of Nats camp with first team meeting

VIERA, Fla. -- At the top of the Nationals' workout schedule each day during Spring Training, manager Matt Williams leaves a quote of the day for his club.

"The road to the World Series begins today," it read on a cloudy Thursday morning, before the team's first full-squad workout.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hal Bodley

Blue Jays have the look of a postseason team

Blue Jays have the look of a postseason team

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- At about 1:30 ET on Thursday afternoon Michael Saunders hobbled out of the Blue Jays' clubhouse, his crutches shiny new and the huge brace on his left leg just out of the box.

Saunders, obtained from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 3 to play left field for the recast Blue Jays, tore the meniscus in his knee jogging after a fly ball in the outfield Wednesday and will be lost until the All-Star break in mid-July.

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Casilla OK after batting-practice mishap

Closer hit in leg by McGehee's line drive; Romo improving

Casilla OK after batting-practice mishap

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Santiago Casilla and the Giants survived a scare Thursday morning when the reliever escaped with a bruise after a batted ball struck him on his left shin.

Casilla, the Giants' closer, was pitching live batting practice to Casey McGehee, who smacked a low line drive up the middle that hit Casilla. After lying nearly motionless on his side for almost a minute, Casilla rose to his feet and walked off the field under his own power, following assistant athletic trainer Eric Ortega.

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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.

Werth confident he will be ready for Opening Day

Outfielder had surgery on his right shoulder on Jan. 9

Werth confident he will be ready for Opening Day

VIERA, Fla. -- Jayson Werth served as a spectator for most of the Nationals' first full-squad workout of the season Thursday. His participation was limited as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Werth participated in a few outfield activities although was not able to join his teammates for fielding drills or batting practice. But he remained optimistic about his chances to be in the Nationals' lineup for Opening Day on April 6 against the Mets..

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson shares strong bond with Hamilton

Veteran pitcher wishing best for Angels teammate and his family

Wilson shares strong bond with Hamilton

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Josh Hamilton arrived in Texas for the 2008 season, he and C.J. Wilson shared an instant bond that had little to do with baseball and everything to do with staying clean.

Wilson was never pulled into drug-and-alcohol addictions, but he always admired the way Hamilton overcame them.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Rockies embracing Coors Field advantage

Rockies embracing Coors Field advantage

SCOTTSDALE -- The Rockies are embracing Coors Field.

"I've talked to our guys," said manager Walt Weiss. "We've got the best home-field advantage in baseball. I don't know if there is a close second. Teams feel vulnerable when they come to our place. We need to take advantage of that."

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Tracy Ringolsby is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.