Pence out 6-8 weeks after breaking left forearm

Right fielder has non-displaced fracture resulting from getting hit by pitch

Pence out 6-8 weeks after breaking left forearm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The season hasn't started, but the Giants are already down a starting outfielder.

Hunter Pence was hit by a Corey Black pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, suffering a non-displaced fracture of the ulna bone in his left forearm. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

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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.

Ausmus hopeful Miggy will be ready for Opening Day

Ausmus hopeful Miggy will be ready for Opening Day

LAKELAND, Fla. -- 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.

"I'm hoping Opening Day, but I'm not going to rush him just to have him play Opening Day," Ausmus said. "The important thing is to have him for as close to six months as possible."

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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.

Scherzer strikes out two in debut with Nationals

Right-hander allows one run, a solo shot, over two innings against the Mets

Scherzer strikes out two in debut with Nationals

VIERA, Fla. -- Max Scherzer was the first player to jog onto the field on Thursday, greeted with warm applause by the crowd at Space Coast Stadium as he hopped over the first-base line ready to make his much-anticipated Nationals debut.

It was only Spring Training, but it was Scherzer's first appearance in a game since he signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nats during the offseason. He 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.

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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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Richard Justice

Nationals' wealth of arms could be key to October success

Washington opens season with six proven starting pitchers

Nationals' wealth of arms could be key to October success

VIERA, Fla. -- Max Scherzer got the ball first. His manager, Matt Williams, cautioned against reading too much into it. After all, the Washington Nationals have potential No. 1 starters here, there and everywhere. As problems go, it's the kind every manager would love to have.

So rather than sweating the small stuff, let's sit back and enjoy what could be an amazing little ride.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners' offense shows potential for breakout season

Cruz, Cano anchor new 'culture' at plate

Mariners' offense shows potential for breakout season

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Nelson Cruz is new to the Mariners, but the club is learning quickly about the big slugger. Turns out its new designated hitter takes requests, at least from teammate Felix Hernandez.

"Felix asked me for a homer," Cruz said after launching a two-run blast in Thursday's 9-4 victory over the Padres, his first game with the Mariners. "I was like, 'Normally I don't hit homers in the spring, but I will try today.'"

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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.

Kershaw: Spring debut was 'good first day'

Kershaw: Spring debut was 'good first day'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

Kershaw needed only 20 pitches and then went to the bullpen to get more work in before sounding pretty pleased, which he almost never does, even when he pitches well.

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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.

Nearly one year later, Chapman showing no signs of trauma

Reds closer didn't let scary incident impact his dominant season

Nearly one year later, Chapman showing no signs of trauma

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Nearly one year after being hit in the head by a line drive that could have killed him, almost all signs of the trauma are gone from Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. The scar from the surgical staples that dotted the top of Chapman's head is covered by hair. Only a small bump remains above his left eyebrow that indicates anything might have happened at all.

"Even though you guys can't see, I'm still feeling it," Chapman said of the scar though the translation of catcher Brayan Pena.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Darvish exits spring start with tightness in right triceps

Rangers ace leaves game with right triceps tightness after throwing 12 pitches

Darvish exits spring start with tightness in right triceps

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish felt some tightness in his right triceps muscle warming up in the bullpen before Thursday's start against the Royals.

He still went out and pitched, but the muscle never loosened up. Darvish exited his first start of the Cactus League after just one inning and 12 pitches with tightness in his triceps. Darvish threw 10 fastballs but the highest was 92 and they averaged 89 miles per hour.

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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.

Springer singles in first game action since July

Springer singles in first game action since July

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- 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.

The Connecticut native, who smashed 20 homers with 51 RBIs in 78 games in his first Major League season last year, started in right field Thursday and played five innings before being replaced by L.J. Hoes. Springer blooped a single down the right-field line in the first inning, grounded out to third in the third and struck out swinging in the fifth.

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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.

Stanton comeback 'right on track'

Reigning NL home run champ plays first game since getting hit by pitch last September

Stanton comeback 'right on track'

JUPITER, Fla. -- Fill in another check box on Giancarlo Stanton's comeback list. On Thursday, the two-time All-Star played four innings and had two at-bats in his first game action since being struck by a pitch in the face last September.

Stanton flied out twice, and made a few nice plays to run balls down in right field in Miami's 4-1 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Top 15 fantasy rookies led by pair of Cubs

Bryant, Soler have most potential for big league production in 2015

Top 15 fantasy rookies led by pair of Cubs

Good news, Cubs fans. The last three times your favorite team has featured the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner (Geovany Soto in 2008, Kerry Wood in 1998 and Jerome Walton in '89), it has advanced to the postseason. And Chicago has the top two rookie candidates for 2015.

Third baseman Kris Bryant and outfielder Jorge Soler have the power to help the Cubs back to the playoffs for the first time in seven years. They're not only the strongest candidates for Rookie of the Year Award honors, they're also the best fantasy prospects.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tweet fantasy baseball questions to MLB.com guru

Zinkie hosting live Twitter chat @Fantasy411 Friday at 3 p.m. ET; submit now using #Fantasy411

Tweet fantasy baseball questions to MLB.com guru

You've prepared all winter for this day. Draft Day, the most important several-hour span for your upcoming fantasy season.

Sure, you've read through MLB.com's Player Preview. You've followed MLB.com/fantasy's Twitter handle, @Fantasy411, for years. But you still need that edge over your competition. What do you do?

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cespedes scratched with lower back tightness

Cespedes scratched with lower back tightness

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the starting lineup with lower back tightness as the Tigers lost, 6-4, to the Braves on Thursday.

Cespedes, who hit a grand slam in his first Grapefruit League game as a Tiger on Tuesday, was not on the travel roster for Wednesday's game against the Orioles in Sarasota. He was slated to start in left field and bat third Thursday.

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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.

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Hal Bodley

Cash's first walk to dugout a huge step forward

Rays skipper manages first game of career in Grapefruit opener vs. O's

Cash's first walk to dugout a huge step forward

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Kevin Cash had been thinking about the walk for some time. "What will it be like?" he kept asking himself. "That's when it will hit me."

A half-hour before the first pitch Wednesday afternoon, Cash walked out of the Rays' clubhouse in right field and started the 100-yard jaunt to the dugout. Charlotte Sports Park on the sunny day was beginning to fill, and for the young manager, this was more than a walk to his "office." He was walking to begin a new career.

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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.

Arbitrator reportedly to decide if Hamilton goes to rehab

Angels outfielder also might face a year's suspension as fourth-time offender

Arbitrator reportedly to decide if Hamilton goes to rehab

TEMPE, Ariz. -- An arbitrator will decide whether Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should enter a substance-abuse rehabilitation program after a four-member advisory board deadlocked on a decision, the Los Angeles Times reported late Wednesday.

There's still no clarity on when a decision will be reached, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday morning that he's confident there will be a resolution of Hamilton's situation before his team leaves Spring Training in less than four weeks.

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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.

Round Rock Express unveil six new jerseys for 2015

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Round Rock Express unveil six new jerseys for 2015

The Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers, know that there's nothing wrong with spicing up your wardrobe a little. So on Thursday, the team unveiled six of the seven themed jerseys that it'll be wearing. With each uniform helping raise money for a charitable cause, it's a good idea, too. 

In addition to the amazing Christmas in July ugly sweaters (sadly not made out of acrylic and wool) and their "Weekend at Bernies"-cosplay ready "Beach Night" top: 

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Jack White spends time with Tigers greats in Florida

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Jack White spends time with Tigers greats in Florida

Jack White remembers only one thing about Spring Training when he was a kid growing up in Detroit -- he always wanted to go, but his family couldn't afford to attend.

Now, as an adult and Grammy-award winning musician, not only can White afford to attend Spring Training, but he's also kind of the center of attention when he's there.

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'Normal' is watchword in Lee's first game back

Phillies lefty said elbow is in good shape after two-inning outing

'Normal' is watchword in Lee's first game back

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The important number wasn't the 22 pitches, or the 16 strikes. The important number wasn't a fastball that sat in the high 80s or the zero runs allowed on two hits with no walks or strikeouts. The important number wasn't even the 17 scouts who sat behind home plate, carefully watching his two innings.

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.

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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.

Heyward debuts in Cardinals red with first-pitch single

Right fielder excited to be one piece in a potentially potent lineup

Heyward debuts in Cardinals red with first-pitch single

JUPITER, Fla. -- Though he still sits one month away from the introduction he's most anticipating, Jason Heyward made his debut in Cardinals red on Thursday while making his first start in right field for the team that acquired him in November.

Heyward wasted no time endearing himself to the red-clad fans at Roger Dean Stadium, either, as he singled on the first pitch he saw from Marlins starter Dan Haren. His single was the first of three consecutive hits that produced a pair of first-inning runs for the Cardinals.

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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.

Last call: Braun chats up umpire about pace of play

Last call: Braun chats up umpire about pace of play

TEMPE, Ariz. -- 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:

• Thursday's Cactus League opener marked Ryan Braun's introduction to Major League Baseball's new pace-of-play measures, including enforcement of a rule that limits how often a hitter can step out of the batter's box. Braun, whose between-pitches routine is the most complicated of any Brewers player, chatted throughout his first-inning plate appearance with home-plate umpire Gerry Davis.

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

In much-hyped return, Harvey to oppose Price

Mets right-hander set to make first start since August 2013

In much-hyped return, Harvey to oppose Price

VIERA, Fla. -- Take Matt Harvey, one of the most competitive pitchers in baseball, and place him in a game after 16 tiresome months of rehab. Throw a former Cy Young Award winner on the other side, then toss them both into the carnival-like atmosphere of Tradition Field. Home opener, mid-70s, packed house -- that sort of thing.

Understand, then, that Harvey can say and do all the right things leading up to the Mets' 1:10 p.m. ET Grapefruit League game against the Tigers on Friday (watch on MLB.TV), his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2013. He can swear a dozen times over that he's "just looking at it as another day" and that he's "getting ready for the season like anybody else."

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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.

Cruz homers, Cano gets off to hot start as lineup shows off strength

Seattle starter Elias throws two scoreless frames in spring debut

Cruz homers, Cano gets off to hot start as lineup shows off strength

PEORIA, Ariz. -- New designated hitter Nelson Cruz homered in his first game for the Mariners and Robinson Cano got off to a hot start as well as Seattle defeated the Padres 9-4 on Thursday in a matchup for the second straight day at Peoria Stadium.

Alexi Amarista, who is pegged to be San Diego's starting shortstop, had three hits. His third hit preceded teammate Will Venable's two-run home run in the fifth inning. For Venable it was career home run No. 16 in Cactus League play.

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a href="mailto:greg.johns@mlb.com">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.

Myers set on proving doubters wrong in center field

Black says first start at position 'all good'

Myers set on proving doubters wrong in center field

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Wil Myers got his first start in center field on Thursday, a sun-kissed afternoon in Peoria, which presented no problems and even fewer challenges for the new Padres' outfielder.

Myers went 1-for-3 with a walk, caught a fly ball in the second inning and nearly made a nice diving grab of a Mike Zunino soft liner into shallow right field in the fifth inning, as the ball skipped off the end of his glove after a long run and diving attempt. He played six innings in the field.

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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.

Ripken visits O's during book promotion tour

Ripken visits O's during book promotion tour

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles got a visit on Thursday from Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. Ripken also signed copies of his new children's book, "Out At Home."

The visit is part of a national book tour for "Out At Home," the fifth installment in the New York Times best-selling "Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars" series. The series will have six books total and Ripken said he was inspired to create the series because he was an avid reader as a child.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lagares playing it safe with right elbow

Mets center fielder has opted not to force throws early in Spring Training

Lagares playing it safe with right elbow

VIERA, Fla. -- In 2013, center fielder Juan Lagares set a Mets rookie record with 15 outfield assists. The following season that number fell to six, largely because opposing baserunners stopped trying to take extra bases against him. A reputation was born.

And now it may be damaged. Twice in his Grapefruit League debut against the Braves on Wednesday, Lagares had prime chances to throw out baserunners -- most notably on a shallow sacrifice fly that scored his former teammate, Eric Young Jr. Each time, Lagares refrained, not wanting to risk the health of a right elbow that he hyperextended last September.

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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.

Phillies looking for bounce-back year from Brown

Phillies looking for bounce-back year from Brown

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- During their organizational meetings last fall, one of the strongest supporters of outfielder Domonic Brown was Pat Gillick.

"One thing about Domonic is he did hit 20-some home runs one year. He has done it," the club president said before Thursday's 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium. "I don't know if he's going to do it again, but he's one guy who has shown offensively that he's capable of it.

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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.

Zito 'pretty impressive' in return to game action

A's lefty throws well, feels 'pretty good' after long layoff

Zito 'pretty impressive' in return to game action

MESA, Ariz. -- A's comeback hopeful Barry Zito was one pitch away from tucking two scoreless innings in his pocket. But even that one, a low changeup the Cubs' Mike Olt belted for a two-run homer Thursday, couldn't dampen an otherwise encouraging day for the adrenaline-fueled southpaw.

Back with the A's on a Minor League deal and pitching in a game for the first time since 2013, following a year-long sabbatical, the 36-year-old Zito flashed a lively fastball and a mean curve. He also weaved in a changeup that still needs fine-tuning during the two-inning outing, opposed by a brawny Cubs lineup headed by Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Miguel Montero.

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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.

Tomas sees plenty of action at third base

Cuban signee makes plays at hot corner for D-backs

Tomas sees plenty of action at third base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After not getting a ball hit to him while playing five innings of third base in Tuesday's exhibition against Arizona State University, Yasmany Tomas saw plenty of action at the hot corner Wednesday.

The D-backs signed Tomas as a free agent out of Cuba this past offseason for $68.5 million over six years with the hopes that he would be able to play third base.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nationals rally for win after Scherzer makes debut

Right-hander allows one run over two innings against Mets

Nationals rally for win after Scherzer makes debut

VIERA, Fla. -- Max Scherzer made his Nationals debut and pitched OK, allowing a run over two innings in a 5-4 Washington victory over the Mets at Space Coast Stadium on Thursday night.

Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who could get the Opening Day nod, struck out two over two perfect innings.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cron, Rutledge in lineup; preview of Opening Day?

Cron, Rutledge in lineup; preview of Opening Day?

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Was the Angels' starting lineup for Thursday's Cactus League opener the same one they'll trot out for Opening Day 32 days from now? It sure is possible.

Mike Trout stayed in the No. 2 spot, Albert Pujols batted third, Matt Joyce was the cleanup hitter, C.J. Cron started at designated hitter and Josh Rutledge was at second base. It went like this:

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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.