Harvey draws positive reviews after facing batters

Mets ace throws 43 pitches in first outing on mound vs. hitters since surgery

Harvey draws positive reviews after facing batters

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- As Terry Collins wrapped up his daily news conference following Friday's workout, the Mets manager was asked if Matt Harvey's first appearance on the mound in 18 months was a milestone.

"I'm going to wait until those guys in different-colored uniforms get in that batter's box," Collins said. "That will be a milestone for him."

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

Sources: Hamilton experienced relapse this year

Sources: Hamilton experienced relapse this year

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton's recent meeting with Major League Baseball stemmed from a relapse that occurred this year, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to MLB.com on Friday. The Angels, who have only confirmed that Hamilton met with league officials at the Commissioner's Office in New York on Wednesday, don't expect to hear from MLB anytime soon.

There are a number of factors to consider when looking at Hamilton's situation.

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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.

'He's special': Cueto brings HOF-type praise from manager

Price says Reds' ace has stellar instincts, precision on mound

'He's special': Cueto brings HOF-type praise from manager

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Johnny Cueto's live batting practice session Thursday must have gone pretty well. How else could you explain names like Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez popping up during Friday morning's media session with Reds manager Bryan Price?

To be fair, Price wasn't exactly equating Cueto wholly with Maddux and Martinez -- one a Hall of Famer and the other to be inducted this summer. But Price says he sees certain aspects of them within Cueto.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. 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.

Remembering Nimoy and Vulcan changeup

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Remembering Nimoy and Vulcan changeup

Leonard Nimoy, who among other things was known for his role as Spock on the original Star Trek, died Friday at the age of 83. The actor and artist's legacy is far-reaching, even to the world of baseball -- it was Nimoy's Vulcan salute, after all, which gave one particular changeup grip its name.

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Manfred: Statcast greatly expanding in 2015

Groundbreaking technology will be available in all 30 parks

Manfred: Statcast greatly expanding in 2015

BOSTON -- Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that MLB.com's Statcast technology will be in place at all 30 Major League ballparks by Opening Day 2015, as he laid out some of the ways that the groundbreaking technology will make its way to fans and clubs in the new season.

Addressing the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Manfred discussed a wide range of topics facing the game in a one-on-one conversation with MLB Network's Brian Kenny.

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Matthew Leach is an editor and reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod gets reps at first base, preps for transition

Former Gold Glove Award winner has 'good tutor' in Teixeira

A-Rod gets reps at first base, preps for transition

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez gave first base a whirl for the first time on Friday, fielding grounders and receiving throws on a training field behind the third-base seats of George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Rodriguez said that he is "anxious to learn" more about the position, as the Yankees are evaluating to see if he can be a serviceable backup for Mark Teixeira. Rodriguez briefly took reps alongside Teixeira and Kyle Roller, then returned to third base.

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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.

Upton to miss rest of spring with inflammation in left foot

Braves center fielder expected to begin baseball activities in early April

Upton to miss rest of spring with inflammation in left foot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After undergoing an MRI on Friday afternoon, Braves center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. learned that a left foot injury will sideline him throughout Spring Training and likely force him to spend the first few weeks of the regular season on the disabled list.

The MRI showed Upton is dealing with sesamoiditis (inflammation in the bone behind the ball of his foot). The veteran outfielder will spend the next two weeks in a short leg cast and then wear a walking boot for the following four to six weeks. If all goes according to plan with this timeline, he could resume baseball activities around the same time the Braves play their April 6 Opening Day game in Miami.

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

Strasburg talks winning formula, 2015 goals in Q&A

Strasburg talks winning formula, 2015 goals in Q&A

VIERA, Fla. -- Last year was the first time Stephen Strasburg didn't have to worry about injuries or an innings limit. He took advantage of the situation, winning 14 games and tying for the National League lead with 242 strikeouts in 215 innings.

MLB.com caught up with Strasburg to talk about his career with the Nationals and the team's chances in the postseason.

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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.

Bautista excited about additions to clubhouse

All-Star outfielder has high expectations after a busy offseason for Toronto

Bautista excited about additions to clubhouse

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jose Bautista gave a ringing endorsement to the additions Toronto made during the offseason on Friday afternoon. He suggested that the incoming players are "maybe an uptick or two more competitive than some guys who have been here in the past."

Bautista's comments came on the day the Blue Jays officially opened camp with their first full-squad workout. Grapefruit League games are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, and by the sounds of it, Bautista is expecting big things following the offseason additions of Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

Outfielder, who played for six teams, is not ready to coach

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

JUPITER, Fla. -- Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base-stealers of his generation, has announced his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.

Pierre, who lives in south Florida, is now a self-proclaimed "stay-at-home dad." He also isn't ready to accept a coaching position at this point.

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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.

Strike a balance: Catchers key but not alone in framing result

Analysts at Sloan Sports Analytics Conference deliver study on called strikes

Strike a balance: Catchers key but not alone in framing result

BOSTON -- It's often been said that defense is the final frontier of analytical assessment of baseball. And if that's true, then catcher defense makes up the very furthest reaches of that frontier. But analysts are decoding more and more of the mystery of catcher defense, and a paper presented Friday at the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference took another step in that direction.

In recent years, pitch framing has become a popular topic among people who study defense, with the idea being that some catchers have a particular skill at "stealing" called strikes on pitches that are on the border of the strike zone. Joe Rosales and Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions argue, though, that the catcher is not the only variable.

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Matthew Leach is an editor and reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Best of Fantasy411 Twitter chat with Fred Zinkie

Best of Fantasy411 Twitter chat with Fred Zinkie

MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Friday. To learn from someone who's been there and won that, check out the chat transcript below and the @Fantasy411 Twitter handle, MLB.com's Player Preview. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.

Q: @ESPNGraziano: With a $260 cap, pick three between Clayton Kershaw for $37, Andrew McCutchen for $37, Edwin Encarnacion for $21, Nolan Arenado for $3 and Kolten Wong for $1.

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Fred Zinkie is a Fantasy writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lincecum showing old form at camp

Former Cy Young Award winner leaving hitters in awe this spring

Lincecum showing old form at camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon Belt sounded as if he had just faced one of the National League's premier pitchers after taking swings in live batting practice off Tim Lincecum. Of course, Lincecum formerly prompted such awe on a regular basis. And if the Giants right-hander truly has recaptured his Cy Young Award-winning form -- well, who knows what could happen this year?

Belt knew that Lincecum, who confronted hitters for the first time this spring, looked formidable.

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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.

Saunders' diagnosis improves to 5-6 weeks

Outfielder has knee surgery after getting hurt stepping on patch of grass around sprinkler head

Saunders' diagnosis improves to 5-6 weeks

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders underwent left knee surgery on Friday afternoon and he's expected to be out of action for approximately five to six weeks.

Saunders originally was expected to be out until the All-Star break but that was under the assumption that the cartilage could be repaired and not removed. Dr. Steven Mirabello performed the procedure and determined that 60 percent of the meniscus could not be fixed, and as a result it had to be taken out.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Consistent Cardinals have few worries

GM Mozeliak puts St. Louis in position to again contend for World Series title

Consistent Cardinals have few worries

JUPITER, Fla. -- Once more, they have very few question marks. As usual, they have high expectations. In that way, the St. Louis Cardinals never seem to change much.

"I think that's what we take the most pride in," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.

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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.

Funnel of love: Ballpark burger takes cake

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Funnel of love: Ballpark burger takes cake

I'm not sure about you, but buying a ticket to a baseball game is an implicit agreement between myself and society that I am being permitted to eat as much as want, judgment free. If I feel like eating 18 hot dogs in nine innings, this is the place to do it.

Fortunately, the Timber Rattlers, the Class-A affiliate of the Brewers, and their head chef Tim Hansen understand that. Hence two of their ballpark creations for next year. 

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Salvador Perez crashes Lorenzo Cain's interview

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Salvador Perez crashes Lorenzo Cain's interview

If you were to make a buddy comedy out of any duo in the Major Leagues, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain would be an obvious top choice.

After all, the two meet the criteria exemplified by every other great comedy duo, like Laurel & Hardy, Chris Farley & David Spade and Walter Mathau & Jack Lemmon:

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Zimmerman, Escobar practice at first, second base

Espinosa gets extra work batting from right side

Zimmerman, Escobar practice at first, second base

VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals had their second day of full-squad workouts Friday. Second baseman Yunel Escobar and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman stood out above the rest. They were working hard at their new positions at the Nationals complex.

The two players then went back to Space Coast Stadium and received extra work from the right side of the infield. They were working on footwork, positioning and being comfortable turning double plays.

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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.

Waino returns to camp; hopes to throw off mound Monday

Despite abdominal strain, ace could 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," resumed long toss on Friday and said he will play flat-ground catch over the weekend. He is then to be re-evaluated on Monday, when he will seek clearance to resume throwing off the mound. Wainwright's 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.

Five non-roster invitees we should root for

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Five non-roster invitees we should root for

While some players see Spring Training as a time to get together, take a few hacks and play golf under the Florida sun, for others, the spring represents the last chance of making good on a Major League dream before slipping into a world of Minor League coaching jobs, broadcast booth appointments and local baseball clinics. 

With Major League roster spots extremely limited, here are five of this Spring's non-roster invitees that we can't help but root for. 

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Fredi excited about Braves' improved farm system

Fredi excited about Braves' improved farm system

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has watched Jose Peraza, Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and some of his other top prospects during the early days of Spring Training, he has gained a better understanding of why the Braves' Minor League system went from being much maligned to highly respected during the hectic offseason.

"All of a sudden you have prospects coming in and you say, 'Wow, that's a big difference in talent than last year,'" Gonzalez said.

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

Preller settles in for first spring as Padres GM

Several position battles to play out in camp for revamped roster

Preller settles in for first spring as Padres GM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- First-year general manager A.J. Preller won't come out and say he's completely finished revamping the roster, mostly because one injury or one tempting call could change all that fast.

"We're always constantly evaluating that [roster]," Preller said.

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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.

When teammates collide: Choice spring matchups

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When teammates collide: Choice spring matchups

Spring Training is a lot like the first day of school: There's a lot of catching up with old friends, showing off new haircuts, bonding with new acquaintances. It is, in general, a collegial affair. But there's also a wrinkle in the frivolity.

For when live batting practice begins at camp, Spring Training turns into a modern day Cain and Abel.

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Tracy Ringolsby

D-backs' trajectory depends on choosing proper pieces

Club keeping open mind as position battles loom

D-backs' trajectory depends on choosing proper pieces

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Diamondbacks are definitely a work in progress.

What is known is that Dave Stewart is the new general manager and Chip Hale is the new manager.

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

Another year older, another year wiser for Gallardo

Pitching of righty celebrating 29th birthday has evolved over the years

Another year older, another year wiser for Gallardo

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo turned 29 on Friday, and his teammates serenaded him with "Happy Birthday" during pre-workout stretching. With his family still back in snowbound Fort Worth, Texas, until later in spring, that was about the extent of Gallardo's celebration.

"We'll wait until next week to go out to dinner," Gallardo said. "I'm used to being away from my family on my birthday. We celebrate it later in the spring."

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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.

Orioles get loud during camp -- literally

Pumped-in crowd noise during fielding drill raises complaint from neighborhood

Orioles get loud during camp -- literally

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter put a new wrinkle on an old drill on Friday, pumping in crowd noise from last year's postseason as infielders practiced catching pop flies on the main field of Ed Smith Stadium.

"No, I've never heard of a baseball manager doing that before," said Dan Duquette, the Orioles' president of baseball operations, about the NFL-style drill. "I like the idea. It creates the expectation that we'll be playing in October."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wallace aims to land job with new-look Padres

Black says former first-round pick could be used as bench bat

Wallace aims to land job with new-look Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pity poor Glenn Hoffman, the Padres third-base coach who works with the infielders. His hands might be covered in calluses by time the team reaches the first game of spring on Wednesday, let alone Opening Day.

The Padres have 10 players in camp who are currently getting reps at first base during drills. While many don't figure into their 2015 plans, at least one could push his way into consideration with a strong showing this spring.

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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.

All about the brace: CC gets assist in 'pen session

Sabathia aiming to return from right knee surgery with added support

All about the brace: CC gets assist in 'pen session

TAMPA, Fla. -- CC Sabathia is continuing to make progress as he returns from right knee surgery, and the Yankees left-hander plans to attack his workload with the assistance of a brace that has been hidden underneath his billowing pinstriped pants.

Sabathia threw a 41-pitch bullpen session on Friday morning at George M. Steinbrenner Field, his third time on the mound this spring. After a long winter of rehab and several platelet-rich plasma injections, Sabathia said that he is able to put his focus into his pitches.

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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.

Lester, Ross working off same page in BP sessions

Lester, Ross working off same page in BP sessions

MESA, Ariz. -- Javier Baez had to face Jon Lester twice during the left-hander's first live batting-practice session on Friday. That was enough.

"I told him right after live BP, 'I prefer to play defense for you,'" Baez said.

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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.