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Baltimore Sun

David Lough scratched from Orioles' starting lineup against Pirates with back spasm

BRADENTON, Fla. – Outfielder David Lough was scratched from the starting lineup of the Orioles’ Grapefruit League game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday with back spasms, manager Buck Showalter said.

Full Count | WEEI

Morning Fort: Joe Kelly not making scheduled start; Shane Victorino abandons switch-hitting

BRADENTON, Fla. — Joe Kelly was sure he would be making his scheduled start Sunday after experiencing right biceps tightness in his last outing. Despite his confidence, he will have to wait a bit. Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to his team’s game against the Pirates at McKechnie Field that instead of starting […]

Grand Rapids Press

Brad Ausmus not worried about Tigers' poor spring record: 'You really have to look at the big picture'

The Tigers entered Thursday riding a six-game losing streak and have now dropped nine of their last 10 after Wednesdays 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. VIERA, Fla. -- Spring stats mean squat to Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. The same holds true with his team's spring record. The Tigers entered Thursday riding a six-game losing streak and have now dropped nine of their last 10 after Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. At 6-12 overall this spring, the Tigers sit near the bottom of the standings in the Grapefruit League. Only Baltimore (5-12)...

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Uehara sidelined with hamstring strain

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Veteran Red Sox closer Koji Uehara strained his left hamstring during a running drill before Tuesday’s game and is day to day, manager John Farrell said. Uehara, who was to have pitched in Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, will be shut down indefinitely. He has pitched three innings spanning three appearances so far this spring, allowing runs in two of them and giving up seven hits. The last time he pitched was Saturday against the Pirates in JetBlue Park.

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Takeaways: Red Sox face Pirates

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort on another steamy winter (yes, it’s still winter) day in Fort Myers. The lineup for today’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates includes six notable players who started Friday night -- Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Xander Bogaerts. • Manager John Farrell on the state of camp: “There’s certainly a repetition to it but we still have a couple of decisions to be made.

Twins Now | St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twinsights: 'Little man' Jose Berrios making things difficult

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Precocious right-hander Jose Berrios continued his strong spring with three more shutout innings Friday at the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Our little man, Mr. Berrios … doesn’t seem to get rattled,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Including the March 4 exhibition against the University of Minnesota, Berrios has worked eight innings without allowing a walk, an earned run or an extra-base hit. He has eight strikeouts and has scattered eight hits (all singles).  Generously listed at 6-foot, Berrios gave up at least one hit in all three innings he worked against the Pirates....

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Red Sox at Pirates: Regulars make the trip

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Good morning from beautiful McKechnie Field, home of the Pirates, on a day where Sox veterans could no longer avoid a lengthy bus ride, usually the province of the kids on the roster. With the Sox having played a split-squad game in Sarasota on Saturday, travelled across the state to play the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Sunday and the Cardinals in Jupiter on Monday, and went north to Tampa to play the Yankees on Wednesday, manager John Farrell said he needed to see his A-teamers get a little action.

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Ortiz says he'll follow 'pace' rules

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Because of a personal matter, Joe Torre, the executive vice president of baseball operations, missed the meeting in Fort Myers in which the new pace-of-play rules were explained to Red Sox manager John Farrell and his staff. But on Thursday afternoon, Torre was in Bradenton, sitting in a suite as a guest of Pirates owner Bob Nutting, for Boston’s 5-1 win over Pittsburgh. One of the most vocal critics of the pace-of-play rules, David Ortiz, made three plate appearances in the game, and hit a massive home run to deep center field.

Twins Now | St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twinsights: Glen Perkins (oblique) continues progression

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins closer Glen Perkins is scheduled to play catch off flat ground on Friday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. Perkins, battling a strained right oblique, hasn’t worked in a game since March 4 and had a bullpen session halted on Monday when he continued to experience discomfort in his side. “He’s making progress,” Ryan said. “He’s on the road back, which is good.” Briefly --Twins right-hander Lester Oliveros (stiff shoulder) is scheduled to pitch on Friday at the Pittsburgh Pirates. --With Twins minor leaguers going through their first full squad...

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Masterson on hill at muggy JetBlue

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Quick hits from the Fort on a warm, muggy day, where the Red Sox take on the Rays at 1:05 p.m. * New Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez walked through the clubhouse at 8:25 a.m. * It’s a split-squad day for Tampa Bay, which also has a home game in Port Charlotte against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Manager Kevin Cash did not make the trip. Bench coach Tim Foley is managing the Rays. * Today’s game against the Rays is the first of four this spring against Tampa Bay.

Seattle Times

Andy Van Slyke’s strenuous spring regimen prepares Mariners outfielders for season

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon calls his former Pittsburgh Pirates teammate “one of the best outfield coaches in baseball,” and utilityman Willie Bloomquist says Van Slyke’s talent is in the details, in turning minor mechanical tweaks into game-changing improvements.

MLB

NL WC: Hurdle discusses challenging night at home

10/1/13: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was a busy man at home the night before his team's matchup with the Reds in the NL Wild Card Game