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3/6/2015 Suk-min Yoon, P (Bal), P
The Baltimore Orioles have released right-hander Yoon.

Analysis: The move enables the 28-year-old to return to South Korea, where he will reportedly sign with the Kia Tigers. Yoon signed a three-year contract with the Orioles in February 2013 for $5.575 million, but was removed from the 40-man roster last August. After going 4-8 with a 5.74 ERA for Triple-A Norfolk, Yoon was not invited to major league spring training this year.
3/5/2015 Hunter Pence, RF (SF), RF
Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants' 8-6 win over a Chicago Cubs split-squad on Thursday.

Analysis: X-rays showed Pence has a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm. One of the clubhouse leaders for the World Series champions, the quirky Pence had played in all 162 games for the Giants the past two seasons. He hit .277 with 20 homers and 74 RBIs last year. He was hit by a pitch from the Cubs' Corey Black and went to first base before being removed from the game.
3/5/2015 Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia), RF
Despite not getting a hit, Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was pleased with his first at-bats of the spring.

Analysis: Stanton went 0 for 2 in his first game since being hit in the face by Mike Fiers' fastball in September. "I felt good in the box," he said. "We're right on track. It was good to be in a game setting again."
3/5/2015 Phil Coke, P (ChC), P
Coke has agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Analysis: Coke made 62 appearances for Detroit last season and finished with a 5-2 record and a 3.88 ERA. He has held lefties to a .243 batting average for his career. The 32-year-old Coke also has a 4.26 ERA in 26 career postseason games. He pitched in the playoffs in each of the last four years with the Tigers.
3/5/2015 Ji-Man Choi, 1B (Sea), 1B
Choi has a broken right leg.

Analysis: It's unclear how long he'll be out, but this should keep him sidelined until at least the start of the season.
3/4/2015 Mike Minor, P (Atl), P
Minor was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after experiencing tightness in his left shoulder.

Analysis: Minor, who went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA for the Braves last season, missed most of the 2014 spring training with a groin injury but came back to start 25 games. Braves general manager John Hart said that the team is trying to be proactive and not rush anything early in the spring.
3/4/2015 Grady Sizemore, CF (Phi), CF
Sizemore was hit on the right knee by a Kyle Davies pitch in the fourth inning Wednesday.

Analysis: Sizemore left for a pinch runner later in the inning.
3/4/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
Rodriguez returned to the New York Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat and going 1 for 2 with a walk in a 3-1 spring-training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Analysis: Rodriguez swung at the first four of 10 pitches he saw in three plate appearances. He was greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers from the crowd. "Once you hit rock bottom, any time you hear a few cheers these days is a pleasant surprise," he said.
3/4/2015 Joel Hanrahan, P (Det), P
The Detroit Tigers have released Hanrahan. Detroit said that Hanrahan would have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18.

Analysis: The right-handed pitcher is 22-18 with a 3.85 ERA and 100 saves in seven seasons with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston.
3/3/2015 Jimmy Rollins, SS (LAD), SS
Rollins, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on Dec. 19 for four minor league pitchers, will open the Cactus League schedule Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback in the leadoff spot. Manager Don Mattingly said he saw Rollins hit from first through third for Philadelphia. "I think on our club, we look at Jimmy as that guy at the top," Mattingly said.

Analysis: Rollins, a three-time All-Star and the 2007 NL MVP, led off for the Phillies in 19 of 131 starts last season. He batted .243 with 17 homers, 55 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 2014.
3/2/2015 Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD), P
Kershaw will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day for the fifth straight season, taking the mound at home April 6 against the San Diego Padres.

Analysis: Manager Don Mattingly said he spoke to the left-hander four or five days ago about the start. Mattingly joked about the start when spring training began.
3/2/2015 Jon Lester, P (ChC), P
Lester is slated to make his first start for the Chicago Cubs on opening night, April 5, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Analysis: Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Monday what he had earlier indicated about Chicago's new ace. Lester signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs in December.
3/2/2015 Chase Utley, 2B (Phi), 2B
Utley will not play in the Philadelphia Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday, and he says he isn't likely to see game action this week while coming back from a right ankle injury.

Analysis: Utley said he likely wouldn't play through Friday's games. The 36-year-old Utley has participated in hitting and fielding practice during the Phillies' first week of full-squad workouts, but has not gone through any base-running drills. He sprained his ankle in January while doing infield work, before arriving in Clearwater.
3/2/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
A-Rod is listed as the designated hitter in Monday's intrasquad game. Suspended for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez missed all of last season and is trying to return as his 40th birthday approaches in July.

Analysis: Rodriguez was not on the travel roster for Tuesday's exhibition opener, though. He could make his spring debut on Wednesday, when the Yankees are at home. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter.
3/2/2015 Mike Adams, P (LAD), P
Adams and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. His deal was announced Sunday.

Analysis: Adams was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 22 games last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, who declined his $6 million club option for 2015. The right-hander missed extensive time with a shoulder injury, but struck out 21 in 18 2-3 innings. Once an elite setup man in San Diego, the 36-year-old Adams is 21-20 with a 2.41 ERA and four saves in 408 major league games over 10 seasons. He has also pitched for Milwaukee and Texas.
3/2/2015 Tyler Chatwood, P (Col), P
Chatwood will begin the season on the 60-day disabled list.

Analysis: Chatwood is recovering from Tommy John surgery last July.
3/1/2015 John Axford, P (Col), P
The Colorado Rockies have selected John Axford's contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen.

Analysis: Axford, who agreed to a minor league deal last month, gets a $2.6 million, one-year contract with a chance to earn more in performance bonuses. The 31-year-old right-hander was 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 62 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last year. In six major league seasons, Axford is 24-23 with a 3.40 ERA and 116 saves, including 10 for the Indians last year.
3/1/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
Rodriguez feels fine after his first week of workouts, and will leave the decision of when he makes his spring training debut to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Analysis: Girardi said he'll announce Monday whether Rodriguez will be in the lineup for the spring opener.
3/1/2015 Dayan Viciedo, RF (Tor), RF
The Toronto Blue Jays have boosted their outfield depth, signing Viciedo to a minor league contract. The Blue Jays announced the deal Sunday.

Analysis: A few days earlier, Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball at training camp. Saunders had surgery and is expected to be out five to six weeks.
3/1/2015 Garrett Richards, P (LAA), P
Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season for the reigning AL West champions.

Analysis: Manager Mike Scioscia said that Richards would throw a bullpen session of 40-50 pitches and do some simulated work Sunday to prepare for fully fielding his position, weather permitting with rain forecast all weekend in the Arizona desert.
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