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Henderson Alvarez retired all nine batters he faced in his first start since pitching a no-hitter on the final day last season, leading the Miami Marlins to a 7-3 victory over a Cardinals split-squad Friday.Upvote Share Tweet
Wright, Taveras Make Spring Debuts for Mets, Cardsnytimes.com Updated 38 minutes agoNew York Mets captain David Wright was 0 for 3 in his spring training debut and St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras went 1 for 3 with a run in his first appearance of the exhibition season, a 5-5 tie Friday.Upvote Share Tweet
McCutchen Gets HR, 3 Hits, Pirates Lose to Twinsnytimes.com Updated 1 hour agoAndrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.Upvote Share Tweet
Transition to Cubs like night and day for RuggianoMLB.com Updated 3 hours agoThere have been some free agents in the past who sign with the Cubs and relish the idea of playing at Wrigley Field, but have a tough time adjusting to day games. That won't be a problem for Justin Ruggiano.Upvote Share Tweet
With renowned speed, Hamilton buffing up buntingMLB.com Updated 3 hours agoReds center fielder Billy Hamilton agreed to the interview with MLB.com but then suddenly realized the time. It was 7:53 a.m. Two minutes before early bunting work.Upvote Share Tweet
Herrera Homers, Brewers Beat Rockies 5-3Elian Herrera hit a solo home run in the seventh inning off the glove of leaping right fielder Ryan Wheeler and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the mistake-prone Colorado Rockies 5-3 Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Hudson Scoreless Again as Giants Beat Reds 3-2Tim Hudson extended his spring training scoreless streak to five innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to lead off a three-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Wood Goes 3 Shutout Innings, Cubs Fall to IndiansTravis Wood could be in position to pitch for the Chicago Cubs on opening day and if his first start at spring training is any indication, he's going to make it a tough decision for manager Rick Renteria.Upvote Share Tweet
Cardinals-Twins Ccd; Nolasco Pitches Sim GameWhile most of his Minnesota Twins teammates headed home for the day, right-hander Ricky Nolasco stayed at Hammond Stadium after Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals was rained out and threw a simulated game.Upvote Share Tweet
Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates Rained OutThe Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Carpenter close to multi-year extensionMLB.com Updated Mar 6 (yesterday)The Cardinals are nearing a significant contract extension with infielder Matt Carpenter, according to multiple reports on Thursday. The club has not commented on the reports.Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Updated Mar 6 (yesterday)A contestant on last night's episode of Wheel Of Fortune professed her love for Chicago sports, namely the Bulls and Bears. She is, to a lesser extent, also a fan of the White Sox rather than the Cubs. This pleases Pat Sajak, who is just as confused by …Upvote Share TweetAlex Guerrero hit a grand slam and Adrian Gonzalez added a solo home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for 10-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Baseball Tonight Tour: RedsFeb 28Karl Ravech, John Kruk and Tim Kurkjian report from the Reds' spring training camp, where Billy Hamilton looks to make an impact.
Reds Injury UpdateFeb 28Tim Kurkjian and Stephania Bell discuss the latest on key names in the Reds' pitching staff.
Brandon Phillips Talks Reds' BaseballFeb 28Brandon Phillips sits down with the Baseball Tonight crew to talk about the Reds' upcoming season.
Kris Bryant On His First Home RunFeb 28Cubs prospect Kris Bryant discusses hitting a home run in his first spring at-bat as a professional.
NBA - True or false: Free agency decisionsMar 6Our 5-on-5 crew answers the key questions about whether top free agents will opt in or out in 2014 .
Don Banks: Raiders, Steelers among AFC front offices under pressure this o…Mar 6As my colleague Andrew Brandt has often pointed out, the NFL's long offseason is when a team's players and even coaches step to the background and the front office takes center stage, attempting to distinguish itself in the business of football. The mul…
Don Banks: Cowboys, Rams among NFC front offices under pressure this offse…Mar 4As my colleague Andrew Brandt has often pointed out, the NFL's long offseason is when a team's players and even coaches step to the background and the front office takes center stage, attempting to distinguish itself in the business of football. The mul…
The Tuesday MailbagMar 4Three hot topics and then your mail, in a league that never sleeps: For now, the extra point’s not going anywhere, though it should. Judy Battista of the NFL Digital Media Group wrote Monday that the Competition Committee, at its Florida meeting, is con…