NL East News and Rumors
Spring Headlines: Mets’ Ike Davis gets booted; Felix Doubront is Boston’s No. 3 starteryahoo.com Updated 3 hours agoBaseball's back! Check in periodically for news you can use from around spring training. IKE TAKES A HIKE WEARING BOOT: Sidelined with a calf strain that has prevented him from playing for at least a week, New York Mets slugger Ike Davis has been fitted…Upvote Share Tweet
How do Phillies' top prospects fit the team's needs?MLB.com Updated 4 hours agoAge and declining production have bitten the Phillies, and the need to win is intense. But while there are some quality prospects in the Pipeline, they are best suited for deployment long-term.Upvote Share Tweet
Phils' long-term emphasis remains on youthMLB.com Updated 4 hours agoThe Phillies' farm system is once again stocked with young players whose impressive tools give them the potential to develop into stars, much like Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels once did.Upvote Share Tweet
Little Choice but to Hope Tejada Can Handle Jobnytimes.com Updated 16 hours agoRuben Tejada is a subject of intense focus in spring training as the Mets try to determine if he can handle the starting job at shortstop.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets should make Juan Lagares starting center fieldernydailynews.com Updated 16 hours agoThe single was hit softly and just far enough toward right- center to make it seemingly routine for Andrelton Simmons, the runner at first base, to go to third on the play. That is, if Juan Lagares weren’t the center fielder.Upvote Share Tweet
Wright expects friend B.J. Upton to bounce backMLB.com Updated 20 hours agoMets third baseman David Wright was somewhat conflicted as he watched B.J. Upton struggle throughout last season. Along with having compassion, Wright also had to account for the fact that his childhood friend was now playing for the division-rival Brav…Upvote Share Tweet
Miami's Stanton Hits First Spring Home Runnytimes.com Updated 22 hours agoGiancarlo Stanton hit his first home run of spring training for Miami and the Marlins lost to the Tigers 3-1 on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Strasburg Settles Down, Nats Rout Cardinals 11-1nytimes.com Updated 22 hours agoAs he warmed up in the bullpen for his second spring training start, Stephen Strasburg felt strong. Perhaps a little too strong.Upvote Share TweetBraves pitcher Kris Medlen left in the fourth inning with a strained forearm, and the New York Mets went on to beat Atlanta 8-2 on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Mauer Drives in a Run as Twins-Phillies Tienytimes.com Updated 23 hours agoJoe Mauer drove in the game's first run with a first-inning single, and four Minnesota Twins pitchers combined to two-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1-1 tie Sunday.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Updated Mar 9 (yesterday)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is off to a good start, going 5-for-15 with two home runs and four RBIs entering Sunday's action. Manager Matt Williams is most impressed by how LaRoche is handling left-handed pitchers.Upvote Share Tweet
Menechino determined to drive home messageMLB.com Updated Mar 9 (yesterday)The mission in Marlins' camp is getting the players to replicate and duplicate at the plate. Copy the good points, and repeat them when the swings matter. This is a message first-year hitting coach Frank Menechino is driving home every day.Upvote Share Tweet
Medlen Exits Spring Game With InjuryMar 9ESPN.com senior MLB writer Jerry Crasnick breaks down Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen exiting Sunday's game with a strained right forearm.
Yankees Hold Off PhilliesMar 6Masahiro Tanaka allows a home run in his first spring start with the Yankees, a 4-3 win over the Phillies.
Tanaka Allows HR In First Spring StartMar 6Andrew Marchand discusses P Masahiro Tanaka's performance in his first start with the Yankees.
Strasburg Makes Spring Training DebutMar 4Stephen Strasburg pitched two scoreless innings in the Nationals' 8-4 loss to the Braves.
Free Agency, A PrimerMar 10Ten things you should know about the NFL’s 22nd annual free market, which kicks off Tuesday at 4 p.m. (but which is already in full swing because of legal and illegal tampering): 1. Cornerbacks are this year’s quarterbacks. When a pedestrian corner like…
Joakim Noah leads way for Chicago Bulls against Miami HeatMar 9Led by an emotional Joakim Noah, the Bulls managed to beat the Heat in another regular-season game but know an NBA King isn't dethroned in March, Michael Wilbon writes.
Clayton's mailbag -- Cap increase will be pivotal in retaining 2010, 2011 …Mar 9Stars from the 2010 and 2011 draft classes are set to command big money after their rookie deals expire, leaving teams to debate how much of the extra 2014 salary cap to carry over to future seasons, writes John Clayton.
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.