Adam Jones provided perhaps the best highlight of the World Baseball Classic, when he took a home run away from Manny Machado with a spectacular catch in center field.
Pitching to be included on the Rockies’ season-opening staff, right-hander German Marquez held the Cubs to two runs and struck out six in six innings of a 7-4 victory over the Cubs on Saturday in front of a Rockies Salt River Fields at Talking Stick-record crowd of 13,565.
Infielder Cristhian Adames is vying for a bench job with the Rockies and in a tough spot because he is out of Minor League options — meaning the club would have to expose him via waivers if they can’t carry him on the 25-man roster. His competitors are emerging figures.
Prospect Amir Garrett didn’t have his strongest performance in Saturday’s 11-6 split-squad win over the A’s in his final bid to make the Reds’ big league rotation. But Garrett was satisfied with his body of work and that he did all he could.
Austin Meadows won’t break camp with the Pirates, but he’s been around long enough this spring to show what he’s capable of doing — and learn quite a bit in the process.
The way manager Clint Hurdle sees it, the battle for the Pirates’ fifth-starter role is an equal competition, subject to evaluation and interpretation.
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez tossed six hitless innings to continue an impressive stretch on the mound, but top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow struck out nine in four innings and Adam Frazier and Austin Meadows went deep to give Pittsburgh a 5-4 win over Detroit on Saturday at LECOM Park.
Veteran non-roster invitee Kyle Kendrick continued his impressive Spring Training by allowing two earned runs over six-plus innings, and the Red Sox dueled the Phillies to a 3-3 tie.
If Chris Coghlan is not placed on the Phillies’ Major League roster by Sunday, he must be released upon his request or placed on the roster within 48 hours.
Late in the 2016 season, Luis Sardinas looked like the Padres’ shortstop of the future. He came over from Seattle in an Aug. 14 trade, and after an Aug. 22 callup, he hit .287 (31-for-108) and started 33 of San Diego’s remaining 38 games, including 32 at shortstop.
One of the Padres’ most interesting roster questions comes in three parts, involving the bullpen, the backup catcher and the bench. The answer could come in one package. Right-hander Christian Bethencourt took a step closer to securing a spot on the Padres’ roster as a catcher-turned-reliever.