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Panik, Stratton star in Giants win
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Joe Panik collected three hits, including an RBI double, and Chris Stratton pitched three hitless innings in the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday at Maryvale Baseball Park.

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Maeda's arm, Ellis' bat lead Dodgers over A's
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Right-hander Kenta Maeda struck out three in three scoreless innings, and A.J. Ellis hit a three-run double to help the Dodgers secure an 8-3 victory against the host A’s at Hohokam Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

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Maeda to stake claim among Japanese arms
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In the grand tradition of all the great Japanese starters that came before him in the Dodgers organization, Kenta Maeda is beginning to stake his claim to that august lineage.

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Miller sets right tone for D-backs' pitchers
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D-backs right-hander Shelby Miller pitched three innings of one-run ball, and Angels lefty Andrew Heaney navigated through two scoreless frames in Arizona’s 5-3 win at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Thursday.

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Lester working to improve fielding skills
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Jon Lester’s defensive skills have been well-documented. Last year, he ended a streak of 66 straight games in which he did not throw to first by doing so, but he overthrew Anthony Rizzo for an error on the play. How often does the Cubs pitcher work on his defense?

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Matheny proud of Harris' 'beat the odds' story
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It’s natural to root for a long shot, and any compassionate baseball fan would have trouble not rooting for Mitch Harris. That includes Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

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Oblique slowing prospect Phillips' progress
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Ten days into treatment for an oblique strain, is center-field prospect Brett Phillips running out of time to make an impression in his first Spring Training with the Brewers?

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Nelson works out kinks in Brewers loss
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Joe Panik collected three hits, including an RBI double, and Chris Stratton pitched three hitless innings in the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday at Maryvale Baseball Park.

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Will Braves hold on to veteran pieces?
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Though the rebuilding process is not necessarily complete, the Braves have moved into a position where they are not actively looking to move any of their top position players. But as recent history has proven, Atlanta’s aggressive front office is at least always in listening mode when it comes to potential trades.

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Francoeur more relaxed as non-roster invitee
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Jeff Francoeur has been in this position before, but as he fights for a spot on Atlanta’s roster, his previous two experiences as a non-roster invitee might not benefit him as much as the painful memories of what transpired when he put too much pressure on himself during the final portion of his first tenure […]

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Norris continues comeback with another strong start
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After spending last season’s final four months dealing with the fatigue and frustration created by a lingering illness, a reinvigorated Bud Norris has spent the past few weeks appreciating the opportunity he has been given to rebound as a veteran member of Atlanta’s potentially young starting rotation.

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Norris allows one run; Francoeur homers
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Jeff Francoeur provided the big smash, a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and the Braves’ pitching brought plenty of heat, combining to strike out 11 batters on Thursday in a 5-2 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.

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