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  1. Justin Verlander's awesome spring

    Jayson Stark

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It's hard to remember now that when spring training started, we actually doubted Justin Verlander. Bad idea. He was coming off the dreaded "core surgery." He was behind the rest of the pitching staff. We wondered if he'd b...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  2. Three 'real' stars of spring

    Jayson Stark

    DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jeff Keppinger hit .412 last year in spring training. Philip Humber had a 1.73 ERA. You can file both of those under: "It's Only Spring Training." But here are three star players whose spectacular springs have caught ...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  3. Tigers searching for answers

    Jayson Stark

    DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The latest blow was Bruce Rondon, now headed for a Tommy John surgery operating room near you and done for the season. Before that was Jose Iglesias and those pesky stress fractures in both shins, which have put his 2014 season i...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  4. A comeback for Vizquel?

    Jayson Stark

    DUNEDIN, Fla. -- What kind of spring has it been for the Tigers? This ought to sum it up. When we asked their manager, Brad Ausmus, Saturday morning if he'd given any thought to an Omar Vizquel comeback, Ausmus actually uttered these ...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  5. Phillies' issues go beyond Rollins

    Jayson Stark

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If you just scanned headlines and listened to talk shows, you'd think the Phillies' biggest issue -- and possibly only issue -- this spring was their shortstop. But here's a news bulletin from outside the bubble: On the li...

    Blog | March 20, 2014
  6. Joe Kelly's three-hit day

    Jayson Stark

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Joe Kelly hit 98 miles per hour on the radar gun Saturday. Nobody wanted to talk about that. He also became the first Cardinals starter to pitch into the sixth inning this spring, an important development for a guy compe...

    Blog | March 15, 2014
  7. The mighty Giancarlo Stanton

    Jayson Stark

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton's manager has never set out to lead the league in dramatic quotations. But when the subject turned to his right fielder, all of these blockbusters came out of Mike Redmond's mouth in a span of like 20 seconds: ...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  8. Santana wanted to pitch in NL

    Jayson Stark

    DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Four days ago, they were hearing reports they were "close" to signing Ervin Santana. But by Wednesday morning, "close" had turned to "never mind." So in the clubhouse of the Toronto Blue Jays, on the day Santana signed with Atla...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  9. Will Middlebrooks flips the script

    Jayson Stark

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- Who knew Will Middlebrooks had a little Ozzie Smith in him? Not to mention a little Steve Nash. But in the second inning of the Red Sox's 6-5 split-squad win over the Orioles on Tuesday, Middlebrooks pulled off a Web Gem glove-f...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  10. Boston starters easing into spring

    Jayson Stark

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- Leave it to the Red Sox to search for a cure for the hangover. No, not that kind of hangover. We're talking about the dreaded World Series hangover, the kind that afflicts teams that play deep into October and pitchers who o...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  11. Uggla, Gonzalez turn page on '13

    Jayson Stark

    The beauty of spring training for some people is that, any minute now, theoretically, they'll be able to stop shoveling that icy glop off their sidewalk. The beauty of spring training for other people is it means it isn't last year anymore. A...

    Blog | March 09, 2014
  12. Bringing out the best in Rollins

    Jayson Stark

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- For a decade and a half, the gravitational forces of the baseball earth have been pulling them together, pushing them apart and then drawing them back together. And now, on a beautiful spring training morning, all these years ...

    Blog | March 07, 2014
  13. Mauer playing first -- no catch

    Jayson Stark

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The hard part came when Joe Mauer recognized that he "just couldn't do it" anymore. Couldn't do what he's been doing nonstop since he was 14 years old. Couldn't do that special thing that's defined him as a baseball player...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  14. Call it history in the making

    Jayson Stark

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Baseball history takes many forms, many sizes, many shapes. But at 3:09 p.m. Monday, in lovely Hammond Stadium, it took the form of two veteran umpires wriggling into a pair of headsets. And waiting around for the next 2 minute...

    Blog | March 03, 2014
  15. Tanaka overpowers, wows Phillies

    Jayson Stark

    TAMPA, Fla. -- He headed for the mound at exactly 2:13 p.m. in Tampa, not to mention 4:13 a.m. in Tokyo. And the Masahiro Tanaka era was off and running. Or at least off and jogging. Photographers from two continents lurched into action. Fifty pla...

    Blog | March 01, 2014
  16. Pirates' pair of top guns

    Jayson Stark

    DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't win a spring training game Friday. But they got to do something way more enjoyable: They got to take a trip into their future, the very near future. There's a Parade of Aces in their future, you see. ...

    Blog | February 28, 2014