The transformation of Jesus Montero into a first baseman and reliable Major League hitter is a work in progress, and both he and Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon know these are just the first steps of that project.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson used a replay challenge for the first time Sunday when he asked umpires to review a first-inning play at first base. With Chris Owings at first base, Paul Goldschmidt hit a grounder to first that Tommy Medica bobbled and then had to race Goldschmidt to the bag.
The Phillies and Twins had two plays undergo video review in Sunday's 1-1 tie -- with John Mayberry Jr., at the center of both -- and another in the third that was not a candidate for MLB's expanded instant replay.
Rotation hopeful Edinson Volquez couldn't make it through three innings on Sunday, but catcher Tony Sanchez accepted a large share of the blame for Volquez's outing.
Sunday's game was the first for the Reds this spring during which the new instant replay challenge system was in play, and manager Bryan Price utilized and lost his challenge on a tag play at second base during the fifth inning.