Racking up hits has always been important to Kyle Seager, but that role will help another goal this season as the Mariners All-Star third baseman has hooked up with former North Carolina teammate Chase Jones on a charity to help fight children's cancer.
Wil Nieves has been with nine organizations, and now he returns to where it all began, with the team that drafted him in the 47th round in 1995. Nieves, who signed a Minor League deal with the Padres on Jan. 31, is competing with Tim Federowicz for the backup job to Derek Norris.
Phillies right-hander David Buchanan entered Spring Training last year as a last-minute invite to camp and a relative unknown outside the organization. But Buchanan, who allowed five hits and one run over two innings in Tuesday's 5-5 tie with the Yankees at Bright House Field, enters this camp as the favorite to be the team's No. 5 starter behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang and Jerome Wil
Pedro Alvarez doesn't often speak on his own behalf, but his teammates are eager to vouch for him, most notably good friend Neil Walker.
Jason Marquis pitched two scoreless innings and Devin Mesoraco kick-started a potent offensive performance as the Reds began Cactus League play with a win over the Indians on Wednesday.