2012 Spring-Training Battles!

Rays Go With Jeff Niemann Over Wade Davis In Rotation

The Tampa Bay Rays decided on Jeff Niemann as their fifth starter over Wade Davis.

Red Sox Choose Mike Aviles As Starter Over Jose Iglesias

The Red Sox traded away Marco Scutaro over the offseason because they felt they'd find a starter from their internal options. They settled on Mike Aviles.

Position Battle: Cleveland Indians, Third Base

Will prospect Lonnie Chisenhall ace out veteran Jack Hannahan for the Indians' third-base job?

Position Battle: Phillies' Fifth Outfielder Who Probably Will Be Forgotten By Independence Day

Hey, you never know. Whoever wins the BATTLE for the job as the Phillies' fastest bench outfielder will probably chip in with a big hit somewhere down the line. In baseball, anything might matter.

Position Battle: Atlanta Braves, Shortstop

It was assumed that the Atlanta Braves would begin 2012 with Tyler Pastornicky at shortstop. A prospect, however, is giving him some stiff competition in camp.

Position Battle: Texas Rangers, Center Field

Last year, things got so bad the Texas Rangers needed Endy Chavez to plug their center-field gap. But Chavez isn't around this spring, so Julio Borbon and Craig Gentry are fighting for the job.

Four Pitchers Fight For Detroit's Fifth Rotation Spot

The Tigers are trying to round out their rotation, and they will employ one of four prospects to do so.

Position Battle: Red Sox Shortstop

Having traded both of their shortstops this winter, the Red Sox are holding auditions this spring. But is anyone in camp really up to the job?

Position Battle: Rays' Backup Catcher

Hey, maybe you think it doesn't matter who backs up Jose Molina with the Rays. But you never know which move is going to get you into the playoffs.

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Position Battle: Yankees' No. 5 Starter

Joe Girardi says that only two of his pitchers have locked up spots in the five-man rotation, but really there's just a two-man battle for the last slot.

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