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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Though hitting .152 this spring Jason Heyward has done some good things late in camp including a 3 walk day on Sunday after hitting his second home run of the month on Saturday. From the start Heyward committed himself to swinging at strikes no matter what kind of frustration came with his batting average. A higher walk total this season would be a step in the right direction for Heyward.

ESPN Staff  

Patriots coach Bill Belichick stopped by Diamondbacks' spring training on Sunday and visited with Chief Baseball Analyst Tony La Russa.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon talk about closer Wade Davis who has a 19.64 spring era. He says he's not worried because the velocity is there and Davis is healthy.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox remain "hopeful" of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) playing first base before end of spring training but also realistic that camp breaks in four days, manager John Farrell says. As such, utilityman Josh Rutledge is getting reps at first base, too, as righty-hitting platoon partner for Mitch Moreland.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Allen Craig (making $11 million this season) and Rusney Castillo ($10.5 million) among seven players shipped back to minors by Red Sox.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kendrick has a June 15 opt-out, but continued to cement his status as the Red Sox's best depth pitching option. Six walk-less innings vs. Phillies gives him 26-4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings this spring. Healthy again, Kendrick is throwing his sinker more effectively.