Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez crashes to the ground unsuccessfully chasing down a double by Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon in the second inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz.
Pride of Venezuela
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin throws during the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Ariz.
A cotton candy vendor chases the Pittsburgh Pirates mascot, Pirate Parrot, on the field after the mascot stole his candy and tossed it to spectators in the crowd during the Boston Red Sox's spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla., on March 21.
Chipper chokes up
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones announces that he will retire following the 2012 season during a March 22 news conference before a spring training baseball game in Kissimmee, Fla.
Miami Marlins' Jose Reyes warms up before the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on March 22 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Tools of the trade
Tampa Bay Rays' bats and gloves wait to be used March 22 in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field at Bradenton, Fla. The Rays rallied to win, 8-6.
Athletics players pet a boa held by Carrie Flood (center) and Sarena Gill of the Phoenix Zoo before Monday's spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
Miguel Cabrera's Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals both wore green jerseys, and the field was marked with shamrocks for their St. Patrick's Day spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Follow the balls
Members of the St. Louis Cardinals warm up before a spring training game against the Miami Marlins on Friday in Jupiter, Fla.
Quite a steal
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve leaps over Miami's Jose Reyes as he steals second base in the first inning during Monday's spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium.
A beer vendor sells beer during Monday's game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Angels at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Out to the ballgame
The fans came out for Monday's spring game between the Los Angeles Angels and Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.
A vender sells beer in between innings during Tuesday's game between the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz.
When he talks, you listen
New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher and special advisor Yogi Berra (left) sits beside former pitcher and spring guest instructor Ron Guidry during an interview before Friday's spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
Washington's Bryce Harper didn't need long to gain a set of loyal supporters who are anxious to land his autograph. The list of fans will likely grow once he reaches the majors and does his thing.
Yes, he Cann!
Braves catcher Brian McCann is in the upper echelon at his position. If you were that good, you'd have plenty of reason to smile too.
In the spotlight
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) and second baseman Freddy Sanchez (21) warm up before a game against the Mariners. San Francisco is hoping Crawford can improve on the .190 he hit in limited action at the major league level last season.
Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd's production went down in every offensive category in his second year with the Cubs, but so did the number of games he played. The 2012 season will be the last of the three-year deal he signed, so he'll have some motivation to produce.
New York starting pitcher CC Sabathia still hasn't won a Cy Young award while pitching for the Yankees, but he has been a consistent producer, keeping his ERA below 3.40 in each of his last three seasons.
Harping on it
Bryce Harper is definitely a player you'll want to keep your eye on this season. He may not start the season with team with Rick Ankiel or Roger Bernadina likely manning center field, but when Harper finally does arrive, he'll have plenty of hype to live up to.
Hurry, pick one!
Bat boy Casey Downs, left, holds an armful of baseballs for umpire Clint Fagan at the start of a spring training game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals in Sunrise, Ariz.
The Royals have bumped their payroll to just shy of $50 million this season, which is a sizable boost from last year. K.C. will be looking for more production out of guys like Brayan Pena, who hit only three homers and drove in 24 runs in 72 games last season.
Marlins catcher Brett Hayes (9) breaks his bat and hits into a double play agains the Cardinals. The newly named Miami Marlins are looking sharp with a 7-4 record to date in Grapefruit League play.
Atlanta Braves left fielder Martin Prado tags out Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Scott Podsednik in the second inning at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla., on March 15.
St. Louis Cardinals players warm up before a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., on March 15.
Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes makes a leaping catch in the second inning during a spring training game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
A view of the lineup chart in the Washington Nationals dugout during the spring training game against the New York Yankees at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne, Fla. The Yankees defeated Washington 8-5.
Don't look now
New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin reacts to an inside pitch during the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.
Have a nice trip
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang falls over first base and avoids a collision with New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin during the spring training game at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne, Fla.
Brothers in arms
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia celebrates with designated hitter David Ortiz following a home run during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Boston Red Sox base runner Juan Linares is forced out by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso during the fifth inning of a spring training game at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Fans try to get the attention of Yankees Nick Swisher (33) for autographs before a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., on March 14.
Atlanta left fielder Eric Hinske dives and makes the catch on a fly ball by the Nationals' Chad Tracy in the second inning of a spring training game in Kissimmee, Fla., on March 14.
What a relief
Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson throws to the Indians during the fifth inning of a spring training game March 14 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
For the steal
Angels' Erick Aybar (2) beats the tag from White Sox third baseman Eduardo Escobar (38) to steal third during the fifth inning of a spring training game on March 14 in Glendale, Ariz. Third base umpire Cory Blaser waits to make the call.
Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez tries a backhanded tag as Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie slides safely in with a fifth-inning triple off Yankees reliever manuel Banuelos during their spring training game in Dunedin, Fla., on March 14. New York Yankees left fielder Raul Ibanez backs up the play, right.
A man uses a radar gun in the stands as St. Louis pitcher Kevin Siegrist throws against Houston in the fourth inning of a spring training game in Jupiter, Fla., on March 14.
How about that hat
Lonee Hoffman, of Fremont, Calif., wears a baseball hat with figurines of San Francisco Giants players as she watches the Giants workout before a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on March 14 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Yu can't win 'em all!
Rangers starter Yu Darvish delivers in the first inning against the Indians in Goodyear, Ariz., on Tuesday. The mega-million-dollar Japanese star struggled in his second spring outing — pitching out of the stretch and throwing 32 balls out of his 61 pitches. In three innings, he allowed two earned runs on four walks and three hits. The game ended in an 8-8 tie.
New Boston manager Bobby Valentine is in the eye of the storm at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Tuesday — surely not the last time the he'll be in that position as the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry takes on a new wrinkle.
... and you can bet that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez — shown here in the first inning Tuesday — won't be far from the spotlight, either.
Dodgers first baseman Jerry Sands is ready for action in the first inning against the Rockies on Tuesday in Glendale, Ariz.
Reds manager Dusty Baker peruses the lineups Tuesday before Cincy took on the Royals in Surprise, Ariz.
Doing the wave
Baker also played baseball ambassador, waving to some fans.
Customers along the third-base line in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Tuesday got a good view of the torque Giants starter Madison Bumgarner employs in his motion — here, pitching againt the Cubs.
Getting his kicks
If this baseball thing doesn't work out for Giants reliever Brian Wilson, maybe he can try soccer.
White Sox center fielder Jared Mitchell gets a face full of dirt as he's tagged out at second during the ninth inning against the Padres in Peoria, Ariz.
Leap of faith
Tampa Bay second baseman Sean Rodriguez did not get the runner at first base on this first-inning play against Baltimore in Sarasota on Tuesday — but he sure looked good trying. The Rays and Orioles ended in a 7-7 tie.
Both teams flashed the leather in Tuesday's Rays-Orioles Grapefruit League game. Here, Birds third baseman Mark Reynolds makes a throw to first base from his knees to get out Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Octavio Dotel pitches in the fifth inning Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. On Opening Day, Dotel will become the only player in major league history to have played for 13 teams.
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds scores in the second inning Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. The Orioles defeated the Twins 6-0.
Out at first
Minnesota Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon throws to first base to get out Baltimore Orioles catcher Brian Ward (not shown) in the seventh inning at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.
Atlanta Braves shortstop Drew Sutton completes a double play as Detroit Tigers right fielder Jerad Head slides into second in the fifth inning Wednesday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Lettin' it fly
San Francisco Giants pitcher Eric Surkamp pitches during the fifth inning Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona. Surkamp, who went 10-4 last season in Double-A, is competing for a spot in the Giants rotation.
Showing his wares
New York Mets' Matt den Dekker takes a cut Wednesday against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. The Mets defeated the Marlins 7-0. Den Dekker, who hit 17 homers in the minors last season, is competing for a spot with the big club.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs in January, sits in the dugout Wednesday before the game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Zambrano is reunited with his old manager Ozzie Guillen in Miami.
Brewers' new shortstop
Milwaukee shortstop Alex Gonzalez makes an off-balance throw for the out against Chicago Wednesday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Gonzalez also had a big day at the plate, driving in four runs in the Brewers' 10-6 win over the White Sox.
Could he hit leadoff?
Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis steps in during the first inning Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla. Chatter has surfaced this spring that new manager Bobby Valentine wants to shake up the lineup, and is considering Youkilis, a career middle-of-the-lineup hitter, to bat leadoff.
One swing, 3 RBIs
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hits a three-run single during the bottom of the third inning Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.
Hoping 7s are lucky
St. Louis Cardinals' Kevin Siegrist pitches a little in relief Wednesday against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne, Fla. Siegrist, a 6-foot-5 minor leaguer, hopes to impress during spring training.
Manny looks for mojo
Oakland's Manny Ramirez takes batting practice Wednesday before a game against his old team the Los Angeles Dodgers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Ramirez was scratched 20 minutes before the first pitch with stiffness in his back. He is expected to also take Thursday off before returning to the lineup on Friday.
Joy for Joyce
Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Matt Joyce is congratulated in the dugout after he scored a run in the second inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
Yu da man
Texas fans take pictures as Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish warms up in the bullpen prior to Wednesday's game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz. The Japanese phenom pitched two scoreless innings in his spring training debut and impressed teammates and opponents with his wide range of pitches.
Oakland Athletics infielder Eric Sogard gets in some batting practice before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Sogard was 0-3 and committed an error at third base.
Tampa Bay pitcher David Price bares his chest while standing in the dugout during the Rays' game Monday against the Baltimore Orioles in Port Charlotte, Fla.
C.J. Wilson makes his first spring training appearance for the Los Angeles Angels, tossing two shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics on Monday in Phoenix.
For the kids
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Mangini signs autographs for fans before Monday's game against the Baltimore Orioles in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Sun and fun
Detroit fans watch from a hill in the outfield Monday as the Tigers face the Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
We meet again
Albert Pujols, who made his spring training debut Monday for the Los Angeles Angels, greets new Oakland DH Manny Ramirez before the game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout for the A's.
Time to get dirty
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Reid Brignac gets back to first base safely during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla celebrates with right fielder Jason Heyward after hitting a home run in the third inning Monday against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla.
Ready to D-liver
The Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers get their work in before Monday's game in Lakeland, Fla.
Keep it coming
Astros pitcher Fernando Rodriguez reacts as his team is off to a 2-0 start. Usually not a big deal since this is only spring training, but this team will take any positive news it can get.
The A's, who don't usually dish out big contracts, must believe quite a bit in Cuban slugger Yoenis Cspedes since they gave him a $36 million deal.
Finding his groove
Phillies ace Roy Halladay allowed one run, two hits and struck out three batters in two innings of a 7-4 loss to the Yankees. The one run Halladay gave up was a first-pitch homer to A-Rod.
Lead by example
After giving what was reportedly an inspiring speech to his teammates, Alex Rodriguez showed them how it's done by blasting a homer off Philadelphia's Roy Halladay in the first inning of an exhibition.
I'm home early
Yeah, it's only preseason. But the Phillies are expecting big things from Hunter Pence this year, which is why it's never too early to celebrate with his coaching staff after hitting a homer.
Tip of the cap
Miami's Emilio Bonifacio finds something amusing during an intrasquad spring training game, but the big-spending Marlins will look for more focus and intensity from the roster once the regular season begins.
Philadelphia's Freddy Glavis has spent four years in the minor leagues, and may have to wait a while before playing for the club outside of spring training games. The Phillies are just fine with Jimmy Rollins manning the shortstop position.
Crack of the bat
The Diamondbacks are counting on second baseman Aaron Hill to rediscover the batting stroke that made him such a dangerous hitter with the Blue Jays.
Giants shortstop Ryan Theriot finds himself soaked during a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game would end up getting delayed because swarms of bees invaded the field.
Albert Pujols speeds around the bases in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday — but the Angels hope he'll be spending most of his time trotting around them once the regular season opens.
"El Hombre" got in some work with his glove, too.
The Royals' Mike Moustakas (right) waits his turn while teammate Eric Hosmer takes his rips in the batting cage Friday in Surprise, Ariz.
Mariners shortstop Munenori Kawasaki tries to turn a double play as A's shortstop Cliff Pennington slides Friday during the third inning of a Cactus League game in Phoenix.
Getting his kicks
A's pitcher Graham Godfrey kicks into gear on his follow-through Friday during a Cactus League game against the Mariners in Phoenix.
Truth or glare
A's second baseman Jemile Weeks battles the Arizona sun as he prepares to catch a pop fly off the bat of Mariners right fielder Casper Wells in the fifth inning Friday in Phoenix.
Last year's Comeback Player of the year, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman, throws to third base during spring training practice at Roger Dean Stadium in Florida on March 1.
Baltimore pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (left) waits with teammates to have their picture taken during the Orioles' photo day during spring training in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday, March 1.
Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie shows off his tattoos while he works out in Dunedin, Fla., on March 1.
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus fields a ball during spring training workouts at Surprise Stadium on March 1.
Got his back
Clarence Frazier (center) of Winchester, Ohio, wears a T-shirt showing an image of first baseman Joey Votto during a spring training baseball workout in Goodyear, Ariz., on March 1.
Everyone will get a turn
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish raises his hands up as he his swarmed for autographs during spring training workouts on March 1 in Surprise, Ariz.
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (center) runs sprints with teammates during spring training workouts at the practice fields at Surprise Stadium on March 1.
Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips works on a sliding drill during a spring training baseball workout in Goodyear, Ariz., on March 1.
Open the gates!
Fans always do their best to squeeze through fences while waiting for players to come out of their respective locker rooms.