2/27 Morning Marquee: Spring Training games begin


Feb 26, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) hits a home run in the first inning off of Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (not pictured) in a spring training exhibition game at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Although temperatures hovered around zero degrees in Chicago on Wednesday, Grapefruit and Cactus League competition kicked off down south. Jose Bautista launched the first home run of Spring Training, Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics made not one, but two, incredible catches, and we learned that the Angels’ Josh Hamilton will miss a minimum of two weeks due to a calf injury.

Here’s the latest from around the league:

“Reddick astounds with two dazzling catches.” – MLB.com

“Josh Hamilton out at least two weeks.” – ESPN Los Angeles

“Mike Trout signs one-year contract.” – ESPN Los Angeles

“Renteria, Cubs Park ready for Cactus League debuts.” – MLB.com

“Bautista’s blast sets tone as Toronto takes opener.” – MLB.com