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Bryce could see time in this vaunted lineup slot

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When first-year manager Dave Martinez arrived to the Nationals, he promised to be creative. On Thursday afternoon, he entertained an interesting potential lineup idea. Would he ever consider Bryce Harper hitting leadoff?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Crew faces decision with Miley after groin tear

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With their initial MRI results in hand, Boone Logan was slated for further medical tests Thursday while the Brewers worked through contractual complications with Wade Miley. But it was clear that both left-handers are out of the running for the Brewers’ active Opening Day roster.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Who are top closer options for each club?

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Opening Day is a little more than a week away, and all eyes are on the remaining position battles in big league camps. Among those battles are competitions for closer, a role that is still undefined for many clubs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brantley homers in first Cactus League at-bat

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The welcoming cheers from Indians fans had barely subsided when Michael Brantley showed that his swing is in working order. In his Cactus League debut on Wednesday night vs. the Royals, the All-Star left fielder pulled the first strike he saw, sending the ball bouncing off the tin roof beyond Goodyear Ballpark’s right-field seats.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ichiro, Cano, Romine return from injuries

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The Mariners made some welcome improvements on the health front Wednesday, regaining second baseman Robinson Cano, left fielder Ichiro Suzuki and utility man Andrew Romine from injury absences.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Camargo needs DL stint to prep for season

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Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed Wednesday night that third baseman Johan Camargo will not have enough time to get ready for the start of the regular season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Searage bullish on Bucs' young pitching staff

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Sitting inside a small room adjacent to the clubhouse at LECOM Park on Wednesday afternoon, Ray Searage could not hide his excitement. Pittsburgh’s pitching coach spoke of his players with effusive praise and unbridled optimism interspersed with nicknames, anecdotes and broad smiles.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Lorenzen shut down with muscle strain

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The Reds’ pitching depth must absorb another blow as Michael Lorenzen has been diagnosed with a grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle near his right shoulder.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Farmer playing way into Dodgers roster spot

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A productive Spring Training plus one bad break has put Kyle Farmer “really in the mix” for an Opening Day roster spot, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Tuesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Musgrove takes positives from rough outing

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As he made his way back from an early spring setback, Joe Musgrove found few opportunities to consistently pitch in a game-like atmosphere. His first outing was on a back field at Pirate City. His first Grapefruit League start lasted less than three innings against the Yankees.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Anderson relieved to deliver solid start for Rox

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Bud Black wasn’t speaking specifically about Tyler Anderson when he laid out where he wants all his pitchers to be with roughly 10 days to go until the regular season starts. But the Rockies manager might as well have been.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tigers' top prospect Perez out with lat strain

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Tigers right-hander Franklin Perez, who is the club’s top prospect according to MLB Pipeline, suffered a right lat strain in a Minor League game on Sunday and will miss about 12 weeks to recover, according to the team.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Decision day: Tough calls for all 30 clubs

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So here we are again, about to begin one of the most tension-filled weeks of a baseball season as decisions are made on positions, lineups, playing time, etc., as Opening Day approaches. Let’s run down all 30 teams and check in on some of the important calls they’re making.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Fulmer brimming with confidence

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Though his Cactus League performances haven’t always produced ideal results, one constant has stayed with Carson Fulmer throughout: his confidence.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Duvall honored by Hooton Foundation

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The Taylor Hooton Foundation is committed to advocating against the use of performance enhancing drugs. Reds left fielder Adam Duvall is a member of its advisory board and was presented with canvas print of his 2018 “It’s All Me” public service advertisement on Monday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Girsch recalls winding path to Cardinals GM job

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On this week’s episode of the Executive Access podcast, Cardinals GM Michael Girsch looks back at the decision to leave his business career to pursue his dream of working in Major League Baseball. Girsch, who was named as St. Louis’ GM last summer, discusses his ascent through the organization, why fans think they can run Major League teams better than those who actually do and why the Albert Pujols free agent negotiations literally made him sick to his stomach.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Top prospects: Who's still up? Who got cut?

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With Opening Day nearing, some of baseball’s top prospects are still in big league camp fighting for roster spots, while others have been reassigned to Minor League camp. Here’s a complete breakdown of MLB’s Top 100 prospects.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Looking back at baseball's biggest upsets

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Every hardcore fan surely has their favorite, but below are some candidates (from earliest to most recent) for baseball’s “biggest” upsets.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Top 10 starting pitcher duos in MLB

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Having a strong one-two punch in a starting rotation can be a formidable weapon for any club, but which 1-2 combinations are the best in baseball? We ranked each team’s best two starters based on where they ranked in Steamer-projected wins above replacement for the 2018 season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Desmond breaks out with 2 homers in 1 inning

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Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond entered Friday’s game against the Angels 3-for-31 this spring. By the time he left the second inning, he had two home runs in the 18-6 win.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

On mound, Ohtani struggles in big spring test

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It was not a good day for Shohei Ohtani. Facing a lineup stocked with most of the Rockies’ regulars, Ohtani was rocked for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in his fourth start on the mound Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Judge set to play left field in Minors game

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Aaron Judge will appear in left field for the first time this spring in a game situation Saturday, with Yankees manager Aaron Boone saying the American League Rookie of the Year has been scheduled to move across the grass for a Minor League game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kimbrel to be ready even if he can't rejoin camp

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Friday that closer Craig Kimbrel will be ready physically for the start of the regular season regardless of whether he makes it back to Spring Training.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rockies face big decision on lefty Rosscup

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One of the Rockies’ biggest Opening Day roster decisions centers on left-handed relief pitcher Zac Rosscup, who is out of Minor League options.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

CarGo singles, gets ovation in spring debut

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Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the Rockies’ 10-8 loss at Salt River Fields for his first Cactus League action in 2018.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jansen, Fields look sharp in spring debuts

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The Dodgers’ bullpen lost Brandon Morrow in the offseason and potential replacement Tom Koehler this spring, but Kenley Jansen and Josh Fields provided a little reassurance in their first Cactus League outings on Thursday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hill eager to 'move forward' after rough outing

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Rich Hill is tough on himself even when things go well, so he sure wasn’t holding back on Thursday, when he retired only one of eight Royals batters in a 14-8 Dodgers loss on a windy day. “Pitching like that is not fun,” said Hill.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mets hope healthy core brings '18 rebound

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There may be no team in baseball with a wider set of possible outcomes than the Mets. Two years ago, they won 87 games en route to a Wild Card berth. Last year, they lost 92 with a nearly identical cast of characters.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ichiro exits game with tight right calf

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Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki left Wednesday night’s game vs. the Giants after the top of the first inning with a tight right calf.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Recovering Brantley gets first spring at-bats

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Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is continuing his baseball activities and is scheduled to serve as a designated hitter for a pair of at-bats in a Minor League game on Wednesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Braves plan to showcase young talent in '18

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As the Braves enter the fourth season of their rebuild, they are entering a transitional phase during which they will introduce some elite prospects to the Major League level and begin to get a feel for what pieces they need to realize their potential to become legit postseason contenders in 2019.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cueto, Melancon pitch in Minor League game

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Two key members of the Giants pitching staff — Johnny Cueto and Mark Melancon — got their work in Wednesday in a Minor League game, hours ahead of the big league team’s night game in Peoria.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cubs express gratitude for role Arrieta played

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No matter what Jake Arrieta does for the Phillies, the Cubs will always remember what he did for them on Oct. 7, 2015. On that date, the right-hander propelled the Cubs into the postseason, throwing a shutout against the Pirates to win the National League Wild Card Game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cole feels better after missing start with illness

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Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole, the favorite to win the club’s fifth-starter spot, is feeling much better after an illness prevented him from starting Monday’s game against the Tigers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cubs send nine out of Major League camp

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Manager Joe Maddon likes what he’s seen of the young Cubs in spring camp, including the nine players assigned to Minor League camp Tuesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Woodruff continues making case for rotation

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Brandon Woodruff made a solid statement for a spot in the Brewers rotation Tuesday afternoon with a four-inning start in a 4-3 victory over the Rangers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Stratton zeroing in on spot in Giants' rotation

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy did a valiant job of remaining vague on Monday when pressed about specific candidates who might fill out his rotation come Opening Day. But, it’s becoming increasingly obvious Chris Stratton may have already pitched his way into the rotation.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Phillies see 'turning of the tide' with Arrieta

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Jake Arrieta is expected to put on a Phillies uniform for the first time Tuesday morning at Spectrum Field, but even before he finished his physical Monday in Philadelphia, he had impacted the team that agreed to sign him to a three-year, $75 million contract.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Astros celebrate championship at White House

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Calling their World Series win over the Dodgers “a victory for the ages,” President Donald Trump praised the Astros for being champions on and off the field while welcoming them to the White House on Monday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog