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8:35 AM ET, March 31, 2015


 Top News: 
Patrick Saunders / On the Rox:
Eddie Butler hurt, LaTroy Hawkins rocked as Athletics beat Rockies  —  TOPICS  —  MESA, Ariz. — Monday was a Murphy's Law kind of day for the Rockies.  —  What went wrong at Hohokam Stadium as the Rockies got pounded 11-2 by the Oakland Athletics?  — Starter Eddie Butler …
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Denver Post:
COLORADO ROCKIES / MLB  —  GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY IN ROCKIES ROTATION STILL UP FOR GRABS  —  The Denver Post  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Time is ticking away on the Rockies and the vacancy in their starting rotation.  With only five games remaining at spring training, the Rockies' most talented arms …
Discussion: Purple Row and
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Discussion: Purple Row
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Acquire Alex Torres  —  The Mets announced that they have acquired left-handed reliever Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for Minor League right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later.  —  Torres, 27, will give the Mets a much-needed left-handed option in the bullpen.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and MLB Daily Dish
Associated Press:
Mets Acquire Lefty Relievers, Torres and Blevins
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Kris Bryant To Begin Season In Minors  —  The Cubs announced today that wunderkind Kris Bryant has been assigned to Minor League camp, indicating that he will not make the team's Opening Day roster out of Spring Training.  Second baseman Javier Baez was also optioned to Triple-A today.
Verlander misses start, hopes to pitch April 8  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Justin Verlander will miss his scheduled spring training start Thursday but hopes to take his first scheduled regular-season turn for the Detroit Tigers on April 8 against the Minnesota Twins.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Rick Weber / ESPN:
Magee enjoying tryout with Red Sox
Jon Heyman /
Pirates trying again to lock up Polanco; third star in OF of future  —  The Pirates and top young outfielder Gregory Polanco have rekindled contract talks, according to people familiar with the discussions.  —  Chances for a deal before Opening Day remain unknown.
Associated Press:
Quick Pitch Leads Benches to Clear; Pirates Rout Phils 18-4  —  BRADENTON, Fla. — A quick pitch by Kevin Slowey sparked benches to empty in a rare testy spring training game.  —  Both teams rushed onto the field before the bottom of the fifth inning of the Pittsburgh's 18-4 rout of Philadelphia …
Discussion: The Good Phight
Associated Press:
Simon Allows 1 Run in 6 Innings as Tigers Lose to Braves 4-2  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Alfredo Simon allowed one run over six innings for his best start of spring training in the Detroit Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.  —  Acquired from Cincinnati after going 15-10 last season …
Discussion: Talking Chop and Yahoo Sports
Adam Rubin / ESPN:
Mets still open to trading Dillon Gee  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Despite losing Zack Wheeler to a ligament tear that required Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets still may trade right-hander Dillon Gee within the month, an organization source told
Associated Press:
Padres Hit 3 Homers Off DeSclafani, Beat Reds 6-3  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Matt Kemp hit the first of San Diego's three homers off Anthony DeSclafani — a new addition to Cincinnati's rotation — and the Padres pulled away to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Monday.
Discussion: Red Reporter
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers To Sign Freddy Garcia  —  The Dodgers have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran righty Freddy Garcia,'s Ken Gurnick reports on Twitter.  Garcia, 38, agreed to sign with Taiwan's EDA Rhinos last year.  —  While details of Garcia's stint in Taiwan are hard to dig up …
Discussion: True Blue LA and HardballTalk
Associated Press:
Nationals Reliever Storen Out With Blister in Loss to Cards  —  JUPITER, Fla. — Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen exited early because of a blister on his right big toe Monday in a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  —  Storen issued a two-out walk to Kolten Wong, then left the mound in the sixth inning.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
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Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
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