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12:50 AM ET, March 6, 2015


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Associated Press:
Maddon Makes Debut With Cubs in Spring Tie With A's  —  MESA, Ariz. — Manager Joe Maddon made his spring debut with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, a 2-2 tie against Barry Zito and the Oakland Athletics.  —  Travis Wood pitched two perfect innings for a split-squad of Cubs, and Mike Olt hit a two-run homer in the second inning.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs To Sign Phil Coke  —  2:15pm: Coke's deal will pay him $2.25MM if he makes the Major League club with the opportunity to earn up to $900K more via incentives, reports's Chris Iott (Twitter links).  The incentives kick in beginning with his 35th appearance of the season, Iott adds.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Phil Coke “Very Close” To Deal With Unknown Team  —  Left-handed reliever Phil Coke is “very close” to signing a deal and getting into camp, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports on Twitter.  He is expected to have a contract by tomorrow, per the report.
Carrie Muskat /
Ross, Montero and Castillo capable of handling Lester, rotation
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Christina Kahrl / MLB:
Giants fear Hunter Pence broke arm  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was hit on the left forearm near the wrist by a pitch thrown by hard-throwing Chicago Cubs prospect Corey Black in the sixth inning of Thursday's spring training games.
Associated Press:
Vogelsong Allows Slam in Giants' Win; Hunter Pence Hurt  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ryan Vogelsong gave up a grand slam to Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs first pick of last June's draft, but the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat a Chicago split-squad 8-6 on Thursday.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Bill Price / NY Daily News:
Brian Cashman says Derek Jeter should be last Yankees captain  —  Derek Jeter was the longest tenured captain in the storied history of the Yankees.  Brian Cashman thinks he should also be the last.  —  Speaking on The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN Radio Thursday, the Yankees general manager suggested …
Danny Abriano / Metsblog:
Colon sharp but Mets fall to Nationals 5-4  —  Bartolo Colon threw two perfect innings, but the Mets lost to the Nationals, 5-4, in Viera on Thursday night.  —  In his first Spring Training at-bat, John Mayberry, Jr. hit a solo home run off Max Scherzer to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
‘Boring’ Cardinals know how to win  —  JUPITER, Fla. — The St. Louis Cardinals are the team the tabloids and shock-jock shows love to hate.  —  You looking for a juicy quote?  Maybe stir up a little controversy?  Sorry, wrong camp.  —  You looking for pizzazz, a little flair, or at least someone to brag about themselves?
Discussion: HardballTalk and The Good Phight
Drew Magary / Deadspin:
Moron USA Today Columnist Thinks The Cardinals Poop Vanilla Sprinkles  —  You know, we usually wait until October here to dump on the Cardinals and have the entire city of St. Louis send us polite death threats.  But Bob Nightengale ... oh, Bob Nightengale ... you forced my hand early, you abominable f**king hack.
Fox Sports:
MLB's decision on Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week  —  FOX Sports  —  An arbitrator will be needed to decide Josh Hamilton's punishment.  —  A decision by Major League Baseball on discipline for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected before Opening Day and could come …
Report: Arbitrator to make Hamilton rehab call
Yahoo Sports:
Sources: Cuban Hector Olivera could have damaged UCL in throwing arm  —  Serious concern exists that Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, potentially hindering the market for a free agent who many expected to contribute in the major leagues this season, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Phil Rogers /
Ethier must prove his worth in crowded outfield  —  Andre Ethier's offensive production dropped in 2014 and he may have to bounce back in a platoon role because of his struggles with lefties  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — Andre Ethier got it right.  —  He wasn't making waves or creating problems …
Discussion: True Blue LA
Patrick Saunders / On the Rox:
Rockies right-handers Chacin, Butler up and down vs. D-Backs  —  TOPICS  —  Scottsdale, Ariz. — Their lines didn't look particularly good, but there was incremental progress for Rockies right-handers Jhoulys Chacin and Eddie Butler in their Cactus League debuts Thursday afternoon against the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields.
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