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12:05 AM ET, March 19, 2012

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Chris Girandola / MLB.com:
Nova settles down after early hiccup  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — Adam Jones and Matt Wieters went deep in the first inning — the first home runs of the spring for each — to lead the Orioles to a 6-3 victory over the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday night.  —  After Endy Chavez led off …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
X-rays on Cano's left hand negative  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday's Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.  —  Cano was batting in the sixth inning at Ed Smith Stadium against Baltimore left-hander Troy Patton …
MLB.com:
Tough day for Ross in first spring start  —  LAS VEGAS — Rookie left-hander Robbie Ross, who has emerged as a candidate for the bullpen, made his first start of the spring on Sunday against the Brewers in Phoenix and was roughed up.  He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Mather helps give Cubs split with Rangers  —  Solo homer in ninth breaks tie; Volstad throws four frames  —  LAS VEGAS — Cubs outfielder Joe Mather hit a one-out home run in the top of the ninth inning off of Rangers reliever Sean Green to give his team a 3-2 victory at Cashman Field Sunday.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
Kubel cracks pair of homers in D-backs' win
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Nats option top prospect Harper to Triple-A  —  VIERA, Fla. — After striking out four times in an 11-7 loss to the Tigers on Sunday, Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, where he will play mostly center field.  He will also see some action in right.
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Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Werth gets into swing of things in loss to Tigers  —  VIERA, Fla. — The Tigers and Nationals found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium.  When it was over, the Tigers had won the game, 11-7.  —  It was the Nationals who took the early lead off right-hander Doug Fister in the second inning.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
New York Times:
Prospect of Jury Trial in Mets' Madoff Case May Push Sides Toward Settlement  —  As in any civil case, there has always been a chance that the owners of the Mets and the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff's Ponzi scheme could settle before trial.  But across the past year of acrimony, that prospect has often seemed remote.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Capuano finishes strong in rainout with Angels  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers and Angels deadlocked, 1-1, on Sunday in a game rained out after 5 1/2 innings at a chilly Camelback Ranch.  —  The Angels scored in the first inning on singles by Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols and a sacrifice fly …
Discussion: True Blue LA
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Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Cruz's homer helps Dodgers tie Giants
Discussion: True Blue LA
Associated Press:
Liriano throws five hitless innings for Twins  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Liriano threw five hitless innings Sunday, and the Minnesota Twins allowed just one hit in a 10-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates .  —  The Pirates did not get a hit until Brandon Boggs singled off non-roster invitee Luis Perdomo in the eighth inning.
Discussion: Twinkie Town and Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:
Soria Hurt in Royals Win Over Indians  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Sunday, a win dampened by an elbow injury to closer Joakim Soria.  —  Soria, a two-time AL All-Star …
Globe and Mail:
Blue Jays hammer Phillies 10-2  —  Jose Bautista hit his third home run of spring training and Philadelphia's Cole Hamels gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Phillies 10-2 Sunday.  —  Bautista's two-run homer capped a five-run sixth.
Associated Press:
Minor Stretches Scoreless Streak to 14 Innings  —  KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Braves' Mike Minor stretched his scoreless streak to 14 innings and Baltimore's Tsuyoshi Wada made his delayed debut as Atlanta and an Orioles split squad tied 2-2 in 10 innings Sunday.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
 
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Jfay / Cincinnati Reds:
Reds cut 16  —  The Reds cut 16 players today.
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Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Lifetime Rockie Todd Helton isn't ready to hang up his cleats
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies roster depends on fifth starter, four or five outfielders
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Fox Sports:
Could La Russa end up with Dodgers?
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Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Firmly in place, Lucchino is up for the challenge
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Betancourt moves into picture at second
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Left-hander Garrett Olson wants to head north
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Yankees' Garcia not thrilled about fellow veteran Pettitte's return
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Yoenis Cespedes was very close to being a Cub
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Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Scouts see pluses for new-look Sox
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