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2:25 AM ET, March 19, 2013

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Kevin Baxter / Los Angeles Times:
Concern mounting about Hank Conger's throwing  —  The Angels like Hank Conger's bat, but his four errors and failure to throw out base stealers are red flags, and the team could look to acquire a backup catcher.  —  Angels catcher Hank Conger hits a two-run single during the sixth inning …
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Angels add Snyder to mix for backup catcher
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Patrick Saunders / On the Rox:
Rockies Recap: Reds 4, Rockies 3; De La Rosa sharp, Friedrich rusty  —  At Salt River Fields  —  SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. -Perhaps the rust is finally off Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa.  —  He pitched five effective innings Monday night against the Reds, allowing one run on just two hits.
Discussion: Purple Row
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Patrick Saunders / On the Rox:
Rockies Recap: Giants 9, Rockies 7; Chacin hit hard, Cuddyer drives in 3
Discussion: baseballmusings.com and Purple Row
Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com:
Headley jams left thumb, awaits X-ray results  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Padres third baseman Chase Headley jammed his thumb while trying to break up a double play against the Angels on Sunday, prompting him to leave the game after just one inning to undergo an X-ray.
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Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Headley jams thumb, Opening Day in doubt  —  Gold Glove third baseman heads to San Diego to see a hand specialist  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — Padres third baseman Chase Headley, coming off one of the best seasons in franchise history, could miss Opening Day because of an injured left thumb.
Discussion: CBSSports.com
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Tells Collins he'll play on Opening Day  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — David Wright is refusing to make a public decree about Opening Day, but his words to his manager yesterday upon returning to the Mets revealed the third baseman's mindset.  —  “He reassured me he'll be ready,” …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Metsblog
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Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
David Wright will likely become fourth team captain in NY Mets history before Opening Day
Mark Sheldon / MLB.com:
Baker interested in managing USA someday
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Time running out at spring camp for Rogers  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Brewers have yet to schedule right-hander Mark Rogers' return to Cactus League action, and his odds of making the Opening Day starting rotation are shrinking quickly.  —  “Well, I think where he is in pitch count …
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Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Brewers could still land pitcher Kyle Lohse
Discussion: HardballTalk
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
MLB, MLBPA Talking Worldwide Draft  —  1:26pm: Rob Manfred, MLB's executive VP, said there's a chance of a deal by June 1st, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports (on Twitter).  The most likely outcomes are a single global draft or the current draft plus a second draft for international players, Mullen reports.
Fox Sports:
Free-agent Lohse itchin' for job  —  The latest word on free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse is that he's getting “antsy.”  —  “Why wouldn't he be?” one friend of Lohse's said.  —  Opening Day is two weeks from Monday.  Lohse, 34, still is not in a major league camp.
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus and MLB Rumors
Associated Press:
Ubaldo Jimenez Pitches Indians Over Brewers 4-2  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez struck out five in 5 1-3 innings Monday, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2,  —  Jimenez, eager to bounce back from two subpar seasons, allowed two runs, seven hits and a walk.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Brew Crew Ball
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
Cubs Sign Armando Rivero For $3.1 Million Bonus  —  The Cubs have signed Cuban righthander Armando Rivero to a contract with a $3.1 million bonus.  —  International sources last year in July said the Cubs were going to sign Rivero for the same terms, so it appears the agreement may have been in place for several months.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
John Manuel / Baseball America:
Puerto Rico Goes On Without Vazquez  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Javier Vazquez accompanied Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez to AT&T Park's interview room before Sunday's World Baseball Classic semifinal.  —  Had Puerto Rico added the veteran righthander as an injury replacement/reinforcement?
Mike Bauman / MLB.com:
Blue-collar Colletti at helm of new-look Dodgers  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — Life has changed dramatically for the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise.  You could also amend that statement to “improved dramatically” with no risk of inaccuracy.  —  And yes, the money available to be spent on player payroll is also new and improved.
Discussion: True Blue LA and MLB Rumors
 
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