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11:05 AM ET, March 16, 2017

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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Bat-flip by Rangers' Odor in WBC miffs Astros' Bregman  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ  —  . Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor drove in the go-ahead run Monday night for Venezuela in a win-or-go-home World Baseball Classic tiebreaker against Italy.  —  The box score shows only an RBI single …
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Matt Young / Houston Chronicle:
Astros' Alex Bregman slams Rangers' Rougned Odor for WBC bat flip  —  The Astros-Rangers rivalry is starting a little early this season.  —  First, Astros fans were upset that Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel had most-hated Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor in the starting lineup instead …
Tampa Bay Times:
Kevin Kiermaier deal is relief for him and safe risk worth taking for Rays  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — For a guy who said he couldn't talk much about the six-year, $53.5 million contract extension he will soon sign, Kevin Kiermaier shared how thankful, humbled and blessed he felt.
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Pete Grathoff / Kansas City Star:
Salvador Perez's knee OK but elbow is hurt; says he'll be ready for Royals opener  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  There was a twist in the Salvador Perez injury story.  —  Four days after freak play during a World Baseball Classic game in Jalisco, Mexico, left Perez gingerly limping from the field …
Discussion: Royals Review
Danny Knobler / MLB.com:
Dutch on brink of semis after routing Cuba  —  TOKYO — Stacked with Major League stars, the Netherlands were a team to watch heading into the World Baseball Classic.  Now the Dutch are on the verge of a return trip to the semifinals, and their lineup is clicking.
Baseball Prospectus:
Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps  —  Young Anthony Belker Gets Ready for Cubs Baseball  —  Anthony Bryant Belker was born on November 8th, 2022, five days after the Cubs won their third World Series in six years.  His parents, and thus he too, were at Game Five at Wrigley …
Discussion: The Good Phight
Jennifer Rainwater / Fox Sports:
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard's Mysterious Illness Revealed  —  New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard has been pitching this spring.  —  What you may not know is that the New York Mets' ace has been doing so while fighting a mysterious illness that multiple doctors couldn't diagnose.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Erik Boland / Newsday:
Yankees' Greg Bird homers off Clay Buchholz to continue hot streak … TAMPA, Fla. — Chris Carter was supposed to start Wednesday night at first base but was a late scratch because of an illness.  Greg Bird, scheduled to have the night off, was pressed into duty and homered in his first at-bat.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jordan Bastian / MLB.com:
Indians outfielder goes 1-for-3 with double, three RBIs in debut  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians have done their best to simulate a game environment for Michael Brantley throughout the left fielder's comeback this spring.  On Wednesday afternoon, Jason Kipnis helped out …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays To Release Dana Eveland  —  The Rays are set to release veteran left-hander Dana Eveland, tweets SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.  The 33-year-old had been back with Tampa Bay on a minor league pact after spending the 2016 campaign in the Rays organization.  Now, he'll look to latch on elsewhere …
Discussion: DRaysBay
Matt Gelb / Philly.com:
Phillies' Tommy Joseph plunked on hand; it's not broken  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph has the seams imprinted on his left hand Tuesday to prove how much being hit by a baseball hurt, but an X-ray at least revealed no broken bones for the Phillies first baseman.  —  The team diagnosed Joseph with a bruised left hand.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
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Meghan Montemurro / delawareonline:
Former No. 1 pick Mark Appel at career crossroads
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Jared Diamond / Wall Street Journal:
The Gurus Behind Baseball's Search for the Perfect Swing  —  Independent hitting instructors have helped players such as Justin Turner and Josh Donaldson become feared hitters  —  Doug Latta teaches hitting at a nondescript industrial park in Northridge, Calif., in a facility that consists of just two batting cages.
Tampa Bay Times:
20 thoughts on the Rays after 30 days of spring  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — Twenty thoughts after watching 30 days of Rays spring training:  —  • Brad Miller has looked not just okay but pretty darn good thus far at second base, which was a huge question.  —  • Biggest disappointment?
Discussion: DRaysBay
Tom Verducci / SI.com:
Book excerpt: Go behind the scenes of the Cubs' World Series Game 7 win  —  Kris Bryant: How Cubs were able to overcome 3-1 deficit in World Series  —  The following is adapted from The Cubs Way: The Zen Of Building The Best Team In Baseball And Breaking The Curse, copyright © 2017 by Tom Verducci.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Chris Sale, 'happiest I've ever been in my life,' embraces Red Sox opportunity  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dave Dombrowski, president of the Boston Red Sox, has a confession to make.  —  Pure and simple, he never cared for the guy.  —  Sure, Dombrowski didn't know him personally, never talked to him …
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Star Tribune:
Boston's David Price likely to start season on disabled list
Discussion: Over the Monster
 
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