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1:25 PM ET, March 19, 2017

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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
CC Sabathia feels ‘good’ but admits he still isn't ready for season  —  TAMPA — CC Sabathia lowered his spring training ERA from 13.50 to 9.45 on Saturday.  —  Better.  —  But still not great.  —  Facing the Orioles' B squad, Sabathia gave up three runs on three hits in four innings …
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Erik Boland / Newsday:
Masahiro Tanaka excels again as Yankees no-hit Tigers … LAKELAND, Fla. — Spring training or not, Masahiro Tanaka's numbers are fairly ridiculous.  —  The righthander followed a perfect four-inning outing last Saturday against the Tigers with a 4 1⁄3-inning start Friday against Detroit …
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Jordan Montgomery, who finishes off a spring no-hitter, is making the Yankees ‘curious’
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
Saturday night survive: USA-DR win or else!  —  SAN DIEGO — Two teams, two countries, one game and the winner takes all.  The bragging rights will last at least four years.  —  Familiar chats of “USA!  USA!  USA!” will provide the soundtrack to a sold-out Petco Park.  The speedy and rhythmic chorus of “Dominicana!
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Kyle Glaser / Baseball America:
Puerto Rico Holds Off U.S., Clinches WBC Semifinals Spot - 2017 World Baseball Classic
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Vic Carucci / The Buffalo News:
Bills' Hauschka found Seahawks' decision to let him go ‘an interesting move’  —  Stephen Hauschka doesn't feel comfortable discussing the subject.  As with most kickers, it's always best to try to keep negative occurrences as far in the past as possible.  —  This one still stings, though.  A lot.
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Observer-Reporter:
No surprises here.  Roethlisberger leaning toward a return to Steelers  —  To the surprise of no one who has spent any amount of time at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is “leaning towards” returning to play in 2017.  —  Roethlisberger spoke …
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
Tampa Bay Times:
Alex Cobb bracing himself for possible farewell season with Rays  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — Is there anything wrong with thinking about saying goodbye when you're not 100 percent sure you're leaving?  —  Alex Cobb is no dumb blond.  He's savvy enough to know the history …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Derek Holland on Kyle Schwarber's home run: ‘Hats off to Schreiber’  —  White Sox pitcher Derek Holland reacts after allowing a home run to Kyle Schwarber during the team's 7-3 exhibition loss to the Cubs on Friday, March 17, 2017.  (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
Discussion: Fox Sports
James Wagner / New York Times:
Zack Wheeler, Mets' Big Question Mark, Provides Some Answers  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The biggest question on the Mets' pitching staff took the mound Thursday afternoon for the second time this spring.  In his second outing, after sitting out for two seasons, Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on three hits in two and a third innings.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Brian MacPherson / providencejournal.com:
Farrell: MLB to crack down on DL manipulation  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — As welcome as was the shift to a 10-day minimum for stints on the disabled list, the loophole it opened was cavernous.  A team with a depleted bullpen could stash a starting pitcher on the disabled list with a phantom injury …
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Wilmer Flores crying over lack of set role with Mets  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — This isn't exactly what Wilmer Flores wanted.  The Mets' infielder, who broke into tears at the thought of being traded out of the organization two years ago, is not comfortable with his role, or more precisely, his lack of a consistent role.
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Chi Chi Gonzalez has a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers pitching prospect Chi Chi Gonzalez will likely miss at least the first half of the season.  —  And that's the best-case scenario.  —  Gonzalez was diagnosed Friday with a partial tear …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets' Steven Matz, who's focused on holding runners, finally picks one off  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Steven Matz just reacted.  The lefthander allowed 20 stolen bases last season, contributing to the Mets' major-league-leading 135 bases stolen.  So he focused on trying to hold runners better this spring.
 
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