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4:25 PM ET, March 20, 2017

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
USA finds its identity at World Baseball Classic: ‘This is our team’  —  LOS ANGELES - They didn't stop off to bleach their hair platinum blond Sunday afternoon, pull over to grab plantains for pre-game introductions, or do jumping jacks on the team bus.  —  It was a rather tranquil three-hour bus ride …
Discussion: MLB.com, Purple Row and Fish Stripes
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Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: Archer disappointed to be told not to join Team USA in WBC  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — RHP Chris Archer chose his words carefully, but it was clear he was disappointed to wake up early Sunday to a text telling him not to take his scheduled flight to Los Angeles because he wouldn't be pitching …
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Still Looking To Acquire Starting Pitching Depth  —  Manager John Farrell says the Red Sox have been and continue to be trying to acquire starting pitching depth, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald writes.  The Red Sox are dealing with injuries to starters David Price and Drew Pomeranz.
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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 …
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Brady Anderson's role with Orioles a topic of debate  —  His title is vice president of baseball operations.  The Orioles list him No. 2 on their front-office depth chart, just under executive VP Dan Duquette.  But to Brady Anderson, a role that typically equates to assistant general manager is not enough.
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets' low-A affiliate  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Tim Tebow's baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets' low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as he attempts …
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 …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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Erik Boland / Newsday:
Masahiro Tanaka excels again as Yankees no-hit Tigers
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Pinstripe Alley
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Jordan Montgomery, who finishes off a spring no-hitter, is making the Yankees ‘curious’
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cody Anderson To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  —  Indians right-hander Cody Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2017 season, the team announced (Twitter link via Jordan Bastian of MLB.com).  Anderson made the decision after a second opinion confirmed both a sprain …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals starting pitchers ‘have to be horses’  —  Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  • Although he will be 18 months and one rebuilt ligament removed from the last major-league pitch he threw in anger, Lance Lynn has no interest in being coddled …
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  SARASOTA, Fla. - A day later, the Detroit Tigers are without a definitive answer on J.D. Martinez.  —  Though inside the visiting manager's clubhouse Sunday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium, the outlook for the rightfielder's immediate playing future did not seem bright.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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
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: DRaysBay and MLB Trade Rumors
 
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