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9:50 AM ET, March 28, 2017


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Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Reliever Peter Moylan poised to fill the final opening in the Royals' bullpen  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  Reliever Peter Moylan is positioned to take the final unoccupied spot in the Royals' bullpen.  —  The club announced Monday that left-hander Scott Alexander was optioned to Class AAA Omaha …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Yahoo Sports
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals' Jorge Soler strains oblique, could begin season on disabled list  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  Just eight days before opening day, Royals outfielder Jorge Soler's spring hit a familiar and painful snag.  —  Soler, 25, strained an oblique muscle while competing in a minor-league game Sunday afternoon, Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Discussion: Royals Review
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Raul Mondesi wins starting second base job for the Royals  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  In the end, the Royals could not ignore the precocious talent of Raul Mondesi.  —  On Monday morning, seven days before Opening Day, Royals manager Ned Yost announced that Mondesi would be the club's starting second baseman …
Meghan Montemurro / delawareonline:
Andrew Knapp gets nod over veteran catchers for Phillies … CLEARWATER, Fla. - Andrew Knapp knows the numbers are now in his favor.  —  The Phillies released veterans catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday on Monday, making Knapp one of only two catchers remaining in big-league camp, alongside starter Cameron Rupp.
Matt Breen /
Andrew Knapp homers, makes case to stick with Phillies
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
It's looking like the Yankees and Red Sox will dominate the AL East again soon  —  A rival executive makes an interesting point: By 2019, the AL East could be back to what it was for much of the 2000s — the Yankees, Red Sox and everyone else.  —  Predicting the future is always dangerous …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and FanRag Sports
Nate Scott / Yahoo Sports:
Son of Indians GM blurts out Lindor contract info on radio
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Tom Housenick / Morning Call:20 minutes ago
Phillies prospect Nick Williams said that despite advice, he had to learn lessons for himself  —  Ironpigs Nick Williams (4) comes across the plate for the score against the Rochester Red Wings during 3rd inning action of a class AAA International League baseball game .  —  Of The Morning Call
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Associated Press:
Optimistic Braves believe rebuilding is finally behind them  —  ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves hardly sound like a team coming off a last-place finish.  —  These guys are talking playoffs.  —  “We've said it the last couple of years.  We mean it this year,” slugging first baseman Freddie Freeman …
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Aaron Judge vs. Aaron Hicks: Yanks' RF job still pick-'em … TAMPA, Fla. — In the battle for the Yankees' rightfield job, Aaron Judge started spring training with the backing of Hal Steinbrenner, who talked up the huge slugger during the offseason.  —  Steinbrenner was on hand on Sunday …
2017 Power Rankings: Best and worst case for every team  —  When 2016 ended, the Chicago Cubs were on top of the baseball world as World Series champions for the first time since 1908.  With the bulk of their team returning, the Cubs unsurprisingly open 2017 in the same place in our rankings.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Diamondbacks Release Gregor Blanco  —  9:29pm: Arizona would like to re-sign Blanco, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (Twitter links).  With an oblique injury slowing Blanco, the club wasn't “comfortable making the call on him for the Opening Day roster tomorrow” (the Article XX(B) deadline), thus leading to tonight's move.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Tell Mat Latos He Won't Make Team  —  Blue Jays righty Mat Latos has been told he won't make the team, and Latos must now decide whether to accept a Triple-A assignment from the club or become a free agent, according to Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner (Twitter links).
Discussion: Bluebird Banter and
Chris Bahr / Fox Sports:
Los Angeles Dodgers 2017 preview  —  This is the latest of our 2017 team previews.  Each week during spring training, we'll preview a division with a team each day (Monday-Friday).  This week: The NL West, beginning with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Up next: San Francisco Giants  —  LAST SEASON
Discussion: True Blue LA and Yahoo Sports
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