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Mike Vorkunov / New Jersey Online:
Mets ask Billy Bean to suit up, but how do players feel about gay player in baseball?  —  Billy Bean, right, joined the Mets in camp today as an inclusion ambassador.  (Mike Vorkunov/NJ Advance Media)  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Sandy Alderson sat in the Mets dugout at Tradition Field …
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Marc Carig / Newsday:
David Wright confronts Noah Syndergaard for eating lunch in Mets clubhouse during intrasquad scrimmage … Mets  —  Mets spring training … Mets  —  Mets: Top 25 pitching prospects
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Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:
David Wright scolds Noah Syndergaard for eating lunch in clubhouse and not being on bench during Mets' intrasquad game
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Paul White / USA Today:
Camp sites: Blue Jays Martin, Norris make cafe connection  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. - If Russell Martin just sat down while you were eating dinner at your local Whole Foods, how excited would you be?  —  Enough to call home?  —  “I called my mom after that and said, 'Mom, he is one of the most …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Neil Davidson / Globe and Mail:   Aaron Sanchez struggles in Blue Jays' spring training opener
Ryan Lawrence / Philly.com:
Positive Howard looking forward, not behind  —  Ryan Howard doesn't want to talk about the past, and probably more specifically, the most recent past, an offseason that included settling a lawsuit with his parents and brother and hearing that his boss, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. …
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Associated Press:
Howard Gets 2 Hits in Spring Opener; Phils Tie Yanks 5-5  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Newly trim Ryan Howard singled in his first two at-bats of spring training, and the Philadelphia Phillies tied the New York Yankees 5-5 Wednesday in their spring training opener.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Associated Press:
Andrus: I took this offseason more seriously  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — Elvis Andrus is an old-timer with the Texas Rangers, even though he is only 26 years old and just getting started on a big contract extension he signed two years ago.  —  With 914 total games since making his major league debut …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Bob Klapisch / NorthJersey.com:
It's time to give Alex Rodriguez a chance  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Let's put aside our prejudices and biases about Alex Rodriguez, both for and against, and start over.  Whether you consider him a snake or a victim, a liar or someone who got swallowed up in a self-created jail, it's time to measure A-Rod anew.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
Right-hander works two innings against teammates  —  Robin Ventura and Jeff Samardzija share their thoughts on the White Sox first intrasquad game this spring and starting Cactus League play  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was business as usual for right-hander Jeff Samardzija in Tuesday's intrasquad game …
Billy Witz / New York Times:
Substantial Outfielder Shows Off Bat for Yankees  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — It has been nearly 15 years, but C. C. Sabathia had no trouble recalling his first spring training game in a major league camp.  The first batter he faced was his boyhood idol, Ken Griffey Jr.  —  Sabathia hit him in the back with a fastball.
Mark Sheldon / MLB.com:
Relievers Samson, Hoover also throw shutout ball  —  Bryan Price and Jason Marquis talk about the first Spring Training game for the Reds and the positives taken from their win vs. the Indians  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Both the Reds and Indians opened their Cactus League seasons Tuesday showcasing pitchers …
Associated Press:
Bumgarner Hit Hard in Spring Debut, A's Beat Giants 9-4  —  MESA, Ariz. — World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday.
Discussion: Athletics Nation and Yahoo Sports
WSOC-TV:
Photos show Panthers QB Cam Newton inside Label during shooting  —  CHARLOTTE —  Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was on stage in Label nightclub moments before gunfire started Saturday night, Eyewitness News has learned.  —  Eyewitness News obtained photos of Newton partying …
 
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