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9:20 PM ET, February 23, 2018


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Jorge L. Ortiz / Chillicothe Gazette:
Elder Felix Hernandez ready to return to throne as Mariners ace: 'I'm still King Felix'  —  SportsPulse: The Houston Astros looked primed to repeat as World Series champs.  Recent history suggests otherwise.  USA TODAY Sports  —  CONNECT  —  PEORIA, Ariz. - Felix Hernandez …
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:25 minutes ago
Giancarlo Stanton after one spring training game with Yankees: ‘This is better’ than playing with Marlins  —  TAMPA — Giancarlo Stanton didn't drill the scoreboard like Aaron Judge did in the Yankees' spring training opener last season.  —  But the newest Bomber was glad to debut with his new team after so many losing years in Miami.
Coley HarveyESPN / ESPN:
Giancarlo Stanton makes spring training debut for Yankees  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Giancarlo Stanton had every reason to feel a little nervous Friday afternoon as he made his highly anticipated spring training debut with a new team that's full of lofty expectations.
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Gleyber Torres thrilled to be back on the field, in Yankees 2B competition
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees hyped on his debut: ‘There was definitely a buzz’
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Yankees win spring training opener as Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton debut in pinstripes
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Aaron Boone's time to shine like he did during interview process — managerial debut was the first step
Yahoo Sports:
Exclusive: Federal documents detail sweeping potential NCAA violations involving high-profile players, schools  —  Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Two Van Slyke homers give Marlins 6-4 win over Cardinals  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Outfielder Oscar Mercado, in his first game wearing a Cardinals uniform, singled twice, scored a run and made a strong catch in right field Friday although the Cardinals lost their exhibition baseball opener to the Miami Marlins 6-4.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ozuna to DH against former team in Cardinals' spring opener  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Former Miami Marlins star Marcell Ozuna is playing, sort of, against his former teammates as the Cardinals open their exhibition baseball season Friday here against the Marlins.
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals in no hurry to label closers
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Associated Press:
Francisco Liriano agrees to 1-year, $4 million deal with Tigers  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Detroit agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano, giving the Tigers added pitching depth.  —  The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto …
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  TAMPA — With the addition of left-hander …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Detroit Free Press:   At George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mickey Callaway ‘shocked’ Dominic Smith was late to first Mets spring training game  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — The gates had not even opened.  The field was not even ready for batting practice on his first “game day,” as a big league manager and Mickey Callaway had to make an important move.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Dominic Smith scratched from Mets lineup before first spring training game  —  PORT ST LUCIE — Dominic Smith was scratched from the lineup for the Mets' first spring training game Friday, and the first baseman says he wasn't given a reason why.  —  Smith added that he is not injured.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Mets' Zack Wheeler sets good example for tardy first baseman Dominic Smith on how to fight for your job
MLB teams wear hats to honor high school shooting victims  —  Spring training got off to a solemn start as MLB teams wore hats to honor Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were fatally shot nine days ago.  —  Stoneman Douglas baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald …
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:   Florida shootings ‘hit home’ for many MLB players, some more direct than others
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Notes: Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain get to stop talking about being Brewers and go play  —  PHOENIX - Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich weren't on the same field Friday but made their debuts as the Milwaukee Brewers played split-squad games to open Cactus League play.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Associated Press:   Yelich makes spring debut in left field for Brewers
Matt Breen /
Phillies pitcher Francisco Rodriguez still has the desire to return to the once-great K-Rod form  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. - The career of Francisco Rodriguez should have ended last July when he was released by Washington.  The Nationals were the second team to dump him in three week.
Matt Breen /
Phillies' first Grapefruit game lineup and three things to know
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Associated Press:
Oakland found closer in Treinen, part of bullpen revamp  —  MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland found its closer in Blake Treinen last summer, and its bullpen transformation continued when it acquired offseason targets Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Buchter this winter.  —  For a team that had 25 blown saves …
Associated Press:
Rasmus makes new start with Orioles after baseball break  —  SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Colby Rasmus is making a new start with the Baltimore Orioles after taking an eight-month break from baseball.  —  Rasmus signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this week, after abruptly leaving the Tampa Bay Rays in midseason.
Associated Press:
Back tightness delays Carpenter's spring debut for Cards  —  JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't sure when first baseman Matt Carpenter will make his Grapefruit League debut.  —  Carpenter is battling back tightness.  For the time being, he is in the hands …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:25 minutes ago
Peter Bourjos eager to fulfill long shot dream with Cubs  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Peter Bourjos' interest in the Cubs ran deeper than his Chicago roots.  —  As a member of the Cardinals during the 2014-15 seasons, Bourjos vividly remembers how a young, inexperienced cast of players matured …
Toronto Sun:
MLB pulls plug on runner-on-second rule for spring games  —  TAMPA, Fla. — A proposal collapsed that would have put a runner on second base to start the 10th inning of spring training games, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Steve Buffery / Toronto Sun:
Lighter, stronger Morales craves bounce-back year with Blue Jays  —  DUNEDIN — Some Blue Jays are fan favorites: Kevin Pillar, Marcus Stroman, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki ... it's a pretty big list.  —  Kendrys Morales is not on that list.  —  Not because he isn't a good guy, or anything like that.
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
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Two minor leaguers suspended 50 games for drug violations
Bob McManaman / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Christian Walker keeps running into walls at first base
Associated Press:
Alex Cora ‘not concerned’ Red Sox deal with J.D. Martinez not yet done
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Reds 6, Indians 4  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Reds beat Cleveland …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals eager to see Martinez take ‘Bull’ by the horns
Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox injury news: Micker Adolfo out at least 6 weeks, Carlos Rodon won't pitch in any spring training games
Mike Berardino / Twin Cities:
Once-touted reliever J.T. Chargois claimed off waivers by Dodgers
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and True Blue LA
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves' hitting leaders return who could carry team in 2018
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Hope still shines for Corey Ray after disappointing year in Brewers system
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers put 5 games on KTLA; no DirecTV deal expected this season
Rich Hammond / Orange County Register:
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs say keeping core of young position players intact ‘a big part of our identity’
Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:
Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia among regulars in lineup for White Sox Cactus League opener
Discussion: South Side Sox
Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
While the rest of MLB goes young, the Giants are doubling down on players in their 30s
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball

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