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8:35 AM ET, March 18, 2017


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Jesse Sanchez /
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:
Dominicans Use Defense, Pitching And Power To Push Venezuela To Brink In WBC  —  SAN DIEGO—The Dominican Republic is a team defined by its big bombers, an All-Star-driven juggernaut expected to pummel opponents into submission.  —  On Thursday night, the Dominicans showed they can win …
Kyle Glaser / Baseball America:
Puerto Rico Holds Off U.S., Clinches WBC Semifinals Spot - 2017 World Baseball Classic  —  SAN DIEGO—Puerto Rico faced a pretty straightforward scenario Friday night: Win, and it'd be on the way to the World Baseball Classic semifinals.  —  With that situation prominent in their heads …
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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 …
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Jordan Montgomery, who finishes off a spring no-hitter, is making the Yankees ‘curious’  —  LAKELAND, Fla. - After finishing off the Yankees' three-pitcher combined exhibition no-hitter on Friday with four perfect innings, Jordan Montgomery has put himself in contention to perhaps make an outside run at a starter job in the Bronx.
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 …
Adam McCalvy /
Braun's Spring Training comment draws reaction  —  PHOENIX — The gaggle of reporters thought Ryan Braun was kidding, but the Brewers outfielder made clear he was serious when he uttered the quote that would go on to make the social media rounds Thursday.  —  It was Braun being Braun, at least when it comes to Spring Training.
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Jason Hammel impresses, Raul Mondesi homers in 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox  —  The most impressive performance of Jason Hammel's spring was spoiled by one pitch to White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada.  Well, nearly spoiled.  —  “Save for the last pitch, it was a pretty good outing …
The full story on LB Derrick Johnson & FB Anthony Sherman's reworked contracts: The Chiefs - who were tight to the salary cap - have agreed to a major pay cut with linebacker Derrick Johnson, per league source.  Johnson, who tore his Achilles last year, was due a base salary $4.75M for 2017 and up to $1M in per game roster bonuses.
Michael Rosenberg /
Support System: Tom Crean may have fallen out of favor at Indiana, but his coaching family will be there to pick him up  —  Chris Mack, Archie Miller could land Indiana coaching job  — Indiana decided that Tom Crean no longer was the right coach to lead its program, but his coaching family is ready to support him.
Ben Frederickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mozeliak says Cardinals ‘open for business’ with Molina  —  St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak watches batting practice during St. Louis Cardinals spring training on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Chris Lee,
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Michael Pineda learned English the hard way  —  TAMPA, Fla. — When New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda applied pine tar to his neck at Fenway Park three years ago, he might as well have added a “Kick Me” sign.  —  The oddity of the event, combined with the enormity of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry …
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