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10:25 PM ET, March 20, 2017

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Kyle Glaser / Baseball America:
With WBC On The Line, Tanner Roark Ready For Biggest Start Of His Career  —  LOS ANGELES—Tanner Roark has made a career of exceeding expectations.  —  The righthander was a 25th-round pick in the 2008 draft and didn't make his major league debut until he was 26 years old.
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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
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
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 …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres To Release Paul Clemens  —  The Padres are set to release righty Paul Clemens, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter).  It's not apparent whether the organization has an immediate, corresponding 40-man move in mind.  —  Clemens, 29, entered the spring …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
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 …
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 …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox In Extension Talks With Tim Anderson  —  The White Sox are engaged in extension talks with young shortstop Tim Anderson, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin (via Twitter).  —  Just how far along the sides are isn't clear at this time, though Anderson has been out of action for what the team has labeled “personal reasons.”
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.
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
 
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Vic Carucci / The Buffalo News:
Bills' Hauschka found Seahawks' decision to let him go ‘an interesting move’
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Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
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Tampa Bay Times:
Alex Cobb bracing himself for possible farewell season with Rays
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Mets' Steven Matz, who's focused on holding runners, finally picks one off
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