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5:15 PM ET, February 13, 2018

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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals to sign Norris, throwing open competition for bullpen roles  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • With a bullpen to restock and roles to sort out, the Cardinals have, in the words of one executive, “cast a wide net” and decided to throw a bunch of different options at the late innings, including a familiar addition Monday.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Matheny: Fowler will start at leadoff, Carpenter likely back to No. 3
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina moves up on Musial, Gibson  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Yadier Molina walked into a Cardinals' spring training clubhouse for the 15th consecutive February on Tuesday.  “Time flies, huh?' he mused.  —  No Cardinal other than Stanley Frank Musial and Robert (no middle name) …
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Gregerson sees closing as an opportunity, not a promise given him  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • The man who would be closer for the St. Louis Cardinals sees the ninth inning a lot like the team will coming into the season.  —  It's a collaborative effort, a co-op, not something he was deeded.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
All eyes on jobless camp as MLB spring training opens: ‘Not one player wants to be there’
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers report to spring training today  —  Video by George Sipple/DFP George Sipple/Detroit Free Press  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Pitchers and catchers have reported.  —  After four long winter months, baseball is back as the Detroit Tigers will hold …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
David Price says he wants to move on from last season's mistakes  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Above all else, David Price needs to stay healthy and pitch well this season.  But his image could use a good cleansing, too.  —  And so, as he began his third spring training with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday …
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Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Inside the Red Sox rotation: Five pitchers, five issues for 2018
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Gary Sanchez and Dellin Betances know they have a lot to prove to Yankees in 2018  —  TAMPA — When it comes to Yankee players with something to prove heading into 2018, Dellin Betances and Gary Sanchez are right at the top of the list.  —  And with expectations sky-high for this edition …
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Aaron Boone previews ‘surreal’ Yankees spring training: ‘The hunger in these guys is real’  —  TAMPA — Aaron Boone is already enjoying being at spring training as the first-year manager of the Yankees.  —  “It was a bit surreal,” Boone said on Tuesday.  —  Boone discussed his plan for the spring.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Reds' meetings with Cozart, Angels not on TV schedule  —  The Cincinnati Reds' Spring Training meetings with Zack Cozart's new team, the Los Angeles Angels, are not on the team's Spring Training TV schedule, released by the Reds via Twitter. … The Reds and Angels are scheduled to meet Mon. …
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Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:   Hanigan, Indians reach minor-league deal, per report
ESPN:
Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th Dodgers opener  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — No surprise here: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth Opening Day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29.
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Discussion: True Blue LA
Associated Press:
Nats get utility player Matt Reynolds from Mets for cash  —  WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have acquired utility player Matt Reynolds from the New York Mets in exchange for cash.  —  The Nationals announced the move Monday night.  —  The 27-year-old Reynolds made his major league debut with the Mets in 2016.
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals Acquire Matt Reynolds
John Kekis / Associated Press:
Detroit Tigers great Jack Morris star-struck after Hall of Fame tour  —  COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - No longer the emotional wreck he was on that special day in December, Jack Morris settled into a director's chair inside the Baseball Hall of Fame's Plaque Gallery, a satisfied smile creasing his face.
Matt Breen / Philly.com:
Phillies to wear powder blue uniforms at times this season  —  The Phillies will turn back the clock at select Thursday home games this season when they wear their throwback powder-blue uniforms.  —  The uniforms were the team's road jerseys throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Discussion: The Good Phight
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
As Royals pitchers and catchers start workouts, biggest questions are in the bullpen  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  The Royals will open their 50th spring training Wednesday under the desert sun here in Arizona.  The camp theme will be one of change.  A new pitching coach will guide an overhauled staff and a rebuilt bullpen.
Associated Press:
Trevor Plouffe agrees to minor league contract with Rangers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Infielder Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will report to big league spring training.  —  He would get a $1.75 million, one-year contract if added …
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Sign Trevor Plouffe
 
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