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2:30 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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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Pham enjoys hitting second  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • When manager Mike Matheny was outlining the batting order probabilities for his top four hitters Monday, he spoke of Dexter Fowler hitting first, Matt Carpenter third and Marcell Ozuna fourth, where he had batted most often for the Miami Marlins last year.
David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Watch Alex Reyes throw at St. Louis Cardinals spring training
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Matheny: Fowler will start at leadoff, Carpenter likely back to No. 3
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fowler will start at leadoff, Carpenter likely back to No. 3, says Matheny
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
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.
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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) …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
All eyes on jobless camp as MLB spring training opens: ‘Not one player wants to be there’  —  PHOENIX - They start arriving this week in the desert and Florida, with more than a thousand players getting ready for six weeks of spring training in 30 major-league camps, but this spring could be the oddest in two decades.
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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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Submit questions for Detroit Tigers live chat with Anthony Fenech at 2 p.m.!
Detroit Free Press:   Next Slide  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — He isn't wide-eyed …
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
Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Heyman |  Bombshell lawsuit filed against Levinson brothers  —  Juan Carlos Nunez, the former employee of the ACES baseball agency who went to prison for his role in the infamous Melky Cabrera fake website and PED case, has filed a bombshell lawsuit against Seth and Sam Levinson …
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.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Is it getting hot in here?  Not yet, says Rangers' pitching coach  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  Pitching coach Doug Brocail was being interviewed early Tuesday morning by a few local scribes when a stranger in Texas Rangers gear interrupted for a quick introduction.
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
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Anthony Rizzo, Justin Grimm see Yu Darvish as a natural fit with Cubs  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Anthony Rizzo won't blame Yu Darvish for messing up his golf swing.  Justin Grimm won't be shocked if Darvish pokes fun at him.  —  Rizzo and Grimm are among the Cubs players who believe …
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Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Hanigan, Indians reach minor-league deal, per report  —  Some Cincinnati Reds will see a familiar face in Goodyear, Ariz., as the Cleveland Indians agreed - pending a physical, per multiple reports - with catcher Ryan Hanigan to a minor-league deal with a Spring Training invitation.
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.
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Inside the Red Sox rotation: Five pitchers, five issues for 2018  —  The way Dave Dombrowski chooses to see it, things will break the Boston Red Sox's way this season as long as the American League East turns into an arms race.  —  Forget all about the David Ortiz-sized hole in the middle of the batting order.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Associated Press:
Diamondbacks introduce newly acquired Yoshihisa Hirano  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Yoshihisa Hirano is not one for formalities.  —  “Please call me Yoshi,” the new Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher said Monday to open his introductory news conference.  —  The 33-year-old right-hander agreed …
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks newcomer Yoshihisa Hirano hopes to win closer's role
Matt Breen / Philly.com:
Phillies spring training roster: A closer look at the players  —  Pitchers  —  RHP Drew Anderson (24): He pitched in just three games last season above double A, including two relief appearances with the Phillies.  Anderson's likely ticketed for the triple-A rotation.
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Matt Breen / Philly.com:   Phillies want to have a versatile spring training
 
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