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3:45 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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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
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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David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Video: St. Louis Cardinals pitchers and catchers report  —  St. Louis Cardinals pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training in Jupiter, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.  Benjamin Hochman lays out what to look for from the pitchers
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Submit questions for Detroit Tigers live chat with Anthony Fenech at 2 p.m.!
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
Discussion: Over the Monster
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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MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th opener for Dodgers  —  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.  —  Roberts made the announcement Tuesday when pitchers …
Discussion: True Blue LA
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’
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
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.
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
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
 
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