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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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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 …
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Pham enjoys hitting second
David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Video: St. Louis Cardinals pitchers and catchers report
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
John Harper / New York Daily News:
Aaron Boone is already bringing a Joe Torre-like touch to Yankees  —  TAMPA — Not that there was much doubt, but on his first day in a Yankee uniform, Aaron Boone left the distinct impression that he will be much more like Joe Torre than Joe Girardi.  —  In fact, to hear the new manager talk …
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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.
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 …
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’
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Theo Epstein: World Series issues helped Cubs land Yu Darvish  —  MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish's World Series struggles last October may have actually helped his new team in its pursuit of the righty, which ended officially on Tuesday when he signed for six years and $126 million.
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Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th Dodgers opener
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Anthony Rizzo, Justin Grimm see Yu Darvish as a natural fit with Cubs
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:
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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
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds: This is how manager Bryan Price sees pitching rotation competition  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price has been handicapping the competition for spots in the rotation pretty much since before last season ended.  —  And he's previously …
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
Kevin Acee / sandiegouniontribune.com:
Padres pitcher Jose Torres facing domestic violence charges  —  Padres reliever Jose Torres was arrested in December after a dispute in which he allegedly brandished a semiautomatic handgun.  —  The incident occurred in the home Torres shares with a woman in Phoenix and is being handled …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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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