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Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
Shohei Ohtani's main impact will come as a pitcher, Mike Scioscia says  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Shohei Ohtani is quickly discovering how his every move at Los Angeles Angels' camp will be scrutinized this spring.  About 50 Japanese media members gathered at the entrance of the player parking lot …
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Mike Axisa / CBSSports.com:
Angels planning to ease Shohei Ohtani into things with a six-man rotation
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:   Reds' meetings with Cozart, Angels not on TV schedule
Mark Didtler / Baltimore Sun:
Boone embraces Yankees' expectations as spring training starts  —  On the day pitchers and catchers reported for his first spring training as New York Yankees manager, Aaron Boone acknowledged the pressure.  —  “Embrace that expectation,” Boone said Tuesday.  “Expect to go out there and be great.
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Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Gary Sanchez vows to improve defensively in 2018  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Gary Sanchez's world-class offense at a defensive position sets him apart.  —  Yet, his No. 1 priority as Yankees catcher this spring training is to improve defensively, following a substandard 2017 season - a reality that exasperated his ex-manager.
John Harper / New York Daily News:   Aaron Boone is already bringing a Joe Torre-like touch to Yankees
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Gary Sanchez and Dellin Betances know they have a lot to prove to Yankees in 2018
Discussion: The Runner Sports
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Aaron Boone previews ‘surreal’ Yankees spring training: ‘The hunger in these guys is real’
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Associated Press:
Notebook: Gausman, Orioles avoid arbitration  —  Orioles, starter Gausman avoid arbitration hearing  —  The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, agreeing to a $5.6 million, one-year contract.  —  Gausman's hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday.
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Associated Press:
Matt Kemp: ‘I love being back’ with the Dodgers
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
ESPN:   Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th Dodgers opener
MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th opener for Dodgers
Discussion: True Blue LA
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Yu Darvish signing limits free-agent flexibility for Cubs next offseason  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The signing of Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million contract still allows the Cubs some flexibility to add a midseason reinforcement.  —  But landing another marquee free agent next offseason …
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Jake Arrieta not forgotten by Cubs
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:   Theo Epstein: World Series issues helped Cubs land Yu Darvish
Matt Breen / Philly.com:
Phillies like their pitchers, but could still add  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — There will not be much drama as the Phillies finalize their roster after six weeks of spring training as the major decision will be choosing a fifth starter from the handful of arms in the race.
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Bob Brookover / Philly.com:   Wait ... Gabe Kapler wants his Phillies players to do what?
Matt Breen / Philly.com:
Phillies to wear powder blue uniforms at times this season
Discussion: The Good Phight
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
As Cardinals camp opens, Gregerson relishes opportunity to finish where he started  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • There were times, way back in 2006 as a late-round reliever marooned at Class A, that Luke Gregerson was certain the next call coming to the bullpen for him wouldn't send him into the game but home, back to school.
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Molina moves up on Musial, Gibson
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Gregerson sees closing as an opportunity, not a promise given him
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Daniel Stumpf favorite for lefty role, never satisfied  —  Watch as the Detroit Tigers' pitchers and catchers warm up with a game of catch on the first day of spring training on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Lakeland, Fla. Video by Anthony Fenech/DFP
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Starless Detroit Tigers report to spring training with less fanfare
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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Associated Press:
New manager Mickey Callaway has big ideas for Mets  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — For a first-time manager, Mickey Callaway was mighty bold about his own expectations with the New York Mets.  —  “The front office has gotten us the players.  The coaching staff is the best coaching staff in the big leagues,” he said Tuesday.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Starting pitching: With Jimmy Nelson on the mend, Brewers rotation up for grabs entering camp  —  Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell has pitching concerns to address.  He talked about some of his options at the 2017 Winter Meetings.  Milwaukee Brewers video  —  CONNECT
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ex-A's right-hander Jarrod Parker retires after career derailed by injuries  —  A%E2%80%99s+Chris+Bassitt+discusses+ rotation+  —  Chris+Bassitt+on+competing+for+ A%E2%80%99s+rotation+spot+  —  Pitcher Chris Bassitt talks about competing for a starting job with the Oakland Athletics.
Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox reliever Nate Jones says he's healthy, ready to contend for closer role  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Nate Jones was on the mound when Matt Davidson stepped into the batter's box to track pitches for the veteran White Sox reliever.  —  “I was warning him: 'Hey, man …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo preaches competition on eve of camp  —  With about 10 minutes to spare between meetings, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo ducked outside and settled into a patio chair at Salt River Fields on Tuesday afternoon.  —  In less than 24 hours …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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.
 
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R.J. Anderson / CBSSports.com:
Jeter says he's still a Yankees fan, hopes to build sustainable winner with Marlins
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: Colome has new look but same jersey, De Leon impresses, Romo finds sanctuary
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds spring training notes: How does Scooter Gennett roll? In an RV, of course.
Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Heyman | Interest in Tim Lincecum growing around MLB
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds: This is how manager Bryan Price sees pitching rotation competition
David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
As Royals pitchers and catchers start workouts, biggest questions are in the bullpen
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