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8:15 PM ET, March 12, 2018

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Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Neil Walker fits perfectly with Yankees as veteran infield insurance for unproven youngsters  —  TAMPA — Did anyone truly think the Yankees would go into the 2018 season without proven insurance against the youngsters they told you all winter and into spring training would be manning starting positions on the infield?
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees agree to deal with former Mets second baseman Neil Walker  —  TAMPA - On second thought, the Yankees wanted veteran insurance at second base for 2018, too.  —  With top prospect Gleyber Torres struggling at the plate in his comeback bid from major elbow surgery …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:   Yankees Designate Jake Cave For Assignment
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Yankees Masahiro Tanaka vs. Twins Phil Hughes tonight at Tampa
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Sign Neil Walker
NBC Sports / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Yankees sign Neil Walker
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Former Cincinnati Red Zack Cozart happy to be an Angel, but misses his former teammates, Cincinnati  —  TEMPE, Ariz. - Zack Cozart harbors no bitterness.  —  Cozart is now a Los Angeles Angel after spending his entire professional career as a Cincinnati Red.  He was in the lineup against his old team for a game Monday.
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John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Spring Training: Homer Bailey struggles again; Reds fall to Angels, 4-3  —  Zack Cozart talks about his new team and his new position.  The Enquirer/John Fay  —  Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Zack Cozart gets reunion with Reds at Spring Training  —  Zack Cozart's Spring Training reunion with the Cincinnati Reds is set for Monday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. Eastern, with Cozart expected to bat sixth and play third base for the Angels at Temple Diablo Stadium, per Angels PR via Twitter.
Discussion: Red Reporter
Jeff Fletcher / Daily News:
Justin Upton homers to lift Angels to victory over Rangers
Associated Press:
Mission accomplished: Tommy Hunter helps Phillies land Jake Arrieta  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Tommy Hunter's biggest pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies came before he even took the mound for his new team.  —  Since he signed a two-year deal in December, the reliever has been pushing Jake Arrieta to follow him to Philadelphia.
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Matt Breen / Philly.com:
Phillies make room for Jake Arrieta by removing Tommy Joseph from roster  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Phillies designated Tommy Joseph for assignment Monday night to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Jake Arrieta.  —  Joseph, 26, had an uncertain future ever since the Phillies signed …
USA Today:
Carlos Correa, Astros' Puerto Rican All-Star, skips White House visit  —  SportsPulse: The Houston Astros looked primed to repeat as World Series champs.  Recent history suggests otherwise.  USA TODAY Sports  —  CONNECT  —  The Houston Astros visited President Trump's White House on Monday …
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Associated Press:
Baseball notes: Lynn headed to Twins
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Hints dropped on Detroit Tigers' batting order; who will hit second?  —  The Tigers held an open tryout in Lakeland, Fla. on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Hear from former major league catcher and current free agent Steve Clevenger.  George Sipple, Detroit Free Press  —  CONNECT
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Detroit Free Press:   Matthew Boyd solid again; Detroit Tigers lose to Nationals in exhibition
Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:
New Orioles promotion offers free child admission at Camden Yards  —  The Orioles announced a new promotion launching this year that will offer fans free admission to their accompanying children for the season's first month with additional dates coming throughout the year.
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ESPN:   Orioles start program to let kids come to games for free
Katherine Fitzgerald / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks spring training - 2018 … The Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers are on fire.  Or at least, their taste buds are.  —  Archie Bradley emitted a loud “Woo!” as he bit into one of Taijuan Walker's bison tacos.  —  “My mouth is on fire, bro,” he said.
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Arizona Diamondbacks spring training - 2018
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays say so long to Ezequiel Carrera  —  DUNEDIN - The on again, off again relationship between the Blue Jays and Ezequiel Carrera is off again.  And likely for good.  —  The team released the outfielder, who would have been part of a platoon in left field was released by the team …
Discussion: Over the Monster
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Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:   Blue Jays' Stroman won't start Opening Day — and he doesn't like it
Associated Press:
Bartolo Colon could pitch his way into Rangers' rotation with spring clinics  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — Bartolo Colon could be pitching his way into the Texas Rangers' rotation at age 44 as he continues to shut down hitters half his age in spring training.  —  The Rangers also ended their try …
Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians option Francisco Mejia to Triple-A Columbus  —  The Indians' top prospect will begin his season playing for the 2018 Columbus Clippers.  —  At some point this year, Francisco Mejia is expected to become a mainstay in the Cleveland Indians lineup.  —  But not yet.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Shoulder injury just a ‘scare’ for White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico said he feels fine after Sunday's shoulder injury, while the Sox announced infielder Tyler Saladino will not have to sit out seven games because of concussion protocol.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Jose Quintana expects better run support and more wins with Cubs  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana has a strong feeling that as long as he fulfills his duties, the victories that eluded him in the past will finally show up.  —  “With any players, you set expectations …
 
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Cubs' Mike Montgomery believes tweak in delivery will make him sharper — as reliever or starter
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Aledmys Diaz hopes to make long journey complete with Jays
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani calls his injury luck ‘comical,’ but he's not laughing
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Fantasy Baseball Preview 2018: Middle infielders
Associated Press:
Brewers tab righty Chase Anderson for Opening Day start
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Matt Borelli / DodgerBlue.com:
Dodgers News: Chris Taylor Prepared To Play Shortstop In Event Corey Seager Remains Limited By Elbow Trouble
Discussion: True Blue LA
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Michael Kopech clearly one of White Sox's five best starters, but business dictates he must wait
 Earlier Picks: 
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan has biceps strain, thinks he'll be good to go shortly
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Lynn's smaller contract underscores big questions for baseball
New York Daily News:
Yankees not interested in one-year deal with Alex Cobb: sources
Bob Nightengale / Courier-Journal:
MLB's brutal winter is all but over. Here are the biggest winners and losers.
Discussion: USA Today
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Way-too-early MLB trade deadline preview: Which stars could sellers deal?
ESPN:
Ichiro Suzuki: ‘Very special’ to play for Mariners again
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fowler back at leadoff but with less pressure
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
 

 
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