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3:10 AM ET, March 13, 2018


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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.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and Star Tribune
Jorge L. Ortiz / Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
With Jake Arrieta on board, Phillies believe they're ready to contend  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Hunter kept pestering Jake Arrieta.  —  After joining the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen in December as a free agent, Hunter knew just the guy to lead the team's youthful rotation …
Discussion: USA Today and Federal Baseball
Matt Breen /
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 …
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Despite mixed results in Yankees camp, Masahiro Tanaka feels better than last spring  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Masahiro Tanaka saw another of his pitches fly out of the park, but the Yankees right-hander was generally pleased with Monday night's outing.  —  In his second Grapefruit League start …
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Yankees Masahiro Tanaka vs. Twins Phil Hughes tonight at Tampa  —  Matt Ehalt and Pete Caldera/  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Two full weeks of Yankees spring training remain, including 14 more Grapefruit League games (plus one exhibition game at Atlanta).  —  Let's get to it:  —  Tonight at Tampa
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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?
Arizona pitcher Taijuan Walker serves up free, homemade tacos out of food truck  —  Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker was serving them up at Salt River Fields on Monday.  —  Before the D-backs' game against the Colorado Rockies, Walker dished out free tacos to fans and teammates from a custom taco truck.
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.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks spring training - 2018 … For A.J. Pollock, it's like he blinked and six years suddenly passed.  He is thankful those years were spent with one organization.  He knows his time could be nearing an end.  —  Pollock, the Diamondbacks' longtime center fielder, is entering his final season before free agency.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Jim Thome excited to see what White Sox prospect Luis Robert becomes  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox prospect Luis Robert is slated to be a center fielder, though he could be used in any outfield spot.  —  The Sox didn't get to see Robert play much because of the decision not to start …
Discussion: South Side Sox
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Shoulder injury just a ‘scare’ for White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Michael Kopech clearly one of White Sox's five best starters, but business dictates he must wait
Discussion: South Side Sox
John Fay /
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.
John Fay /
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 /
Zack Cozart gets reunion with Reds at Spring Training
Discussion: Red Reporter
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Designate Jake Cave For Assignment  —  The Yankees announced that they've designated outfielder Jake Cave for assignment.  His roster spot will go to infielder Neil Walker, whose one-year Major League deal has now been announced by the team.  —  Cave, 25, enjoyed a strong season between Double …
NBC Sports / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Yankees sign Neil Walker
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Sign Neil Walker
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
Detroit Free Press:   Matthew Boyd solid again; Detroit Tigers lose to Nationals in exhibition
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 …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Alex Butler / UPI:   Jose Altuve joins Astros at White House, Carlos Correa and two teammates skip event
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.
ESPN:   Orioles start program to let kids come to games for free
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards' Mayers is at his best going with his best  —  • When Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals' ace turned mentor, saw the young righthander in the PNC Park visitors' clubhouse this past summer, Mike Mayers had his head bowed, his ERA distended and his mind reeling from another unsettling outing in the majors.
Christian Red / New York Daily News:
Zack Wheeler set to start Tuesday as Mets contemplate makeup of pitching staff  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Zack Wheeler's start against the Nationals Tuesday may go a long way toward determining the makeup of the Mets' 2018 bullpen.  —  After an off day, the Mets will play a split double-header …
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Mike Clevinger has found confidence with consistent spot in Cleveland Indians' rotation  —  Pitcher Mike Clevinger has found confidence come along with a consistent spot in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.  —  CLEVELAND — It is one thing to have belief in one's skills …
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
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 …
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