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10:50 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.
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Hard to say goodbye after Jake Arrieta's classy note, but Scott Boras made it easy to leave  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Nothing but class screamed off the page Monday night as former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta used perfect penmanship to craft a poignant farewell note under the heading “Chicago.”
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: Elite Sports NY and Halos Heaven
Matt Breen /   Phillies make room for Jake Arrieta by removing Tommy Joseph from roster
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB's brutal winter is all but over. Here are the biggest winners and losers.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
USA Today:
Carlos Correa, Astros' Puerto Rican All-Star, skips White House visit
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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:
CC Sabathia starts; Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez in Yankees' lineup  —  TAMPA, Fla. — CC Sabathia starts today as the Yankees host the Tigers at Steinbrenner Field (1:05 p.m., YES).  —  Let's get to it...  Today's lineup  —  1. Brett Gardner, LF  —  2. Aaron Judge, RF
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Neil Walker fits perfectly with Yankees as veteran infield insurance for unproven youngsters
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Yankees Masahiro Tanaka vs. Twins Phil Hughes tonight at Tampa
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox prospect Dylan Cease relishes chance to face Ichiro Suzuki  —  Chicago Tribune  —  In his third Cactus League appearance Monday night at the Peoria Sports Complex, 22-year-old White Sox prospect Dylan Cease got a chance to face 44-year-old legend Ichiro Suzuki.  —  Weird, eh?
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:   Monday's recap: White Sox 4, Mariners 2
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
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.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Battle for Mets fifth rotation spot, bullpen roles to heat up this week  —  The Mets break camp in less than two weeks, and these remaining Grapefruit League games will help the team craft its 25-man roster.  —  The biggest decision for the Mets will be selecting the fifth starter, and this week should help provide some clarity.
Christian Red / New York Daily News:
Zack Wheeler set to start Tuesday as Mets contemplate makeup of pitching staff
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Tampa Bay Times:
For starters: Rays at Phillies, with Archer and Kiermaier  —  The Rays are back in the Clearwater today to take on the Phillies for the second time in four days, with Chris Archer on the mound.There are a number of familiar faces in the lineup for the Ray today
Roger Mooney / Tampa Bay Times:   What do MLB players talk about when they meet at the mound?
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
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.
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 …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Matt Bush on going back to the bullpen: 'I'm very happy going back to doing what I know how to do'
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
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Matthew Boyd solid again; Detroit Tigers lose to Nationals, 5-4
Alex Butler / UPI:
Jose Altuve joins Astros at White House, Carlos Correa and two teammates skip event  —  The Houston Astros visited the White House on Monday to celebrate their 2017 World Series title.  —  All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran and relief pitcher Ken Giles did not attend the ceremony, which was held in the East Room.
Associated Press:
Reggie Jackson to have knee surgery Tuesday  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Hall of Famer and New York Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson is on the disabled list.  —  Jackson will have knee surgery Tuesday after tripping and falling during a walk Monday morning.  —  The Yankees said Jackson …
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Mike Puma / New York Post:
It took a lot of convincing to start confident Adrian Gonzalez's path to Mets
Mike Berardino / Twin Cities:
Eddie Rosario's return taking longer than expected
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Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Mike Clevinger has found confidence with consistent spot in Cleveland Indians' rotation
Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians option Francisco Mejia to Triple-A Columbus
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Designate Jake Cave For Assignment
Discussion: The Runner Sports
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
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Associated Press:
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