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7:35 AM ET, February 7, 2019

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Associated Press:
Yanks' Clint Frazier feeling good after concussion cut short 2018 season  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Clint Frazier showed no hesitation chasing down a fly ball on the warning track and hit batting practice drives well over the left-field fence, appearing to have recovered from the concussion that decimated his 2018 season.
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Coley Harvey / ESPN:
'Don't run from the fire.  Run toward it': Inside Clint Frazier's long, rockin' road to recovery  —  MARIETTA, Ga. — Clint Frazier's ears have been ringing a lot lately.  —  In recent months, they've been bombarded with booming bass beats, decibel-deafening melodies and sudden, piercing shrieks from excited music fans.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB rule changes are wise - but be careful what you wish for  —  Evolution is inevitable, and good, and that can even apply to baseball.  —  Change once came in drips, but two decades of innovation on the backfields and batting cages and boardrooms has flooded the diamond.
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Dave Sheinin / Baltimore Sun:   MLB considering drastic rule changes that could speed up games and create universal DH
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   MLB, union discussing dramatic rule changes
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
‘EVERYBODY LOVES HIM’: New Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo brings passion, personality to rebuilding team  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — You are about to know him as an energetic man with a quick smile and even quicker wit, a baseball lifer committed to mining the best out of those who surround him.
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Yahoo Canada / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Bryce Harper's fit with Blue Jays isn't a fan fever dream
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Associated Press:
Junichi Tazawa, Chicago Cubs reach agreement on minor league deal  —  CHICAGO — Reliever Junichi Tazawa has finalized a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and will report to big league spring training.  —  If added to the 40-man roster, Tazawa would receive a one-year contract paying $800,000 while in the major leagues.
Jacob Fisher / Cincinnati.com:
You can play as a Cincinnati Reds legend in ‘MLB The Show 19’  —  Some familiar faces are coming to the latest installment of Sony's popular video game franchise.  —  Former Reds pitcher Rob Dibble and outfielder Yasiel Puig will be playable characters in “MLB The Show 19,” …
Dan Albano / Orange County Register:
Orange Lutheran's Kyle Ford shows his passion for USC, signs with the Trojans  —  ORANGE - Kyle Ford's commitment to USC faced a few tests on the journey to National Signing Day on Wednesday.  —  First, Trojans' heralded new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury departed to coach …
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Former Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards  —  Former Cleveland Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards ceremony.
ESPN:
Reliever Brad Boxberger agrees to deal with Royals  —  Reliever Brad Boxberger has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.  —  The deal is for $2.2 million with $1 million in performance bonuses, a source told ESPN.  MLB Network first reported the agreement.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
After injury-devastated season, Dustin Pedroia plots his comeback for Red Sox  —  CHANDLER, Ariz. — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, sitting on the weight bench in the gym of his palatial home, is restless, rubbing his hands together, chugging another bottled water …
Randy Miller / Associated Press:
MLB rumors: New suitor for Bryce Harper; Front-runner for Manny Machado?  Phillies in on J.T. Realmuto?  —  RHP Jake Barrett  —  Adrian Beltre, 3B  —  Advance Local  —  Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) …
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Morning Call / Baltimore Sun:
Report: Phillies engaged in trade talks regarding J.T. Realmuto
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
It's Truck Day — and the unofficial start of Cardinals spring training  —  Pitchers and catchers officially report to the Cardinals' camp in Jupiter, Fla., next Tuesday.  But the unofficial start of spring training came on Wednesday at Busch Stadium.  It was Truck Day.
Chicago Tribune:
Deep Dish Baseball: Gearing up for spring training and talking to Reds announcer Marty Brennaman  —  Welcome to the weekly Deep Dish Baseball podcast with Mark Gonzales and Paul Sullivan and other Chicago Tribune writers.
 
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