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4:45 PM ET, February 11, 2019

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Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Three things to watch from the Los Angeles Angels at spring training  —  A brief look at what to expect from the Arizona Diamondbacks at Cactus League spring training.  Information regarding spring training venues, tickets and reporting dates can be found here.  —  Los Angeles Angels
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Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Three things to watch from the Seattle Mariners at spring training  —  A brief look at what to expect from the Arizona Diamondbacks at Cactus League spring training.  Information regarding spring training venues, tickets and reporting dates can be found here.  —  Seattle Mariners
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Three things to watch from the Arizona Diamondbacks at spring training  —  A brief look at what to expect from the Arizona Diamondbacks at Cactus League spring training.  Information regarding spring training venues, tickets and reporting dates can be found here.  —  Arizona Diamondbacks
Associated Press:
Pirates announce deal with Melky Cabrera  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their minor league contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera, who will report to major league spring training.  —  If added to the 40-man roster, the 34-year-old would get a one-year contract …
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
3 Detroit Tigers positions that are up for grabs in spring training  —  Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech breaks down the Detroit Tigers' top three position battles heading into spring training:  —  1. Fifth starter  —  Daniel Norris.  (Photo: Andy Marlin USA TODAY Sports)
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Ryan Ford / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers avoiding big risks by not spending big money. Here's why
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Hello from Detroit Tigers spring training, goodbye to a rival
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Associated Press:
Season-long tribute planned to pioneering 1869 Red Stockings  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds are fashionably celebrating the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings team.
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John Minchillo / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Season-long tribute planned to pioneering 1869 Red Stockings
Associated Press:
Stephen Vogt agrees to minors deal with Giants  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Free-agent catcher Stephen Vogt is returning to the Bay Area, agreeing to a minor league contract with the Giants.  —  Vogt shared the news in a text message Monday, when he was en route to the club's spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Giants, Stephen Vogt Agree To Minor League Deal  —  The Giants are in agreement with catcher Stephen Vogt on a minor league contract, reports Janie McCauley of the Associated Press (via Twitter).  She notes that he's yet to begin throwing from a crouch following shoulder surgery last year.
Tim Bannon / Chicago Tribune:
Manny Machado spotted with Kyle Schwarber at the baptism for Albert Almora's son  —  Photos of Manny Machado, one of the top free agents this season.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Does Manny Machado schmoozing with Kyle Schwarber at Albert Almora Jr.'s baby's baptism mean anything about where the free agent will sign?
Discussion: Denver Post and NBCSports.com
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   9 spring training questions for the White Sox, including Manny Machado's whereabouts and Yoan Moncada's strikeouts
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   5 things to watch in the Cactus League, including an early start and a free-agency deep freeze
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
The burning questions for the Texas Rangers entering spring training we need answered  —  It's that time again.  The Rangers are headed to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., with some important questions facing them.  —  The first few weeks of spring training, and, let's face it, the first …
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   This player might benefit from Rangers' deep dive into analytics more than any other
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Zack Britton's name revelation led to demise of original Yankees contract  —  TAMPA — Zack Britton's wife made him tear up his contract with the Yankees.  —  The lefty reliever's spouse is an attorney, and when she looked over the deal he'd just signed with the Bombers, she saw the problem.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
‘The Cardinals are going to live to regret this.’ 37 years ago today, they traded for Ozzie Smith  —  Editors note: On Feb. 11, 1982, the Cardinals made the trade that turned future Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie “The Wizard” Smith into a Redbird for most of his career.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs prospect Adbert Alzolay ‘going to be a big piece this year’  —  Infielder David Bote discusses the importance of each game this season for the Cubs during a workout at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday, Feb. 11, 2018.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Baseball notebook: Free agents abound as spring camps open this week  —  Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel won't be around when the bat and ball bags are opened at spring training throughout Florida and Arizona this week.  —  They are among the dozens …
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to visit Cincinnati for Reds' Opening Day  —  Among details revealed in an article by the Associated Press' Dan Sewell about the upcoming season-long tribute planned to the 1869 Red Stockings: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will be in Cincinnati …
Adam Woodard / Lansing State Journal:
Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham stands by comments blasting fans, pleads for more support  —  Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham has doubled down on his criticism of his team's lack of fan support.  —  While addressing the Rays' poor attendance, Pham said in December that the organization has …
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tommy Pham doesn't regret ripping lack of Rays fans, would like to see more of them
Discussion: Sporting News
 
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John Ourand / SportsBusiness Daily:
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Photos: Early birds working out at 2019 Cardinals Spring Training
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards reliever Leone hopes his luck continues to change
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets did everything outside the box — will it blow up in their face?
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
9 spring training questions for the Cubs, including Kris Bryant's health and Joe Maddon's new approach
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves preview: Georgian catching duo's impact will exceed numbers
 Earlier Picks: 
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
One thing to watch at spring training for all 30 teams
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
As Oquendo returns to minor-league role, he's still much in demand with Cardinals
Rotoworld.com:
Lowdown: Limping Lindor
Rob Goldberg / Bleacher Report:
MLB Trade Rumors: Indians' Corey Kluber Has ‘Almost No Chance’ of Being Moved
Will Lester / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
Photos: Rain postpones eliminations to Monday at 59th NHRA Winternationals
Discussion: Daily Breeze
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager ‘to do something for Chicago and the Cubs’
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue