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5:35 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 …
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
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Oquendo can see five Gold Gloves in Cards' immediate future  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Jose Oquendo, longtime Cardinals third-base coach and infield coach who will switch to instructing minor leaguers for much of this year, has been around the prospective Cardinals' infield for several days before camp officially begins here.
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cards reliever Leone hopes his luck continues to change
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   As Oquendo returns to minor-league role, he's still much in demand with Cardinals
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.
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
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?
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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
One thing to watch at spring training for all 30 teams
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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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Nick Hundley agrees to minor league deal with A's  —  MESA, Ariz. — The Oakland Athletics added depth at catcher on Monday, agreeing to a minor league contract with Nick Hundley.  —  If added to the 40-man roster, the 35-year-old would get a one-year contract paying a $1.25 million salary while in the major leagues.
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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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