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12:30 PM ET, March 14, 2019


 Top News: 
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Is Estevan Florial ‘a young Bernie Williams’ or a future bust?  —  TAMPA, Fla. — When the prospect rankers began unveiling their annual lists of baseball's best up-and-comers, a common theme emerged regarding one of the New York Yankees' prized players.  —  Estevan Florial …
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Harper goes 0-for-2 against Yankees' Tanaka  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Bryce Harper went 0-for-2 against New York Yankees Opening Day starter Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday night in his third spring training game, and first on the road, since signing baseball's biggest contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Discussion: Daily Journal
Pete Caldera / USA Today:
Bryce Harper: ‘Never heard’ from Yankees, New York unlikely after Giancarlo Stanton trade  —  What I'm Hearing: Bob Nightengale was in attendance for Bryce Harper's introductory press conference for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He says it was made clear what the expectations are for this year and beyond.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Dellin Betances' pitching arm is ‘normal’ despite his lack of spring training play  —  TAMPA — Aaron Boone insists everything is normal, but Yankees setup man Dellin Betances will not throw in a Grapefruit League game again until at least this weekend.  Betances, who has appeared …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Closing the Yankees, Bryce Harper chapter that never was
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Yankees lineup: A revised look at the potential opening day batting order
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Giancarlo Stanton feeling more at home with Yankees in Year 2
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB, union agree to 1 trade deadline  —  A single trade deadline and an All-Star Game Election Day will be implemented in 2019 while roster expansion will happen in 2020 as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are set to announce Thursday, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Baseball's confusing trade deadline rule is about to change. Here's the potential fallout
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLB, MLBPA Announce Single Trade Deadline, Changes To Roster Size
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Hits remain scarce for Cardinals  —  • All was well with the Cardinals' offense.  Cleanup man Marcell Ozuna (one for 20) doubled his hit total with a single and a double Wednesday.  “I liked Ozuna's day quite a bit,” manager Mike Shildt said.  —  The Cardinals showed they could manufacture …
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Bader to lead off; Fowler bats third in Cards' game vs. Mets  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • The Cardinals, who are averaging under four runs a game this spring, are resting several regulars for Thursday's exhibition with the New York Mets but the top four names in the lineup are familiar ones.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   JUPITER, Fla.  • For the seventh time in 19 spring games, the Cardinals scored two runs …
Bill Baer /
Collin McHugh calls out White Sox for manipulating Eloy Jiménez's service time  —  Astros pitcher Collin McHugh hasn't been shy of sharing his point of view on the various issues surrounding Major League Baseball.  He expressed solidarity with New Era workers last month …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Every team needs a Yolmer Sanchez to get through the grind of the season. …
Chicago Tribune:
Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease optioned to Triple-A Charlotte as White Sox make roster moves
Discussion: South Side Sox
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets' Todd Frazier, Jed Lowrie likely won't be ready for start of regular season  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Mets haven't publicly acknowledged that Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie won't be ready for the start of the regular season, but it's probably safe for everybody else to.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:   This pitcher could be one of the Mets' deadliest bullpen weapons
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
Life after Harper?  Juan Soto can be what Bryce was ... and more  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — If you think Juan Soto is feeling pressure, think again.  —  Last May, Soto exploded onto the scene as a 19-year-old outfielder with the Washington Nationals.  Due to injuries in D.C. …
Don Brennan / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays name Marcus Stroman opening day starter  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — Two weeks before camp breaks, the Blue Jays have announced their pitching plans for opening day against the Detroit Tigers.  —  And sure enough, it will be Stro Time.  —  Indeed, all the work paid off for Marcus Stroman …
Associated Press:   Stroman to start Blue Jays' opener against Detroit
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB 2019: Two weeks from Opening Day, what to watch as spring training hits home stretch  —  SportsPulse: Now that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have signed we can finally look ahead to actual baseball.  Here are the storylines that will define the MLB in 2019.  —  CONNECT
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen not sorry for brash winter
Joey Kaufman / Daily News:
Jaylen Hands' big night helps UCLA top Stanford in Pac-12 tourney opener  —  LAS VEGAS — Jaylen Hands strutted for a couple of steps across the hardwood and celebrated with a shoulder shimmy.  —  Less than four minutes remained in the first half of UCLA's 79-72 victory over Stanford …
Discussion: SGV Tribune
Dave Clark /
Cincinnati Reds' ‘Born to Baseball’ videos feature Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin  —  If the Cincinnati Reds' new “Born to Baseball” promotions featuring National Baseball Hall of Famers and former Reds greats Johnny Bench and Barry Larkin don't have you looking forward to Opening …
Justin Leger /
Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi doesn't miss a beat in spring debut  —  Nathan Eovaldi made his spring debut on Wednesday and picked up right where he left off last October.  —  The Red Sox right-hander tossed three innings against the Twins, allowing one hit (a solo home run), walking one, and striking out another.
Discussion: The Athletic and Over the Monster
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
How Dave Dombrowski views Red Sox bullpen blueprint
Mark Gonzales / Baltimore Sun:
Cubs may need to rely on a more complete Carl Edwards Jr. with Pedro Strop's status uncertain  —  Cubs pitcher Jon Lester discusses the struggles he experienced in a spring training game against the Athletics on March 13, 2019, in Mesa, Ariz.  —  Chicago Tribune
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   5 takeaways from Cubs spring training, including a far-from-set rotation and Jon Lester …
Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals not taking catching for granted as they groom M.J. Melendez, Sebastian Rivero  —  Royals young, talented catching prospects M.J. Melendez and Sebastian Rivero didn't have to look over their shoulder to see the competition as they put together stellar individual seasons last year.
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Discussion: Red Reporter
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Discussion: MLB Baseball News …

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