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1:30 PM ET, March 15, 2019

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Associated Press:
Dodgers' Seager plays SS for 1st time since April  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, logging three innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a minor league exhibition.  —  The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year had surgery May 4 to repair …
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Jorge Castillo / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' split squads defeat Reds and Padres at spring training
Discussion: True Blue LA
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Albert Almora Jr. leading off for Cubs against White Sox; David Bote will start at shortstop  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Albert Almora Jr. will lead off Friday when the Cubs travel to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., to face the White Sox.  —  Almora went -for-3 from the ninth spot Thursday …
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Theo Epstein is impressed by the Cubs' bullpen depth, and they'll need it after so many injuries
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Win now and win later: The Cubs and White Sox are eyeing different goals as opening day nears
Discussion: South Side Sox
Adam Grosbard / Orange County Register:
Jordan Roberts' game-winner completes Long Beach State's comeback win over Hawaii at Big West Tournament  —  ANAHEIM — An 18-point deficit in the opening minutes seemed to spell doom for Long Beach State against Hawaii in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.
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Bob Keisser / Orange County Register:
UC Irvine rides stingy defense past UC Riverside, into Big West tourney semifinals  —  ANAHEIM — Some teams play tough defense because it's a necessity.  UC Irvine plays defense because it loves the sound of breaking an opponent's heart.  —  That has been the Anteaters' style since Russell …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Another strong outing for Wacha, who might be in Cards camp for last time  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Michael Wacha seems to be having more fun in the Cardinals' clubhouse this spring than he probably ever has.  —  Part of that surely could attest to his side feeling good …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals narrow their focus to Hudson vs. Gant for final rotation spot
Charlotte Knights / The Charlotte Observer:
Gabriel Burns: Why can't Ronald Acuna be the 2019 MVP?  —  BY GABRIEL BURNS THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION  —  Tuesday was the typical afternoon for Ronald Acuna.  Before homering in his second consecutive game, he drew oohs and awes in batting practice, twice putting balls over the mountainous scoreboard in center field.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Mark Zuckerman / Nationals Pastime:
Taylor injures left knee making diving catch (updated)  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. - Michael A. Taylor was forced to prematurely depart today's exhibition game in the third inning, shortly after the Nationals center fielder injured his left knee making a diving catch.
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Predicting the next top-100 player for all 30 teams
Discussion: NESN.com
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
Life after Harper? Juan Soto can be what Bryce was ... and more
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets backup shows why he is a ‘dangerous weapon to have’  —  JUPITER, Fla. — J.D. Davis' usefulness to the Mets this season could be largely dependent upon his ability to produce off the bench.  In that regard, he passed a test of sorts Thursday.  —  Davis' RBI double in the eighth …
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Tim Healey / Newsday:   Zack Wheeler picking up where he left off for Mets
Chris McCosky / Detroit News:
Tigers' Fulmer hopeful, but odds are against him starting season on time  —  Lakeland, Fla. - On the walk-up to the TigerTown administrative offices at about 7:30 Friday morning, out in the mist on the short field alongside the batting cages, was Michael Fulmer, in uniform, throwing long toss in preparation for a bullpen session.
Discussion: NBCSports.com and MLB Trade Rumors
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Associated Press:   Tigers shelve RHP Fulmer to work on mechanics
SNY:
Steven Matz looks to regroup as Mets take on Nationals  —  Steven Matz and the Mets face Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals in a Grapefruit League game on Friday at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field.  —  Mets notes  —  Dominic Smith is tied with J.D. Davis for the team lead with eight RBIs. ...
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Luis Severino Likely Out Until May  —  Yankees general manager Brian Cashman provided a more concrete timetable for right-hander Luis Severino to return from his current shoulder troubles Friday, revealing that the organization doesn't expect Severino to pitch in a big league game until sometime in May …
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
What Judge, Yankees think about HR Derby winner getting $1 million  —  TAMPA — A pinstriped update on the 2019 Home Run Derby, in the wake of Thursday's announcement there will be $2.5 million in prize money, including $1 million for the winner, added to the proceedings:  —Aaron Judge is very likely out.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Robert Klemko / Sports Illustrated:
The Big Ben Problem in Pittsburgh, According to Two Ex-Steelers  — Two generational talents have officially left the organization, and two other ex-Steelers point to the quarterback as the root of the franchise's problems.  —  In the social media storm that comes with the first days of free agency, a lot can fly under the radar.
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh and NESN.com
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Why do managers and coaches sit outside the dugout during spring training games?  —  If you've ever watched a spring training baseball game you probably noticed it.  —  The manager and his coaches are typically sitting outside the dugout, closer to home plate, sitting in chairs, usually behind a protective netting.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
The Pete Alonso Dilemma: games in April count as much as games in September  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Pete Alonso is the type of slugger Mets fans would pay to see from Opening Day to the end of his tenure.  —  The reality is, if the Mets hold Alonso in the minors until a few weeks into the regular season …
Joe Noga / Plain Dealer:
Which of the new MLB rules changes will impact the Cleveland Indians the most?  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced Thursday sweeping rules changes that will be implemented in the next two seasons.  But how will the announced new rules impact …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
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Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:   Former Indians OF Coco Crisp signs one-game contract with Lake Erie Crushers
 
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Matt Ehalt / NorthJersey.com:
'He's doing all the right things': Tim Peterson is standing out among Mets relievers
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MLB changes All-Star selection process and pace-of-play rules for 2019
Adam Jude / The Seattle Times:
A bromance blooms between Mariners prospects Julio Rodriguez, Jarred Kelenic
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Can anyone catch Mike Trout as baseball's best player?
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Improved discipline at plate paying off for Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez
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