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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Wainwright has good outing, but not so the bullpen  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • The first Cardinals pitcher to last longer than five innings this spring was their oldest pitcher.  Adam Wainwright, 37, worked 5 1/3 tidy innings Friday night.  He held the Houston Astros to three hits …
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Ben Frederickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Leadoff is Carpenter's, but Cardinals' Bader enjoys chance to set table  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  • Let the record show that Matt Carpenter's non-batting-gloves-wearing grip remains locked to the leadoff role he has thrived in as a Cardinal.  —  Manager Mike Shildt, unlike his predecessor …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Wainwright, Ponce de Leon both to start against Astros
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Another strong outing for Wacha, who might be in Cards camp for last time
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals narrow their focus to Hudson vs. Gant for final rotation spot
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Without CC Sabathia and Luis Severino, Yanks still confident in starting in-house rotation options  —  TAMPA — At this point, the Yankees are probably not going to add another starter to the roster even though they will not expect Luis Severino back until “at least May,” …
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Hicks may not be ready for Opening Day, and Luis Severino will miss the first month  —  TAMPA — Friday was the first time the Yankees admitted there is a chance that center fielder Aaron Hicks might not be ready for Opening Day and that ace Luis Severino will likely miss the first month.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Luis Severino Likely Out Until May
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jeff Fletcher / Orange County Register:
Angels content with pitching depth, despite Andrew Heaney's injury  —  Although Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez are available, the Angels don't appear to be pursuing either  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Despite Andrew Heaney's injury, which could have him starting the season on the injured list …
Associated Press:
Taylor to get MRI, testing Nats' thin depth at OF  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor favored his left leg as he limped through the clubhouse Friday before heading to have an MRI on his sore knee and hip.  —  Manager Dave Martinez called the test precautionary …
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Mark Zuckerman / Nationals Pastime:
Taylor injures left knee making diving catch (updated)
Discussion: Federal Baseball
ESPN:
Harper bruises foot; no real concern, Kapler says  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — New Phillies star Bryce Harper suffered a bruised right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn't overly worried about the injury.
KCTV:
Police investigate 2 incidents of suspected child abuse at home of Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill  —  OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) — A battery investigation is underway involving a juvenile at the home of Kansas City Chiefs star receiver Tyreek Hill.  —  Overland Park police were called at 4:20 p.m. Thursday …
Todd Bailey / Orange County Register:
Perspective helps UC Irvine's Andee Ritter cherish spot in Big West semifinals  —  ANAHEIM — The best way to describe Andee Ritter's senior season at UC Irvine is to call it a bonanza.  —  The fifth-seeded Anteaters will meet top-seeded UC Davis in a Big West Tournament semifinal game Friday …
Discussion: SGV Tribune
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Bob Keisser / Orange County Register:
UC Irvine rides stingy defense past UC Riverside, into Big West tourney semifinals
Adam Grosbard / Orange County Register:   Jordan Roberts' game-winner completes Long Beach State's comeback win over Hawaii at Big West Tournament
Don Brennan / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays Cheapseats: Borucki strengthens his case for the rotation  —  CLEARWATER, Fla .  — Blue Jays lefty Ryan Borucki was wearing his invisible blinders again on Friday.  —  How, he was asked, does it affect you when manager Charlie Montoyo uses a four- man outfield for a certain batter?
Tyler Carey / WKYC-TV:
Indians relief pitcher Tyler Clippard out 3-4 weeks with injury  —  He will officially miss the start of the regular season.  —  The Indians are currently in the process of figuring out who will man their bullpen when the season begins.  Unfortunately, one man will officially …
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 …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
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Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager takes big step in recovery
Jorge Castillo / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' split squads defeat Reds and Padres at spring training
Discussion: Red Reporter and True Blue LA
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: It was Yandy Diaz Day in Port Charlotte  —  New infielder flashes leather, hits three-run homer in win over Tigers in first of two Friday games.  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — Yandy Diaz put on a show Friday against the Tigers, making several good plays at first base and blasting …
Discussion: DRaysBay
Kevin Robinson / Pensacola News Journal:
Dericka Lindsay case: Woman convicted of murder, sentenced to life for sitting on child  —  A woman who killed a child by sitting on her as a form of punishment has been sentenced to life in prison.  —  After a two-day trial in Pensacola, Veronica Green Posey, 66, was found guilty Friday of first-degree felony murder.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: South Side Sox
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
 
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