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10:00 AM ET, March 18, 2019


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Pete Caldera / Daily Record:10 minutes ago
A look at New York Yankees' week ahead as Florida spring training winds down  —  CC Sabathia pitches his first simulated game of the spring at Yankees camp, facing Troy Tulowitzki  —  TAMPA, Fla. — This is the final week of Yankees' spring training, save for one final exhibition game next Monday at Nationals Park in Washington.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Hicks misfortune creates massive Yankees ripple effect  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Aaron Hicks is not going to be ready for the first weekend of the season.  —  The center fielder needed a second cortisone shot for lower back discomfort on Sunday, meaning he will not have time to be ready …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Jacoby Ellsbury touches down in Yankee town for spring
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Despite seasonal expectation, Dellin Betances' pitching still lacking speed
George A. King III / New York Post:
Clint Frazier? Wade? Aaron Hicks injury forces Yankees into decision
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Despite a 1-2-3 inning, Yankees' Betances still seeking missing 4-5-6 mph on his fastball
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
A near no-hitter leaves Cardinals' lineup searching for its upswing this spring  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Before unveiling the lineup for Sunday's game against Miami, manager Mike Shildt and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt talked about the spot in the order that was going to be “a big deal” in that day's conversation.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notebook: Gyorko still out; Carpenter ailing, too  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • The fight between Drew Robinson and Yairo Munoz for a reserve job on the Cardinals' 25-man roster has taken on a new twist.  Infielder Jedd Gyorko will miss a couple of more days and now is ticketed …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Gant's outing lacks efficiency
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Avila, Escobar homer in Diamondbacks' win over White Sox  —  Diamondbacks (ss) 7, White Sox 3  —  At the plate: C Alex Avila and 3B Eduardo Escobar each connected for their first home run of the spring.  Avila hit his on a line to the opposite field in the third inning.
Discussion: South Side Sox
Matt Layman / Arizona Sports:
Diamondbacks still sorting out Opening Day battery
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Decision coming soon on Zack Greinke's personal catcher
Bobby Nightengale /
Yasiel Puig homers twice in Cincinnati Reds' 9-9 tie against Cleveland Indians  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Yasiel Puig hit a pair of home runs, including a fourth-inning grand slam, to highlight the Reds' offense in a 9-9 tie against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on Sunday.
Bobby Nightengale /   With ongoing competitions, Cincinnati Reds outfielders standing out during spring training
Bobby Nightengale /   These Cincinnati Reds remind one player of World Series champion Kansas City Royals
Kevin Acee / Sacramento Bee:
Padres expect a lot of Garrett Richards, including him helping out this season  —  The Padres almost certainly will have the youngest starting rotation in the majors this spring.  —  It is conceivable they begin the season with two rookies, two pitchers in their second season and an old man who has made eight big-league starts.
Associated Press:
MLB: Liam Hendriks, Oakland Athletics ready to prove doubters wrong  —  TOKYO — Amid all the hoopla surrounding Suzuki Ichiro's return to Japan with the Seattle Mariners, it's been easy to overlook something else: the Oakland Athletics are here, too.  —  The A's are used to being seen as the also-rans, and even relish it.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Bryce Harper's at-bats, Jake Arrieta's starts are big Phillies storylines in final week of spring training |  Extra Innings  —  The sigh of relief could be heard from Old Coachman Road in Clearwater all the way to Pattison Avenue in South Philly.  —  Bryce Harper took a fastball off …
Associated Press:   Bryce Harper, Phillies can breathe huge sigh of relief
Cindy Boren / Chicago Tribune:   Philly being Philly as fans hurl threats at pitcher who struck Bryce Harper
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Trevor Story: Rockies' offense will be more productive than 2018 version  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Judging by the numbers — be they traditional statistics such as batting average and on-base percentage, or by deeper analytic measures — the Rockies' 2018 offense was bad.
Discussion: Purple Row
Luke Zahlmann / Mile High Sports:
Brendan Rodgers' lagging timeline among 2015 class deserves patience
Discussion: Purple Row
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
What's it like to be a Miami Marlin?  *Rolls eyes, takes deep breath*  —  JUPITER, Fla. — Jarlin Garcia has been in the Marlins organization longer than almost any other player.  He's been there so long, fans in and around Miami refer to him as Jarlin the Marlin.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Phillies' makeover aimed at fixing fractured clubhouse  —  When the Philadelphia Phillies lost their ninth consecutive game toward the end of last September, veteran first baseman Carlos Santana felt like he needed to send a message to his teammates whom he said spent portions of the game …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Dodgers not panicking over Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler injuries  —  PHOENIX — It's 8:30 in the morning, and instead of sitting in front of his locker preparing for a spring-training start, Los Angeles Dodgers three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw is shirtless, throwing a medicine ball against the wall in a hallway.
Stephen Ruiz / Orlando Sentinel:
Atlanta Braves' exit from Disney will cut Central Florida out of Grapefruit League  —  In their first regular-season game after moving from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, the Braves hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates.  —  Six players in that game, a 3-2 Pirates victory, went on to the Hall of Fame, including Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
‘We want to carry the innings load’: Cubs starters vow to relieve brittle bullpen  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Relief may be on the way for the Cubs' fragile bullpen.  —  That aid could come from within the organization in the form of an invigorated starting rotation that often failed to pitch …
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