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Home run highlights Kang's successful debut

Home run highlights Kang's successful debut

MLB.com Updated 10 hours ago
Jung Ho Kang wasted no time demonstrating the power stroke that led the Pirates to bring him in, connecting on a solo home run in the third inning of their game against the Blue Jays.
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  • Reds Have 6 Doubles in 10-0 Win Over Indians

    Reds Have 6 Doubles in 10-0 Win Over Indians

    nytimes.com 9 hours ago
    Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce each had one of the Cincinnati Reds' six doubles in a 10-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, the spring opener for both teams.
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  • Rotation hopeful Marquis makes strong first step

    Rotation hopeful Marquis makes strong first step

    MLB.com 10 hours ago
    Jason Marquis pitched two scoreless innings and Devin Mesoraco kick-started a potent offensive performance as the Reds began Cactus League play with a win over the Indians on Wednesday.
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  • Alvarez Homers, Pirates Beat Blue Jays 8-7

    Alvarez Homers, Pirates Beat Blue Jays 8-7

    nytimes.com 11 hours ago
    Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run shot and Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang connected for his first major league homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the exhibition opener for both teams.
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  • Matt Garza gives Brewers pitchers personalized robes

    Matt Garza gives Brewers pitchers personalized robes

    yahoo.com 11 hours ago
    When baseball players give each other gifts, it's often an exercise in excess — "Here, fellow rich guys, here are $250 headphones for each of you." But when Matt Garza wanted to give his fellow Milwaukee Brewers starting pitchers a spring-trai…
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  • Cubs seek longer hours for Wrigley renovation

    Cubs seek longer hours for Wrigley renovation

    ESPN.com MLB.com 13 hours ago
    The Chicago Cubs say they will seek permission to work longer hours on renovations at Wrigley Field, but not to work 24 hours a day.
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  • Mind back on baseball, Almora emphasizing mental approach

    Mind back on baseball, Almora emphasizing mental approach

    MLB.com 15 hours ago
    Albert Almora played last season with a heavy heart and mind as he watched his father battle prostate cancer. Now, with those concerns put aside, the Cubs prospect believes he has gained a greater perspective on the game.
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  • Hendricks hard at work to keep No. 4 spot in Cubs rotation

    Hendricks hard at work to keep No. 4 spot in Cubs rotation

    MLB.com 16 hours ago
    Joe Maddon slotted Kyle Hendricks in the rotation, but the right-hander knows he has to work even harder this spring to keep the spot.
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  • Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotation

    Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotation

    MLB.com 17 hours ago
    After Mike Fiers starts an exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday, Kyle Lohse will start in Tempe, Ariz., against the Angels on Thursday, and Matt Garza will pitch against the Dodgers on Friday. That order makes it appear …
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  • Cubs’ Lester Gets Nod in Opener

    Cubs’ Lester Gets Nod in Opener

    nytimes.com ESPN.com Mar 3 (yesterday)
    Jon Lester was picked to start for the Cubs on opening night, April 5, against St. Louis. Lester signed a six-year, $155 million contract in December.
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  • Carpenter plans to be aggressive, but smart

    Carpenter plans to be aggressive, but smart

    MLB.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    The Cardinals have shown no indication that they plan to change Matt Carpenter's placement in their lineup. However, if Carpenter accomplishes what he has set as a season goal, he'll take a different look back into the familiar spot atop the batting ord…
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  • Martinez to start Grapefruit League opener

    Martinez to start Grapefruit League opener

    MLB.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    In mapping out their spring pitching schedule, the Cardinals have decided to give Carlos Martinez not just a long look, but also the first one, as Martinez pursues a job in the starting rotation.
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  • 'The Cubs Way' might just be the ticket for Fowler

    'The Cubs Way' might just be the ticket for Fowler

    MLB.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer came to the Cubs before the 2012 season, they wrote a manual called "The Cubs Way," detailing how they wanted instructors to teach and what traits they wanted their scouts to value. Dexter Fowler, who came to Ch…
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  • Derek Jeter’s Lessons Live On ... With Blue Jays

    Derek Jeter’s Lessons Live On ... With Blue Jays

    nytimes.com Mar 1 (2 days ago)
    The former Yankees catcher Russell Martin, who signed with Toronto in the off-season, said he had vivid memories of Derek Jeter’s strict routines and unyielding approach to the game.
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  • Bryant continues to impress Maddon in camp

    Bryant continues to impress Maddon in camp

    MLB.com Mar 1 (2 days ago)
    Kris Bryant has impressed Cubs manager Joe Maddon so far this spring. "He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said Sunday of the Cubs' top prospect.
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  • MLBPA keeping close eye on how Cubs handle Kris Bryant

    MLBPA keeping close eye on how Cubs handle Kris Bryant

    yahoo.com Mar 1 (3 days ago)
    Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is one of those truly rare and special talents. Recognized by ESPN's Keith Law and Baseball America at the No. 1 prospect in baseball, Bryant is a major-league ready hitter with at least All-Star upside. Nothing he's do…
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  • Haren likely to start first Grapefruit League tilt Thursday

    Haren likely to start first Grapefruit League tilt Thursday

    MLB.com Mar 1 (3 days ago)
    Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Sunday that veteran right-hander Dan Haren likely will be the starting pitcher for the Grapefruit League opener on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
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  • Grichuk swings, says back has improved

    Grichuk swings, says back has improved

    MLB.com Mar 1 (3 days ago)
    With an eye on being cleared to return to the field on Monday, Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk increased his work in the batting cages on Sunday and reported improvement with his lower back afterward.
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  • Glasnow impressing Bucs with his work in camp

    Glasnow impressing Bucs with his work in camp

    MLB.com Mar 1 (3 days ago)
    The Pirates brought Tyler Glasnow to big league camp to show him something about a Major League environment. Instead, the 21-year-old right-hander has been showing them something.
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  • Morris looks to climb back into Brewers' first-base mix

    Morris looks to climb back into Brewers' first-base mix

    MLB.com Mar 1 (3 days ago)
    Hunter Morris, once the Brewers' heir apparent to Prince Fielder at first base, finds himself exiled from the 40-man roster and sliding down the depth chart. He knows exactly what's at stake this spring.
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  • Healthy Phillips eyes return to form at plate

    Healthy Phillips eyes return to form at plate

    MLB.com Feb 28 (3 days ago)
    Reds' veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips arrived at Spring Training healthy and won't be limited after suffering a thumb injury that required surgery in 2014.
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  • Lester feels good vibe on mound, in camp

    Lester feels good vibe on mound, in camp

    MLB.com Feb 28 (4 days ago)
    Jon Lester felt good the day after his first live batting-practice session, but more importantly, he feels good about the atmosphere manager Joe Maddon has created at Cubs camp.
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  • Pirates Star Andrew McCutchen Eyeing Another Step Forward

    Pirates Star Andrew McCutchen Eyeing Another Step Forward

    nytimes.com Feb 28 (4 days ago)
    The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 95 games in 2005, the year they drafted outfielder Andrew McCutchen in the first round. Four years later, when McCutchen made his major league debut, they lost 99 games.
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  • Scooter Gennett helps stray dog at Brewers spring training

    Scooter Gennett helps stray dog at Brewers spring training

    yahoo.com Feb 28 (4 days ago)
    On Thursday, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett was going about his business after the Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up workouts at their spring complex in Maryvale, Ariz. when he discovered a stray dachshund wondering the area. According to Gennet…
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  • Sports Briefing | Baseball: Injury Sidelines Wainwright

    Sports Briefing | Baseball: Injury Sidelines Wainwright

    nytimes.com Feb 28 (4 days ago)
    Adam Wainwright will not pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of an abdominal strain,
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  • Video - Pirates: Spring Training Players To Watch 01:18

    Pirates: Spring Training Players To Watch

    Mar 2
    The Pirates have a new catcher in Francisco Cervelli and a new first baseman in moving Pedro Alvarez over from third, and they need both to lead in hitting if the team wants to win the NL Central.
  • Video - Hurdle On Pirates' Evolving Culture 03:09

    Hurdle On Pirates' Evolving Culture

    Mar 2
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks about the importance of Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh's season outlook and taking the next step.
  • Video - Cubs Owner: We're Here To Win 03:07

    Cubs Owner: We're Here To Win

    Mar 1
    Cubs owner Tom Ricketts talks about the dark days in Chicago and explains why the Cubs are ready to win now with ace pitcher Jon Lester and a stacked farm system.
  • Video - Cardinals' Season Outlook 00:35

    Cardinals' Season Outlook

    Feb 28
    John Kruk breaks down his expectations for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.

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