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Reds Have 6 Doubles in 10-0 Win Over Indiansnytimes.com 9 hours agoBrandon 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Rotation hopeful Marquis makes strong first stepMLB.com 10 hours agoJason 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.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com 11 hours agoPedro 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.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com 11 hours agoWhen 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…Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago Cubs say they will seek permission to work longer hours on renovations at Wrigley Field, but not to work 24 hours a day.Upvote Share Tweet
Mind back on baseball, Almora emphasizing mental approachMLB.com 15 hours agoAlbert 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Hendricks hard at work to keep No. 4 spot in Cubs rotationMLB.com 16 hours agoJoe Maddon slotted Kyle Hendricks in the rotation, but the right-hander knows he has to work even harder this spring to keep the spot.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotationMLB.com 17 hours agoAfter 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 …Upvote Share TweetJon 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Carpenter plans to be aggressive, but smartThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Martinez to start Grapefruit League openerIn 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.Upvote Share Tweet
'The Cubs Way' might just be the ticket for FowlerWhen 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Derek Jeter’s Lessons Live On ... With Blue Jaysnytimes.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.Upvote Share Tweet
Bryant continues to impress Maddon in campMLB.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.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.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…Upvote Share Tweet
Haren likely to start first Grapefruit League tilt ThursdayMarlins 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Grichuk swings, says back has improvedWith 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Glasnow impressing Bucs with his work in campThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Morris looks to climb back into Brewers' first-base mixHunter 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.Upvote Share TweetMLB.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.Upvote Share Tweet
Lester feels good vibe on mound, in campMLB.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.Upvote Share Tweet
Pirates Star Andrew McCutchen Eyeing Another Step Forwardnytimes.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.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.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…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Feb 28 (4 days ago)Adam Wainwright will not pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of an abdominal strain,Upvote Share Tweet
Pirates: Spring Training Players To WatchMar 2The 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.
Hurdle On Pirates' Evolving CultureMar 2Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks about the importance of Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh's season outlook and taking the next step.
Cubs Owner: We're Here To WinMar 1Cubs 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.
Cardinals' Season OutlookFeb 28John Kruk breaks down his expectations for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.
The Trade That Rocked (or Will Rock) the NFLMar 4In what will be one of the most interesting trades in recent NFL history, the Eagles have agreed to send 2013 NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for middle linebacker Kiko Alonso when the league year opens for business next week. Adam Schefter…
Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks have interest in big man JaVale McGeeMar 3The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks have emerged as teams interested in free agent-to-be JaVale McGee, according to league sources.
Panthers bring back DT Cole, 34, for 1 yearMar 3The Carolina Panthers reached a one-year deal with veteran defensive tackle Colin Cole on Tuesday.
ESPN NowMar 2James Harden's suspension is just a blip on the road to an MVP season, according to ESPN's J.A. Adande: "He's getting his teammates involved. ... To m...