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Souza impressing Cash with disciplined approach

Souza impressing Cash with disciplined approach

MLB.com Updated 3 hours ago
Kevin Cash didn't know much about Steven Souza Jr. when the Rays acquired him in the three-way trade with the Padres and Nationals in December.
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  • Play ball: Five MLB games on tap today

    Play ball: Five MLB games on tap today

    MLB.com 3 hours ago
    Major League Baseball games are back. Madison Bumgarner, who threw the last pitch of the 2014 season 125 days ago for the Giants in Game 7 of an unforgettable World Series against Kansas City, is scheduled to start for the defending champs against Oakla…
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  • Wilson to visit Rangers' camp at end of March

    Wilson to visit Rangers' camp at end of March

    MLB.com 4 hours ago
    Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has led his team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, will make his annual visit to the Rangers' camp on March 28 when they play the Padres.
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  • Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotation

    Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotation

    MLB.com 5 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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  • Versatile roster will keep Padres' infield in motion

    Versatile roster will keep Padres' infield in motion

    MLB.com 21 hours ago
    Yangervis Solarte is a third baseman who also plays plenty of shortstop and second base. Clint Barmes spent parts of last season playing all four infield spots across the diamond. And Alexi Amarista has played at least five different positions in each o…
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  • Competition heavy for three open spots on Giants

    Competition heavy for three open spots on Giants

    MLB.com 21 hours ago
    With Tuesday's Cactus League opener against the Oakland A's, the Giants will begin conducting auditions for the few vacancies in their cast. The Giants will have exactly one relief spot up for grabs, and also could have as many as two roles available fo…
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  • Rodon prefers to let his game do the talking

    Rodon prefers to let his game do the talking

    MLB.com 22 hours ago
    Left-hander Carlos Rodon makes his Cactus League debut Friday when the White Sox take on the Padres, and the highly touted prospect doesn't seem overwhelmed or nervous about the opportunity.
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  • D-backs to honor woman who died in Syria

    D-backs to honor woman who died in Syria

    ESPN.com 22 hours ago
    The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a black patch with "KAYLA" on it in spring training games Tuesday through Sunday in memory of Kayla Mueller, the young Arizona woman who died in captivity in Syria.
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  • Ryu, Peralta feel good after bullpen sessions

    Ryu, Peralta feel good after bullpen sessions

    MLB.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    Most of the Dodgers' workout on Monday was washed out by rain, but they did receive good news from pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Joel Peralta.
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  • Worst-kept secret: Kershaw starting opener

    Worst-kept secret: Kershaw starting opener

    ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    Here's how the conversation about Opening Day goes when you have a pitcher of Clayton Kershaw's accomplishments. The Dodgers -- and everyone in baseball -- knew Kershaw would be scheduled to pitch that game before anyone even arrived at Camelback Ranch.
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  • Big innings don't always equate to struggles next season

    Big innings don't always equate to struggles next season

    MLB.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    History shows Madison Bumgarner's workload of 270 innings in the regular season and postseason combined last year won't necessarily bring extra hurdles to the Giants ace this year.
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  • Rockies add veteran Axford to pen at $2.6M

    Rockies add veteran Axford to pen at $2.6M

    ESPN.com Mar 1 (yesterday)
    The Colorado Rockies have selected John Axford's contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen.
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  • Urias impresses Dodgers in live batting practice

    Urias impresses Dodgers in live batting practice

    MLB.com Mar 1 (yesterday)
    Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, general manager Farhan Zaidi, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and special advisor Sandy Koufax all gathered on the field behind a batting cage at Camelback Ranch to watch a teenage phenom throw live batting practice Sun…
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  • Dodgers add veteran Adams to bullpen mix

    Dodgers add veteran Adams to bullpen mix

    ESPN.com Mar 1 (2 days ago)
    The Los Angeles Dodgers continued to stockpile high-upside pitchers with lengthy injury histories, adding reliever Mike Adams on a minor-league deal Sunday.
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  • Bumgarner slated for Giants Cactus League opener

    Bumgarner slated for Giants Cactus League opener

    MLB.com Feb 28 (3 days ago)
    Madison Bumgarner, already named the Giants' Opening Night starter, also will begin San Francisco's Cactus League schedule by facing the Oakland A's on Tuesday in Mesa.
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  • Tulowitzki, Gonzalez out for spring opener, but club 'encourage…

    Tulowitzki, Gonzalez out for spring opener, but club 'encouraged'

    MLB.com Feb 28 (3 days ago)
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez would miss the team's Spring Training opener, but the club is pleased with their progress as they return from injuries suffered last season.
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  • Wisler determined to build on educational 2014

    Wisler determined to build on educational 2014

    MLB.com Feb 28 (3 days ago)
    After essentially breezing his way through the Padres' organization, three-plus seasons filled with dominant starts, Matt Wisler, the club's top pitching prospect, had his toughest challenge in Triple-A last season. Now he's in camp with his eyes on a r…
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  • Grandal catching on quickly at Dodgers camp

    Grandal catching on quickly at Dodgers camp

    MLB.com Feb 28 (3 days ago)
    Camp Boomer, presided over by Dodgers coach Steve "Boomer" Yeager, just opened, but newcomer Yasmani Grandal -- the centerpiece in the Matt Kemp trade with the Padres -- already has opened eyes.
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  • Dodgers want versatile Barnes to focus on catching

    Dodgers want versatile Barnes to focus on catching

    MLB.com Feb 28 (3 days ago)
    Austin Barnes has the rare skill set for catching and second base, but the Dodgers have told him to put away the infield glove. For now, he will work exclusively as a catcher, general manager Farhan Zaidi said.
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  • Lincecum showing old form at camp

    Lincecum showing old form at camp

    MLB.com Feb 27 (4 days ago)
    Tim Lincecum has received rave reviews at camp. Of course, he formerly prompted such awe on a regular basis. And if the Giants right-hander truly has recaptured his Cy Young Award-winning form -- well, who knows what could happen this year?
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  • Turner looks to keep turning heads with Dodgers

    Turner looks to keep turning heads with Dodgers

    MLB.com Feb 27 (4 days ago)
    Being a non-roster position player in a Dodgers Spring Training camp is likely to lead to a year as Triple-A insurance, or worse. So what Justin Turner did last year, mostly under the radar, deserves respect.
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  • Preller settles in for first spring as Padres GM

    Preller settles in for first spring as Padres GM

    MLB.com Feb 27 (4 days ago)
    First-year Padres GM A.J. Preller spent a busy offseason revamping the roster, but he says he's constantly evaluating the team's makeup and looks forward to watching position battles play out in Spring Training.
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  • Struggles behind him, Strickland looks to earn spot in 'pen

    Struggles behind him, Strickland looks to earn spot in 'pen

    MLB.com Feb 27 (4 days ago)
    Hunter Strickland shined for the Giants in his first few big league innings in the regular season, but he was hit hard in the postseason. With the struggles behind him, Strickland is looking ahead towards a role with the Giants in 2015.
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  • Jansen fitted for weight-bearing boot

    Jansen fitted for weight-bearing boot

    MLB.com Feb 27 (4 days ago)
    After stitches are removed next week, the boot will allow Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to begin placing weight on the foot and gradually ramp up athletic activity. Until then, he will continue on crutches.
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  • Amarista ready for challenge as Padres' everyday shortstop

    Amarista ready for challenge as Padres' everyday shortstop

    MLB.com Feb 27 (4 days ago)
    The Padres will enter the 2015 season with a new starter at the shortstop position, as Alexi Amarista will take over the role after impressing the organization with his play in 2014,
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  • Video - Are Dodgers Better With Offseason Additions? 01:27

    Are Dodgers Better With Offseason Additions?

    Mar 1
    The Dodgers won 94 games last season, but are they now even better with the additions made in the offseason?
  • Video - Dodgers Injury Update 01:56

    Dodgers Injury Update

    Mar 1
    ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell discusses the timetable for Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to return to Los Angeles' lineup, as well as injuries to starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu.
  • Video - Shields Embracing Expectations 03:02

    Shields Embracing Expectations

    Feb 28
    James Shields discusses his decision to sign with San Diego during the offseason, the mentality of going deep into games and facing expectations.
  • Video - High Expectations For New-Look Padres 03:38

    High Expectations For New-Look Padres

    Feb 28
    San Diego's big offseason acquisitions Justin Upton and Matt Kemp discuss the Padres' chemistry and share their expectations for the 2015 season.

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