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Molitor likes adding Aybar's versatility to club
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Twins manager Paul Molitor welcomes Erick Aybar’s utility and might have veteran infielder play some outfield.

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Liriano embraces opportunity to start for Tigers
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Francisco Liriano spent the first half of his career tormenting the Tigers, one of the bright, young hopes on the Twins. That changed over the last five years, as the innings piled up, Liriano bounced around and surgeries sapped some of the strength from his left arm. Still, the sight of Liriano wearing the Olde […]

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Smith turns in hitless outing in Royals debut
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Burch Smith, a Rule 5 acquisition trying to find a spot in the Royals’ bullpen, threw two hitless innings, giving up one unearned run, in KC’s 8-4 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.

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Blackburn impresses in Rangers' spring opener
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Who said Spring Training games don’t mean anything? For Rangers starter Clayton Blackburn on Saturday, the meaning of the game hit him just as he was getting ready to warm up.

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Gordon passes first test in CF with flying colors
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After not getting any defensive opportunities in his three-inning debut Friday, newly converted Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon was tested early and often at his new position in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the White Sox.

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Yandy to focus on playing third exclusively
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Yandy Diaz bounced between third base and the outfield during Spring Training last year, and was deemed as an unfinished product defensively. His performance in the batter’s box is what forced the Indians’ hand, leading to a spot on the Opening Day roster.

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'Judge's Chambers' took star to new heights
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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Bryan Hoch’s first book, “The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty,” which is being published by Diversion Books and includes a foreword by Mark Teixeira. On sale March 6, it is now available for pre-order.

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Yanks ecstatic about Florial's potential
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Faces beam when Estevan Florial’s name is mentioned around the Yankees’ talent evaluators, and as the 20-year-old phenom settles into his first Major League Spring Training, manager Aaron Boone said that it is already apparent why the center fielder is held in high regard.

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Santiago shaky but solid in spring debut
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White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper had joked with Hector Santiago about his return not being official until he stepped back on a mound in game competition.

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Picking up pace, Zimmermann fires 2 scoreless
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One of the first things new Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio noticed about Jordan Zimmermann when he looked at video was his pace. He was much slower, taking more time between pitches, than Bosio remembered him taking when he was with the Nationals.

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Faria identifies fixes after scuffling in ST debut
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Saturday proved an inauspicious start to the Grapefruit League season for Jake Faria. The Rays right-hander lasted two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs. He faced seven batters, throwing 29 pitches, 18 for strikes.

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With job secure, Barnes out to master slider
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Danny Barnes knows his spot on the Blue Jays’ roster is secure, so he’s spending some of his time this spring trying to master the slider.

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