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Anderson throws first mound session since TJ
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Cody Anderson could not stop smiling as he made his way down a hallway inside the Indians’ complex on Saturday morning. The big right-hander was roughly an hour away from throwing off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last spring.

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Davis reunites with Tribe on Minor League deal
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Rajai Davis went through a physical on Saturday to put the final touches on a Minor League contract with the Indians, who invited the veteran to big league camp with a shot at cracking the Opening Day roster.

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Twins stretch out Duffey to compete for rotation
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With the Twins looking to increase their depth at starting pitcher, right-hander Tyler Duffey will be stretched out to start this spring and will compete for a spot in the rotation.

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Analytics convince Twins to bring in Anibal
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The Twins added to their starting-rotation depth, agreeing to terms with veteran right-hander Anibal Sanchez on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with up to $2.5 million in incentives, Major League sources confirmed on Friday.

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Catching prospect Rogers brings a lot to like
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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow knew the team would have to give up good talent to convince the Tigers to trade Justin Verlander and pick up part of his salary. Jake Rogers, their catcher of the future, was part of the price tag.

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Tigers thankful for Anibal's wisdom, influence
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As Tigers pitchers digested the idea of Anibal Sanchez as a division opponent, having just signed with the Twins, the prevailing sentiment was appreciation for what he meant to them as a teammate. Tigers players have gotten used to goodbyes over the past year, and they knew Sanchez wouldn’t be back, but many remain thankful […]

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Royals will allow closer to emerge this spring
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Unlike seasons past, the Royals come into 2018 without a clear-cut choice for closer.

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In need of depth, Twins agree with Anibal
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The Twins added to their starting rotation depth, agreeing to terms with veteran right-hander Anibal Sanchez on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with up to $2.5 million in incentives, Major League sources confirmed on Friday.

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Tigers renew agreement with Triple-A Toledo
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The Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens announced a two-year extension to their player development agreement on Friday, keeping Toledo as Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate through at least 2020.

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Faedo hopes to make most of spring invite
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Eight months ago, Alex Faedo was pitching in the College World Series. Now, he’s at big league camp with the Tigers.

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Merrifield open to idea of super-utility role
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Royals manager Ned Yost had suggested on Thursday that Raul Mondesi, perhaps thought to be ticketed for Triple-A Omaha once shortstop Alcides Escobar was re-signed to a one-year deal last month, could still win a job this spring at second base.

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New Indians pitching coach keeping status quo
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Carl Willis is not coming to camp with plans of making any drastic changes to the approach of the Indians’ pitchers. For the most part, Cleveland’s new pitching coach is inheriting a veteran staff, so the primary goal is to keep the group’s collective success rolling.

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