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Boyd struggles to find rhythm vs. Jays
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Matt Boyd said Daniel Norris’ back injury doesn’t affect his competition for the Tigers’ fifth-starter job.

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Back injury to land Norris on DL
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Daniel Norris, once the frontrunner in the Tigers’ fifth-starter competition, will open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with three non-displaced fractures in his spinous process, a series of bony protrusions that extend from the spine.

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Arcia leads Twins' bats with 2 homers
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Giancarlo Stanton cleared the wall and the Marlins’ office building, and the ball landed on the patio near the batting cages. But the two-run blast that left the crowd speechless wasn’t the most significant shot of the afternoon.

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Hosmer, Fuentes hit homers against Brewers
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Wily Peralta breezed through six innings in his next-to-last start before Opening Day, and was backed by a trio of home runs in the Brewers’ 9-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

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Volquez feels good after Minor League outing
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Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez, a candidate to start Opening Day, said he felt fine a day after throwing an 82-pitch Minor League game on Wednesday.

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Duensing still in mix for Royals' bullpen spot
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Royals left-hander Brian Duensing knew this would be a different type of Spring Training.

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Santana named Twins' Opening Day starter
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The front-end of the rotation became clear on Wednesday, as Twins manager Paul Molitor announced Ervin Santana will start on Opening Day, followed by Kyle Gibson and Phil Hughes. Molitor also said there’s still a competition for the rotation’s final two spots.

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Medlen encouraged by offspeed stuff
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The final numbers for Royals right-hander Kris Medlen look a bit grisly — 3 1/3 innings, seven hits, five runs, one walk, six strikeouts and four homers allowed. But after the Royals fell, 7-6, to the Indians on Wednesday, Medlen was anything but down. In fact, he felt he rediscovered his curveball.

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Backed by Garcia's homer, Danks spins gem
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John Danks threw six scoreless innings and Avisail Garcia drove in two as the White Sox claimed a 6-1 victory over the Padres Wednesday at Camelback Ranch for their fifth win in six games. Drew Pomeranz went four strong innings for San Diego.

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MLBPA executive Clark visits White Sox
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Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, paid a visit to the White Sox clubhouse prior to Wednesday morning’s workouts and an afternoon game with the Padres.

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Twins send LHP Strong to Triple-A Rochester
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The Twins outrighted lefty reliever Mike Strong to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster. The Twins now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

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Top prospect Fulmer eager to integrate cutter
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Carson Fulmer, the White Sox top-ranked prospect per MLBPipeline.com, recently added a cutter to his fastball/curve/change repertoire, a pitch that he already feels good about after just one week of work.

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