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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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Fowler to return to field Sunday
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Outfielder Dustin Fowler, acquired from the Yankees last season, will make his Athletics debut. Fowler missed several months last season following a knee injury in June that required surgery.

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Haniger taking it slow with sore right hand
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The early injury bug continued to bite the Mariners on Saturday as right fielder Mitch Haniger was ruled out for several days to rest a sore hand, while first baseman Daniel Vogelbach had his foot in a walking boot after being hit by a pitch in Friday’s Cactus League opener.

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High-risk, high-reward prospects dot Top 30 list
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The Rangers still adhere to their philosophy of targeting high-risk, high-reward prospects and have several on hand. However, several of their young talents still need time to develop.

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Profar eager to impress Rangers this spring
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Elvis Andrus will not be making the trip to Mesa on Saturday, when the Rangers open their Cactus League schedule against the Cubs. Instead, Jurickson Profar will be the starting shortstop for the first game of the spring as he tries to earn a spot as the Rangers’ utility infielder. He is off to a […]

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Glove Day brings new leather for Astros
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One of the few chances a baseball player gets to express himself on the field is with his glove, which is why so many players can’t wait for Wilson Sporting Goods — the official glove of Major League Baseball — to come through camp.

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Armenteros brings heat in spring opener
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His reputation of being a strikeout machine showed early for Astros prospect Rogelio Armenteros when he struck out the first two batters he faced in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Nationals in the Grapefruit League opener at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

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Tropeano, Bridwell begin spring rotation battle
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The battle for the sixth spot in the Angels’ rotation officially kicked off Friday, with Nick Tropeano and Parker Bridwell making their Cactus League debuts in the club’s 9-8 loss to the A’s at Hohokam Stadium.

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Chirinos ready for busy camp as No. 1 catcher
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Robinson Chirinos has worked his way back to being the Rangers’ No. 1 catcher. Now he has a bigger job.

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M's Top 30 led by Lewis, features 20 new names
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Though headlined by 2016 first-rounder and No. 70 overall prospect Kyle Lewis for a second straight year, the latest Mariners Top 30 list otherwise features 20 new names. Many of those players stand to contribute in the Major Leagues relatively soon, too, as exactly half of the club’s Top 30 prospects have a 2018 estimated […]

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Gordon has worked hard to find right glove
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Dee Gordon went to work immediately after learning he would be playing center field for the Mariners and the All-Star infielder will get his first crack at the new position in the club’s spring opener.

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