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Minor jumped at chance to join Rangers
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Most of the teams interested in Minor wanted him for their bullpen. But he was a starter for the Braves in 2010-14, and the Rangers were the only team willing to give him at least a chance to start.

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Strained right lat muscle sidelines Erasmo
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Erasmo Ramirez, expected to be Seattle’s fourth starter this season, is dealing with a strained right lat muscle and will be shut down from throwing for a couple of weeks, manager Scott Servais said on Sunday.

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New year, new outlook for Houston's Giles
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When the final out of the World Series was recorded last year, it was starter-turned-reliever Charlie Morton — and not closer Ken Giles — who was getting the final out and being mobbed by his Astros teammates in the middle of the diamond.

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When Verlander speaks, Astros hurlers listen
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In his first Spring Training with the Astros, pitcher Justin Verlander has been spreading tons of knowledge. He was spotted Saturday getting hands-on with pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. during his bullpen session, and on Sunday, he was at his locker talking pitching with Dallas Keuchel and Gerrit Cole.

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Angels add veterans C. Young, C. Carter
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Outfielder Chris Young signed a one-year contract with the Angels with a Major League Spring Training invitation and first baseman Chris Carter has agreed to a Minor League deal on Sunday. Carter’s deal is for $1.75 million if he makes the Major League roster and includes $600,000 in incentives, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

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Seeking more W's, M's catching up on Zzz's
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Most people don’t need encouragement to sleep in a little longer, but baseball players have been conditioned for years to arrive bright and early every morning for Spring Training workouts. So it is that Mariners manager Scott Servais has found himself actually needing to convince some of his players that, indeed, you don’t need to […]

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Mariners map out plan for fun-loving Felix
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Felix Hernandez is looking for one thing this spring. He wants to stay healthy. The Mariners are looking for something else as well. They want their longtime ace to get back to having a good time and being fun-loving Felix. Which, of course, would come a lot easier if he stays healthy and productive on […]

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Hinch: Cole only needs 'tweaks,' not overhaul
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Gerrit Cole has impressive credentials, which is why the Astros traded for right-hander in January. A former first-round pick, Cole won 19 games in 2015 and can throw in the upper 90s with his fastball.

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J-Up happy he re-upped with close-knit Angels
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When Justin Upton hit free agency two years ago, he languished on the market until mid-January before signing a six-year, $132.75 million deal with the Tigers. He could have tested the open market again this winter by exercising the opt-out clause in his contract, but he decided against it, preferring to sign a five-year, $106 […]

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Angels trade Cron, free up first-base logjam
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The Angels alleviated their logjam at first base on Saturday, trading C.J. Cron to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named. With Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols projected to earn the majority of starts at first base this season, the Angels had little playing time to offer Cron, who is out of […]

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Hamels finds inspiration in Bartolo's drive
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Cole Hamels, who learned his craft from some savvy veterans like Jamie Moyer, Roy Halladay and others when Hamels was pitching in Philadelphia, has a new inspiration in Rangers camp.

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Sources: Rangers' deal with Oh called off
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A potential deal between the Rangers and reliever Seung Hwan Oh has fallen through, sources said Saturday.

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