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Profar confident in ability entering camp
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Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has never lacked for confidence, and nothing that has happened over the past four years is going change that.

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Volquez inks 2-year Minors deal with Texas
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Free agent Edinson Volquez, who pitched for the Rangers from 2005-07, is returning to the club on a two-year Minor League contract while he recovers from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

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Diaz impressive early in camp with fuller frame
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It was only the first bullpen sessions of the spring, but catchers’ mitts were popping on Friday at Mariners camp as hard-throwing closer Edwin Diaz and burly new setup man Juan Nicasio fired sizzling fastballs side by side for a 10-minute session.

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Clean-cut Leake eyes same results for Mariners
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On a Mariners team with several players sporting flowing locks and bushy beards, Mike Leake decided to go the other direction this spring.

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Out of options, Stassi aiming for roster spot
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It appears the Astros will have one roster spot open for a position player come Opening Day. Max Stassi is hoping to claim it.

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Astros weighing left-handed relief options
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There will be an open competition in camp for the Astros to find a left-handed relief pitcher, though there’s no guarantees they would carry one.

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Watson celebrated with youth outreach center
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Bob Watson’s life and career were celebrated in grand style in Houston on Friday, with the announcement that soon, a facility dedicated to educating young people will bear his name.

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Astros, Nats reach spring naming rights deal
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Executives from the Astros, Nationals and FITTEAM Global will announce FITTEAM as the naming-rights partner of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday in a ceremony at home plate.

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Pujols ready to go at 1B after normal offseason
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Albert Pujols arrived at Angels camp Friday looking leaner and stronger after dropping 13-15 pounds over his first surgery-free offseason in two years.

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Halos plan to play matchup game with bullpen
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The Angels refrained from naming an official closer in 2017, preferring to keep bullpen roles fluid and deploy their most effective relievers in high-leverage situations, regardless of the inning.

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Rangers checked on Cashner, still seek pitching
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General manager Jon Daniels reinforced that on Friday, when he said the Rangers did try to sign free-agent pitcher Andrew Cashner before he accepted a two-year deal with the Orioles.

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Mariners adjusting Felix's spring routine
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Hernandez and the Mariners are taking every precaution after the right-hander was limited by shoulder issues last season.

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