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Valbuena, Marwin lead Wandy, Astros on 3-HR day
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Marwin Gonzalez, Luis Valbuena and Preston Tucker each slugged their first home runs of the spring to lead the Astros to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals in their Grapefruit League home opener on Friday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.

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Desmond untested on first day as left fielder
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Ian Desmond’s introduction to life as the Rangers’ left fielder was a moment he hopes he doesn’t relive very often this season. The first ball hit his direction during Friday’s 3-3 tie with the Dodgers was a towering home run — on which Desmond simply turned his back and trotted to the wall.

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Breaking down the Rangers' 2016 Top 30 Prospects
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The Rangers had so much depth that they were able to part with three Top 100 Prospects (Jake Thompson, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro) in the Cole Hamels trade and still manage to come in third in our rankings. No system can match their position player trio of third baseman Joey Gallo and outfielders Lewis Brinson […]

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Rangers promote Kruger to assistant director
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The Rangers announced Friday that they have promoted Paul Kruger to assistant director of player development. Kruger, who has been with the organization since 2009, formerly served as the manager of Minor League operations.

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Choo, DeShields wage friendly competition
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Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo are well versed in their roles as table-setters atop the Texas batting order. Their job is to reach base and let the big boppers — namely Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland — do the rest.

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Romero sidelined with bone bruise on knee
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Outfielder Stefen Romero’s initial foray to first base this spring resulted in a deep bone bruise on his right knee that will sideline him for the next few days, Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday.

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Walker struggles with control in Cactus debut
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Wily Peralta pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, Andy Wilkins homered and the Brewers stayed unbeaten in Cactus League play with a 5-2 win over the Mariners on Friday at Maryvale Baseball Park.

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Altuve, Correa make spring debuts
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The Astros’ star-studded middle infield duo of second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa made its Grapefruit League debut in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Osceola County Stadium.

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Central Missouri retires Crane's jersey number
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Astros owner Jim Crane had his college baseball jersey No. 24 retired Friday by his alma mater, the University of Central Missouri. Crane is the first Central Missouri baseball player to have his number retired in program history.

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Wilson, Skaggs likely to open season on DL
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Tyler Skaggs, easing his way back from Tommy John surgery, and C.J. Wilson, recovering from a brief bout with shoulder tendinitis, seem likely to begin the regular season on the disabled list, though the Angels are hopeful that they can be ready at some point in April.

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Beltre's bat in midseason form vs. Dodgers
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Making his Spring Training debut Friday during the Rangers’ 3-3 tie with the Dodgers, Adrian Beltre smacked the first pitch he saw into center field for an RBI single. Two innings later, he fought off a single to left and finished the day 2-for-2.

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Taylor, Sardinas in battle for utility spot
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One of the final roster decisions that will play out over the course of Spring Training for the Mariners is a battle for the utility infield role between Chris Taylor and Luis Sardinas, two young shortstops who must show they can play other positions as well.

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