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Reds sign veteran lefty Perez to Minors deal
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The Reds signed veteran left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez to a Minor League contract on Saturday and brought him into camp as a non-roster player. Perez, 36, will compete for a bullpen spot as a situational reliever.

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Reds receive custom 'new toys' on Glove Day
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It was a chilly Saturday morning outside the Reds Spring Training complex but that didn’t matter to the players who wanted to stop and visit with the representatives from Wilson Gloves before going inside where it was warm.

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Eflin debuts bulked-up lower body in outing
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Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin entered camp last spring at 198 pounds, nearly 40 pounds lighter than the spring of 2016.

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Prospect Alcantara looks electric in debut
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Sandy Alcantara may be new to the Marlins, but the hard-throwing right-hander is no stranger to seeing one of the game’s top-rated prospects.

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Cubs map out first ST starts for rotation arms
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The Cubs’ projected starting five will make their first Cactus League starts next week, and Jon Lester appears to be lined up to start Opening Day.

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Ottavino off to good start after tough 2017
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Taking Friday’s first Cactus League game as a call to put up, Rockies righty reliever Adam Ottavino threw a spotless fifth inning with a strikeout to begin his quest to erase a poor 2017.

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Arenado willing to go a long way for a homer
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Nolan Arenado insisted on making the 45-minute drive across the Valley of the Sun. His homer off Reds lefty Cody Reed in the Rockies’ 11-4 victory Saturday afternoon was the payoff.

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Rockies prospect quintet comes up big
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Shohei Ohtani covered the headlines on Saturday, but the No. 1 overall prospect wasn’t the only one to impress on the second full day of Spring Training.

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Lorenzen impressive in bid for rotation spot
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As he tries to return to the rotation, following two-plus seasons as a reliever for the Reds, pitcher Michael Lorenzen was pleased with his first spring start.

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A-Gon, Frazier embrace role as mentors
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Adrian Gonzalez and Todd Frazier may be at different points in their careers, but on the Mets, they are serving in a similar role as mentors to the young players.

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Plawecki keen to take Piazza's advice
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Hall of Fame catcher and Mets icon Mike Piazza was in camp Saturday, briefly speaking to reporters and meeting with hitters. Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki, a career .222 hitter who hit .260 last season, said he is taking Piazza’s advice to heart.

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Sierra pays tribute to Big Papi, plays like Lofton
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Listed at 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Magneuris Sierra is one of the smallest players in Marlins camp. But the number the 21-year-old outfielder dons is a tribute to one of this generation of players’ biggest stars.

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