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Now a backup, Mesoraco has a lot to prove
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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco understands that in the competitive world of Major League Baseball, time waits for no player, especially for three years. From 2015-17, injuries limited Mesoraco to 95 games and 57 starts behind the plate.

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Suarez electrifies clubhouse with new look
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A guy with dyed platinum-gray hair walked into the Reds clubhouse on Thursday morning. No, it wasn’t TV chef Guy Fieri from Food Network, but their regular third baseman, Eugenio Suarez.

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Marte ready to return to center in 2018
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It was only a year ago the Pirates realigned their outfield and put Starling Marte in center, a 13-game experiment that ended with his 80-game suspension following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. When he returned, he did so as Pittsburgh’s left fielder.

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Brebbia bringing levity, smarts to Cards' camp
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Whether he’s providing an in-depth explanation of tea or engaging in a lengthy conversation on the intricacies of growing grapes for wine, Cardinals reliever John Brebbia is good to have around in the clubhouse.

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No day but today as Waino preps for '18
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There were dire days last year, Adam Wainwright admits now, when he considered hanging it up. Sure, the most celebrated Cardinals pitcher in recent memory was under contract through that season and the next. But his fastball felt less fierce. His curve became less compliant. Coming off his least-effective season to date, Wainwright had a […]

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Rizzo heads home after tragedy at alma mater
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was headed home to Parkland, Fla., on Thursday to be with his family and the community after Wednesday’s tragic shooting at his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Darvish 'focused' in first side session for Cubs
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The Cubs’ plan is to let Yu Darvish be himself.

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Gallardo itching to crack Brewers' rotation
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Recent reports of the Brewers’ interest in free agent starting pitchers have been “exaggerated,” GM David Stearns said Thursday, which would be good news for the most accomplished of the six candidates vying for two open rotation spots.

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Reds ink Pennington to Minor League deal
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The Reds signed veteran infielder Cliff Pennington to a Minor League contract on Thursday. According to ESPN.com, Pennington would earn $1.5 million this season if he made the club out of camp.

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Brewers pitchers praise unsung hero Johnson
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Some great players make lousy coaches, and then there are the Derek Johnsons of the baseball world.

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Crew puts early emphasis on pitchers' fielding
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With split-squad games against the Cubs and Giants just nine days away, Brewers pitchers and catchers went right to work Wednesday at the formal start of Spring Training.

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Senzel working out at middle-infield positions
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Position players often arrive at Spring Training early and get to work. Reds top prospect Nick Senzel arrived very early.

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