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Versatile Carpenter dealing with back tightness
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With tightness in his back, Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter won’t be moving around the infield a whole lot, especially at the beginning of Spring Training, which starts in earnest for position players Monday.

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Pham motivated to reach high expectations
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After spring after spring of saying differently, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak approached Tommy Pham this week with an unfamiliar message. “Mo said I’m on the team this year,” quipped Pham, sitting in the shade Sunday, after arriving in camp for good.

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Cub full circle: Hendricks, Chatwood reunited
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The summer after their junior year in high school, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood played on a baseball travel team in southern California called the Southland Shockers. Back then, the two never thought they’d be teammates again. Now, Hendricks and Chatwood are reunited on the Cubs.

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Zobrist: 'The hunger is back' in Cubs' WS chase
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Ben Zobrist played on back-to-back championship teams with the Royals in 2015 and the Cubs in ’16. Any advice for the Astros on how to deal with a World Series hangover this season?

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Vogt using weighted balls to strengthen arm
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Stephen Vogt reached the big leagues on the strength of his bat, but his chances of staying there with the Brewers depend on the strength of his right arm. He has a little black bag in his locker filled with the tools he hopes will help.

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Russell confident health will lead to breakout '18
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Addison Russell heard the rumors. He knew the Cubs needed more pitching after the 2017 season and that there was a possibility one of the young position players might be traded.

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Maddon: '18 Cubs rotation could be his best
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When manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey were together with the Rays, they never had a pitcher in their rotation who had signed a $100 million contract.

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Counsell: Broxton understands OF acquisitions
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Brewers manager Craig Counsell said “we’ve already had a good conversation” with Keon Broxton, the wall-climbing, free-swinging center fielder coming off a 20-homer, 20-stolen base season.

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Gennett rewarded in arbitration case
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Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett prevailed in his arbitration case and will earn $5.7 million in 2018. The Reds had proposed $5.1 million.

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Now healthy, Polanco ready to resume rise
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If Gregory Polanco needs to help carry his Pirates teammates this season, he should have fresh enough legs to do it.

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Hurdle: Frazier to see more time in LF in spring
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Adam Frazier will see extra reps in left field for the Pirates to start the spring. With manager Clint Hurdle announcing that Gregory Polanco will be used exclusively in right and Starling Marte in center, the competition is on to fill the left-field spot. Frazier was among the players that Hurdle said would see increased […]

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Ozuna on Fernandez: I 'keep him in my heart'
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Marcell Ozuna pushed open the doors of his new clubhouse Saturday, and with it, walked into a new future with St. Louis. Still, he couldn’t help talk about the past. The wounds it left are still too tender, the painful tug of it too strong, especially back at the spring complex he once shared with […]

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