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Reds' rotation trio raring to go at Spring Training
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As Spring Training opens on Tuesday with the reporting of Reds pitchers and catchers, the healthy returns of Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan will be paramount.

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Mother of Pirates' Diaz rescued in Venezuela
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The mother of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz is safe, as Venezuelan authorities said police rescued her three days after she was kidnapped.

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Pirates entering new era as camp begins
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Spring Training is about starting anew. It’s a fresh start, a new chapter, a clean slate — a welcome cliché. But it’s particularly true for the 2018 Pirates: This spring will be a season of change.

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Source: Cardinals add Norris to bullpen mix
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The Cardinals are further bolstering their bullpen by bringing in free-agent right-hander Bud Norris, a source has told MLB.com’s Joe Trezza. The news was first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, who noted that the deal is pending a physical. The club has not confirmed the report.

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Brewers enter camp brimming with options
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There is more than the usual work ahead for general manager David Stearns, manager Craig Counsell and company as the Brewers enter Spring Training.

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Dawson embracing return to Cubs
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Hall of Famer Andre Dawson wants to end his baseball career as a member of the Cubs, a possibility that exists now that he’s back in the organization as an ambassador.

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Darvish fulfills Theo's desire to add pitching
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At the end of last season, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein acknowledged his team needed more pitching. He even said he was willing to move some of the Cubs’ young position players to get it. Instead, the Cubs were able to hang onto their talented core. The team’s pitchers and catchers will hold […]

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Unproven Pirates 'pen offers ton of upside
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With Spring Training approaching, it’s time for an in-depth look at the Pirates’ roster. This is the final part of a series checking in on their current and future options at each position. Last but not least: the bullpen.

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Justice: Yu gives Cubs edge in NL Central
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While the Brewers and Cardinals have had very nice offseasons, the Cubs’ reported signing of Yu Darvish positions them to win a third straight National League Central championship.

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Gimenez thrilled to reunite with Darvish
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Catcher Chris Gimenez, who just a few weeks ago signed with the Cubs, got a call from his agent Saturday congratulating him on Chicago also adding his former Texas batterymate Yu Darvish.

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Sources: Darvish, Cubs agree to 6-year deal
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Yu Darvish is headed to the Cubs. Darvish and the Cubs agreed to a six-year deal on Saturday that guarantees the right-hander $126 million, two sources told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi and Carrie Muskat. The Cubs could not immediately confirm the signing because it was pending a physical exam.

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Brewers adjust search after Cubs snare Darvish
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The Brewers didn’t land Yu Darvish, but perhaps his move to the Cubs will help move the rest of the pitching market.

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