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Tejada likely headed to DL with left quad strain
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The Cardinals’ plans to set their 25-man roster before departing for Pittsburgh on Thursday night became a bit more complicated after shortstop Ruben Tejada had to be pulled from the club’s spring finale with a left quad strain.

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Rule 5 pick Bowman ecstatic to make Cards' roster
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Mike Matheny summoned into his office 24-year-old Matt Bowman, a Rule 5 Draft pick who had spent the past several days unsure if each would be his last in the organization. Now, Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak could finally offer him a destination: St. Louis.

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Career Minor Leaguer Hazelbaker makes club
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Jeremy Hazelbaker carried his suit into the visitors’ clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday unsure whether he’d be wearing it out or packing it back up. With that suit hanging in his locker, Hazelbaker went out and capped a standout spring with a three-run homer and a two-hit game in the Cardinals’ 9-1 […]

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Peralta takes long path to Opening Day start
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Wily Peralta knows pressure. The Brewers’ choice to start Monday at 1:10 p.m. CT opposite Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has never pitched an Opening Day, but he has swung for the fences in the Dominican Republic amid a star-studded field of big leaguers. If you don’t think that constitutes pressure, you’ve never seen a group […]

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Nelson sharp, Lucroy rakes in Houston tuneup
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Jimmy Nelson’s shutout effort, Ryan Braun’s home run and Jonathan Lucroy’s 3-for-3 night helped the Brewers down the Astros, 6-1, in Minute Maid Park on Thursday night. Nelson appeared more than ready as a rotation mainstay, outdueling Collin McHugh.

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Baez doesn't expect to be sidelined long
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Cubs’ infielder Javier Baez doesn’t think his sprained left thumb will keep him on the disabled list long.

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Votto will again vie for NL MVP honors
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So here’s the fearless prediction for 2016: regardless of what Cincinnati does as a team and who surrounds him in the batting order, Joey Votto’s production will again warrant a Top 3 MVP finish.

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Pirates want to flip NL Wild Card Game script
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Here is MLB.com’s “Fearless Prediction” for the Pirates’ 2016 season: They will find themselves, happily or not, hosting the NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park once again. This time, they’ll win it.

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Lobstein, Luebke earn bullpen spots with Bucs
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With pitchers Jorge Rondon, A.J. Schugel and Jim Fuller among five sent to Minor League camp Thursday, Kyle Lobstein and Cory Luebke have earned spots in the Pirates’ Opening Day bullpen.

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Maddon to keep open mind on iPad use
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon prefers to keep his in-game information on a card in his pocket, but is curious to see how the use of the iPad will impact the game.

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Can 2016 Cubs make history and win it all?
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Boosted by a 97-win season and a trip to the National League Championship Series last year, followed by a $272 million offseason spending spree that netted free agents Jason Heyward, John Lackey and Ben Zobrist, the Cubs are the preseason favorites to win it all. When was the last time you heard that in Wrigleyville […]

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Rotation will outperform historic 2015
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Following their historic success hitting with runners in scoring position, the Cardinals opened the 2014 season with few believing they could do it again. And, as it turned out, they couldn’t. The club posted a much more pedestrian .254 batting average a year after hitting .330 in such spots. The murmur has been much the […]

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