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Reed competing for bullpen spot this spring
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During Reds Caravan late last month, manager Bryan Price took pitcher Cody Reed aside. Reed, who is primarily a starter, was told by Price he would not be included in the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation.

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Hurdle says Pirates 'here to win games'
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Much of the conversation around the Pirates over the last month has been about what they lost, not what remains — about a roster without Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, a projected payroll cut by at least $15 million and a team with seemingly little chance to contend in the National League Central Division.

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'Flattered' Maddux ready to boost staff
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Over a professional baseball life that spans more than three decades, Mike Maddux has worn 13 different uniforms as a player and coach. All the while, he admired the reputation and tradition of the Cardinals organization — from afar. And Cardinals’ executives long admired Maddux, who owns one of the most extensive pitching coach resumes […]

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Plenty of questions as pitchers begin camp
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Cardinals pitchers and catchers underwent their annual physicals at the club’s Spring Training complex Wednesday before spiking up and heading to the backfields, where the first official workout of 2018 camp commenced.

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Parker thrived, entertained over great career
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Dave Parker was one of baseball’s most talented and entertaining players during his 19-year big league career, which began with the Pirates in 1973.

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Cubs extending netting at Wrigley Field
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The netting at both the Cubs’ Spring Training ballpark and Wrigley will extend to the outfield end of the dugouts.

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Montgomery remains in mix for rotation
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The Cubs are approaching Spring Training as if they have a six-man starting staff, with Montgomery included among the six.

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Competition begins for Reds' 5th rotation spot
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The Reds open Spring Training today with the arrival of pitchers and catchers at camp, and thus formally begins the deepest and most competitive battle for a job — the fifth spot in Cincinnati’s rotation.

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Gennett rolls into Reds camp in RV
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The Reds’ second baseman says he got the RV so he could bring his dog, Leo, to Arizona.

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Bucs trio set for spring outfield competition
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Whoever fills the void in the Pirates’ outfield won’t be asked to replace Andrew McCutchen. For one, it’s not possible to supplant the former face of the franchise who was also, by most metrics, Pittsburgh’s most productive hitter a year ago.

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Cervelli ready to lead new-look Pirates ahead
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Francisco Cervelli felt the same initial sadness most of Pittsburgh experienced after seeing Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole traded last month. Cervelli called McCutchen “the king of Pittsburgh” and said Cole had the “best arm I’ve ever seen in my life.”

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Cubs enter camp with 5 options in outfield mix
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Joe Maddon likes to mix and match, and he has five outfielders to fit into three spots each game. This spring, it will be interesting to see how the Cubs balance playing time for Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr.

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