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Cubs spring invitee Murton has appendectomy
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Matt Murton’s stomach was bothering him last Thursday, so he took some Tums and Pepto Bismol, but that didn’t alleviate the pain. One day later, Murton was in a hospital to undergo an appendectomy.

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Baez to start in OF in Cubs' Cactus opener
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The Cubs open the Cactus League season on Thursday against the Brewers, and aren’t going to waste time seeing if Javier Baez can play the outfield. Baez will start in center and bat sixth in the first Spring Training game, to be played in Phoenix.

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Lyons, Rosenthal on tap in Grapefruit opener
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Two weeks after their first official workout and one month before opening the regular season in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals will kick off their 28-game Grapefruit League season on Thursday. The Marlins, with whom they share Roger Dean Field, will be the Cardinals’ first spring opponent. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT.

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Prospect Gomber shines against alma mater
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Before a 12-run eighth flipped a five-run deficit into an eventual 13-6 rout of Florida Atlantic University, the highlight of the Cardinals’ exhibition game came from a 22-year-old lefty facing the team he was pitching for two years ago.

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Brewers open Cactus play with split-squad
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So much for easing into Spring Training. The Brewers open Cactus League play on Thursday with split-squad games at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Cubs and on the road against the Giants. For manager Craig Counsell, it’s an all-hands-on-deck kind of day.

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Crew's Broxton learned lessons on skateboard
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Long before he was competing for the Brewers’ center-field job, Keon Broxton was a competitive skateboarder. Did he learn anything that lent itself to baseball? “Balance,” said Broxton, “and how to deal with pain.”

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Stephenson begins quest to make Reds' staff
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Robert Stephenson has navigated his way through two previous big league camps with the Reds, but neither had close to the stakes of this year’s Spring Training for the pitching prospect.

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Kang improving, but not ready to test knee on bases
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Jung Ho Kang is doing more work more often this week, Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said, but he’s not yet ready to test his surgically repaired left knee by running the bases.

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Breaking down the Pirates' 2016 Top 30 Prospects
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For teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, operating with smaller payrolls, it’s essential to have a strong farm system to have any chance of being competitive. And clearly, the front office gets that message loud and clear.

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Pirates extend radio broadcast deal with KDKA
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The Pirates agreed to a multiyear broadcast contract extension with CBS Radio’s KDKA-FM (93.7 The Fan), the club announced Wednesday.

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Opening Day start just tip of iceberg for Arrieta
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Jake Arrieta was honored to be named the Cubs’ Opening Day starter, but he downplayed the assignment.

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Allergies, injuries won't keep Underwood down
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The only thing holding Duane Underwood back right now is allergies. The right-handed pitcher, ranked No. 4 on the list of top 30 Cubs prospects by MLB.com, has been slowed because of the high pollen count in Arizona. That doesn’t mean Underwood is not taking advantage of his first big league Spring Training camp.

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