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Eflin debuts bulked-up lower body in outing
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Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin entered camp last spring at 198 pounds, nearly 40 pounds lighter than the spring of 2016.

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Prospect Alcantara looks electric in debut
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Sandy Alcantara may be new to the Marlins, but the hard-throwing right-hander is no stranger to seeing one of the game’s top-rated prospects.

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A-Gon, Frazier embrace role as mentors
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Adrian Gonzalez and Todd Frazier may be at different points in their careers, but on the Mets, they are serving in a similar role as mentors to the young players.

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Plawecki keen to take Piazza's advice
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Hall of Fame catcher and Mets icon Mike Piazza was in camp Saturday, briefly speaking to reporters and meeting with hitters. Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki, a career .222 hitter who hit .260 last season, said he is taking Piazza’s advice to heart.

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Sierra pays tribute to Big Papi, plays like Lofton
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Listed at 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Magneuris Sierra is one of the smallest players in Marlins camp. But the number the 21-year-old outfielder dons is a tribute to one of this generation of players’ biggest stars.

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Hitless in debut, Acuna eager for 'results'
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Ronald Acuna spent last year proving he is as physically gifted as any of baseball’s top prospects. Now as he progresses through his first big league camp, the Braves are getting a feel for how the 20-year-old phenom might deal with the hype and added pressure that he’ll face once he reaches the Major League […]

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Middlebrooks carted off field with leg injury
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Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks appeared to suffer a serious left leg injury in the eighth inning of Saturday afternoon’s game against the Orioles at Spectrum Field.

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Roark simplifies windup, mindset on mound
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Baseball can be a complicated game, but it doesn’t have to be. Simplifying things is what Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark strives for, and sometimes that’s easier said than done.

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Martinez compares Robles to McCutchen
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Victor Robles has yet to play a full season, but his ceiling is off the charts. When asked on Saturday to compare Robles to any other Major Leaguer, Nationals manager Dave Martinez sat and thought about it for a few seconds, then offered the named of the Giants’ Andrew McCutchen.

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Confident in roster, Rizzo likely done dealing
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As the Nationals prepared to open up their 2018 Grapefruit League schedule on Friday afternoon, general manager Mike Rizzo maintained that he was satisfied with his current roster.

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Tebow time: Former QB still has eyes set on MLB
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It was supposed to be a big publicity stunt — the Mets signing Tim Tebow, giving him this chance. But he is still here, grinding away, persistent in the thought that this crazy story ends up with him at Citi Field someday.

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Oswalt among top prospect performers
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Mets prospect Corey Oswalt was among the top prospect performers on the first full day of Spring Training games.

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