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Hernandez looks to win job as Phillies' closer
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David Hernandez hopes to have more of those high-adrenaline moments this season. He entered Spring Training a favorite to be the Phillies’ closer with Ken Giles traded to Houston in December.

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Q&A: Assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones
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Jacque Jones is back in the Major Leagues, this time as an assistant hitting coach for the Nationals. MLB.com caught up with Jones on Tuesday to talk about his new career with the Nationals and his connection to Dusty Baker.

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Prospect Voth eager to impress this spring
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Right-hander Austin Voth, the ninth-rated prospect in the Nationals organization according to MLB.com, is in his first big league camp and was told to absorb everything he sees on the diamond and to enjoy the experience.

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Bour to hit fifth, protecting Stanton
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Teams looking to pitch around Giancarlo Stanton will have something else to ponder. First baseman Justin Bour, who belted 23 homers last year, is capable of doing damage in the heart of the Marlins’ order.

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Granderson limited at camp due to eye issue
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Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson did not participate in regular workouts Monday due to a right eye issue that the team believes is conjunctivitis. Shortly after Granderson arrived at the team’s complex early Monday morning, the Mets sent him to a doctor, who essentially confirmed that diagnosis — though Granderson said his eye began feeling better […]

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Baker puts forth lineup for first spring game
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Dusty Baker will manage his first game for the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon as they face the Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla. Here is the starting lineup for the Nationals.

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Fredi projects lineup with consecutive lefties
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Though it is never wise to get overly concerned about the construction of a Spring Training lineup, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has already provided some indication that the top of his batting order could include four consecutive left-handed hitters, at least on those days when the opponent is starting a right-handed pitcher.

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Olivera gets plenty of action in left-field debut
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Hector Olivera has impressed the Braves with the commitment he has made to transition from third base to left field, and along the way, he gained a vote of confidence from 10-time Gold Glove Award winner Andruw Jones, who recently told Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez that Olivera can handle the position.

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Freeman doubles, Perez goes one inning in opener
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The Braves and Orioles opened their Grapefruit League slate with a 4-4 tie in 10 innings at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon.

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Watch live as Phillies open Grapefruit League slate
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Severino Gonzalez has been tabbed for the start on Tuesday against the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Watch the game on MLB.TV.

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Zac Brown Band to play Citi Field on Aug. 19
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Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band will return to Citi Field for a concert on Aug. 19 as part of its “Black Out The Sun” 2016 tour, the Mets announced Monday. The band previously played a pair of shows at Citi last summer.

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'96 trio knows pressure facing Mets' current arms
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Twenty years ago, Mets pitching prospects Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson were pictured on the covers of two national publications and were the featured faces in the late March baseball sections published by three New York dailies.

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