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City of Clearwater honors Phillies' old Spring Training site
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The Phillies have played Grapefruit League games at Bright House Field since 2004, but Clearwater has been their Spring Training home for 70 years.

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Baker wants hitters to battle, put ball in play
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Nationals manager Dusty Baker made it clear Saturday that he is not a fan of position players striking out often. If a player is known to strike out often, Baker said, he better hit a lot of home runs. Baker would like to see hitters focus on putting the ball in play.

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Arroyo will rehab partial tears in rotator cuff
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Nationals right-hander Bronson Arroyo plans to continue his baseball career after learning that he has partial tears in his rotator cuff tendons, which are inflamed, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.

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Harvey gets pitch count up in Minors game
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Matt Harvey still got his work in despite Saturday afternoon’s rainout. The Mets’ Opening Night starter pitched in a Minor League game Saturday morning before the big club’s contest against the Nationals in Viera, Fla., was cancelled due to rain. The game against the Nationals won’t be made up.

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Cardinals sign free-agent shortstop Tejada
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With veteran shortstop Jhonny Peralta sidelined until at least June, the Cardinals added to their options on Saturday by signing former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada to a one-year deal. The contract, which is worth $1.5 million and does not include performance incentives, came together quickly after Tejada was released by the Mets on Wednesday.

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Given chance, Garcia aims to run with it
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As a 30-year-old Minor Leaguer who seemingly did not have enough power potential to compensate for his defensive woes, Adonis Garcia stood as nothing more than an offensively capable emergency option until the Braves essentially exhausted all of their other third-base options last year.

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Braves claim former top prospect Biddle
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Taking a chance on the upside of a former top prospect who is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, the Braves claimed left-hander Jesse Biddle off release waivers from the Pirates.

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Lalli, Peterson notch RBIs in loss to Yanks
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Starlin Castro had a pair of hits, including an RBI single, and Michael Pineda turned in a sharp effort as the Yankees defeated the Braves, 3-2, in Grapefruit League action on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Nats hammer Colon behind sharp Giolito
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Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito threw two scoreless innings and his team pounded Mets starter Bartolo Colon in Friday night’s 12-7 win at Tradition Field.

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Nats send down young catcher Severino
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Nationals manager Dusty Baker had some high praise for catcher Pedro Severino, who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.

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Giolito up to task, eager to face Mets in Majors
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Although he had made three other appearances this spring, Friday night was Lucas Giolito’s first Grapefruit League start. And the Nationals’ top prospect did his best to treat it like a regular-season start.

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Arroyo, Nats will meet to discuss second opinion
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Bronson Arroyo received good news Friday. After an MRI from this week was compared to one from 2014, Arroyo learned that he has an inflamed bursa sac in his right shoulder, according to a source. The Nationals have not confirmed the report.

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