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Reynolds discusses free agency in Q&A
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Free-agent first baseman Mark Reynolds, who hit .267 with 30 home runs and 97 RBIs for the Rockies in 2017, spoke to MLB.com about his free agent status from his home in Virginia on Friday.

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MacPhail 'satisfied' with Phillies' direction
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Manager Gabe Kapler said Tuesday he thinks the Phillies can “shock people.” General manager Matt Klentak said Thursday that the Phillies taking an unexpected jump into postseason contention is “no longer a pipe dream.” Team president Andy MacPhail’s statements weren’t as rose-colored on Friday morning at Spectrum Field, but he said he is “excited” about […]

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Tunes a boon to Kapler's managing style
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Music has been a constant companion to the Phillies the first week of camp. That will not change.

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Young shortstop Tatis 'knocking at the door'
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There have been no shortage of expectations heaped upon 19-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. in the past year. According to MLB Pipeline, he’s the No. 8 prospect in baseball, the second-ranked shortstop and among the top Padres prospects.

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Hoffman imparts wisdom to Padres' relievers
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On the daily schedule board in the far corner of the Padres clubhouse, there’s a list of each day’s activities organized into groups. Beneath the scheduled bullpen sessions and workout plans, a short 20-minute segment is blocked off for a handful of relievers. “Trevor Time,” the caption says.

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'Circle of Trust' among Martinez's camp features
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Dave Martinez is still creating his own routine as he begins his first camp as Nationals manager, but he has already introduced the first new wrinkles.

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Nats reach naming rights deal for spring park
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Executives from the Astros, Nationals and FITTEAM Global will announce FITTEAM as the naming-rights partner of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday in a ceremony at home plate.

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Humidor effects could boost Ray to star status
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Robbie Ray had a fantastic season in 2017, despite allowing the highest hard-hit rate of any starter. With a humidor coming to Arizona in 2018, how much could he be helped?

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Reliever Simmons, Cubs agree to contract
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Free-agent righty reliever Shae Simmons has agreed to a Major League split contract with the Cubs, the club announced on Friday.

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Schwarber, Chili find plenty of common ground
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When Kyle Schwarber and new Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis met, the two realized they had a lot in common. That connection could help Schwarber this season.

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Maddon lauds Rizzo for speech at prayer vigil
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It was important for Anthony Rizzo to return home to to Parkland, Fla., to speak to friends and family after a horrific shooting at the Cubs first baseman’s alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, manager Joe Maddon said Friday.

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Lester missing Lackey; righty 'probably done'
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Jon Lester and John Lackey had a routine in camp where the two pitchers would arrive early and work out for 30 minutes on the elliptical machines together. They called it “extra credit.” This spring, Lester’s workout buddy isn’t around the Cubs’ camp.

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