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Maddon excited to see Cubs' depth at work
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The Cubs are hoping they have enough depth, and the addition of players like outfielders Dexter Fowler and Shane Victorino certainly helps. Maddon can’t wait for the games to begin. The Cubs open Cactus League play Thursday against the Brewers.

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Lester, Lackey happy with first sim game
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Jon Lester likes being able to get a feel for a new ballpark before a game, while John Lackey says it doesn’t really matter. The two Cubs starters had their first action at Sloan Park on Tuesday, each throwing two innings in a simulated game.

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Obstacles haven't extinguished Moss' fire
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After bouncing around the league for nearly 10 years, Brandon Moss almost decided to retire and become a firefighter. But he spurred on by conversations with his wife and A’s manager Bob Melvin, and he turned his career around before landing in St. Louis.

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Breaking down Brewers' Top 30 Prospects
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A disappointing 2015 season led to a dismantling of the Brewers’ big league roster at the Trade Deadline that continued into the offseason. While those deals have hurt the team’s chances of competing in ’16, they’ve enabled the Brewers to put together a farm system ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the ninth-best in baseball — one […]

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Braun, Lucroy embracing mentor roles
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Nine years ago, Ryan Braun showed up for Spring Training with the Brewers, looking to make the big league roster and thankful for the veterans who were willing to help him deal with the challenges. Now, it’s Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy who are the sage veterans being asked to provide guidance for the next […]

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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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Rockies raising outfield fences at Coors Field
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The Rockies announced Tuesday that two sections of the outfield fence at Coors Field will be raised ahead of Colorado’s April 8 home opener.

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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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