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'Rock Talk' catches up with Rockies' Barnes
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One could say Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes wears his passion on his sleeves, thanks to an impressive array of tattoos — some self-applied — detailing the depth of his feelings for family, religion, peace, art and (of course) the wonder of baseball.

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Phils get Appel for Giles in 7-player deal with Astros
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The Phillies dealt hard-throwing closer Ken Giles and Minor League infielder Jonathan Arauz to the Astros for five pitchers: right-handers Mark Appel, Vincent Velasquez, Thomas Eshelman and Harold Arauz and left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.

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Padres look to get Myers 'locked in' at first
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Without picking up a phone and without sending a single email, A.J. Preller, the general manager of the Padres, added a first baseman this past week. Preller essentially proclaimed Wil Myers — the team’s 2015 Opening Day starter in center field — as their first baseman moving forward.

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Scouting profile: Reese McGuire
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Patience is required anytime a club selects a high school player in the first round of the Draft. During this past Arizona Fall League, I scouted a first-round pick from the 2013 Draft who was selected out of high school. From what I saw in Arizona, he will more than likely make his mark as […]

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Forward-thinking Phils make noise at Meetings
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Nobody expected the Phillies to make much noise at this week’s Winter Meetings, but they shook things up in a major way.

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Changes made to Phils' Spring Training schedule
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Fans headed to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., for Spring Training might want to recheck the Phillies’ schedule. The team announced Friday it had revised its schedule because of potential international games and three Opening Day games on April 3.

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Social space among Petco Park upgrades
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Surf’s up at Petco Park, as the Padres announced Monday their plan for a social space in right-center field for 2016 that will accommodate 600 with a San Diego beach lifestyle theme. A two-level social space, with Sun Diego Boardshops as a presenting partner, will be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Strong bench again important goal for Pirates
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Heading into last season, general manager Neal Huntington proudly called the 2015 club the deepest team he’d ever assembled with the Pirates. The Bucs took pride in their bench, believing — and eventually proving — it would help them rest players and withstand injuries throughout the year.

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Padres' uniforms salute past, future, Navy
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For the past two days, I’ve been watching what fans are saying about the Padres’ 2016 uniforms. The dialogue has been very interesting.

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Pirates sign 6 to Minors deals with ST invite
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The Pirates on Monday signed six Minor League free agents, including two pitchers who spent last season in their organization, and invited them to big league Spring Training.

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Giants prospects cogs on Fall League title team
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Christian Arroyo and Mac Williamson became more than just a lethal three-four punch in a lineup during their time in the AFL.

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Giants add eight pitchers to 40-man roster
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Focusing exclusively on pitchers, the Giants purchased the contracts of five right-handers and three left-handers from Minor League affiliates to fill their 40-man roster Friday.

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