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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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Suter has 'leg up' on Brewers roster spot
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Brent Suter is in the best shape of his life, and he is working on his changeup, a combination that might make the Brewers left-hander the perfect Spring Training player.

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Miley inks deal, hops into Crew's rotation race
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The ink was barely dry on Wade Miley’s Minor League contract when the Brewers slotted him right into the race for the rotation.

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Castillo primed to build on electrifying debut
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There are several young Reds pitchers coming off their rookie seasons who are vying for jobs in the rotation and bullpen. Right-hander Luis Castillo, 25, doesn’t have that pressure or worry despite a resume of just 15 big league starts.

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