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Ottavino off to good start after tough 2017
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Taking Friday’s first Cactus League game as a call to put up, Rockies righty reliever Adam Ottavino threw a spotless fifth inning with a strikeout to begin his quest to erase a poor 2017.

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Arenado willing to go a long way for a homer
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Nolan Arenado insisted on making the 45-minute drive across the Valley of the Sun. His homer off Reds lefty Cody Reed in the Rockies’ 11-4 victory Saturday afternoon was the payoff.

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Rockies prospect quintet comes up big
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Shohei Ohtani covered the headlines on Saturday, but the No. 1 overall prospect wasn’t the only one to impress on the second full day of Spring Training.

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'Determined' Suarez solid in spring debut
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During Andrew Suarez’s scoreless two-inning stint in the Giants’ 6-5 loss to a Milwaukee Brewers split squad in Friday’s Cactus League opener, it became easy to comprehend Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s enthusiasm about the 25-year-old left-hander.

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Stratton benefits from Cain's lessons
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One of Matt Cain’s most eager pupils was Chris Stratton, a leading candidate for one of the two starting rotation vacancies. Saturday, Stratton stranded four baserunners in two innings but still blanked a split-squad of Dodgers, who fell 9-3 to San Francisco in a Cactus League affair.

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Q&A: Kasten confident in 2018 Dodgers
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MLB.com caught up with Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten to talk about his club and the quest to return to the World Series after falling to the Astros in Game 7 last year.

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Hirano, Bradley work an inning in spring debuts
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Two of the three pitchers competing to be the D-backs’ closer each threw an inning Saturday afternoon, as Arizona fell, 11-2, to the Indians at Salt River Fields.

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Different approaches for prospect bats, arms
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Offensively, they Padres have thrust their youngsters straight into the fire. On the mound, however, they’re going to take things slower.

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Revamped Giants set sights on return to glory
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After staggering for the last season and a half, the Giants figure that it’s about time for them to regain their stride.

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Rodgers among top prospect performers
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Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers was among top prospect performers on the first full day of Spring Training games.

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Tapia homers in audition for leadoff spot
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The Rockies’ Raimel Tapia unveiled his Charlie Blackmon imitation Friday afternoon.

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Blach moved by Stoneman Douglas caps
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Honoring the memory of the victims of the recent shootings at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead, was more than just a pregame obligation for Giants starter Ty Blach.

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