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LeMahieu confident in self, approach to game
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Analysis of Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu often devolves into argument. One side promotes him as an underappreciated master of defense and possessor of an offensive game no longer appreciated. The other denigrates him his .404 career slugging average in six Rockies seasons — not high enough with home games at Coors Field — and […]

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Rule 5 pick Fernandez aims for roster spot
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Rarely does a Rule 5 Draft choice make the Opening Day roster. Julian Fernandez might not be an exception, but he could force the Giants to consider alternate ways to retain his services.

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Top prospect Rodgers ready for first Rox camp
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Brendan Rodgers , MLB Pipeline’s top Rockies prospect, isn’t saying much around Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, but he doesn’t have to say anything to be seen. His 2017 spoke volumes — a combined .336 with 18 home runs, a .567 slugging percentage and 64 RBIs at Class A Advanced Lancaster and Double-A Hartford […]

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Headley picks up where he left off with Padres
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For a moment Saturday morning, it felt as though Chase Headley never left. Sure, the veteran third baseman was reporting to a new team after an offseason trade. But there was Padres third-base coach Glenn Hoffman greeting Headley with a wide smile and a hug.

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Padres adjust schedule to get pitchers ready
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The Padres’ first full-squad workout won’t take place until Monday, only four days before their first Cactus League game. That doesn’t exactly leave ample opportunity for pitchers to face hitters ahead of the spring opener. So the club got a head start Saturday .

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Sources: Padres, Hosmer agree to 8-year deal
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After an offseason filled with slow-churning drama, the Padres have landed their top target — and one of the top targets on the entire market. Eric Hosmer is headed to San Diego, multiple sources confirmed late Saturday night. The 28-year-old first baseman has agreed to an eight-year contract that includes an opt-out after the fifth […]

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Dodgers, Utley finalize reunion with 2-year pact
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Free agent Chase Utley, who has been working out at Dodger Stadium all offseason with other Dodgers, is returning to the team on a two-year contract.

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Dodgers expect Forsythe to rebound
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The official return of second baseman Chase Utley to the Dodgers brought with it confirmation that Logan Forsythe is still atop the depth chart at the position.

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Giants, lefty Watson agree on multiyear deal
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The Giants added a much-needed left-hander to solidify their bullpen by agreeing with free agent Tony Watson on a multiyear contract.

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Seager healthy after rehab on elbow, back
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Corey Seager finished an offseason of rehab and showed up at the Dodgers’ Spring Training camp Friday saying he’s healthy again and plans to stay that way.

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Parra looking ahead after minor hand surgery
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Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra underwent surgery last Friday to remove the broken hook of the hamate bone in his right hand, but says he will be ready for Cactus League game action in the March 8-10 range.

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Arenado readies for new first baseman
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There is another side to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado’s highlights. The daring dives and contortions allow him to glove the ball, but those plays end in throws — mostly to first base. And someone has to catch them.

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