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Sources: Ellis reaches Minors deal with Padres
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The Padres added a veteran backstop to their backup catcher battle Wednesday evening, agreeing to a non-roster deal with free agent A.J. Ellis, according to team sources.

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Bench role doesn't disturb cheery Sandoval
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With Evan Longoria acquired to play third base, Pablo Sandoval is likely relegated to the Giants’ bench — but Panda doesn’t mind at all.

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Black may hit Blackmon 3rd in Cactus games
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Rockies manager Bud Black will experiment with dropping standout leadoff man Charlie Blackmon in the order, most likely to third, during Cactus League games.

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Ailing Cueto to take it easy for a few days
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Right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto began a five-day stretch of diminished activity Wednesday, which prevented him from participating in the Giants’ initial workout for pitchers and catchers.

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Jansen calls Kemp, Puig 'brothers for life'
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The Dodgers’ reliever is glad to have his former teammate back, and says it’s a completely different clubhouse this time around.

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Friedman comfortable with rotation depth
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Despite missing out on free agent Yu Darvish, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman feels fine about the team’s starting pitching depth heading into the season.

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Padres set for three-tiered rotation race
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Clayton Richard and Bryan Mitchell are lined up to fill the first two slots in the Padres’ rotation. From there, things get a bit hazier.

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Second- and third-base races to heat up
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The most intriguing positional battle in Peoria, Ariz., this spring will take place at second base — though that battle will almost certainly spill over to the third-base race as well. The fight for playing time between Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje could impact the entire makeup of the Padres’ infield.

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Padres have Myers focused on first base
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When Wil Myers reports to Padres camp later this week, he’s planning to do so as a first baseman exclusively. The Padres have no designs on giving him any reps anywhere else. That is, of course, unless things change regarding a certain free-agent first baseman from Kansas City.

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Dodgers still have edge on Cubs as best in NL
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So many things can get in the way — randomness, regression, injuries, the Washington Nationals, etc. But the Dodgers and Cubs enter 2018 with the distinct possibility of doing something unprecedented in the National League — meeting three straight seasons on the NL Championship Series stage.

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Open competition set to begin in left field
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The Dodgers started 12 players in left field in 2017, and the position appears no more settled as Spring Training begins.

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Iannetta getting reacquainted with Rockies
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Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta knows enough to understand that he doesn’t really know the pitchers he’s about to greet Wednesday, when the Rockies open pitcher-and-catcher Spring Training workouts.

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