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Strickland schooled by Smoltz on sliders
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When Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland sought offseason pitching tips, he bypassed peers, turned past teachers, eschewed experts and spurned sages. Strickland didn’t mess around. He went all the way to the master.

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Giants impressed by Lincecum's showcase
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The Giants liked what they saw of Tim Lincecum during the free agent’s showcase effort Thursday. Whether that was enough to prompt the club to seek a reunion with its former staff ace remains uncertain.

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Giants reportedly reach deal with lefty Watson
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San Francisco has reportedly agreed to terms with veteran free-agent reliever Tony Watson, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

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Source: Cards set to sign Motte to Minors deal
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The Cardinals’ continued search for bullpen help led them to an old friend Friday. The club agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with right-hander Jason Motte. St. Louis has not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical.

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Swanson: 2017 struggles 'by the wayside'
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Dansby Swanson arrived in Braves camp on Friday with a clear message. “Last year is last year,” Swanson said. “That is in the past. I’ve already kind of reflected, and that is by the wayside.”

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Stanton, delivered: Big G arrives at Yanks camp
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The second phase of Giancarlo Stanton’s career is officially underway, as the reigning National League Most Valuable Player reported for his first Spring Training as a member of the Yankees on Friday.

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Lupica: Mattingly 'loves the challenge' in Miami
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He has been standing behind a batting cage on a back field behind Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, an old Yankees teammate named Mike Pagliarulo a few feet away from him, and Don Mattingly and Pags are watching kids you have never heard of and might never hear of take their cuts in the late morning, […]

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In need of depth, Twins agree with Anibal
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The Twins added to their starting rotation depth, agreeing to terms with veteran right-hander Anibal Sanchez on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with up to $2.5 million in incentives, Major League sources confirmed on Friday.

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Tigers renew agreement with Triple-A Toledo
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The Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens announced a two-year extension to their player development agreement on Friday, keeping Toledo as Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate through at least 2020.

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Faedo hopes to make most of spring invite
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Eight months ago, Alex Faedo was pitching in the College World Series. Now, he’s at big league camp with the Tigers.

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Merrifield open to idea of super-utility role
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Royals manager Ned Yost had suggested on Thursday that Raul Mondesi, perhaps thought to be ticketed for Triple-A Omaha once shortstop Alcides Escobar was re-signed to a one-year deal last month, could still win a job this spring at second base.

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Resilient Tolleson returns to Rangers
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Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson was his usual self on Wednesday morning, which means he was friendly, pleasant and had a smile on his face.

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