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Cubs aim to give Soler early confidence boost
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One of the reasons Jorge Soler started both of the Cubs’ games against the Angels was to help build the young outfielder’s confidence in hopes of having him get off to a good start, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday.

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Young stars Rizzo, Goldy face off in Cubs-D-backs tilt
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Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo are two of top first basemen in baseball and two of the bright young stars in the game. They’ll square off in a four-game series between the host D-backs and Cubs, starting Thursday in Phoenix.

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Lester comes out 'locked in' with opening gem
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A year ago, Jon Lester was dealing with a shortened Spring Training, created because of some soreness in his left arm. He had a new contract, and was pitching for a new team in a new league. He was frustrated with how the first season with the Cubs went.

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Cubs as advertised, cruise past Halos
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Jon Lester took the baton from Jake Arrieta and ran with it on Tuesday night, dominating the Angels through seven innings and leading his Cubs to a 6-1 victory.

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After 'pen retires 18 straight, Cards fall in 11th
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The Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth for 10 innings as their bullpens put up a steady line of zeros. Pittsburgh finally broke the tie in the 11th inning, as Jordy Mercer’s walk-off single to right field gave the Bucs a 6-5 win over St. Louis on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

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Up-and-down big league debut for Diaz
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Sitting on a stool in front of his locker after the Cardinals’ 6-5 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday, Aledmys Diaz relived the day he had always dreamed of.

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Costly mistakes catch up with Cards in loss
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In a game where their starter left with a lead and their bullpen retired 18 straight at one point, the Cardinals looked back on Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to the Pirates as a collection of untapped opportunities and one key near miss.

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Jungmann starts finale vs. Giants in place of Garza
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Milwaukee’s Taylor Jungmann will be making his first career appearance against the Giants on Wednesday. By contrast, Jeff Samardzija, scheduled for his regular-season debut as a Giant, has seen plenty of the Brewers.

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Allard staying patient during rehab process
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As many of the Braves’ other heralded prospects prepare to begin their respective Minor League seasons this week, Kolby Allard will remain at the club’s Spring Training complex, slowly distancing himself from back surgery and striving to prove why some considered him the best pitcher available in last year’s Draft class.

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Where the Braves' Top 30 prospects are starting the season
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With the 2016 season getting started, here’s a look at where the Braves’ Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Dansby Swanson will start the year with Class A Advanced Carolina.

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Opening statement: Starlin ignites new team
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There were some raw nerves for Starlin Castro as he made his Yankees debut in Tuesday’s season opener, but the second baseman recovered in time to collect the team’s first extra-base hit and RBIs of the young campaign.

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Yankees reacquire Rule 5 pick Cave
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The Yankees have reacquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Reds as a Rule 5 Draft return and assigned him to Double-A Trenton.

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