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Familia preps for spring without buddy Mejia
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Even now, Jeurys Familia considers Jenrry Mejia a friend. The two Dominicans grew up together in the Mets’ organization, first playing together as 18-year-olds in Port St. Lucie. But in recent years, their paths have diverged.

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Conforto aims to get better across the board
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Considering how substantial a role Michael Conforto played for the Mets last summer, and how much he comports himself like a veteran, it is worth noting the outfielder is about to enter his first big league camp. Not yet two years removed from college, Conforto still has much to learn.

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Competition to heat up at back end of Marlins' rotation
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Sometimes teams take a step backwards before moving forward. Entering Spring Training, which starts with pitchers and catchers workouts on Friday, the Marlins are hoping the tough lessons they learned a year ago will make them stronger in 2016.

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Fernandez tuned out rumors, ready for 2016
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After all the rumors and speculation, Jose Fernandez is ready to get into his comfort zone — the mound. The energetic 23-year-old is eager to move forward and do his part to help the Marlins become a postseason contender in 2016.

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Sling Training: Bochy has shoulder surgery
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Giants manager Bruce Bochy arrived at camp with his left arm in a sling, the product of arthroscopic surgery he underwent on his left shoulder Monday.

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Bosio already hard at work with early arrivals
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If Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio isn’t talking to his pitchers before or after their bullpen sessions in Spring Training, he’s often on the golf course with them. It’s a perfect ice breaker.

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Schwarber homer cracks fan's windshield
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If you’re coming to watch the Cubs take batting practice, beware of Kyle Schwarber. The young slugger busted a car window on Wednesday during a workout on Field 1 at the team’s facility.

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With many at camp, Cards set sights high
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With sights set on a fourth consecutive division title and a deeper run into October than their last, the Cardinals are a day away from holding their first official workout of 2016.

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Martinez feeling strong, confident in shoulder
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The session was short — about 15 pitches, Carlos Martinez estimated — but the implications are much more significant for the Cardinals right-hander.

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Pena 'honored' to back up Yadi, learn from him
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With an energy and excitement as fresh as this time on the baseball calendar, new backup catcher Brayan Pena checked in at the Cardinals’ spring complex for the first time Wednesday.

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Braun, Lucroy anchor Brewers' projected lineup
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Craig Counsell faces many questions in his first Spring Training at the helm. Here is one guess of how the Brewers might look on Opening Day.

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Grilli's health will determine bullpen makeup
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There will be plenty of intrigue as the Braves spend the next six weeks determining how to align their starting lineup and fill the final available spots in both their starting rotation and bullpen.

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