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Justice: Yu gives Cubs edge in NL Central
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While the Brewers and Cardinals have had very nice offseasons, the Cubs’ reported signing of Yu Darvish positions them to win a third straight National League Central championship.

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Central Missouri gets win at Houston tourney
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Freshman Donovan Ditto drove in four runs with a two-run home run and a two-run double to lift Central Missouri to an 8-3 win over St. Mary’s (Texas) in the third and final game Friday of the Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park.

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NL Central gets tougher for young Pirates
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While they’ve dealt away Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole for younger players, the Pirates’ competition continues to reload. The Bucs finished in fourth place in the National League Central last year, so they already faced an uphill climb. It’s only grown steeper.

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Brewers change face of NL Central race
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Roll out the barrel, indeed. Looks like the Brewers have got the blues on the run. They’re adding Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and in the near future probably also a very good starting pitcher through a trade or free agency. You know they’ve gotten into the heads of the Cubs, Cardinals and every other contender.

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Tradition central to Musgrove family's holidays
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Fresh off a World Series title, Astros pitcher Joe Musgrove plans to do some more reveling in the days leading up to Christmas, when he hopes to partake in some long-standing family traditions and eat the kind of foods that will have him doing some extra sprints when he reports to Spring Training in February.

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Rumor Central: Rangers eyeing Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb?
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ESPN The Texas Rangers may not be done shopping for starting pitching after agreeing to a one-year deal with Doug Fister on Sunday. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Rangers have “sustained interest” in 30-year-old free-agent right-handers Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn. Both Cobb and Lynn would come at

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Rumor Central: Mariners, Jon Jay discussing deal?
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ESPN The Seattle Mariners have reportedly zeroed in on a target to fill the outfield void vacated by Jarrod Dyson, who recently became a free agent. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, "there's some momentum" toward an agreement between Seattle and veteran outfielder Jon Jay. Jay, 32

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Rumor Central: Brewers eyeing Jake Arrieta?
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ESPN After taking a big step forward in 2017, the Milwaukee Brewers might be considering making a splash on the free-agent pitching market. Jon Morosi of MLB Network tweets the Brewers are showing interest in right-hander Jake Arrieta, who joins Yu Darvish as the top starters on the open market. Morosi

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Rumor Central: Rockies, Cardinals interested in Brandon Kintzler as a closer
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ESPN Brandon Kintzler is likely to turn his short time as a closer with the Minnesota Twins into a full-time closer job next year. According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, Kintzler is drawing interest from teams that need a closer, including the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies, after serving in

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Rumor Central: Orioles showing interest in Lance Lynn?
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ESPN The Baltimore Orioles, in need of rotation help, are interested in free-agent right-hander Lance Lynn, sources tell MLB.com's Jon Morosi. Lynn became a free agent after rejecting a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The 30-year-old was 11-8 with

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Rumor Central: Phillies interested in Jake McGee?
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ESPN The Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams showing interest in free-agent lefty reliever Jake McGee, reports MLB.com's Jon Morosi. The 31-year-old posted a 3.61 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 62 games for the Colorado Rockies this past season, recording 20 holds and striking out 58 batters in 57 1/

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Rumor Central: Alex Cobb drawing interest from Orioles?
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ESPN After declining a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Tampa Bay Rays, pitcher Alex Cobb recently became a free agent and already is drawing interest from another AL East team. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Baltimore Orioles are eyeing the right-hander as they look to

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