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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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Rays have crowded field in 2B competition
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Plenty of position battles will take place in the Rays’ camp this spring, but none will have as many involved as second base.

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Competition begins for Reds' 5th rotation spot
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The Reds open Spring Training today with the arrival of pitchers and catchers at camp, and thus formally begins the deepest and most competitive battle for a job — the fifth spot in Cincinnati’s rotation.

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Bucs trio set for spring outfield competition
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Whoever fills the void in the Pirates’ outfield won’t be asked to replace Andrew McCutchen. For one, it’s not possible to supplant the former face of the franchise who was also, by most metrics, Pittsburgh’s most productive hitter a year ago.

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Rotation competition sure to be compelling
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When first asked about the Mets’ rotation this winter, new manager Mickey Callaway left things purposefully vague. Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ twin aces, are of course guaranteed spots. After that? Callaway isn’t saying.

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Competition to begin for back end of rotation
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The back end of the Giants’ starting rotation will move to the forefront among Spring Training priorities.

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Closer competition to assume camp spotlight
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Mike Minor is gone. So is Scott Alexander. And Joakim Soria. As the Royals’ pitchers and catchers report Tuesday for Spring Training, an intriguing camp battle looms in the back of the bullpen.

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Mariners' 4th outfield spot could see competition
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Among the questions facing the Mariners as they prepare to open Spring Training this week will be the health of outfielder Guillermo Heredia. And, in turn, should Heredia not be ready to start the season as he recovers from shoulder surgery, who steps up to fill the role of fourth outfielder on a team that […]

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Competition for No. 5 starter set for Nats' camp
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Every year since they began contending back in 2012, the Nationals have entered Spring Training with their rotation set. This year, however, the Nats’ No. 5 starter will be decided in camp.

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All eyes on Torres in keystone competition
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When the Yankees were preparing to set their 2017 Opening Day roster, several members of the coaching staff spoke in favor of promoting Gleyber Torres to the big leagues, even though the infielder had yet to play above Class-A ball.

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Pirates aiming to surprise competition in '18
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The Pirates’ vision — before, during and since their three-year run of success that began in 2013 — has been a window-less existence, a steady run in which they compete every season, never pushing all the way in or pulling all the way out. But their window closed with consecutive losing seasons, so they chose […]

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Headley heads competition at third for Padres
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With Spring Training on the horizon, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2018 Padres, breaking the team down position-by-position. Today, we preview the San Diego third basemen.

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