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Upton eyes roster spot; Kipnis preps for 2B
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Indians manager Terry Francona described his conversations with Melvin Upton Jr. as one of the highlights of his offseason. The veteran outfielder is coming off a disappointing season marred by injury, but he is healthy now and is hoping to earn a place on the Opening Day roster.

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Holland eyes spot on his family's favorite club
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Should Derek Holland win a job on the Giants’ Opening Day rotation, he’ll learn plenty about Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, Stu Miller and the 1961 All-Star Game, the Alou brothers, Masanori Murakami, Bobby and Barry Bonds, Jack and Will Clark, Brian Johnson, the ‘Stick (Candlestick Park) and the Shooter (Rod Beck). Count on it.

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Clean-cut Leake eyes same results for Mariners
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On a Mariners team with several players sporting flowing locks and bushy beards, Mike Leake decided to go the other direction this spring.

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Bibens-Dirkx eyes another role in The Show
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Rangers pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx had a couple of interesting job possibilities this spring, but he chose to re-sign with the Rangers on a Minor League deal and is in a big league camp for only the second time in 12 years.

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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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Eyes on Castellani at Rockies' spring camp
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Right-handed pitching prospect Ryan Castellani is part of the Rockies’ 2018 depth picture, which means his work bears a close eye when Spring Training opens with the first workout of pitchers and catchers Tuesday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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With big league stuff, Merritt eyes Tribe rotation
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The Indians are heading into Spring Training with two rotation jobs up for grabs and four candidates. This week, MLB.com has been examining their respective situations and chances of winning the job. Today: Ryan Merritt.

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Grichuk eyes bigger production with Toronto
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New Toronto outfielder Randal Grichuk has spend some of his offseason working to improve his swing — and his eyes. Grichuk has been doing eye-training exercises that he hopes will help lead to a productive season with the Blue Jays.

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Burnes rising fast, eyes MLB breakthrough
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Pitching prospect Corbin Burnes is not expected to crack the Brewers’ Opening Day roster, but he could make his MLB debut with Milwaukee sometime this year.

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K-Rod eyes bounce-back following 'disaster' season: 'I still have plenty left'
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Francisco Rodriguez, the veteran closer who stumbled to a miserable 7.82 ERA last year in what he dubbed a "disaster" of a season, isn't ready to pack it in yet, saying Tuesday he's eager to help a big-league club. “I still have plenty left,” Rodriguez told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. “I am hoping to […]

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Ottavino eyes more strikes on borderline calls
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Rockies right-hander Adam Ottavino believes being a little more convincing to umpires could be one of the keys to an improved 2018.

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Q&A: Kuntz talks eyes, transition to new post
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Royals fans were saddened last September when the news hit that Rusty Kuntz decided to step down from his first-base coaching duties because of lingering vision issues resulting from cataract surgery. He has a new role now as a special assistant to general manager Dayton Moore. MLB.com chatted with Kuntz recently about his future.

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