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Biagini gets nod in first spring game
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Right-hander Joe Biagini will get the start when the Blue Jays host the Phillies in their first Grapefruit League game of the year on Friday afternoon at Dunedin Stadium.

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Waiting game: Mets won't rush eager Conforto
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The box is circled on Michael Conforto’s calendar: May 1, the date Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has targeted for his return from shoulder surgery. The competitor in Conforto wants to come back sooner. The realist knows it could be later.

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LeMahieu confident in self, approach to game
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Analysis of Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu often devolves into argument. One side promotes him as an underappreciated master of defense and possessor of an offensive game no longer appreciated. The other denigrates him his .404 career slugging average in six Rockies seasons — not high enough with home games at Coors Field — and […]

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Halos plan to play matchup game with bullpen
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The Angels refrained from naming an official closer in 2017, preferring to keep bullpen roles fluid and deploy their most effective relievers in high-leverage situations, regardless of the inning.

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Game on: Pence pours passion into new cafe
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Hunter Pence, who will soon head to Arizona for Spring Training to resume his current gig as an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants, is now part-owner of Coral Sword, a gaming cafe located few miles from downtown Houston intended to bring together people who enjoy board and video games, specialty coffee, craft beer and […]

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MLB wants to put runners on base in extra innings of All-Star game, spring training
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A proposed MLB rule change would start the 11th inning with a runner on second base in the All-Star game and spring training games.

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MLB wants to start the 11th inning of All-Star game with runner on 2nd
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MLB's goal is to fix its pace-of-play problem, and it appears the first place they are likely address it is in the All-Star game and in spring training games. The league has proposed a runner automatically be put on second base to start the 10th inning of preseason games, and to start the 11th inning

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MLB wants to add runners in 11th inning of All-Star Game to address pace of play
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Fortunately, MLB isn’t considering such a measure for any games that count right now

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MLB free agency rumors: Phillies playing waiting game with Jake Arrieta?
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As of Jan. 12, the Phillies have spent more money on free agents than any team in Major League Baseball this offseason. Carlos Santana (three years, $60M), Tommy Hunter (two-years, $18M) and Pat Neshek (two years, $16M) didn't generate huge headlines in Philadelphia, but represent effective signings

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MLB announces 2018 regular-season game times
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Major League Baseball announced Wednesday the game times for the 2018 regular season. The season will officially get underway on Thursday, March 29, with all 30 teams scheduled to play. Opening Day coverage begins on ESPN with a 12:40 p.m. ET start between the Chicago Cubs and the host Miami Marlins, and will be followed […]

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Marlins to host Cubs in MLB's first game of 2018 season on March 29
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The Miami Marlins will host the Chicago Cubs in this year’s major league opener on March 29.

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Workout regimen keeps Hill at top of his game
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Rich Hill’s mantra stayed the same as his Dodgers moved through the 2017 MLB postseason. It has actually stayed the same since the beginning of his up-and-down 13-year career, and it is simple: Stay in the moment. Make the pitch. Make the pitch after that. And don’t ever quit working.

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