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Swanson ready to put tough season behind him
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BRAVES NEWS Dansby Swanson tells MLB.com's Mark Bowman that he has put last year's struggles behind him and he is focused on proving that he can live up to the expectations that he is the Braves' shortstop of the future. Tim Hudson has served as a special instructor for spring training during

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Top prospect Rodgers ready for first Rox camp
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Brendan Rodgers , MLB Pipeline’s top Rockies prospect, isn’t saying much around Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, but he doesn’t have to say anything to be seen. His 2017 spoke volumes — a combined .336 with 18 home runs, a .567 slugging percentage and 64 RBIs at Class A Advanced Lancaster and Double-A Hartford […]

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Padres adjust schedule to get pitchers ready
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The Padres’ first full-squad workout won’t take place until Monday, only four days before their first Cactus League game. That doesn’t exactly leave ample opportunity for pitchers to face hitters ahead of the spring opener. So the club got a head start Saturday .

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Mindful of future, Gio ready to roll in 2018
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As Gio Gonzalez prepares for his seventh season with the Nationals, he is considering the idea that this could be his last year in Washington. His contract will expire after the year, and he is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

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Schultz ready for long-awaited big league debut
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Jaime Schultz should be perched on the brink of his second Major League season with the Rays. Instead, he’s waiting to make his debut.

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Now healthy, Polanco ready to resume rise
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If Gregory Polanco needs to help carry his Pirates teammates this season, he should have fresh enough legs to do it.

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Odorizzi puts arb behind him, ready to work
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He’s the first Rays pitcher to record a win this spring, but for Jake Odorizzi, the victory was bittersweet. The 27-year-old right-hander won his arbitration hearing for the second straight season on Thursday, pulling in an extra $350,000. But for Odorizzi, the process of going up against your current team for extra money is never […]

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Pujols ready to go at 1B after normal offseason
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Albert Pujols arrived at Angels camp Friday looking leaner and stronger after dropping 13-15 pounds over his first surgery-free offseason in two years.

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Re-energized Kluber ready to turn the page
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The exact details behind what was ailing Corey Kluber in the American League Division Series remain unknown. Four months later, the ace of the Indians’ staff stood in front of his locker and offered the same brief summation that he uttered after Cleveland’s final loss of last season.

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Marte ready to return to center in 2018
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It was only a year ago the Pirates realigned their outfield and put Starling Marte in center, a 13-game experiment that ended with his 80-game suspension following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. When he returned, he did so as Pittsburgh’s left fielder.

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Rodney reports, ready to start on a high note
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After missing the first day of camp to attend to an undisclosed personal matter, Twins closer Fernando Rodney arrived at Hammond Stadium on Thursday and will throw his first official bullpen on Friday.

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White Sox fans beware: James Shields is back and ready for Opening Day
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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Feeling good, White Sox fans? Caught up in the hope swirling around your team? Your lungs filled with the fresh air of a rebuild? That's excellent. In non-rebuild, non-invigorating news, James Shields likely will be your Opening Day starter. Why did I have to go there? Because there

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