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  • With the start of spring training finally here, it’s time to take a look at our expectations for the Los Angeles Dodgers' upcoming season. This should be a time of optimism and excitement for all teams, but the Dodgers are especially well-positioned. With a deep and talented roster, manager Don ... read more...
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  • VIERA, Fla. — On the posted schedule for each day of spring training, Matt Williams includes a quote. For the team’s first full-roster workout Thursday, he chose “the road to the World Series begins here.” He chose it because “that is what we want to do.” “We’re here to get to that ultimate goal,” said […]... read more...
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  • Max Scherzer will start Thursday’s spring training opener against the Mets, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Scherzer threw a bullpen session Tuesday morning, and is therefore on schedule to pitch Thursday. Williams said he expects Scherzer to pitch two innings, with Tanner Roark to follow. Bartolo Colon is slated to start for the Mets. […]... read more...
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  • The Chicago Cubs really like the way they are putting together a pretty good roster for the most part. After going through so many years of not competing at a high level, they are starting to see things ready to turn a corner. With a new manager in Joe Maddon calling the shots, 2015 figures to be a pretty big year for the franchise in general. The biggest additi... read more...
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  • VIERA, Fla. — As it drizzled, rained, slowed, and repeated at Space Coast Stadium Saturday morning, the Nationals opted to cancel their scheduled full-squad workout. Players still hit in the cages, and pitchers played catch on the field. The latter hadn’t been scheduled for bullpen sessions anyway, so the only thing lost was on-field defensive work. […]... read more...
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  • This past winter, Keith Hernandez took time to talk with Lucas Duda about how to better hit left-handed pitching, Terry Collins told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove on Tuesday. “That’s how Lucas is looking at this, ‘I’ve got to get better,'” Collins said. “So, he’s using every resource possible.... read more...
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  • On the second day of full squad workouts, temperatures dipped to the low 50s with brisk winds. The few days before, the temperature was in the 70s. That may not draw much sympathy from fans in colder weather, but that dip to lower temperatures can sometimes lead to strains and trouble getting joints loose. The […]... read more...
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  • VIERA, FLA. — The most veteran player on the Nationals’ roster was mostly a spectator during Thursday’s first full-team workouts. Jayson Werth ran through the conditioning drills, jumping over hurdles and through ladders. But when his teammates played catch to warm up their arms or took batting practice, Werth watched. Although his surgically repaired r... read more...
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  • VIERA, FLA. — On another quiet day of workouts, the second half of Nationals pitchers threw live batting practice to their teammates. Day Two of live BP included Doug Fister, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez, among others. Fister threw a lot of sinkers, still trying to fine tune his command low in the strike zone. Zimmermann […]... read more...
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  • VIERA, FLA. — Before Yunel Escobar arrived at Nationals camp this week, questions abounded — about his adjustments to a new team and position, and his character. With his actions and words in the first two days of camp, Escobar has shown the Nationals he is serious about his move to second and is intent […]... read more...
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  • VIERA, Fla. — Rick Ankiel’s new title feels like something you’d read on a college brochure. “Each dorm equipped with a life skills coordinator,” some parent would read, then be reassured despite the ambiguity. A life skills coordinator doesn’t seem like a can’t-miss component of a major league organization’s player develop... read more...
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  • Left-handed pitcher Rich Hill took a bullpen mound next to one of the Nationals’ practice fields Monday morning, throwing briefly in the warm morning sun and substantial Viera humidity. The experience signaled a drastic change in circumstances for the 34-year-old veteran, who spent his offseason with his family in Boston — a substantial portion of it shovelin... read more...
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  • Bryce Harper said many noteworthy things in his energetic interview Wednesday afternoon. Some might say a few of those things – like his reaction to signing Max Scherzer (“Where’s my ring?) or his promise to bring a World Series title to D.C. (“…and hoist that trophy over the monuments.”) — are things only a young, inexperienced,... read more...
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  • Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Evan Gattis. EVAN GATTIS Position: Catcher/infielder/outfielder Bats/throws: Right/right Height/weight: 6-4, 260 Opening day age: 28 Hometown: Forney How acquired: Trade with Atlanta, January 2015 MLB experience: Two seasons 2014 recap: Gattis […... read more...
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  • The first Spring Training game will be tomorrow (YES!) and we’ve revealed our roster predictions on every position on a few different articles leading up to the first game. Now, we finally piece together our full 25-man roster on Opening Day from the CTH staff. Starting Nine C Jason Castro 1B Jon Singleton 2B Jose Altuve 3B Luis […] ... read more...
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  •   VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have their first full-squad workout Thursday morning. For the first time this spring, the team will have all projected and potential members of its 25-man roster playing together. In terms of  position players, few questions linger as to the composition of that roster. Barring injury and pending the expected […]... read more...
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  • Atlanta Braves lineup for March 4 game 1. Eric Young Jr., CF 2. Jace Peterson, SS 3. Freddie Freeman, 1B 4. Jonny Gomes, DH 5. A.J. Pierzynski, C 6. Chris Johnson, 3B 7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B 8. Zoilo Almonte, RF 9. Cedric Hunter, LF     Orlando My Way Batter up: A look at the Atlanta […] ... read more...
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  • When right-handed starter Taylor Jordan pitches, his arm swings out behind him with wrist cocked. The delivery differs from the more compact motions of most of his teammates, but yields a sinking fastball that allays the discomfort of the unorthodox. That pitch and his others, more than that uncommon arm swing, make Jordan stand out as a particularly promising young [... read more...
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