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News and notes: Almost game time

The spring training action is heating up, and it’s almost time for some game action – the annual intrasquad scrimmage will happen today (Monday) and then Grapefruit League play begins on Tuesday. Even though the games haven’t started yet, there has been no shortage of storylines over the past week. The Andrew McCutchen extension talk, […]

MLB notebook: Rockies select contract of former Pirates reliever Axford

• The Rockies selected John Axford’s contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen. Axford, who agreed to a minor-league deal last ...

Pirates pitcher Worley is in right place, right time with team

BRADENTON, Fla. — Vance Worley reported to Pirates spring training camp with a new baby, a bigger contract and a happier outlook on the season ...

Notes: Warren commissioned to start opener

TAMPA, Fla. -- As reported by ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera on Friday, Adam Warren will be the first Yankees starter of the spring, getting the ball in the Grapefruit League opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday in Clearwater. Warren, who is likely to end up in the bullpen, will be followed by Nathan Eovaldi, the likely No. 4 starter, as starter of Wednesday's game against the Phillies at home. Esmil Rogers, a relief pitcher by trade, gets the start on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton.

What2Watch4 in 2015: Lucas Duda

Lucas Duda's struggles against left-handed pitching are something he hopes to overcome.We'll run through most of the Mets' roster for 2015 with a look at the key stats to know heading into this season. 2014 Recap Lucas Duda hit .253 with 30 home runs and 92 RBIs and established himself as a legit first baseman, particularly after the trade of Ike Davis to the Pirates. Most WAR, Primary Position 1B2014 Season Duda’s defense, which was a major issue when he was an outfielder, was solid as well.

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