Bader, Kelly, Arozarena impress on both sides

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Cordero among top prospect performers

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Rockies prospect quintet comes up big

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Guillorme among top prospect performers

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Parker embraces battle for roster spot

February 24, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The uncertainty surrounding Jarrett Parker‘s professional future could cause him to feel ill. Instead, he remains chill. Parker, San Francisco’s Opening Day left fielder a year ago, is rarely mentioned in the speculation about the composition of the Giants’ outfield. Rather than name him as a projected starter or as a candidate to earn a reserve role, the Giants traded for Andrew McCutchen, signed free agent Austin…

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Arenado willing to go a long way for a homer

February 24, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Nolan Arenado insisted on making the 45-minute drive across the Valley of the Sun. His homer off Reds lefty Cody Reed in the Rockies’ 11-4 victory Saturday afternoon was the payoff. “I’ll drive days for a homer,” Arenado said. View Full Game Coverage The Rockies had a reduced number of practice days between Monday’s onset of full-squad workouts and Friday’s start of Spring Training games. Left fielder…

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Cubs map out first ST starts for rotation arms

February 24, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs’ projected starting five will make their first Cactus League starts next week, and Jon Lester appears to be lined up to start Opening Day. Tyler Chatwood will make his Cubs debut on Monday against the Mariners, and will be followed by Lester on Tuesday against the White Sox, Kyle Hendricks on Wednesday against the Athletics, and Yu Darvish on Thursday against the Rockies. All four…

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Stratton benefits from Cain's lessons

February 24, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Matt Cain is retired, but his wisdom endures in the hearts and minds of the Giants’ younger pitchers, who received plenty of advice from the three-time All-Star, particularly last season. One of Cain’s most eager pupils was Chris Stratton, a leading candidate for one of the two starting-rotation vacancies. Saturday, Stratton stranded four baserunners in two innings, but still blanked a split-squad of Dodgers, who fell 9-3…

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Stomach bug sidelines Seager on Saturday

February 24, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Designated hitter Corey Seager, already on a reduced schedule as he rebuilds throwing arm strength, was a late scratch from Saturday’s starting lineup against the Giants because of a stomach illness, possibly food poisoning. Manager Dave Roberts said he expects Seager to be back in the lineup on Sunday, when Clayton Kershaw makes his Cactus League debut on the road against the Mariners. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Designated…

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Polanco poised to regain power stroke

February 24, 2018

BRADENTON, Fla. — Gregory Polanco‘s offseason training routine was designed to enhance his overall athleticism, not his strength. So it might seem odd that he thinks he’s in a better position to hit for power now than he was a year ago, coming off an offseason of heavy weight training. But there was Polanco, ripping a home run over the boardwalk beyond LECOM Park’s right-field fence in a 4-1 loss…

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