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March 9, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Games 12, 13 vs. Red Sox, Orioles

BRADENTON, Fla. – Travis Ishikawa, who’s been slowed by a hamstring problem, will make his first start of the spring today as the designated hitter in the split-squad game vs. the Red Sox. … Andrew McCutchen will play in his …

March 7, 2014
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Morning report: Game 10 v. Twins

BRADENTON, Fla. — No rain today, so plenty of baseball will be played here and at Pirate city. … The Twins will start a familiar face in center field and they also are bringing along OF Byron Buxton, whom Baseball …

March 6, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 9 v. Blue Jays

BRADENTON, Fla. — If today’s game is rained out (a 50-50 proposition at this point), the players and pitchers could make up for lost work tomorrow, when there’s a “B” game against the Twins at 10 a.m. at Pirate City. …

March 5, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 8 @ Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jeff Locke was supposed to start today, but he felt some tightness in his side a couple of days ago while throwing a bullpen. He’s still working out daily a McKechnie Field, but will not throw off …

March 4, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 7 @ Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. — Charlie Morton is scheduled to pitch three innings today, depending upon his pitch count. … Josh Harrison has hit safely in all three of his games so far. … Chris McGuiness has gone 5 for 10 with …

March 3, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 6 v. Red Sox

BRADENTON, Fla. — Gaby Sanchez tweaked his knee while making an awkward, aborted slide into third base the other day against the Blue Jays. Tests showed no structuarl damage and he took some swings in the batting cage this morning.

March 2, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 5 @ Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. — I’m usually not one to boo athletes when I attend games as a fan. I’ll grumble and/or curse fate, but unless I’m 100 percent sure the guy gave no effort, I figure I can’t criticize too much. …

March 1, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 4 v. Rays

BRADENTON, Fla. — Want some injury updates? Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the lineup today due to what the team says is “discomfort in his right knee.” He is listed as day to day. I have not spoken yet with Sanchez …

February 28, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning briefing: Game 3 at Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Josh Harrison had a big ice pack strapped to his right shoulder in the clubhouse this morning. That’s not a routine procedure, especially at 7:30 a.m., but Harrison insisted he’s not injured. “I’m OK,” he told me, …

February 27, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel


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Morning report: Game 2 v. Yankees

TAMPA — Don’t read too much into the batting order, especially early on in spring training. “There are a couple guys (for whom) I’ve got spots in mind,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “But for the rest, I’m going to run …

 
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