Original score! Brewer dive vs. Dodgers epic

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Original score! Brewer dive vs. Dodgers epic

It may be only February and just a few short days into Spring Training, but Brett Phillips -- TV star and Brewers top prospect/laugher -- is ready to win. He doesn't care that some people think these games "don't really count." He doesn't subscribe to the laissez-faire attitude of Spring Trainings past. In the sixth inning of Sunday's Dodgers-Brewers tilt, Phillips expertly maneuvered around the tag at home plate to give his team an 8-7 lead.

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Stroman, Reddick make spring debuts on MLB.TV

Stroman, Reddick make spring debuts on MLB.TV

As the first full week of Spring Training games gets underway, there are several matchups on tap Monday, as stars shake off the rust and prospects look to make a strong impression. There are also some key players making their spring debuts. You can catch the Cactus and Grapefruit League action on MLB.TV.

MLB.TV Premium is only $112.99 for the entire season. In addition to getting every out-of-market game live or on demand during the regular season, you can watch nearly 300 Spring Training games live and blackout-free, plus the World Baseball Classic live (U.S. only). This package has the best value and provides access to more than 400 devices and a free subscription to the MLB.com At Bat Premium app (a $19.99 value). It offers the best picture quality ever -- at 60 frames per second -- for supported devices, while other great features include choice of home or away broadcasts, live-game DVR, multi-game viewing and more. Monthly signups for MLB.TV Premium are now underway as well for $24.99, and the MLB.TV Single Team package is also available as a $87.49 yearly subscription.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers' Bellinger hits HR out of stadium

Segedin, Verdugo also club booming homers in Dodgers' win

Dodgers' Bellinger hits HR out of stadium

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' youth put on a power show late in Sunday's 10-8 win over the Brewers, highlighted by top prospect Cody Bellinger's eighth-inning go-ahead home run that one-hopped its way out of Maryvale Baseball Park.

"I had no idea it went out of the stadium until they told me after the game," Bellinger said. "Can't wait to watch the video of it."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Out on a Tim: Mets embracing Tebowmania

Former University of Florida football star turned outfielder due in camp Monday

Out on a Tim: Mets embracing Tebowmania

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Once Grapefruit League games begin, crowds at the Mets' Spring Training back fields tend to dwindle, as the organization's biggest stars limit their time to the main stadium. Only the most diehard Minor League fans, friends and families of players still congregate near the chain-link fences, watching the Mets' next wave of talent develop.

That will change at least temporarily on Monday, when Tim Tebow rolls into Port St. Lucie for his first official day of Spring Training. Tebow is reporting roughly a week early to participate in the Mets' STEP camp, which the organization reserves for its most intriguing prospects.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maddon likes Heyward's tweaked approach

Maddon likes Heyward's tweaked approach

MESA, Ariz. -- Jason Heyward is hitless in two games this spring, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes what he's seen.

"It looks freer," Maddon said of Heyward's approach at the plate. "It's something I believe is going to work. Talking to him, I can tell, looking at his face, how comfortable he is with it.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oscar winner Ali screened 'Moonlight' for A's

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Oscar winner Ali screened 'Moonlight' for A's

In addition to being a newly minted Academy Award winner, "Moonlight" star Mahershala Ali is an Oakland native and big-time A's fan. Really, he threw out a first pitch last season and everything.

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Top Draft prospect Greene hits slam, K's 7

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Top Draft prospect Greene hits slam, K's 7

Seventeen-year-old Hunter Greene is MLBPipeline's current No. 1 prospect in this summer's Draft. Not only is Greene projected to be the first right-handed high school pitcher to be picked at the top of the Draft, but scouts are also salivating over his potential in the field and at the plate.

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Joe Posnanski

2017 Azocar Awards: And the winners are ...

In honor of Oscars weekend, we celebrate baseball's best and brightest

2017 Azocar Awards: And the winners are ...

There are people who noticed that the Oscar Azocar Awards -- the baseball awards we came up with to correlate with the upcoming Academy Awards -- seem to be based on a very flimsy coincidence: That "Best Pitcher" sounds a lot like "Best Picture."

I would like to tell you that there was more thought put into the Oscar Azocars.

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Joe Posnanski is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, an Emmy Award-winning writer and has been awarded National Sportswriter of the Year. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

40 winks: Red Sox seek edge with sleep room

40 winks: Red Sox seek edge with sleep room

The Red Sox are chasing every possible advantage both on and off the field for 2017, and that search has extended all the way beyond waking hours.

In an effort to help their players be as well prepared for every game as possible, the Red Sox are upgrading their "sleep room," according to a report by the Boston Globe.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Darvish in control with scoreless spring debut

Rangers righty pleased with fastball command vs. Royals

Darvish in control with scoreless spring debut

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The significance of Sunday's outing came to Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish when he began to warm up by playing catch in the outfield.

Darvish was getting ready for his first Cactus League outing of the spring and his first since March 5, 2015. That was the game in which Darvish pitched one inning and then came out with tightness in his right elbow. He eventually underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Along with bat, Sanchez's arm is a threat

Yanks catcher nails two runners; Starlin compares him to Cards' Molina

Along with bat, Sanchez's arm is a threat

TAMPA, Fla. -- Gary Sanchez's historic home run barrage taught opposing teams to pitch carefully when he is at the plate, and now the Yankees' catcher is reminding baserunners not to sleep on his strong arm.

Sanchez caught two runners attempting to steal second base in the third inning of New York's 7-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, nailing Jon Berti and Ezequiel Carrera by healthy margins.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Farms that should crack the 2018 Top 10 list

Farms that should crack the 2018 Top 10 list

With Spring Training underway, MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have not only been rolling out their 2017 Top 30 Prospects lists for each of the Major League teams, they've also been busy ranking their Top 10 farm systems in baseball. The following is a transcript of a segment from this week's episode of their Pipeline podcast with Tim McMaster, in which they discuss which teams look to be on the cusp of breaking into next year's Top 10.

To hear more from the MLBPipeline.com experts, subscribe to the podcast by clicking here.

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Proven film scholar John Axford went 19-for-24 in with his Oscars predictions

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Proven film scholar John Axford went 19-for-24 in with his Oscars predictions

Each year, the Academy Awards celebrate the year's top movies, actors and industry professionals. Also each year, pitcher John Axford, currently a member of the A's bullpen, hands out his official Oscars predictions.

This might not strike you as something extraordinary, until you realize Axford's track record. Back in 2014, he made headlines for his perfect 14-for-14 ballot, and has done very well in this regard in other years (14-for-15 in '13, 17-for-24 in 2015). 

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In Blue Jays debut, Morales makes impact

Assuming Encarnacion's DH role, veteran hits RBI single, solo homer

In Blue Jays debut, Morales makes impact

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- When Kendrys Morales was introduced before the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League home opener Sunday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, he got a nice round of applause.

That was nothing compared to the response he got when he homered off Phillies reliever Joaquin Benoit to lead off the third inning in just his second at-bat in a Blue Jays uniform.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scherzer has first 'pen session since injury

Scherzer has first 'pen session since injury

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Max Scherzer completed his first bullpen session of the spring on Saturday afternoon, the first time he has thrown off the mound since he arrived at camp still feeling the effects of a stress fracture in his right ring finger.

The Nationals announced Scherzer used a modified grip to get through the outing, but that it went well. Scherzer told the Washington Post that he threw his fastball with a three-fingered grip because the usual two-finger grip still caused him pain. He said he would continue to do so and did not rule out using the three-finger fastball grip during games.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CarGo believes Classic will jump-start season

More spring at-bats have led to better early production for Rockies star

CarGo believes Classic will jump-start season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez believes representing Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic could lead to a good start to the regular season.

The last time Gonzalez played in the Classic, which was in 2013, he hit .306 with a .389 on-base percentage and a .551 slugging percentage in 25 April games. He kept that going in May, posting a .308/.385/.607 line in 28 games.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Justice: Indians intend to finish the job

Justice: Indians intend to finish the job

GOODYEAR, Ariz.-- Maybe the Cleveland Indians will end up being exactly what the Kansas City Royals were two years ago.

Remember?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Duda uncertain, Bruce starts 1B drills

Collins on slugger taking infield grounders: "I liked everything I saw today"

With Duda uncertain, Bruce starts 1B drills

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Until Sunday, the Mets' plan to try out Jay Bruce or Michael Conforto at first base had been nothing more than idle chatter. The Mets had hoped to spend this spring making several of their players more versatile. But they did not immediately put those plans into action, preferring to let their outfielders focus on what they do best.

That changed this week, when starting first baseman Lucas Duda hobbled into the Mets' clubhouse with a sore back -- a minor issue, he said, but nonetheless a concerning one considering Duda's lengthy history of similar ailments. A day later, Bruce grabbed the first baseman's mitt he brought to Spring Training for this exact contingency, taking ground balls at the position for the first time before the Mets' 5-2 win over Detroit.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Archer stymies Sox in strong spring debut

Archer stymies Sox in strong spring debut

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Chris Archer set the tone for the Rays on Sunday in a 7-3 win over the Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park.

Making his first start of the spring, Archer allowed no runs on a hit and a walk in two innings. He added an exclamation point to his performance by striking out Bryce Brentz with a 95-mph fastball on the final pitch of his outing.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com.

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Flamethrower doesn't faze Stanton's timing

Flamethrower doesn't faze Stanton's timing

JUPITER, Fla. -- When a pitcher throws 100 mph, he tends to get a hitter's attention in a hurry. In the fifth inning of Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Cardinals, the Marlins received a wakeup call when hard-throwing prospect Sandy Alcantara took the mound.

The lanky right-hander has thrown 102 mph in the past, so Miami's batters braced themselves to be ready to swing. The Marlins were able to do damage, striking for four runs in the inning, with Giancarlo Stanton making a big impact.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun feels '100 percent,' is ready for season

Brewers left fielder doesn't expect to play in Cactus League until March 10

Braun feels '100 percent,' is ready for season

PHOENIX -- What would Ryan Braun's perfect Spring Training look like? It would be one week long, and there might not be any baseball games.

"If Opening Day was today," Braun said on Sunday, "I'm 100 percent ready for the season. I'm serious. I don't need any at-bats. I feel really good."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jones, Machado each belt first spring homers

Jones, Machado each belt first spring homers

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Adam Jones and Manny Machado each hit home runs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-3, on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.

Jones hit a long home run off of Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon in the first and had a double in the fifth. Machado homered just after Robert Andino, who came in as a pinch-runner for Jones, was thrown out trying to advance to third.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com.

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Hamilton may face another knee surgery

Slugger to be examined on Monday, missed all of '16 with injury

Hamilton may face another knee surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton is looking at the possibility of more surgery on his left knee and it is becoming obvious he will not be ready for Opening Day.

Hamilton continues to experience discomfort in the knee and will be examined by Dr. Walt Lowe in Houston on Monday. The Rangers acknowledged that arthroscopic surgery is a possibility.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Correa 'felt comfortable' in spring debut

Shortstop went 1-for-3 as he prepares to play in World Baseball Classic

Correa 'felt comfortable' in spring debut

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After missing the first few days of camp because he had all four wisdom teeth removed, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Braves at ESPN Wild World of Sports, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the Astros' 3-2 win.

"It was good," Correa said. "I felt comfortable, especially on the defensive side of it. I felt really comfortable reading balls off the bat and stuff like that. Offensively, I felt good. I saw the pitches really well. I have to clean up the strike zone a little bit, but other than that, I feel good."

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickey knows he's 'capable of a lot more'

Veteran knuckleballer anticipating first spring start with Braves

Dickey knows he's 'capable of a lot more'

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Though his final season with the Blue Jays was not as successful as he had wished, R.A. Dickey is approaching this season genuinely confident in his ability to give the Braves possibly more than they envisioned when they signed him to a one-year, $8 million contract in November.

"I knew I was capable of a lot more, which is why I'm here," Dickey said. "If I didn't, I would have retired."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodney catching up, throws 2nd live batting practice

Shipley feels 'back to normal' in first spring start

Rodney catching up, throws 2nd live batting practice

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs closer Fernando Rodney threw his second live batting-practice session of the spring Sunday.

"I thought really good," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said when asked how Rodney looked. "Fastball command was down in the zone, which is always a positive for me. Threw some great changeups that were falling out of the zone."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oblique no longer an issue for Britton

O's closer feeling fine, will throw from a mound soon

Oblique no longer an issue for Britton

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Zach Britton's oblique soreness is gone. A day after he threw a bullpen session on Monday, the Orioles' star closer complained of discomfort in his left side.

Britton said on Sunday morning that with the pain gone, he was ready to get started.

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Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins' Berrios finding comfort on mound

Twins' Berrios finding comfort on mound

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After a forgettable rookie season that saw him post an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts, right-hander Jose Berrios is staying positive and continuing to work on his mechanics this spring.

Berrios, competing for the fifth-starter spot along with candidates such as Trevor May, Tyler Duffey and Ryan Vogelsong, had his first test on Sunday against the Nationals, surrendering one run on a hit and a walk over two innings. He piggybacked May, who tossed 1 2/3 scoreless frames in the 5-2 win.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nori Aoki brings big league experience to Team Japan

MLB veteran is embracing his new role as the squad's elder statesman in the 2017 WBC

Nori Aoki brings big league experience to Team Japan

Few players can appreciate the World Baseball Classic experience like Norichika Aoki. The outfielder is back for a third trip to the international tournament, but this time as a key veteran instead of a young prodigy, as he was more than a decade ago.

When Team Japan won the inaugural Classic in 2006, Aoki was a 24-year-old outfielder just starting a run of seven all-star seasons in his home country, and it would be several years before he'd begin a fruitful stint in the Major Leagues. When Aoki, now 35, steps on the field with the team known at home as "Samurai Japan" for the 2017 tournament, he'll do so with the honor of being the squad's lone Major Leaguer. He'll also have the distinction of becoming just the second player to participate in three World Baseball Classics for Japan -- the other being left-handed pitcher Toshiya Sugiuchi.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Hill's remarkable journey continues in LA

After death of his son and numerous injuries, left-hander has found success

Hill's remarkable journey continues in LA

PHOENIX -- Two years ago, left-hander Rich Hill went into Spring Training without a Major League job. On Sunday, he threw his first pitches for the Dodgers in a 10-8 Cactus League win over the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park after signing a three-year, $48 million contract.

Hill's journey is a well-documented trail of persistence and fortitude through constant physical injury and heart-wrenching personal tragedy.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.