Opening Day-pitcher palooza today on .TV; Arrieta vs. SF on Network

Eight to take mound in advance of season-opening assignments

Opening Day-pitcher palooza today on .TV; Arrieta vs. SF on Network

It's the final week of Spring Training, and there are 10 Grapefruit and Cactus League games that can be seen today and tonight on MLB.TV.

Today's spring slate features a slew of starting pitchers making their final tuneups before Opening Day assignments, including Dallas Keuchel, Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, Chris Archer, Corey Kluber, Junior Guerra, Edinson Volquez and Masahiro Tanaka.

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

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Mike Petriello

Miggy may actually be underrated

Hit Probability shows Tigers slugger deserved more production

Miggy may actually be underrated

Miguel Cabrera is indisputably one of the best hitters who ever lived, one of just a small handful of players who could retire right now and be absolutely assured of induction into Cooperstown. He's an 11-time All-Star, a two-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner; he owns both a World Series ring (2003) and an AL Triple Crown ('12). Cabrera is, by any definition of the term, great, and he has received all of the accolades that go along with such on-the-field greatness.

Now what if, despite all that, Cabrera actually has been slightly underrated? Is it possible that as great as he is, there are factors that are actually holding him back?

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

For starters, Mets' rotation best in business

Indians, Nationals, Cubs, Blue Jays round out top 5

For starters, Mets' rotation best in business

Let's celebrate this final lead-up to Opening Day by doing what we baseball fans do best -- arguing!

Each day through Friday, I'm going to present my personal top five in the following categories: rotations (today), lineups (Wednesday), bullpens (Thursday) and overall depth and flexibility (Friday). These are power rankings with admittedly little predictive value, because teams will inevitably rise and fall as injuries, trades and unexpected boosts or busts enter the equation. But for now, here are the five clubs with the best rotation alignments at the start of the season.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ross goes full '90s for 2nd 'Dancing' routine

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Ross goes full '90s for 2nd 'Dancing' routine

Last week, the day we'd all been waiting for finally arrived: David Ross made his debut on "Dancing with the Stars," complete with a bedazzled Cubs uniform and a light-up baseball field and plenty of well-wishes from his former teammates.

After he and partner Lindsey Arnold quickstepped their way to the third highest score of the opening night, what could the former catcher do for an encore? One word: Zubaz.

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'This Season on MLB': Ultimate hype video

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'This Season on MLB': Ultimate hype video

With the first games of the 2017 season less than a week away, it is time to get excited. Major League Baseball released a commercial Monday advertising the main storylines of the season, and it's designed to pump you up to maximum levels.

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Hot Harper up to spring-leading 8 homers

Hot Harper up to spring-leading 8 homers

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Bryce Harper homered in his first at-bat of the spring here at First Data Field, and it turns out that was only the start of what has been a tear through the Grapefruit League. He launched another pair of home runs in Monday afternoon's 6-0 victory against the Mets to bring his homer total to a Major League-leading eight in 52 at-bats during this exhibition season.

Prior to this spring, Harper had never homered more than three times during Spring Training. Spring stats do not necessarily predict success during the regular season, but Harper looks every bit like the player who won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2015. He is slugging .827 with a .403 on-base percentage. A few days ago, Harper told manager Dusty Baker he was ready for the season to begin.

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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.

White Sox reportedly send Bourjos to Rays

Trade frees up outfield playing time for prospect May

White Sox reportedly send Bourjos to Rays

CHICAGO -- Jacob May has been impressive enough during Spring Training to break camp with the White Sox. And the White Sox sending outfielder Peter Bourjos to Tampa Bay, according to multiple reports Monday night, might have increased that possibility.

The reports have cash considerations going to the White Sox, with neither club confirming a deal had been made.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards on the clock regarding Yadi extension

Catcher reinvigorated by Classic, 'not afraid to go to free agency'

Cards on the clock regarding Yadi extension

JUPITER, Fla. -- Rejuvenated by Puerto Rico's run to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to camp confident that he has many more years to give behind the plate and is ready to determine whether those will come as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Molina put the Cardinals on the clock, stressing that he is open to entering free agency if he and the club cannot reach an agreement on a contract extension before the team's Sunday opener against the Cubs at 7:35 p.m. CT on ESPN.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Fantasy411: 17 poised to rebound in '17

Harper, Stanton, Cole among likeliest to enjoy bounceback seasons

Fantasy411: 17 poised to rebound in '17

Fantasy owners may be comforted by the idea of drafting a lineup full of players who excelled in 2016, but those who avoid having a recency bias will likely be better off.

After all, 2017 is a new year with a different script. With that in mind, wise drafters should stick their necks out at least once or twice during their selection process and consider someone who is coming off a disappointing or injury-plagued season. By targeting those who have previously excelled at the Major League level but disappointed last year, fantasy owners can find opportunities for significant profit. For example, owners received excellent production last year by buying low on the likes of Anthony Rendon, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and Ian Desmond.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV alert: 9 most must-watch players

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MLB.TV alert: 9 most must-watch players

There are many ways to rank baseball players: by WAR, MVP Award finish, facial hair. Today, though, we're going to put together a lineup based on watchability. 

This doesn't necessarily mean the best player at each position, or the player most important to their team. It's the player that you frantically change over to on MLB.TV every time they come to the plate, or the player whose highlights you'll always watch because you know you're going to see something amazing. These are the players you simply can't take your eyes off. 

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Got a draft? Get an edge with Fantasy 411's Cheat Sheet

Got a draft? Get an edge with Fantasy 411's Cheat Sheet

Baseball, both real and fantasy, is more a marathon than a sprint. As a fantasy owner, you work 162 games across 180-plus days.

But the thing is, your full-time job isn't to run a fantasy team. And that championship trophy on your mantel isn't paying the phone bill, shiny as it is.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Which clubs may buy, sell at Trade Deadline?

Which clubs may buy, sell at Trade Deadline?

Opening Day is just a week away and rosters around the Majors are beginning to take shape. MLB general managers are facing tough decisions in deciding who to keep on their big league clubs, but they know the 25 guys who make up the team on Day 1 are unlikely to be those same players who take the field on Aug. 1.

GMs are always thinking ahead, and the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is the best chance they have at stockpiling prospects or landing a star to propel their team into the postseason.

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

Be a GM with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

Be a GM with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

Since the final out of the 2016 World Series settled in Anthony Rizzo's glove, giving the Cubs a championship 108 years in the making, baseball's general managers have been preparing their clubs for success in '17.

And now, with Opening Day quickly approaching, you can join in on the excitement.

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Zachary Finkelstein is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mikie Mahtook chasing a foul ball, missing it and tumbling into the bullpen is a metaphor for life

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Mikie Mahtook chasing a foul ball, missing it and tumbling into the bullpen is a metaphor for life

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try at something, we just fall short of our goal. In sports, this is basically an everyday thing, but it also applies to the rest of us, too. Quite often. 

Whether playing entirely too many arcade games in hopes of accumulating 50,000 tickets to exchange for some silly prize or working overtime, trying to impress the boss and nab that promotion at work, only to see it handed off to a colleague, life has a way of reminding us all who's in charge -- and it isn't us. 

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Lester pleased with final outing -- and his RBI

Lester pleased with final outing -- and his RBI

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Jon Lester tuned up for Opening Night against the team the Cubs beat in the last game of the 2016 season.

Lester faced the Cubs' World Series opponent, the Indians, on Monday night in his final Spring Training start, and gave up four runs on five hits and struck out five over six innings. Cleveland won, 4-3. But Lester did his part, hitting an RBI single in the sixth in his third spring at-bat.

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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.

Bumgarner shines in last Cactus start

Bumgarner shines in last Cactus start

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Madison Bumgarner did what he was supposed to do against a Cincinnati Reds lineup composed mainly of aspiring backups. He dominated them, much as he does against batting orders filled with accomplished veterans.

Bumgarner allowed two runs and four hits while striking out nine in seven innings Monday, helping the Giants outdistance the Cincinnati Reds, 14-2.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Posnanski: J-Hey's glove, character critical

Posnanski: J-Hey's glove, character critical

MESA, Ariz. -- Jason Heyward has never been a typical baseball superstar. He has never hit .300; his lifetime batting average is .262. Heyward has never hit 30 home runs in a season and only once hit even 20. He has never stolen 25 bases in a season and never come particularly close to 100 RBIs or 100 runs scored. Heyward has never finished in the Top 10 in the MVP Award balloting. He has only made one All-Star team -- during his rookie season almost seven years ago.

And yet, before the 2016 season, the Chicago Cubs gave Heyward the second-largest deal ever given to an outfielder (behind only slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who couldn't be more different from Heyward as a player).

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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.

Ryu locks down LA rotation spot; final slot open

Roberts says Wood, McCarthy in running in final week of Spring Training

Ryu locks down LA rotation spot; final slot open

PHOENIX -- Hyun-Jin Ryu won back his spot in the season-opening starting rotation on Monday, said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who added that the fifth spot will go to either Brandon McCarthy or Alex Wood.

Roberts also said that the loser of the fifth-starter competition between McCarthy and Wood would remain with the club as a long reliever. With Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Ryu, the Dodgers would have four lefties in the rotation if Wood is the fifth starter.

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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.

Brantley uncertain for Tribe's Opening Day roster

'He feels very good. It's pretty exciting,' Francona says of outfielder's progress

Brantley uncertain for Tribe's Opening Day roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Opening Day is only a week away for the Indians, but the team is still not ready to say whether Michael Brantley might break camp with the team. The left fielder's comeback continues to go well, and that is where manager Terry Francona prefers to leave things.

"He looks very good. He feels very good. It's pretty exciting," Francona said on Monday evening. "I just don't want to put more on his plate, because he's done such a terrific job. Again, it's gone well. I'd rather have it be going like that than the other way."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards' Martinez does it all in final spring tuneup

Cards' Martinez does it all in final spring tuneup

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Carlos Martinez allowed three hits and two runs in five innings, and Kolten Wong tripled and scored in the second inning to lead the Cardinals past the Astros, 3-2, on Monday night at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The Cardinals strung together three consecutive hits against Astros starter Collin McHugh in the first, including an RBI single by Matt Adams.

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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.

Zobrist (neck) nears return to Cubs' lineup

Russell remains sidelined with stiff back

Zobrist (neck) nears return to Cubs' lineup

MESA, Ariz. -- Ben Zobrist told manager Joe Maddon that he hopes to play Tuesday in the Cubs' penultimate game in Arizona. However, there's no update on when shortstop Addison Russell will return to action.

Zobrist has not played in one week because of a stiff neck, while Russell has been sidelined with a stiff back. Russell did play catch on Monday, Maddon said.

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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.

Wheeler gives Mets even more to think about

Wheeler gives Mets even more to think about

JUPITER, Fla. -- There may have been nothing Zack Wheeler could have done Monday to convince the Mets that, despite an uneven spring and the complications of his innings limit, he deserves a spot in the Opening Day rotation.

But if that door was open even a crack for Wheeler, he did his best to take a sledgehammer to it. Saving his best Grapefruit League outing for last, Wheeler held the Marlins scoreless over five efficient innings in a 5-0 win at Roger Dean Stadium. As Seth Lugo served up a quartet of runs to the Nationals a few dozen miles north in Port St. Lucie, Wheeler offered the Mets an impassioned closing argument.

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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.

Jays' Sanchez pops blister in rough outing

Jays' Sanchez pops blister in rough outing

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Aaron Sanchez's numbers this spring look a little jarring, but the Blue Jays don't seem concerned and the reigning American League ERA leader believes everything is going according to plan.

Sanchez declared himself ready for the regular season following Monday's 7-1 loss to the Phillies, in which he allowed five runs and threw 71 pitches over 3 1/3 innings. He has allowed 10 earned runs over 10 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League season, but those spring numbers can be a little deceiving.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals going with Mondesi at second base

Royals going with Mondesi at second base

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The intense and complicated battle for the Royals' second-base job is over. Manager Ned Yost named 21-year-old Raul Mondesi his starter Monday morning.

Mondesi, the surprise of camp who is hitting .378, beat out Christian Colon, Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield. Cuthbert likely has the team made as the primary backup to third baseman Mike Moustakas, who is coming off right ACL surgery this past May and could be brought along slowly in April.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seager staying back to get ABs; Kazmir to DL

Seager staying back to get ABs; Kazmir to DL

PHOENIX -- Corey Seager will remain in Arizona through Friday to work on his swing and Scott Kazmir will go on the disabled list, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Monday.

Seager, recovered from a strained oblique, will miss the first two games of the Freeway Series in Anaheim, and he will play in Minor League games at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, where he can get unlimited at-bats.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Capps returns from Tommy John surgery

Capps returns from Tommy John surgery

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres flamethrower Carter Capps felt the nerves during the seventh inning of Monday afternoon's 12-2 victory over the Mariners. It had been a while since he took a Major League mound, after all.

How long exactly? Well, the last out he recorded in a big league game came on Aug. 2, 2015. Capps, then with the Marlins, struck out Padres center fielder Will Venable, before exiting that outing two batters later with elbow stiffness.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Broxton, Santana enjoy their share of Barrels

Statcast metric shows young hitters making impact in Brewers' lineup

Broxton, Santana enjoy their share of Barrels

PHOENIX -- If the ageless adage that good contact leads to good hitting holds merit, the Brewers have a pair of outfielders that offer optimism to a largely unproven lineup.

According to Statcast™, center fielder Keon Broxton (fourth, 95 mph) and right fielder Domingo Santana (13th, 93.8 mph) ranked among MLB leaders in average exit velocity in 2016, alongside the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Cabrera and Mark Trumbo. The data is limited, since Broxton and Santana missed 75 and 77 games, respectively, but of their smaller pool, the numbers are encouraging.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gausman gets Opening Day nod for O's

Right-hander 'very honored' to start on April 3 vs. Blue Jays

Gausman gets Opening Day nod for O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Before he was officially told, Kevin Gausman had an inkling that he may be the Orioles' Opening Day starter. After all, his spring starts lined up perfectly with the start of the season.

"That's kind of what I told [manager] Buck [Showalter]," Gausman said. "He asked me, 'What did you think about this? Did you see this coming?' I was like, 'Well, I'm not that bad at math. I can figure that out.'"

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre out of lineup with tight right calf muscle

Beltre out of lineup with tight right calf muscle

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's bumpy road to Opening Day has hit another pothole.

Beltre woke up on Monday with a tight right calf muscle and was not in the lineup against the Rockies. It comes just a day after getting one plate appearance against the Dodgers on Sunday.

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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.

D-backs opt to release injured outfielder Blanco

D-backs opt to release injured outfielder Blanco

The D-backs released outfielder Gregor Blanco, the club announced on Monday night. The move leaves the total players in Arizona's camp at 32.

Blanco, 33, signed a Minor League deal in January. Blanco batted .225/.295/.400 (9-for-40) through 14 Cactus League contests, but he hadn't appeared in a spring game since March 21 due to an oblique injury.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.