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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy on the rapidly increasing number of shifts in MLB: "It's a product of the environment. I don't mind it. A lot of times we pitch to the shift. If anything, hitters should learn to go the other way. If clubs shifted on Tony Gwynn, he would have hit .700.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

New at Rangers and Royals Spring Training Home Games: A hot dog wrapped in a burger wrapped in bacon for $8.75 (Credit: Josh Frigerio/ABC Phoenix)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Given he's coming back from shoulder surgery, Pablo Sandoval admits he shouldn't have slid headfirst into second on third-inning double vs. Northeastern, but you know, instincts. "You don't think about it. You hustle and you don't think to dive like that."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell said it was "disappointing" to see Rusney Castillo jog down line on double play grounder, not only because he lost track of number of outs but also because he doesn't have spot on team.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Positive first game for Blake Swihart, who didn't have issues in three innings behind plate and tested surgically repaired ankle by scoring from first on double. Ditto for Sam Travis (homer) in return from knee surgery.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

We'll delve into this in more detail in a story over the weekend, but Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright hinted at some clubhouse discord last season when talking about the team-building exercise from Thursday that he proposed to manager Mike Matheny. "You get better in the clubhouse, you usually get better on the field so we're trying to do that this year," Wainwright said. "Last year, we just weren't on the same page. I think everyone would say that. We're just doing so much of a better job to just check in on everybody this year

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon reportedly wants to put Kyle Schwarber in the leadoff spot. There were only 2 players listed at 235 pounds who batted leadoff last season: Jason Heyward (2 games) and Yasiel Puig (1 game).

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals had a team-building activity Thursday. They went to a West Palm Beach escape room. Manager Mike Matheny mixed up the pitchers, hitters and different cultures to encourage players to get to know one another.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gave a glimpse at the rotation saying Clayton Kershaw will pitch the Cactus League opener Saturday, followed by Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. They likely will pitch just one inning. Roberts said the rest of the rotation probably will become more apparent in mid-March.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the development of Albert Almora Jr.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo has always wanted to pitch in a game. Maybe this is the year. Watch him work at it.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch the Cubs take some swings at Sloan Park in advance of their Cactus League opener on Saturday. Rizzo and Schwarber go deep while Heyward lays one down.