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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon on Pedro Strop contract extension: "He's a perfect fit for us."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs reliever Pedro Strop discuss his trade to the Cubs and his connection to the fans. He signed a contract extension on Friday.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers OF Trayce Thompson still is being asked to take it slow this spring. A back injury last year will have him playing in "controlled settings" and simulated games when the Cactus League schedule begins this weekend. As for starting the season on the roster, "we're not so sure," manager Dave Roberts said.

Randy Scott ESPN 

Betting on bowling with Mookie Betts is a dangerous way to make a living. Had fun with the Red Sox RF as SportsCenter's FL Spring Training Tour continues in Fort Myers.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Urias and Scott Kazmir on track to pitch for the Dodgers in Cactus League games next week. Clayton Kershaw will throw one inning Saturday, while Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will pitch two innings in stars Sunday and Monday respectively.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

No first baseman has been named for the Dodgers' Cactus League opener Saturday. Adrian Gonzalez is out with tennis elbow and manager Dave Roberts said Chase Utley will not get the call either.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Club execs say their impression is that Joe Blanton won't sign for a pay cut -- anything less than the $4 million he made last year.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Pedro Strop will make $5.85 million in 2018 while his club option is for $6.25 million in 2019 with a 500k buyout.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Strop is now signed through 2018 with a club option for 2019.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Pedro Strop has agreed to a contract extension

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch the Cubs relay throw competition. Round 1 here was won by Miguel Montero's group but Anthony Rizzo dropped a ball in the finals. The foursome led by Russell and Kawasaki won.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Porcello will throw two-inning simulated game Sunday. If he pitches every fifth day thereafter, with one extra day built in because of March 22 off-day, Porcello would make six spring-training starts and be lined up to start Opening Day on April 3 at Fenway.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch the Cubs gather around the World Series trophy which has arrived at camp in advance of a rally hosted by the city of Mesa, Az. It emerges in the hands of security.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts took grounders at third base today to prep for position switch with shortstop-stocked Netherlands in World Baseball Classic. "Bogey sees himself as a shortstop," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who noted "this is for a short period of time vs. a career change."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

And here is the split squad lineup at SF.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The first lineups of 2017 are out for the World Champs. Here is how they will face the A's at home on Saturday.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell on Joe Kelly's full-court shooting exploits: "That's a long strike. It's not part of the throwing program, but still, a hell of a throw."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

About that full-court shot that made SportsCenter, Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly guessed he has done it "maybe a handful" of times in his life. It took him three tries Thursday night after game at Florida Gulf Coast, Chris Sale's alma mater. No, Kelly didn't play basketball in high school in California.