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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

At first glance, the Cardinals seem crazy to call third base an open competition. One of the players vying for the spot, Jedd Gyorko, led the team with 30 home runs. The other, Jhonny Peralta, is 34 and had a negative WAR (-0.4) in 2016. But the Cardinals think Peralta's down year was largely a product of a torn thumb ligament in spring training. They saw it play out with Yadier Molina, who struggled in the first half and batted .365 after the All-Star break. "It seems the more repetitions they get or just time they get the strength back to where they look like themselves," manager Mike Matheny said. "They get that bat speed back and the power."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Prospect Clint Frazier has shown up with his red hair almost shoulder length. We'll see if he is told to cut it so he is fully in line with Yankee protocol.

Russillo @ryenarussillo

There needs to be a show with all the footage from the camcorder days of the dunk contest. "I shot this on 2x zoom" -Jerome Williams

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes has purchased his eighth customized car. This one, a Mercedes GLE 63s coupe ($120K), was customized by The Auto Firm for an additional $55K. The car will be featured on Velocity later this year on a show series on the customizer.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Something to keep in mind, if the Yankees aren't good, their No. 1 trade commodity would likely be ... Dellin Betances.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Jim Murray, Dellin Betances' agent, responded to Yankees' president Randy Levine's criticism by telling ESPN, "It is bizarre to me. I have no idea why he would have a press conference today – win or lose."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers SS Corey Seager has called Chase Utley a vital mentor. Utley returned the compliment Saturday: "We locker next to each other. It's pretty easy to like a guy like that. He's obviously a great player, but he has a good head on his shoulders and if he wants to pick my brain, I'm all for it. I'm starting to pick his brain too."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Utley, on his return to the Dodgers, instead of going elsewhere, likely for more money: "Ultimately the goal for us in the clubhouse is to win a championship. I feel like we have the pieces in place to do that here. … I like the guys who are in this locker room."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

El siempre bromista Aroldis Chapman rumbo a su sesión de lanzamientos. Luego Gary Sánchez se disculpa por cerrar la puerta del bullpen.

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Rick Sutcliffe @Sut_ESPN

Rain no big deal for @Cubs today. Pitchers got their bullpens on indoor mounds. Hitters went to cages. Most have been here for weeks anyway!

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers OF Trayce Thompson will watch brother Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors defend his NBA 3-point title on TV tonight with family friend Nolan Arenado of the Rockies. Trayce was in Toronto last year to watch his older brother win the shooting crown. As for his brother taking a consecutive 3-point title: "I think he'll win."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs owner Tom Ricketts state he wants his team to be a model franchise not just across the U.S. but globally as well.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his team meeting on Saturday. In it he played clips from last seasons playoffs.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Dellin Betances: "I was planning on putting everything behind me until I was aware of Randy Levine's comments saying I was the victim in this whole process and saying how much they love me, but then they take me in a room trash me for about an hour-and-a-half. I thought that was unfair."

Matt Barrie ESPN 

The 2016 World Championship banner is proudly displayed at the Cubs Under Armour workout facility in Mesa.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pablo Sandoval worked this winter with Miguel Cabrera to make improvements to his right-handed swing. The result:

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw, on heading toward his seventh consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers: "Any time you get to do it is special. … It's always fun to get the season going and to be a part of it. I'm thankful that I have done it for so long and with the same team. Not many people get to do that so it's pretty cool."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have purchased contract of 28-year-old right-hander Hector Velazquez, who had 2.47 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 131.1 innings last year for Monclova in Mexican League. The deal is pending a physical.