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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Here it is, hot off the presses, the cover of the 2017 Red Sox media guide. Rick Porcello, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts get the honors.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Cubs fan Ricky Rainey, who has a Wrigley marquee and a Harry Caray tattoo on his head, has added Ernie Banks

Rick Sutcliffe @Sut_ESPN

THANK YOU to the Children of Advocate Children's Hospital for joining us at @Cubs camp this morning! Best day in camp I've ever had!

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Montgomery (home) and Rob Zastryzny (road) will start for the Cubs on Saturday in their split squad games. Jake Buchanan will start on Sunday with Brett Anderson going Monday.

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Kyle Schwarber has a 1.178 postseason OPS. Only Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth (both at 1.214) have a higher postseason OPS among batters with at least 50 postseason plate appearances.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, who had an intentional walk called-off by manager Joe Girardi in July of last year after he threw a ball that sailed over catcher Brian McCann's head and hit the backstop, told me this about implementing dugout signals for intentional walks: "I had an issue with that last year, where I overthrew the ball [vs. Brandon Crawford on July 23, 2016] and the other team could've scored. So it does make it easier in those terms. It avoids those situations, but it does take away a little drama."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

$153M man Jacoby Ellsbury says he plans on talking to Joe Girardi about the manager's thoughts on possibly batting either Brett Garner or Ellsbury toward the bottom of the order.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox manager John Farrell believes slimmer Pablo Sandoval will be better defensive 3B. "With the body composition he's got, we'd expect to see increase in range, maybe some better foot quickness, better body control."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler has brought a new feel, but mostly a new sound, to Cardinals camp. Here is one random slice of life around the team. Though the Cardinals take batting practice with music during the baseball season, it is new for spring training.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite positive early bullpens, the Dodgers will take it slow with starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Cactus League schedule starts Saturday, and as of now, Ryu is not scheduled to pitch in a game. "It is kind of contingent on his progress," manager Dave Roberts said.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

LHP Brian Johnson, who missed time in 2015 with elbow discomfort and two months last year while seeking treatment for anxiety, will start Thursday for Red Sox vs. Northeastern. Fellow lefties Henry Owens and Roenis Elias will start Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is on board with some, not all, rules changes for baseball. On the new rule for an automatic intentional walk, Roberts says, "If that's the rule, we'll kind of abide." As for a proposal to put a runner on base in extra innings … not so fast. "That doesn't sound too appealing for me .. "

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cy Young finalist Kyle Hendricks face World Series MVP Ben Zobrist in a BP session on Wednesday.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

An interesting idea to speed up the game from Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Borrowing from the NFL, Girardi said he would have small listening devices for batters to receive signs. For pitchers and catchers, they could use them to change signals.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs infielders work on accuracy as they attempt to hit a bucket on throws to home plate.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holliday, Chris Carter, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley were hitting in the batting cages inside the Yankees complex. A Yankees coach said Ellsbury's swing "already looks better than last year".