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Rick Sutcliffe @Sut_ESPN

More rain today but not an issue because of @Cubs new facilities! In years past we'd be there all day getting BP and Bullpens in

Eduardo Perez ESPN 

In Lakeland, Florida, the Spring Training home of the Detroit Tigers as they work on Pop up communications and the importance of "I got it, I got it, I got it!"


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says he won't pitch his top 4 starters in spring games until March after the Cubs long postseason last year. No.5 type guys Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson will get innings right away but Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey won't see the mound in a Cactus League game for a bit. Cubs begin playing on Feb.25.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Time for a little spring fútbol between Team Canada (Russell Martin) and Team México (Roberto Osuna).


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

As Sunday afternoon arrives, think about this. It's the last Sunday without a baseball game until almost Thanksgiving!

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

To me, the larger issue with Blake Swihart is how much the Red Sox messed with him by moving him to outfield. Ankle injury while playing left field cost him almost entire season; throwing mechanics altered from what he was used to as catcher.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On Blake Swihart, whose throwing issues continued in live BP today: He was always likely to open season in Triple-A because of contract status (Swihart has options; Christian Vazquez does not). Throwing issue likely curable, but reinforces value of going back to minors.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch the extent of Cubs practice on Sunday. Rain has washed away most of the weekend drills.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson addresses the need for crutches to safeguard his right-calf injury.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Jays 3B Josh Donaldson addresses his calf injury with the media.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Josh Donaldson limping severely inside the Blue Jays clubhouse; using crutches.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Giants said goodbye to outfielder Gregor "The White Shark" Blanco over the winter, but signed closer "Mark the Shark" Melancon as a free agent. That's fine with pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who has first dibs on the nickname. "We work with multiple sharks here," Samardzija said. "I don't necessarily have any specific genome."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Schwarber discuss catching a bullpen session for the first time in about 12 months. He only caught one pitcher (John Lackey) then took off the gear but he says it's a start.


Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Inclement weather will force the Indians to conduct the majority of their first full workout indoors today. Get this -- the high in Cleveland on Saturday was 69 degrees. Here in Goodyear, Arizona, the high was 57 degrees.

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.