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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Matheny plays coy with the media about where his team was headed when many of the players got on a bus, in uniform, before Thursday's workout:

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Randy Scott ESPN 

On SportsCenter AM: Noah Syndergaard helps me w/ my fastball while Jess Mendoza puts herself in harm's way to catch it. We'll talk off-season workout and diet plus play Game of Thrones teammate word association.

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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.