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Drew Storen receives praise from Rivera

insider.espn.go.com — Mitchell Layton/Getty Images Drew Storen had a successful 2014 season with the Capitals. BRADENTON, Fla. - Drew Storen, closer of the Washington Nationals, grew up as a huge fan of sport, and given his current vocation, he's had an opportunity to meet some legends, which he relates enthusiastically.

Martin Prado brings versatility, experience

insider.espn.go.com — Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Martin Prado is preparing for multiple roles with his new team. JUPITER, Fla. - The memory is clear in Martin Prado's mind, and as he spoke about it Friday in the Marlins' indoor batting cages, the rain plummeting outside, Prado wasn't so much describing as he was reliving.

MLB faces tough decision on Josh Hamilton

insider.espn.go.com — Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton reportedly suffered a cocaine and alcohol relapse. JUPITER, Fla. -- Josh Hamilton's status is still unknown. The Daily News reports that Hamilton suffered a relapse, using alcohol and cocaine. But the details of what has happened with Hamilton are still sketchy.

Josh Hamilton's absence wouldn't hurt Angels

insider.espn.go.com — The Angels are bracing themselves for the possibility that Josh Hamilton will be disciplined by Major League Baseball, as Mike DiGiovanna reported. Hamilton's father-in-law told Steven Marcus that he has hit a bump in the road. Hamilton is a big name and for his past achievements and stardom, the Angels committed a five-year, $125 million deal to him after the 2012 season.

Players who could be traded this spring

insider.espn.go.com — Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports No longer a part of the central cast in L.A., Andre Ethier is probably destined for somewhere else. SARASOTA, Fla. -- Spring training is supposed to present a time of optimism, when players look around and think about what can be accomplished with the group in the room.

Reds' Jay Bruce, Joey Votto healthy and ready to bounce back

insider.espn.go.com — USA Today Sports, Getty Images Joey Votto , left, was limited to just 62 games last season, while Jay Bruce hit just .217. Near the end of the Reds' lost season of 2014, Jay Bruce asked general manager Walt Jocketty if he could stop by his office for a conversation.

Alex Rodriguez could face a rather mundane final act -- MLB

insider.espn.go.com — AP Compared with two years ago, Joe Girardi sounds a lot more like A-Rod's manager now, not his friend. TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez is the opposite of subtle, with personality traits and a history that seemingly guarantees some crazy ending to his playing career.

Why a pitch clock seems inevitable

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Alex Brandon The role of the MLB umpire is set to change in the coming seasons as new rules for hitters develop. A lot of parents would tell you they mostly concern themselves with the A-List of priorities. Keeping the kids safe, properly fed and on time to school, with homework completed.

Six MLB batting-order questions that must be answered

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images Where will 24-year-old slugger Yasiel Puig hit this season? And what about 22-year-old Bryce Harper? When Joe Torre managed the New York Yankees, he liked to put pen to paper and jot down various lineup combinations to see how they might look and feel.

Already Los Angeles Dodgers' Andrew Friedman has a hole to fix

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images With Kenley Jansen out, the Dodgers could turn to Rafael Soriano or K-Rod, both free agents. The Tampa Bay Rays' record of drafting in Andrew Friedman's time as their general manager was spotty, including the moment when they passed on Buster Posey and chose infielder Tim Beckham.
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Mar 03, 2015

RT @AdamRubinESPN: Matt Harvey's first two regular-season games reportedly have been penciled in. Neither is home opener either. Details espn.go.com/blog/new-york/…

Mar 03, 2015

@IanSuccessful Thanks for the kind words. Peter is in his own separate universe, I think, in his career.

Mar 03, 2015

@ahammoud26 By March 24 or so… Probably will go Orioles, Indians, Mariners for division winners.

Mar 03, 2015

@IanSuccessful No. I think the Steinbrenner sons and daughters are enmeshed in the business of baseball.

Mar 03, 2015

ICYMI: Monday podcast, bit.ly/1M3Ilyy Derrick Goold on Yadier's weight loss; Kershaw; Jerry Crasnick on A's ambidextrous pitcher.

Mar 03, 2015

Ollie Drake, the pride of @NMHschool and a former Navy standout, looking to open some eyes in Orioles' camp. baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles…

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