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Marc Carig / Newsday:
David Wright confronts Noah Syndergaard for eating lunch in Mets clubhouse during intrasquad scrimmage … Mets  —  Mets spring training … Mets  —  Mets: Top 25 pitching prospects
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:
David Wright scolds Noah Syndergaard for eating lunch in clubhouse and not being on bench during Mets' intrasquad game  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — In his two years as Mets' captain, David Wright has been touted as a lead-by-example kind of guy.  On Tuesday, however, he realized it was time to say something — and Noah Syndergaard listened.
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Kevin Kernan / New York Post:
Why Mets delaying Matt Harvey return is right move
Associated Press:
Howard Gets 2 Hits in Spring Opener; Phils Tie Yanks 5-5  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Newly trim Ryan Howard singled in his first two at-bats of spring training, and the Philadelphia Phillies tied the New York Yankees 5-5 Wednesday in their spring training opener.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Phillies Nation
Ryan Lawrence /
Positive Howard looking forward, not behind  —  Ryan Howard doesn't want to talk about the past, and probably more specifically, the most recent past, an offseason that included settling a lawsuit with his parents and brother and hearing that his boss, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. …
Associated Press:
Bumgarner Hit Hard in Spring Debut, A's Beat Giants 9-4  —  MESA, Ariz. — World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday.
Discussion: Athletics Nation and Yahoo Sports
Mike Vorkunov / New Jersey Online:
Mets ask Billy Bean to suit up, but how do players feel about gay player in baseball?  —  Billy Bean, right, joined the Mets in camp today as an inclusion ambassador.  (Mike Vorkunov/NJ Advance Media)  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Sandy Alderson sat in the Mets dugout at Tradition Field …
Photos show Panthers QB Cam Newton inside Label during shooting  —  CHARLOTTE —  Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was on stage in Label nightclub moments before gunfire started Saturday night, Eyewitness News has learned.  —  Eyewitness News obtained photos of Newton partying …
Neil Davidson / Globe and Mail:
Aaron Sanchez struggles in Blue Jays' spring training opener  —  Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez ran into trouble early Tuesday as the Blue Jays opened their Grapefruit League schedule with an 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  —  Pedro Alvarez, Jung Ho Kang and Elias Diaz homered for the Pirates, who led 6-0 early.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers' Victor Martinez grateful injury wasn't worse  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Not again, Victor Martinez thought.  —  “The first thing that came to my head was that thing I had two years ago,” the Detroit Tigers' designated hitter said today, in his first meeting with reporters since arriving to spring training Monday.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers' Jose Iglesias ‘really happy’ to return to field
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Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Emanuel refuses Cubs' request for round-the-clock Wrigley work  —  Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday rejected the Chicago Cubs request to allow round-the-clock construction on Wrigley Field to make up for lost time on the $375 million renovation project.  —  The mayor said there will be no exceptions …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and Yahoo Sports
Nick Groke / Denver Post:
COLORADO ROCKIES / MLB  —  TROY TULOWITZKI, CARLOS GONZALEZ START RUNNING BASES IN INJURY REHAB  —  The Denver Post  —  Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki takes grounders during a team workout in spring training.  (John Leyba, The Denver Post)  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. …
Discussion: Purple Row
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Red Sox confident there's no need to go Cole mining  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. - He is 130 miles away, but his presence is felt everywhere here.  —  You read it in the newspapers atop the countertops of the Boston Red Sox clubhouse.  You hear it on the TV sets hanging from the walls.
Todd Zolecki /
Phillies will get second baseman into a game ‘down the road’  —  Chase Utley likely still has enough to remain a solid contributor in 2015 after batting .270 with 11 homers, 78 RBIs and 10 steals in '14  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Chase Utley did not work out with his teammates Monday …
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