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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cubs pitcher Koji Uehara talks with Japanese reporters after throwing his first live BP session to Cubs hitters.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch a close up look at Jason Heyward's stance and swing after a winter makeover. His hands are starting lower, very much like Anthony Rizzo's early position in the box.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' first live batting practice pitcher of the spring is ... Clayton Kershaw, of course. Kershaw also cracks the first bat of the spring on the second pitch here.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant just hammered a ball to the wall to a chorus of MVP chants from teammate Miguel Montero.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox RHP Steven Wright encouraged by way his shoulder feels after first bullpen session since early October. He threw 10-15 knuckleballs, the rest fastballs; said it "went about as well as it could've."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler did not back away from his comments to last week that President Donald Trump's efforts to institute a travel ban on certain Muslim countries is "unfortunate." Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, was overwhelmed by social-media reaction, both good and bad, but said he doesn't regret making the comments.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs OF Matt Szczur with the first huge crack of the bat this spring as he just took Jon Lester deep during batting practice.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey throw BP to Anthony Rizzo on Day 1 of full squad workouts for the Cubs.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Marcus Stroman on the Blue Jays: "I think we've got the best rotation in baseball."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs strength coach Tim Buss running warm up drills dressed up for the occasion. He's the guy Joe Maddon relies on to keep things loose in camp.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Why are the Dodgers not like the NBA All-Star Game? Duh. They play better defense. The Dodgers don't have the best range, but they field and throw well. "It's something we take pride in," 3B Justin Turner said. "Not just here but in a lot of sports, defense gets overlooked. It's not the high profile part of the game but it is something that wins championships."

Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals just finished practicing pop flies in bright Florida sunshine, and Trea Turner, as usual, was without sunglasses. He has never liked using them, he says, because of how he feels they affect depth perception. He doesn't use his glove, either, to shield his eyes from the sun as he tracks pop flies; rather, he angles his head and uses the bill of his cap.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenley Jansen revealed more about his offseason wedding that led to his return to the Dodgers. Jansen said that he had just finished the first dance at his reception when he was notified the Dodgers were adding a fifth year to his contract offer. Jansen said he returned to the dance floor and decided in the morning that he would chose the Dodgers over the Nationals.

Rick Sutcliffe @Sut_ESPN

@Cubs I've not seen all our guys throw yet but add Felix Pena,Alec Mills and Conor Mullee to the Impressive list for me! Stuff-Command etc!!

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Lefty Jon Niese said he accepted a minor league deal with the Yankees because he thought it was his best chance to make a big league roster. He thinks there are opportunities in the bullpen and the rotation. He had no major league contract offers.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale throws first live BP session. The new Red Sox ace faced Dan Butler, Chris Young, Junior Lake. Very little contact. Fellow starters David Price, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz watched from behind cage.


Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

A day after inclement weather forced the Indians indoors, the grounds crew prepares the field in advance of the first full workout outdoors.

Rick Sutcliffe @Sut_ESPN

The behind scenes MVP of @Cubs is Strength Coordinator Tim Buss! I got to his gym at 7am and it was already packed! KB-Rizz-Jake-JHey etc!!

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

The sun rises at the Cleveland Indians Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The next door neighbors: the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport "boneyard," where planes no longer in use are stored.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a deal with Jonathon Niese pending a physical. Niese won 61 games in his time with the Mets. 3 pitchers have won at least 50 games with the Mets AND won a game with the Yankees - Dwight Gooden, Al Leiter and David Cone. Bob Ojeda is the other Mets 50-game winner to pitch for the Yankees, but he didn't win a game for them.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Lovely Hank Aaron artwork by artistic painter Cedric Smith at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.