Cubs looking to sell naming rights to Arizona stadium (Comcast SportsNet Chicago)

MESA, Ariz. The Cubs are exploring ways to sell the naming rights to their new spring-training stadium. Cubs Park had a soft launch with Wednesdays intrasquad scrimmage, a few hours after the announcement of a new multi-year partnership with Under Armour that branded the strength and conditioning complex/office space on West Rio Salado Parkway. Its rare to have naming rights for a ballpark in the Cactus League, said Colin Faulkner,…

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Howard, Byrd chip in during Phillies' spring opener

The Phillies and Blue Jays opened their Grapefruit League seasons Wednesday afternoon at Bright House Field, and the game didn’t last a full nine innings. Howard, Byrd chip in during Phillies' spring opener Author: Todd Zolecki From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Phillies kick off Spring Training season, Schmidt signs up for Sunday plan

The Boys of Summer are back! The Phillies took the field down in Clearwater, Florida for the start of the Spring Training 2014 season. The first opponent for the Phils was the Toronto Blue Jays. It was great to see the Phils take the field and for a game that means something in the Grapefruit League to take place. It’s been a very long winter in the Philadelphia area, that…

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Cole Hamels takes another positive step (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

Hamels threw 33 pitches in his first bullpen session of the spring at Phillies camp on Wednesday. McClure liked what he saw of Hamels off the mound. Cole Hamels takes another positive step (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) Author: From Feed: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/phi/rss.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Report: Trout signs one-year deal with Angels (The SportsXchange)

The Los Angeles Angels signed outfielder Mike Trout to a record one-year, $1 million contract on Wednesday and hope to reach agreement on a long-term deal by the end of the spring, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. With Trout under contract for the 2014 season, the Angels would be able to sign him to a new long-term contract and not have it count against their luxury tax until 2015….

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Schmidt joining Phillies' broadcast team

There will be a Hall of Famer in the Phillies’ broadcast booth this season. Schmidt joining Phillies' broadcast team Author: Todd Zolecki From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Grapefruit League Action Begins: Phillies vs. Blue Jays

Baseball. Phillies. Blue Jays. 1:05 PM ET. Save for a couple days in the middle of the season, we’ll have wall-to-wall baseball of some sort through October. Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen. We won’t be doing gamethreads here but I figure the first official Grapefruit League game deserves a post. I’ve missed baseball so much. Jim Salisbury has the Phillies’ lineup: Phillies lineup for tomorrow’s G’fruit opener. Has an…

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FanGraphs: The Phillies are MLB’s second-most improved team

Note: Formatting look weird? It’s a feature of the new website design. The header above is a direct link to the article I discuss below. We’ll be trying out some different styles throughout the year, so make sure to let us know what you think. In a simple add-up-the-WARs operation, Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs sought to find baseball’s most- and least-improved teams. Surprisingly, the Phillies came in as the second-most…

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