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Reds-Giants Preview

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Reds-Giants Preview

After watching his team overcome adversity to earn a long-awaited postseason win, Bronson Arroyo will try to help the Cincinnati Reds take a commanding lead over the San Francisco Giants while ending a pair of personal droughts.

To get his first playoff victory and his first-ever win in San Francisco on Sunday night, Arroyo might have to outduel Madison Bumgarner, who has an impressive record at AT&T Park over the past two seasons.

Cincinnati snapped a seven-game postseason losing streak dating back to 1995 in Game 1 on Saturday despite 19-game winner Johnny Cueto's first-inning exit with back spasms.

Mat Latos, originally scheduled to start Game 3, gave up one run over four innings in a 5-2 victory, and relievers Sam LeCure, Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton combined for 3 2-3 scoreless frames.

Brandon Phillips homered off Matt Cain, ending one of the longest streaks in major league history. The Giants ace hadn't allowed an earned run in 23 1-3 postseason innings, the fifth-longest such stretch.

Phillips had three hits and drove in three runs while Jay Bruce added a solo shot.

"I feel really proud about my team," Cueto said. "They all came in and did their job."

Arroyo (12-10, 3.74 ERA) might seem an unlikely starter for Game 2 since his teams have lost in each of the six games he's pitched in San Francisco. He's 0-4 with a 4.11 ERA over those outings, although he gave up two runs in six frames in a no-decision there July 1.

Arroyo, 3-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 11 overall starts against the Giants, allowed two runs over five innings against San Francisco on April 25 in Cincinnati. He also did not get a decision in that 4-2 win.

Reds manager Dusty Baker thought his 35-year-old right-hander might have a better chance of keeping the ball in the yard at AT&T Park than at Cincinnati's cozier Great American Ball Park. Arroyo gave up a major league-high 46 homers in 2011 but decreased that to 26 this year.

"That's probably the biggest debate of all, how you set your rotation," Baker said. "We debated with that, and we decided to come up with that because our ballpark is a tiny ballpark, and Arroyo has a tendency sometimes to give up home runs. ... If it works, you're great. If it doesn't work, then it's, 'Why didn't you have somebody else?'"

Arroyo has no record and a 6.08 ERA in three postseason starts, the most recent in Game 2 of the 2010 division series in Philadelphia.

His counterpart for this game, meanwhile, has been sharp in the postseason.

As a rookie in 2010, Bumgarner went 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA during the Giants' championship run, including eight innings in a 4-0 victory in Game 4 of the World Series against Texas. San Francisco won all four games in which he pitched, and may continue that trend if the left-hander can extend his success at home.

The 23-year-old Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37) is 18-4 with a 2.15 ERA in his last 25 starts at AT&T Park and the Giants have won 20 of those games. He tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts against visiting Cincinnati on June 28, his only shutout in 84 major league starts.

Bumgarner is hoping to regroup after going 2-4 with a 5.89 ERA in his last seven regular-season starts.

"I got out of my mechanics a little bit and that was pretty much it," he told the Giants' official website. "Once you get in the postseason you can't think about mechanics, can't think about any of that. You just got to go out there and compete with whatever you got, and try and keep us in the game, and give us a chance."

Bumgarner is 1-2 with a 5.16 ERA in four all-time starts against the Reds.

The Giants, who never dropped back-to-back playoff games en route to their 2010 title, got a home run from Buster Posey in Game 1, but they went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

Now that pitchers and catchers have reported, the next step in our long journey to Opening Day is the spring training games themselves. Not every game is televised, so get ready to follow along with your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll still be exciting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Bryce Harper homered again, or if Max Scherzer is perfect through 4 innings (spoiler: both of these will happen).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing contracts in the next few weeks. The Nats are always willing to make a big splash, and even beyond the available free agents, have been linked to impact players like J.T. Realmuto in trade rumors.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the roster has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be happening while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for their seasons, so bookmark this page to check on the Nationals spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Nationals 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Braves at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Feb. 26 - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 1 (SS) - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Tigers at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Monday, Mar. 5 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 6 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Nationals at Tigers, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 13 (SS) - Mets at Nationals, 7:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 (SS) - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Mar. 17 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (ESPN2) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Nationals at Mets, 6:10 pm
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 - Nationals at Marlins, 7:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 27 (at Nationals Park) - Twins at Nationals, 4:05 pm
 

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hecticfew weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm