KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Shelby Miller allowed one hit in six innings, solidifying a spot in Atlanta's rotation as the Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Sunday.

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When it comes to baseball's top prospects, pay close attention to the Windy City, Southern California and a trio of potential Cuban stars.

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Joe Mauer isn’t known for his pull-side power, but that could change this season. The three-time AL batting champion connected for his first home run of the spring and the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Saturday. He has spent extra time working off a tee with hitting coach Tom Brunansky, often focusing on getting the lefty-hitting Mauer to pull the ball hard to right. Brunansky, in fact, called Mauer’s homer before he walked to the plate to face Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.

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With opening day approaching, the Big League Stew crew is here to get you up to speed on the season ahead. We’re examining each division over the next two weeks, looking at the big questions, the important players and making our predictions. Our series continues with the NL Central.

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Gregory Polanco and Tony Sanchez hit solo home runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to rain-shortened 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday. ”He’s playing as well as I’ve ever seen him play,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. He came to make the club, regardless of what personnel was in place.” Both Pirates homers came off Trevor May, who was making his final bid to open the season in the big league rotation. Left-hander Tommy Milone appears to have the upper hand in that three-way competition with May and veteran right-hander Mike Pelfrey.

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Even before Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and the rest of the ramped-up Washington Nationals hit the field for their first full-squad workout at spring training, they got the message. ”The road to the World Series begins today.” A challenge? Because as Major League Baseball launches speed-up rules this year to cut the length of games, a lot of teams are on the clock. Throw in the return of Alex Rodriguez from a drug suspension, the possible reinstatement of Pete Rose – imagine the roar he’d get at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati – and fresh ideas pitched by new Commissioner Rob Manfred, and it’s a full plate going into opening day.

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David Ortiz was 0 for 3 in his return to Boston’s lineup after a nine-day absence, and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 Thursday. Bothered by a cold and dehydration, Ortiz had not played since March 16. Ortiz struck out, grounded into a forceout and popped out against Tommy Milone, dropping his average to .222 (4 for 18). Ortiz, though, hustled down the line and beat the relay throw to first from Twins shortstop Danny Santana.

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen’s trademark dreadlocks won’t be heading north with the rest of the Pittsburgh Pirates star.

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Andrew McCutchen was hitless in two at-bats in his return to the Pirates’ lineup, and Steve Pearce homered against his former team to lead the Baltimore Orioles over Pittsburgh 9-2 Tuesday. He has a .143 batting average in six spring training games. ”Same old same,” McCutchen said. I’ll be comfortable in no time.” Manager Clint Hurdle said he has no concerns McCutchen, who is batting .143 in six spring training games, will be ready for opening day.

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