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New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finally got to address the entire team Thursday, more than four months after getting the job. In a team meeting before the first full-squad workout, Banister had a simple message. The Rangers had an American League-high 95 losses last season, their most since 1985. Great players.” With all the injuries last year, including losing slugger Prince Fielder and ace pitcher Yu Darvish for significant portions of the season, the Rangers hope last year was more of an anomaly.

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Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey doesn’t expect to be ready for the start of the season as he recovers from surgery in September to repair a tear in the flexor tendon by his right elbow. Bailey said on Wednesday that he hasn’t had any setbacks since arriving for spring training last week. They also need to replace starters Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, who were traded in the offseason. He got a six-year, $105 million contract during spring training last year.

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As the Pittsburgh Pirates regain their relevance in baseball, team chairman Bob Nutting’s stature in the industry also is on the rise. In January, commissioner Rob Manfred placed Nutting on MLB’s eight-man executive council. Nutting also was part of the committee that chose Manfred to replace Bud Selig, who retired on Jan. 25. ”I think it shows the increasing respect for the (Pirates) organization,” Nutting said Wednesday during a visit to his club’s spring training camp.

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As he watched the National League wild card game on television last October, A.J. Burnett realized he’d made a mistake by leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates. ”That’s when it really hit me,” Burnett said. I should be in that dugout with them.”’ Burnett won a combined 26 games with a 3.41 ERA for the Pirates in 2012 and 2013. Burnett pitched all season with a sports hernia and led the majors with 18 losses, 109 earned runs and 96 walks allowed.

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For the Minnesota Twins, spring training has become a much fancier place. Renovations to Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers were ceremonially opened to the public on Sunday, as Twins standouts Joe Mauer, Glen Perkins, Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter posed for pictures and fans toured the spruced-up seating areas and added amenities. There’s new space for weight training and injury rehabilitation, too, which means no more golf-cart rides down the service road to pump iron at the minor league compound. For the Twins organization, though, the centerpiece of the nearly $50 million project was the minor league player development academy.

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After hitting an $11 million jackpot with the Pittsburgh Pirates, infielder Jung Ho Kang wants to pay it forward with other ballplayers in his native Korea. Kang signed a four-year contract with the Pirates, who in December paid a $5 million posting fee to the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. The 27-year-old Kang is the first position player to jump from the KBO to Major League Baseball. ”I know that if I do well, more Korean players will come here,” Kang said through an interpreter.

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Matt Wieters has a definite goal this spring. The Baltimore Orioles star, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June 17, is already catching bullpen sessions at spring training. Last year, the Orioles won the AL East despite getting just 26 games out of the three-time All-Star catcher. Manager Buck Showalter says that even though the time won without him, they’re better with him.

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Introductions won’t take much time before the Baltimore Orioles begin their first spring training workout on Friday. The Orioles begin anew in Sarasota, Florida, with a roster that features only one significant offseason addition: outfielder Travis Snider, obtained from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade last month. Executive vice president Dan Duquette was content to keep intact a squad that last year went 96-66, won its first division crown since 1997 and advanced to the AL Championship Series before being swept by the Kansas City Royals. Although the Orioles lost three key players via free agency – outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, as well as left-handed reliever Andrew Miller – they’ll be getting back a trio of stars who couldn’t contribute in September and October.

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The bullpens of the NL Central go under the microscope this week including the best reliever in baseball.

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