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Nationals release 42-year-old P Nathan

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Veteran reliever Joe Nathan has been released by the Washington Nationals, ending his bid to make the team a week before opening day.

The Nationals also unconditionally released another righty reliever on Monday, Matt Albers.

Nathan's 377 career saves rank second among active pitchers and eighth in major league history.

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Mets' Matz scratched due to tender elbow

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt.

Matz had been scheduled to throw Monday in a minor league game.

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Rays RHP Cobb scratched with tight back

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has been scratched from a start in a minor league game due to left lower back tightness.

Cobb was scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game Sunday.

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Tribe GM's son reveals Lindor talks

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) It's no secret the Cleveland Indians want to sign All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor to a long-term contract.

Thanks to little Brody Chernoff, the length of that deal may now be known.

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Talented Dodgers look to stay healthy

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw was lost for 10 weeks in the second half of the season, they had a record 28 players go on the disabled list, and the Los Angeles Dodgers still won 91 games and their fourth consecutive NL West title last season.

Dave Roberts survived plenty of adversity in his first year as manager while having his optimism regularly tested.

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Nats need Harper, Strasburg to shine

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg will forever be linked as consecutive No. 1 overall draft picks who were supposed to become the superstars that would lead the Washington Nationals to a World Series championship.

Well, the club in the nation's capital is still waiting to win one postseason series with that pair.

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Health, pitching key to Rockies' season

DENVER (AP) The Ian-Desmond-to-first-base experiment was going along better than anticipated - until he broke his hand.

Just the way spring training has gone for the Colorado Rockies.

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Reds release veteran OF Raburn

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have released outfielder Ryan Raburn after he struggled in a bid to win a bench role.

Raburn signed a minor league deal last month. He hit .219 during spring training with seven hits, three home runs and seven strikeouts in 32 at-bats.

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Outlook shaky as Marlins begin 25th year

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins begin their 25th season without their late ace, his legacy tarnished by recently disclosed details of his death, which somehow makes the shadow over the franchise even heavier.

And then there's the for-sale sign posted by unpopular owner Jeffrey Loria, weary of being scorned while his team gets ignored.

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Yankees still looking for 2 starters

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has the top of his starting rotation lined up with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda.

After that, the situation remains muddled.

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