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Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman throws during a spring training baseball workout Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Ryan Zimmerman fielding advice from all circles

- The Washington Times

A down season last year — the fourth consecutive with a decline at the plate — has the Nationals’ first baseman being advised by his manager and last year’s second-place finisher in MVP voting.

Maryland's Melo Trimble, left, and Wisconsin's Zak Showalter (3) go after the during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Melo Trimble named Big Ten Player of the Week

The Big Ten announced that Maryland junior guard Melo Trimble was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career and second time this season.

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, left, and running back LeGarrette Blount hold a Super Bowl trophy during a rally in Boston to celebrate their win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. McCourty and Blount are among a half-dozen players that have turned down an expected invitation to the White House. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) **FILE**

White House visit snubs nothing new by pro athletes

- Associated Press

While presidents have been snubbed before, six players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots took it to another level by preemptively turning down an expected invitation from President Trump. Rest assured, they won’t be the last to mix sports and politics.

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White Sox seek solutions for outfield vacancies

- Associated Press

With two spots in their outfield vacated, the Chicago White Sox are hoping a familiar face can fill one, and that someone emerges from a crowded Camelback Ranch camp to fill the other.

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey throws during a spring training baseball workout, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Buster Posey eager for fresh start, to raise power numbers

- Associated Press

Buster Posey leans on the back of the batting cage under Arizona's blue skies, one leg crossed over the other as he watches his teammates take their cuts while awaiting his own turn. The star catcher chats up athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and talks hitting with manager Bruce Bochy.

Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr., right, joins teammates on the field waiting to have their picture taken during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Longoria optimistic Rays can be better in 2017

- Associated Press

Evan Longoria is sporting a new look in spring training and feeling better about what the Tampa Bay Rays have done in hopes of giving themselves a better chance to win.

Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion, right, and Carlos Santana, left, laugh at the team's baseball spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

- Associated Press

As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion.

Angels' Espinosa eager for Orange County homecoming in trade

- Associated Press

Growing up three miles from Angel Stadium, Danny Espinosa got to watch all the heroes of the 2002 Anaheim Angels championship team: Troy Percival, Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Darin Erstad, among others.