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Washington Nationals' Mike Carp fields a throw to first base during a spring training baseball workout, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Mike Carp sets sights on bench role

- The Washington Times

As a left-handed hitter who can play at first base or in the outfield, Carp could fill an important role off Washington’s bench if he is able to make the team.

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FILE - This is a 2015, file photo showing Patrick Venditte of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates and coaches stop to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

A's switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

- Associated Press

Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand.

Phillies' Utley likely out of first week of spring games

Associated Press

Second baseman Chase Utley will not play in the Philadelphia Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday, and he says he isn't likely to see game action this week while coming back from a right ankle injury.

Construction of the left field bleachers and new video board continues while the Chicago Cubs' press forward on renovations to Wrigley Field as opening day approaches Monday, March 2, 2015, in Chicago. Chicago Cubs officials plan to ask the city for permission to work around the clock to speed up Wrigley Field renovations. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cubs expect 'dusty' year amid Wrigley Field renovations

- Associated Press

When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who lives in a house where workers are tearing apart the kitchen.

Kershaw to start opening day for Dodgers

Associated Press

National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day for the fifth straight season, taking the mound at home April 6 against the San Diego Padres.

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez laughs while waiting for fielding practice to start during workouts Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

A-Rod to skip Yanks' spring opener, make debut Wednesday

- Associated Press

Alex Rodriguez will skip the New York Yankees' exhibition opener against Philadelphia in Clearwater and is slated to make his spring training debut at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, throws during batting practice at a spring training baseball workout, Monday, March 2, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tanaka pleased with first BP

Associated Press

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was pleased with his first batting practice session.