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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.

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.

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner fields a ground ball during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Trea Turner happy to let his production be the star

- The Washington Times

Turner laughed when asked if he was being recognized in public life after finishing second last season in National League Rookie of the Year voting. He’s pleased to be unnoticed when out and about, but his play could soon change his recognition level.

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016 file photo, American League's Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, talks to the pitcher after striking out during the second inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, in San Diego. Trout was not hurt after being involved in a car crash following a game Wednesday night, Aug. 31, 2016. Trout did not play in Los Angeles' 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed the crash and says in a statement he's spoken to Trout and "he feels fine." Eppler says Trout was at home and is planning to travel with the club Thursday to Seattle. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Mike Trout has an insane workout

- The Washington Times

Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim’s Mike Trout is training for the start of the MLB season like everyone else…except Trout’s workouts may be a bit different.

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer winds up during the first inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Washington. Scherzer, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester are competing for the National League Cy Young Award.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Max Scherzer may not be ready for Opening Day

- The Washington Times

The National League Cy Young Award winner from last season said he didn’t want to comment on a possible timeline for a return after an offseason MRI revealed a stress fracture in his right ring finger.

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Executive Director of the Major League Players Association Tony Clark answers questions at a news conference Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Clark: Comments "unprofessional" on Betances arbitration

- Associated Press

Baseball union chief Tony Clark called the public comments surrounding the salary arbitration hearing involving Yankees reliever Dellin Betances "unprecedented" and "unprofessional."

Cleveland Indians first baseman and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion watches the rain fall from the batting cages at the Indians baseball spring training facility, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Great expectations: Indians eye Series title after '16 run

- Associated Press

Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator.

St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler, right, talks with Matt Carpenter during a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Fowler fitting in perfectly with Cardinals

- Associated Press

Dexter Fowler breezes through the center of St. Louis' clubhouse leaving a trail of handshakes and hellos in his wake before landing at his locker and chatting with a handful of players about the merits of a new album.