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2017 Spring Training Dates: When do pitchers and catchers report?

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2017 Spring Training Dates: When do pitchers and catchers report?

2017 Spring Training is right around the corner. MLB teams are starting to make preparations for sunny Arizona (Cactus League) and Florida (Grapefruit League) in order to start getting ready for the 2017 season.

The first step on the road to 2017 Opening Day is the official reporting of pitchers and catchers to their spring training sites. It's a date every baseball fan has circled and it's the first sign that baseball is upon us again. 

Here is a list of all first workout dates for every team

Note: Most organizations require their players to report to training a day prior to their first workout date.

Team Name: Pitchers & Catchers Workout Date/ Position Players Workout Date/ Spring Training Location

2017 National League Spring Traing Dates:

— Arizona Diamondbacks: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Scottsdale, Ari.

— Atlanta Braves: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

— Chicago Cubs: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Mesa, Ari.

— Cincinnati Reds: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/Goodyear, Ari.

— Colorado Rockies: Feb. 14/ Feb. 20/ Scottsdale, Ari.

— Los Angeles Dodgers: Feb. 16/ Feb. 21/ Glendale, Ari.

— Miami Marlins: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Jupiter, Fla.

— Milwaukee Brewers: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Phoenix, Ari.

— New York Mets: Feb. 14/ Feb. 19/ Port St. Lucie, Fla.

— Philadelphia Philles: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Clearwater, Fla.

— Pittsburgh Pirates: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Bradenton, Fla.

— St. Louis Cardinals: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Jupiter, Fla.

— San Diego Padres: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Peoria, Ari.

— San Francisco Giants: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Scottsdale, Ari.

— Washington Nationals: Feb. 16/ Feb. 19/ West Palm Beach, Fla.

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2017 American League Spring Training Dates:

— Baltimore Orioles: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Sarasota, Fla.

— Boston Red Sox: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Lee County, Fla.

— Chicago White Sox: Feb. 14/ Feb. 18/ Glendale, Ari.

— Cleveland Indians: Feb. 14/ Feb. 19/ Goodyear, Ari.

— Detroit Tigers: Feb. 14/ Feb. 18/ Lakeland, Fla.

— Houston Astros: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ West Palm Beach, Fla.

— Kansas City Royals: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Surprise, Ari.

— Los Angeles Angels: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Tempe, Ari.

— Minnesota Twins: Feb. 15/ Feb. 19/ Lee County, Fla.

— New York Yankees: Feb. 15/ Feb. 19/ Tampa, Fla.

— Oakland Athletics: Feb. 15/ Feb. 19/ Mesa, Ari.

— Seattle Mariners: Feb. 15/ Feb. 19/ Peoria, Ari.

— Tampa Bay Rays: Feb. 14/ Feb. 19/ Charlotte County, Fla.

— Texas Rangers: Feb. 15/ Feb. 21/ Surprise, Ari.

— Toronto Blue Jays: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Dunedin, Fla.

 

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Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week. 

For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored. 

He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games. 

Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored. 

With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times. 

The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East. 

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Charlie Blackmon hits 2-run homer, Rockies beat Nationals 8-4

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Charlie Blackmon hits 2-run homer, Rockies beat Nationals 8-4

DENVER (AP) -- Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer in the seventh, Colorado's lights-out bullpen threw three-plus scoreless innings and the Colorado Rockies beat Washington 8-4 on Monday night, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.

Trailing 4-3, Blackmon lined a hanging slider from lefty Enny Romero (1-1) into the right-field stands. It was Blackmon's sixth homer of the season and followed a pinch-hit double from Pat Valaika -- his first hit of the season.

The Rockies' relievers came through once again after starter Tyler Anderson wore down. Carlos Estevez (2-0) got four outs and Adam Ottavino threw an effective eighth. Greg Holland pitched the ninth in a non-save situation after the Rockies added three insurance runs in the eighth. He got pinch-hitter Bryce Harper to ground out to end the game.

The Rockies' bullpen is now 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA, which is tops in the NL.

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