Jordan Bastian

Jordan Bastian


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Napoli beard update: He actually trimmed it down before Cubs camp. How long did it take to get the beard to this state? "About a year. I've trimmed it a lot, too, here and there. I plan on just letting it go. Hopefully it goes down to my belly button by the end of the year."

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A few photos from early in today's Royals-Cubs game in Mesa.

Kyle Hendricks' Cactus League debut: Seven batters faced in two innings of work. Struck out one (looking), gave up an infield single, induced three groundouts.

Marquee Sports Network has reached a carriage agreement with Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone. The deal will go into effect beginning on March 13.

Javy Baez belted his first homer of the spring in the 3rd inning vs. Royals. Solo shot off Scott Barlow.

A quality Q&A with Quality Assurance coach Mike Napoli. On joining Ross' staff, what his job involves and, yes, some beard talk:

"When you have good people, you turn them loose. And that's Nap." On the "Swiss Army knife" of the Cubs' coaching staff: via @MLB 

Going dark for a few days while I head back to Chicagoland to visit the MLBastian Fam. Keep checking for daily spring coverage. and will be pinch-h @Russ_Dorsey1t @JakeDRillting @JesseSanchezMLBfor  me over next five days.

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This is such a fantastic photo. Ump taking off the mask. Catcher hunched in defeat. Crowd going crazy. Kipnis soaking in the moment. Nice job by Indians photographer

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Juan Uribe (testicular contusion) said no BP today. Asked why he doesn't use a cup, he said: "I don't think the trainers have my size." Oh.

For 9th year in a row, Kershaw has lowered his career ERA: 4.26 3.36 3.17 2.88 2.79 2.60 2.48 2.43 2.37 2.36 I never want this to end.

Austin Jackson robbed Hanley Ramirez with an absolutely ridiculous catch in 5th. Fenway crowd even gave a standing ovation.

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Francona had trouble sleeping last night, so at 3:30 am he called room service and ordered $44 worth of ice cream.

Francona said he had "something small" planned for Rays manager (and former Tribe bullpen coach) Kevin Cash. This just popped up during BP:

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Indians rotation AL ranks 3.87 ERA, 1st 3.55 FIP, 1st 3.48 xFIP, 1st 17.4 fWAR, 1st 27.3 K%, 1st 20.1 K-BB%, 1st .242 AVG, 1st 86 ERA-, 1st

Kyle Hendricks was asked about Jon Lester being named the Opening Day starter. Quipped Hendricks: "You know me. I went right into Joe's office and started throwing stuff."

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