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Mets' Matz scratched due to tender elbow

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his Monday start in a minor league game because of tenderness in his left elbow.

"There's a little irritation, and he's got to work that out," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Sunday. "We don't think it's anything significant, but it bothers him on extension. He won't pitch tomorrow, and we'll see where that takes him over the next four or five days."

Matz was scheduled to pitch on the back fields at the team's complex to start the final week of spring training.

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Rays RHP Cobb scratched with tight back

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has been scratched from a start in a minor league game due to left lower back tightness.

Cobb was scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game Sunday.

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LHP Price: No restrictions playing catch

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) While there is still no timetable for David Price's return to game activity, the Boston Red Sox got a small amount of good news on the left-hander's ailing elbow.

"There was a series of strength tests done this morning in the training room and (we) felt like he was improved to the point of initiating more throwing," manager John Farrell said.

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Sore Correa sits in return to Astros

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch will have to wait at least one more day to get his complete lineup into a Grapefruit League game.

Shortstop Carlos Correa, back with the club after a stirring World Baseball Classic, complained of midsection soreness brought on by extensive coughing and requested one more day off.

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Duffy, Kennedy to front Royals' rotation

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Danny Duffy will start on opening day for the Kansas City Royals after he began last season in the bullpen.

Manager Ned Yost also announced the rest of his rotation on Saturday. Ian Kennedy will start the second game and the April 10 home opener against Oakland. Jason Hammel, Jason Vargas and Nathan Karns will round out the rotation in that order.

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Chisenhall sprains shoulder, out 3 days

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will be sidelined for three days after spraining his right shoulder when he crashed into a wall.

Chisenhall was examined Saturday, a day after he was hurt chasing a flyball against the Cubs. Manager Terry Francona said the medical staff described the injury as a mild sprain.

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Tigers OF JD Martinez to miss 3-4 weeks

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is expected to miss the beginning of the season with a right foot injury.

Martinez sprained his foot last weekend, and manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Friday he is expected to be out three to four weeks. The injury is an early blow to a Detroit team that was hoping for improved health this season after keeping its roster largely intact.

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Tribe gives versatile Ramirez extension

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez's breakout season was enough to convince the Cleveland Indians he's worth a long-term investment.

The versatile Ramirez, who helped the Indians get to their first World Series since 1997 last year, has agreed to a contract extension with the club. Ramirez will sign the contract after taking a physical, said a person with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can't be finalized until the medical examinations are completed. It could be several more days before the extension is announced.

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White Sox LHP Rodon likely headed to DL

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Chicago White Sox scratched Carlos Rodon from his spring start Friday due to left biceps tightness, and general manager Rick Hahn said the left-hander likely would begin the season on the disabled list.

Rodon also had an MRI that showed no structural damage. He will get a second opinion next week.

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Nats 2B Murphy says he's good for opener

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy thinks he will be ready for the start of the season, even with his lack of playing time in the World Baseball Classic.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker is taking a wait-and-see approach.

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