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  • Jason Kipnis nursing strained rotator cuff
    Jason Kipnis will be shut down from throwing for 4-5 days after being diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff.

    Advice: The Indians have had Kipnis on what they were calling a shoulder strengthening/maintenance program this spring, but they had been saying it was just a precaution. Now we know that the second baseman is actually injured. Kipnis was given a cortisone shot in hopes that it will speed up the healing process. It's obviously unclear at this point as to when Kipnis might be game-ready. Rotoworld.com 44 minutes ago
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  • Logan Ondrusek (ankle) throws off half-mound
    Logan Ondrusek (ankle) threw off a half-mound on Sunday.

    Advice: He should be able to move to a regular mound for his next session. Ondrusek has battled a sprained ankle for a week but is getting back up to speed. Rotoworld.com 49 minutes ago
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  • Matheny says Wong injury not a big deal
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Kolten Wong's right shoulder injury "got made into a bigger deal than it ought to."

    Advice: The skipper added that Wong will make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday. "I heard that got made into a bigger deal than it ought to," said Matheny. "(Wong) wasn’t too happy this morning as to how it was interpreted because it was interpreted as we’re just being cautious. He’s going to be playing tomorrow. He’s doing just fine." Matheny can downplay the ailment all he wants, but the fact that Wong's shoulder is still sore five months after he was injured is a concern. It's something to keep an eye on this spring. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
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  • Johnny Cueto won't report this weekend
    Johnny Cueto will not report to Giants camp this weekend as hoped.

    Advice: Cueto is tending to his ill father in his native Dominican Republic and working on getting him a visa. Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he still didn't have a firm date as to when the pitcher would report, but Cueto being a little behind schedule shouldn't be a big deal. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:41 am
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  • Alex Dickerson (back) coming along slowly
    Padres manager Andy Green said of Alex Dickerson's (back) recovery that "it’s been a little bit of a slow process for him."

    Advice: Dickerson has been sidelined for the last week with back stiffness. Green said that the outfielder remains day-to-day but added that Dickerson won't be ready to play in games for at least a few more days. Dickerson is hoping to be the Padres' Opening Day left fielder. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:31 am
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  • Jay Bruce takes grounders at first base
    Jay Bruce took ground balls at first base on Sunday.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins said prior to spring training that Bruce would likely get some work at the position, and him getting comfortable there suddenly looks more important with Lucas Duda already having more back issues. If Duda should wind up missing significant time this season, the Mets could potentially play Bruce regularly at first base against righties and install Michael Conforto in right field. Bruce has just three games of pro experience at first base. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:03 am
  • Jesse Hahn 'neck and neck' with Andrew Triggs
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Jesse Hahn is in a "neck-and-neck" race with Andrew Triggs for the fifth spot in the Athletics' rotation.

    Advice: Triggs has been talked up all offseason as the likely fifth starter after his surprising late-season success in the A's rotation. He probably still has a slight lead at this juncture, but Slusser says Hahn has been "impressive" in his early bullpen sessions. Hahn did struggle in the team's Cactus League opener Saturday, and of course he posted an ugly 6.02 ERA for the A's last season. There's obviously a long way to go before this battle is sorted out. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:41 am
  • Wheeler (elbow) to throw full effort 'pen
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) will throw his first full-effort bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.

    Advice: Wheeler has been reined in by the Mets a bit after he felt some soreness in his right elbow during his first bullpen session of the spring. He was initially supposed to throw off a mound on Saturday, but the club pushed him back a day in anticipation of him going full-bore Sunday. "I gave him an extra day to rest because I want him to throw seven or eight balls at 100% tomorrow and I want to be there when he does it," pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "My schedule was pretty full getting guys ready today. I want to make sure I am out there with him when he throws, so I felt it best to just wait a day." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:34 am
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  • Kolten Wong (shoulder) hopes to play Monday
    Kolten Wong (shoulder) is hoping to be in the lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's sat out the Cardinals' first two Grapefruit League contests due to lingering right shoulder inflammation which first surfaced at the end of last season. The team hasn't expressed much concern about their second baseman to this point, but it's obviously worrisome that the injury isn't healed yet. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:30 am
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  • Adam Frazier scratched with thumb injury
    Adam Frazier was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to left thumb discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point whether it could be more than a day-to-day situation. Frazier might wind up being an important piece for the Pirates this year, especially if Jung Ho Kang's off-the-field issues linger into the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:23 am
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  • 'Going to be tough' to get Javy Baez starts
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that "it's going to be tough to get (Javier Baez) in there often enough at the beginning of the game."

    Advice: "In a perfect world, everyone is well," Maddon said. "It's going to be tough to get him in there often enough at the beginning of the game. You probably see him there on most games we finish that we're winning. He'll be fine. The development will continue. He gets it. He's going to get plenty of at-bats before the season's over." As Maddon alluded to, Baez doesn't have a regular spot in the lineup as long as the Cubs stick with a Jon Jay/Albert Almora platoon in center field and keep Jason Heyward in right. Baez's versatility will allow him to fill in often at multiple positions, and he'll sub in at second base often late in games for defensive purposes, pushing Ben Zobrist to left field and Kyle Schwarber to the bench. Still, fantasy owners need to be prepared for the fact that he's not going to receive everyday at-bats. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:13 am
  • T.J. McFarland placed on release waivers
    Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have placed T.J. McFarland on release waivers.

    Advice: He had already been removed from the 40-man roster. The Orioles avoided arbitration with McFarland on a $685,000 contract last month, but they won't have to pay that by putting him through waivers now. It's possible he'll be re-signed if he clears waivers, but the lefty would be able to negotiate with all teams. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:56 am
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  • Lucas Duda (back) says he's day-to-day
    Lucas Duda said Sunday that he doesn't think his back spasms will linger more than a few days.

    Advice: It's good that he's optimistic, but it's not encouraging that Duda is already having back issues after his back sabotaged his 2016 campaign. He's been given cortisone shots in hopes that it will help speed up the healing process. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:47 am
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  • X-rays on Kevin Plawecki's knee are negative
    X-rays on Kevin Plawecki's left knee came back negative.

    Advice: Plawecki was involved in a nasty collision at the plate on Saturday, but he managed to escape with only a contusion. He figures to get a couple days off but should ultimately be fine. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:35 am
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  • Zach Britton says oblique no longer an issue
    Zach Britton will play catch Sunday after telling reporters that the discomfort in his oblique is gone.

    Advice: Britton tweaked his oblique early on in spring training but is apparently over it now. The reliever noted Sunday that he wouldn't have appeared in a game yet at this point even if he was healthy, so it's not really a setback as long as he can avoid aggravating the ailment. Britton will be one of the top closers to come off the board in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:27 am
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  • Sean Rodriguez (shoulder) lands on 60-day DL
    Braves placed INF Sean Rodriguez on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim Christian Walker. Rodriguez won't play this season after injuring his shoulder in a car crash and having surgery to repair a badly torn rotator cuff and labrum damage as well as relocating a biceps tendon. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:17 am
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  • Javier Baez picks up two-bagger vs. Giants
    Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a double in Saturday's split-squad loss to the Giants.

    Advice: First double of the spring for Baez. The 24-year-old is looking to build on a 2016 season in which he hit .273/.314/.423 with 14 homers, 59 RBI and 12 steals over the course of 421 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Jesse Hahn surrenders three in spring debut
    Jesse Hahn allowed three runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Hahn struck out two and walked one in his spring debut. Not the sharpest of outings, but it is early yet. The 27-year-old right-hander has an outside shot at landing the fifth spot in the rotation, with Andrew Triggs considered the favorite at this juncture. Last season, Hahn pitched to a rough 6.02 ERA across 46 1/3 innings (nine starts). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Updating: Lucas Duda dealing with hip issues
    Updating an earlier report, Lucas Duda is actually healing with hip stiffness.

    Advice: Duda was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals with what was believed to a back injury but apparently it's his hip that's bothering him. In fact, Duda received cortisone shots in both hips on Friday and will be out of commission for at least the next 48 hours. Duda hasn't been on the field since Wednesday. The 31-year-old is seemingly always hurt but can be a nice source of power when healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:43 pm
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  • Wong dealing with inflammation in shoulder
    Kolten Wong continues to deal with inflammation in his shoulder from the injury he sustained last season.

    Advice: While he has been doing strengthening work, they still need to address inflammation in the joint. There's also a possibility that the injury will require surgery, though the club has said "not yet" when asked directly about it. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring this spring. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:48 pm
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  • Kevin Plawecki leaves game with knee injury
    Kevin Plawecki was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League game after a scary collision at home plate.

    Advice: Plawecki appeared to be in serious pain afterwards, but early word from the Mets is that it's just a left knee contusion. He'll head for precautionary X-rays to make sure, but it sounds like the Mets avoided a scare here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:35 pm
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  • Orioles outright T.J. McFarland to Triple-A
    Orioles sent LHP T.J. McFarland outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: McFarland cleared outright waivers, but must now either accept his outright assignment or can opt for free agency. The club hopes to keep him in camp to compete for a spot in their Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 am
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  • Cueto not expected to arrive this weekend
    Johnny Cueto is not expected to arrive to Giants' spring camp this weekend.

    Advice: Cueto is still working on getting a visa for his father, who is battling illness in his native Dominican Republic. The right-hander has been throwing at a facility in the Dominican Republic and shouldn't be far behind the team's other starters once he finally arrives. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 am
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  • Lucas Duda battling continued back stiffness
    Lucas Duda is not in the Mets starting lineup on Saturday due to continued back stiffness.

    Advice: Duda missed a large portion of the 2016 due to back stiffness and it's a discouraging development that he's continuing to deal with the issue after having an entire offseason to rest and rehab. The 31-year-old hit just .229/.302/.412 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 153 at-bats in 2016. The more time that he misses, the greater the opportunity for Michael Conforto to seize at-bats, either at first base or in right field with Jay Bruce manning first. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 am
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  • Logan Ondrusek (ankle) nears mound work
    Logan Ondrusek (ankle) is expected to resume throwing off a mound soon.

    Advice: Ondrusek just said a day ago that he wasn't sure when he'd resume throwing, so he must have experienced a lot of improvement over the last 24 hours. The reliever rolled his ankle nearly a week ago, but he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:57 am
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  • Dickerson's back injury showing improvement
    Alex Dickerson said Thursday that his back injury has shown "substantial improvement."

    Advice: Dickerson continues to be held out of workouts at Padres camp, but this has been called a minor issue from the jump. The outfielder should be ready for Cactus League games by the middle of next week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:32 am
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  • Ondrusek (ankle) still not throwing
    Logan Ondrusek (ankle) said he's not sure when he will be cleared to resume throwing.

    Advice: Ondrusek rolled his ankle last weekend in Orioles camp and still has some minor swelling. It's not a big issue here in late February, but the right-hander is fighting for a spot at the back end of the Baltimore bullpen and any missed Grapefruit League appearances will hurt his cause. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:11 am
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  • O's closer Britton says oblique is improving
    Zach Britton told reporters Thursday morning that his oblique is improving.

    Advice: Britton felt some discomfort on his side after throwing a bullpen session Monday in Orioles camp and he has been sitting out of workouts since. It's just a precautionary measure here in late February. The stud closer should be all caught up by the opening of the 2017 regular season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:03 am
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  • Dickerson (back) misses workout again Wed.
    Alex Dickerson (back) was held out of workouts for the third straight day on Wednesday.

    Advice: Padres manager Andy Green previously downplayed the issue, but it has turned out to be a nagging issue. He's going to be examined by team doctors just to make sure nothing serious is going on. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:17 am
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  • Wheeler (elbow) throws another bullpen
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw another bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: Wheeler felt some tenderness in his elbow during a bullpen session about a week ago, but it didn't take him long to get back on track. He made it through a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and progressed to about 30 pitches on Wednesday while throwing "85 to 90 percent." He's moving in the right direction, but Wheeler still faces major questions this spring after missing back-to-back seasons following his Tommy John surgery. He's trying to claim the fifth spot in the rotation, but Robert Gsellman is a looming threat. Even if Wheeler wins the job, he's going to be on an innings limit this year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:22 am
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  • Britton says he's not worried about oblique
    Zach Britton said Wednesday morning that he's not worried about his oblique.

    Advice: Britton threw a bullpen session on Monday and began feeling symptoms Tuesday, so the Orioles decided to keep him out of an upcoming intrasquad game. The O's closer is confident he'd be pitching if it was the regular season, so it doesn't sound like a major concern, but they'll handle him with care in the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:44 am
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  • Dickerson (back) missed workout Tues.
    Alex Dickerson (back) missed another workout Tuesday at Padres camp.

    Advice: The corner outfielder also sat out of drills Monday after developing some stiffness in his back over the weekend. Padres manager Andy Green said it's no big deal. There is plenty of time for Dickerson to catch back up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:39 pm
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  • Britton dealing with potential oblique injury
    Zach Britton won't pitch in Wednesday's intrasquad game due to symptoms of a potential oblique injury.

    Advice: This type of injury can sideline players for several weeks, so it's understandable that the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their dominant closer. We should know more on his status in the next day or two. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:30 pm
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  • Cueto hopes to report to camp this weekend
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Johnny Cueto hopes to arrive in camp by the weekend.

    Advice: Cueto has been taking care of his father, who is battling an illness in the Dominican Republic. His father is expected to accompany him to the United States, so they are working on a visa issue. Cueto has thrown bullpen sessions and batting practice in preparation for the spring, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:48 am
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  • Hahn to start Cactus League opener Sat.
    Jesse Hahn will start the Athletics' Cactus League opener Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Andrew Triggs has been considered the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation, but this is an indication that Hahn is still very much in the mix. We've seen success when healthy in the past, so he could earn a spot with a strong spring. A's manager Bob Melvin noted last week that Hahn has the sink back on his fastball, so he's a name to watch. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:33 am
  • Alex Dickerson nursing some back stiffness
    Alex Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday because of back stiffness.

    Advice: The Padres aren't concerned that it might be a long-term thing. Dickerson is competing for a starting corner outfield job this spring after batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances for San Diego last season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:11 pm
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  • Cueto (family) still has not reported to camp
    Johnny Cueto (family) still has not reported to Giants camp.

    Advice: His father is ill and the Giants have allowed him to stay home in the Dominican Republic for as long as he needs, but the first round of the World Baseball Classic may now be in doubt. Cueto is throwing bullpen sessions and streaming them for members of the Giants coaching staff, but his first WBC start is supposed to be on March 5. That may be cutting it too close. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:25 am
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  • Ondrusek (ankle) did fielding drills Mon.
    Logan Ondrusek (ankle) did fielding drills on Monday.

    Advice: Ondrusek rolled his ankle on Saturday and still hasn't been cleared to return to mound work, but that should be coming soon. It's a very minor issue here in the early weeks of spring training. Rotoworld.com Feb 20, 8:14 am
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  • Orioles designate McFarland for assignment
    Orioles designated LHP T.J. McFarland for assignment.

    Advice: The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Vidal Nuno. According to reports, the O's are hopeful that McFarland will pass through waivers unclaimed and could still fight for a spot in the club's bullpen. Rotoworld.com Feb 19, 3:16 pm
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  • Rodriguez's shoulder surgery details revealed
    Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

    Advice: It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018. Rotoworld.com Feb 19, 11:36 am
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  • T.J. McFarland has had sore shoulder
    T.J. McFarland dealt with some left shoulder soreness on Saturday.

    Advice: He reported feeling better on Sunday, so it sounds like the southpaw should resume throwing shortly. McFarland is trying to win a bullpen job with the Orioles this spring. Rotoworld.com Feb 19, 10:42 am
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  • Logan Ondrusek nursing sore ankle
    Logan Ondrusek may not pitch in an intrasquad game Wednesday after rolling his ankle Saturday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything that will keep him out long. Ondrusek is competing for a spot in the Orioles' bullpen this spring. Rotoworld.com Feb 19, 10:39 am
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  • Zack Wheeler (elbow) throws bullpen session
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: Wheeler had some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a 'pen session last week, but he got through Sunday's session with no issues. It's obviously encouraging, but the righty isn't out of the woods yet after all of his arm problems the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, Wheeler stands a good chance at capturing the final spot in the Mets' rotation. Rotoworld.com Feb 19, 9:38 am
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  • Zack Wheeler (elbow) plays catch Friday
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Friday with no issues.

    Advice: He's slated to throw off a mound on Sunday. Wheeler is a little behind schedule after having some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a bullpen session earlier this week. His health is obviously something to keep a close eye on this spring after all his issues the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com Feb 17, 10:40 am
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  • Hahn (shoulder) has shot at rotation spot
    A's manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Jesse Hahn (shoulder) has the sink back on his fastball.

    Advice: Oakland catchers Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley have said the same. Hahn carries a real shot at claiming a starting rotation spot this spring despite finishing the 2016 season off the 25-man roster. The 27-year-old right-hander has always been effective when healthy. There's some sneaky fantasy value building here. Rotoworld.com Feb 16, 11:33 am
  • Wheeler to throw off a mound this weekend
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) said he plans to throw off a mound Saturday or Sunday.

    Advice: Wheeler is a few days behind the other pitchers in Mets camp after experiencing tenderness in his troublesome right elbow following his first bullpen session of the spring. He was able to play catch Thursday, but we're obviously not through the woods here yet. Wheeler is in competition with Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for the final spot in the New York rotation. Rotoworld.com Feb 16, 11:02 am
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  • Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Thursday
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Thursday without issue.

    Advice: The hope is he can get back on a mound Friday, which would put him right back on track with the other pitchers in Mets camp. Wheeler felt some tenderness in his troublesome right elbow earlier this week after throwing a bullpen session. He is trying to beat out Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for the final spot in the New York rotation. Rotoworld.com Feb 16, 9:01 am
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