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Kershaw fans 11 in 6 scoreless innings

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Clayton Kershaw showed there's no cause for concern after a mediocre performance in his previous spring training start.

The Los Angeles Dodgers ace struck out 11 in six scoreless innings as the Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 10-2 on Thursday. He allowed two singles and walked none.

Kershaw lost to Seattle on March 17, giving up four runs on six hits, including three home runs, in five innings.

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Mariners option 1B Vogelbach to Triple-A

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The Seattle Mariners have optioned first baseman Daniel Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma, meaning Danny Valencia will be the everyday first baseman when the regular season begins.

Seattle made the surprising roster move Thursday. Vogelbach, a left-handed hitter, and Valencia, who bats right-handed, had been expected to split time at first depending on pitching matchups. But Vogelbach has struggled in spring training, hitting just .228 and will now start the season in the minors.

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Cards SS Diaz improving with experience

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) With two outs and a runner on first base, St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Diaz ranged left to track down Marcell Ozuna's grounder up the middle and nonchalantly flipped it backhanded to Kolten Wong at second base to retire the Marlins in the first inning.

He looked every bit the veteran he is not - and people are taking notice.

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US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 for WBC title

LOS ANGELES (AP) The eagle has landed on top.

The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman.

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Former Phillies manager Green dies at 82

PHILADELPHIA (AP) As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre.

"I was a 20-game winner," he would joke, "it just took me five years to do it."

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Nats' Scherzer says finger injury healed

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Saying his finger finally feels normal, Nationals ace Max Scherzer proclaimed himself healed following his first Grapefruit League start of the spring, a 6-1 Washington loss to St. Louis.

"It's behind me now," Scherzer said Wednesday.

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Manfred: WBC successful, future bright

LOS ANGELES (AP) Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic championship on Wednesday night, Rob Manfred was confident in declaring this sometimes troubled tournament to be a smashing success.

The Major League Baseball Commissioner's confidence seemed well-founded when the Americans claimed their first WBC title in grand style with an 8-0 victory at raucous Dodger Stadium.

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Greinke pleased with 'solid' outing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Zack Greinke has one more spring start before he embarks on what he hopes is a bounce-back season for him and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In an outing he described as "solid," the right-hander went five innings plus two batters against the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Thursday, allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

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Tigers star Cabrera could return Friday

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera could soon return to the lineup after being sidelined by back stiffness.

Cabrera has been out since leaving Venezuela's game last Saturday in the World Baseball Classic.

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Suit settled over Dodgers TV broadcasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday it has settled a lawsuit that accused AT&T's DirectTV unit of orchestrating a backroom deal with competitors to not carry the sole channel that broadcasts Dodgers baseball in Los Angeles.

The deal, while a seeming victory for deprived Dodger fans, will not necessarily lead to them seeing their team on TV more this season.

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