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Rays' Tim Beckham: Smacks bases-clearing triple Friday by RotoWire Staff on Apr 02, 2017 on the CBS Sports website

Beckham smacked a bases-clearing triple in two at-bats in Friday's exhibition tie with the Phillies. The speedy utility man, who will man shortstop to start the season while Matt Duffy (heel) completes his recovery, finished spring with a .327 average, five doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 RBI. If his body of work during the exhibition slate is any indication, Beckham may be ready to take the next step in his development in 2017.

2017 Pirates prospects outlook: Players to watch and whyby BILL BRINK on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Website

The prospects atop the Pirates’ farm system split two ways this season. Some have reached the majors, or will soon. Josh Bell is the Pirates’ first baseman. Tyler Glasnow and Steven Brault both have major league experience and spent all spring working for a rotation spot, while Austin Meadows and Elias Diaz are close. Others, such as Mitch Keller, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Cole Tucker and Will Craig, still have some climbing to do. Baseball America ranked Meadows, a 21-year-old center fielder,

Patrick DiMarco contract numbers suggest importance: The Bills are spending a lot of money on their running game. by Matt Warren on Buffalo Rumblings Website

The Buffalo Bills signed a multitude of free agents this offseason, and while most of them were for small money, there is one position where they spent top dollar to add one of the top two free agents; fullback. Patrick DiMarco is now the second-highest paid lead blocker in the NFL. DiMarco signed a four-year, $8.4 million contract with the Bills that contains $4.8 million in guarantees,

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