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Cactus League report: Anthony Rizzo is in a groove for the Cubs — and a White Sox lineup that’s full of pests

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani hit 100 mph on the radar gun in his first spring outing, and he appears completely recovered from elbow reconstruction surgery in 2019. He also hit a 468-foot home run in spring training, showing he can become the two-way star he was hyped as when he came over from Japan. “I think he’s having lot of fun,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “I don’t see the same stress I saw in his face last year.” … Seattle Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic was touted as a Rookie of the Year candidate, but the outfielder is sidelined with a strained adductor muscle in his left knee and his return date is unknown. Kelenic’s name came up in the video of former Mariners President and CEO Kevin Mather, who suggested they were considering manipulating his service time. … Milwaukee Brewers coach Pat Murphy is known for his sense of humor, but he turned serious when asked if he had changed since suffering a heart attack last August at Miller Park. “I hope so,” he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I hope I’ve grown. That’s the thing, just grown from all these experiences. I joke around a lot, but inside I’m very serious, maybe too serious. I’m very grateful. I think it puts you in a great place if you come back from gratefulness.”

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