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Pitcher and catcher report days, full squad workout days announced for all 30 teams


The first Spring Training workout dates, both for pitchers and catchers and for full squads, has been released for all 30 of the Major League clubs. I find that rather weird given that there are scores and scores of players who don’t have jobs yet, but I guess a schedule is a schedule.

The earliest pitcher and catcher date is February 11, for the Oakland Athletics. They play the Mariners in an early series in Japan, which technically is part of the regular season but which takes place while spring training is still happening, so the early date makes sense. The Mariners are the next day. Everyone else begins on either the 13th or the 14th. Everyone except the Braves, that is, who don’t get going until the 16th for some reason. Fashionably late, I suppose.

Full workout dates fall into that same pattern. February 16 for the A’s and M’s, the 18th or 19th for everyone else and the 21st for the Braves.

As you can see, the dates are brought to you by Camping World. Which, because this is “camp” makes a lot more sense than them sponsoring the playoffs, but what do I know?

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.