MLB openers feature Strasburg, rivalries, AL vs NL (The Associated Press)

The Kansas City Royals have been absent from the playoffs since the day Billy Butler was born. They've barely had a winning season in the last two decades. They've often lost 100 games in a year.

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Blue Jays no longer scrambling just to find a third starter (The SportsXchange)

During John Gibbons' first stint as Blue Jays manager, the club often was searching for a No. 3 starter. The staff was basically Roy Halladay and the rest, although the flighty A.J. Burnett flirted with being fairly decent before fleeing to the Yankees.

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MLB roundup: Red Sox prospect Bradley to start opener (The SportsXchange)

The Boston Red Sox made a significant decision Sunday, announcing that prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. will start in left field on Opening Day against the New York Yankees.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

March 31 (The Sports Xchange) - The Boston Red Sox made a significant decision on Sunday, announcing that prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. will start in left field on opening day against the New York Yankees. The 22-year-old landed the roster spot after a fantastic spring. He hit .419 with two home runs, four doubles and 12 runs batted in in 28 Grapefruit League games. The Red Sox are juggling their lineup to start the season while David Ortiz is on the disabled list, Jonny Gomes will be the designated hitter and Bradley will join Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino in the outfield. ...

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Padres-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two main attractions will be missing when the New York Mets host San Diego in their season opener Monday.

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Main attractions missing from Padres-Mets opener (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two main attractions will be missing when the New York Mets host San Diego in their season opener Monday.

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Mariners include Bay on roster (The SportsXchange)

Jason Bay landed a spot on the Seattle Mariners' 25-man roster as their fifth outfielder.

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Bay makes Mariners roster, Wells odd man out (The Associated Press)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Bay found himself in unfamiliar territory, competing for a big league job, and then landed on the Seattle Mariners' opening-day roster.

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Marlins add 20-year-old pitching prospect Jose Fernandez to opening day roster (Big League Stew)

With teams putting the finishing touches on their on opening day rosters Sunday, we knew we were probably in for a surprise or two. The biggest of those surprises (at least so far) came courtesy of the Miami Marlins, who announced that 20-year-old pitching prospect Jose Fernandez will start the season in the big leagues and make his debut on April 7 against the New York Mets. Now, before everyone starts pointing fingers and accusing the Marlins of doing completely Marlins things here, it should be noted that injuries to other rotation contenders Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez made it necessary to dig deeper into their organization. I just wanted to make sure that was documented. Now you can start shouting, pointing fingers and accusing the Marlins of doing Marlins things, because regardless of how talented Fernandez is or how much of a bind they're in to field a rotation, this reeks of desperate attempt to sell tickets rather than sound use baseball judgement. [ Related: Expert predictions for MLB season ] Fernandez, the No. 14 overall pick in 2011, has never pitched above High-A ball, so they're asking him to leapfrog two levels in one spring to fill their need. But, again, the Marlins seem to view things differently than most other organizations. While many would elect to keep the arbitration clock from starting even if they felt a prospect was ready, the Marlins seem to value creating buzz a lot more.

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Marlins-Nationals Preview (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg is ready for his first big league season without restrictions.

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