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Sun is shining, Kris Bryant's swing is sweet.

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If you’ve missed any diamond happenings during the madness of March, we’re here to get you caught up quickly with a little help from Today’s Knuckleball.

Kershaw Okay After Taking Liner Off Face

Relax Dodgers fans, the game’s best southpaw starter will be just fine. Kershaw took a soft line drive off a broken bat to the face on Friday, but it’s nothing a little dental work can’t take care of. Kershaw lost a tooth from the back of his mouth, but it was recovered on the field.

The reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner is not expected to miss any regular season time.

 

Hamilton Decision Expected by Opening Day

Hamilton is waiting to hear from MLB.

Hamilton is waiting to hear from MLB.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday that he expects MLB to hand down a decision on possible disciplinary measures by Opening Day.

Hamilton has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse and relapsed in the off-season. The 33-year old is entering the third season of a five-year $125M deal with the Angels and due to shoulder surgery wasn’t expected to be ready by Opening Day in the first place.

 

Cubs’ Kris Bryant Crushing Cactus League Pitching

The young slugger from Las Vegas is making a strong push to be on the North Siders’ Opening Day roster and now leads all of MLB with eight home runs during Spring Training. It’s widely considered the Cubs will start Bryant at Triple-A this season in an effort to gain that extra year of employment from the power-hitting prospect.

Bryant led the minors in HRs in 2014 as he split time between Double-and-Triple-A.

“I’ve said it all along: I’m playing with a chip on my shoulder but at the same time having fun,” Bryant stated. “You really can’t beat baseball. The sun is shining.”

Whether he begins the season in the bigs or comes up shortly afterward, the sweet swing of Kris Bryant will have Cubs fans on their feet soon enough.

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