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Word of the Cactus League is getting out. Spring training in Arizona posted its highest attendance in history at 1.89 million, topping the previous record of 1.73 million set in 2013. Spring training across Major League Baseball topped 4 million, setting a record by more than 200,000 fans.

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Word of the Cactus League is getting out. Spring training in Arizona posted its highest attendance in history at 1.89 million, topping the previous record of 1.73 million set in 2013. Spring training across Major League Baseball topped 4 million, setting a record by more than 200,000 fans.

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While the eastern half of the country is shoveling out of one of the worst winter storms in recent history, it’s all sunshine and clear skies in the Valley of the Sun.

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On March 4, the first game of the Cactus League season at Camelback Ranch - Glendale has been designated as Glendale Appreciation Day.

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After its most losses since 1985, Texas goes to camp with a new manager, a few new pitchers and hopes that the big-money additions for last season (slugger Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo) stay healthy this year.

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Welcome to the new world of high expectations for the Mariners. A year after acquiring Robinson Cano and finishing one game out of the playoffs, the Mariners signed third baseman Kyle Seager to a seven-year extension, nabbed major league home run champ Nelson Cruz in free agency and added a suitable pair of outfielders in Justin Ruggiano and Seth Smith.

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First-year general manager A.J. Preller gave the Padres a badly needed new identity with a dizzying series of trades in December that brought in a powerful new outfield — Matt Kemp, Will Myers and Justin Upton — as well as Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.

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The Rockies finally parted ways with longtime GM Dan O’Dowd, who presided over just four winning seasons in his 15 years in Denver, and senior vice president Bill Geivett, who had an office in the clubhouse in one of the more unusual setups in baseball.

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A lot of attention will be on first baseman Joey Votto, who missed 99 games last season and didn’t play after July 5 because of strained muscles above his left knee.