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VIERA, Fla. (AP) Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was scheduled to meet with Dr. Steven Singleton in Vail, Colorado, for a third opinion on his injured left knee.

Dr. James Andrews on Monday confirmed the team's initial diagnosis of a sprained medial collateral ligament, and Rendon was to be examined by Singleton on Tuesday.

"We're just trying to make sure we cover all bases and everybody gets a chance to take a look it and develop a course of action from today on." Nationals manager Matt Williams said.

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Tigers' Price allows 7 runs vs. Pirates

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) David Price didn't want to end spring training this way.

Price was rocked for seven runs over six innings in his final tuneup for opening day as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Tuesday.

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Tanaka gives up 3 runs in final start

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs in 4 1-3 innings Tuesday and declared himself healthy and ready for the season following the New York Yankees' 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Tanaka struck out one and gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. He missed 2 1/2 months last season because of a small elbow ligament tear but has had no problems this spring, finishing with a 3.07 ERA in four starts.

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Wainwright to start Cardinals' opener

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Next up for Adam Wainwright is opening night in Chicago. The right-hander proved he is ready to go by pitching into the seventh inning in St. Louis' 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

Wainwright allowed two runs and eight hits while throwing 93 pitches in 6 2-3 innings. The ace was slowed by an abdominal injury early in spring training, raising questions about whether he would be ready to pitch in that first game against the Cubs.

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AP study: Average salary to top $4M

NEW YORK (AP) Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.

The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record.

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Orioles' Tillman to start another opener

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Chris Tillman has been selected to start the Baltimore Orioles' opener at Tampa Bay on April 6.

Manager Buck Showalter picked Tillman as his opening-day starter for the second consecutive season.

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Rays acquire RHP Ramirez from Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The Seattle Mariners have acquired left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Tampa Bay Rays for righty Erasmo Ramirez.

The Mariners and Rays announced the trade on Tuesday night.

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Axford's son stable after snake bites

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The 2-year-old son of Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake.

Axford has not been with the Rockies since his son went to the hospital for anti-venom treatment last Wednesday. A second round of treatment was needed a few days later due to the excessive amount of venom found.

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Phillies OF Brown to start season on DL

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown will start the season on the disabled list.

The 27-year-old was out of the lineup for the 12th straight game Tuesday with left Achilles tendinitis. The former All-Star was scheduled to return to the field as a designated hitter in a minor league game Tuesday afternoon.

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Blue Jays RHP Hutchison to start opener

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto picked Drew Hutchison to make his first opening-day start, and the right-hander is slated to face the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on April 6 in New York.

Toronto also released Dayan Viciedo from his minor league contract; reassigned left-hander Jeff Francis, outfielder Caleb Gindl and infielder Jonathan Diaz to their minor league camp; and optioned catcher Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo.

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