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PHOENIX (AP) — ouis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds Wilmer Difo Jersey , the NL Central got a lot tougher on paper this offseason.Lorenzo Cain and the Milwaukee Brewers think they’re up to the task of repeating as champions.“Competition is through the roof. It’s gonna be a complete division,” Cain said. “We won the division last year, but there are a lot of people waiting to take that from us. We gotta go out and compete, but we’ll be ready to go.”Cain was a big part of the Brewers’ late-season run to 96 wins and the NL Championship Series, which they lost to the Dodgers in seven games.Cain and Christian Yelich came aboard in the offseason a year ago, Cain as a free agent and Yelich in a trade with Miami. Yelich was the NL MVP with 36 homers and a 1.000 OPS, but Cain also contributed with great defense in center field plus career highs of 30 stolen bases and a .395 on-base percentage.“(David) Stearns has done a good job adding pieces to this team,” Cain said of the Milwaukee general manager. “For one, to give them a run like we did last year, that last month of the season was incredible. We expect more of the same. We have to bring the same mindset.”This offseason, Milwaukee’s division rivals were the ones stocking up. The Cardinals added Paul Goldschmidt, and the Reds picked up Yasiel Puig, Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark. Add in the Chicago Cubs — who lost Game 163 to the Brewers for the division title last year — and a competitive Pittsburgh Pirates club, and the NL Central is shaping up to be baseball’s deepest division.The Brewers couldn’t match the haul of Yelich and Cain from a year ago Brian Goodwin Jersey , but they did sign catcher Yasmani Grandal. They also brought back Mike Moustakas, who will play second base for the first time in his career with Travis Shaw switching back to third.Cain remains in center, where he remains one of the best in the game. He’ll be 33 next month, but Cain still feels like he has a lot left.“I still feel great,” he said, adding that he’s “still getting my legs underneath me.”Cain returned to his original organization last year after seven years in Kansas City. The highlight was 2015, when he hit a career-high 16 homers, stole 28 bases, made the All-Star team and helped the Royals win the World Series.His only personal goal now? “Being healthy the entire season. I don’t really set goals like hitting .300, things like that.“We want to get back to the playoffs and go from there.”NOTES: Yelich hit his third homer of the spring training. He also doubled to raise his Cactus League average to .500 (12 for 24). … Jhoulys Chacin said the assignment of starting opening day is “awesome.” The 31-year-old was expected to get the nod for the Brewers’ game March 28 against St. Louis, and manager Craig Counsell made it official on Thursday. “It’s exciting, and an honor for me,” said Chacin, who is starting his third opener http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , having started for Colorado in 2013 and San Diego in 2017. BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones has done a wonderful job on and off the field during his 11 years with the Baltimore Orioles.The five-time All-Star ranks high on many of the team’s career batting lists and has become an integral part of the community.But his future with the organization remains in doubt, so this weekend has served as a tentative Camden Yards farewell to a fan favorite.With the Orioles in rebuild mode and Jones two months removed from celebrating his 33rd birthday, the team has to decide if it wants to bring him back when his contract expires after this season.“Who holds the cards? Now, we kind of both do,” Jones said Saturday. “But I’m not the one making business decisions on their regard. All I can do is make a business decision on my behalf.”Seems as if he would love to be back.Jones has made a family in Baltimore, built a heck of a career and been part of countless charitable causes. He spurned a chance in July to join the contending Philadelphia Phillies as a corner outfielder, evoking his no-trade clause to stay with a team that will finish with the worst record in the majors.“I nixed the no-trade because it was not a good move for Adam Jones going forward,” said Jones, Baltimore’s center fielder from 2008 to late this season, when he moved to right to make room for prospect Cedric Mullins. “It wasn’t the best move for Adam going into free agency, to platoon in a position I was not playing.”Jones is on the Orioles’ top-10 lists for games, hits, RBIs, runs Brandon Kintzler Jersey , homers and total bases.“There are some great players on that list,” he said. “It’s great to be in that conversation, but there’s still a lot to be done to rise on that list.”Jones received a standing ovation before every at-bat in Friday night’s game against Houston, and the practice is expected to continue through the season finale Sunday.His gritty style would be missed, as would his charitable work. The Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation, Jones and his wife, Audie, this week jointly donated $150,000 to a variety of nonprofit organizations.“It’s not like you have to do it,” Jones said. “Athletes don’t have to anything but show up to work.”Jones shows up for work, even after spending an afternoon dedicating a Little League ballpark or visiting kids at a summer camp.“It’s just something he wants to do,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “You do it because it’s right. Adam wants to do it with a purpose.”

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