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Cardinals • cardinals.com | 314-345-9000 Tuesday 3/12 at Braves* 12:05 p.m.

*Exhibition game

Wednesday 3/13 Thursday 3/14 vs. Mets* at Marlins* 12:05 p.m. 12:05 p.m.

Friday 3/15 SS at/vs. Astros* 5:05 p.m. FSM

Blues • blues.nhl.com | 314-622-2583 Tuesday 3/12 vs. Coyotes 7 p.m. FSM

Thursday 3/14 at Senators 6:30 p.m. FSM

Saturday 3/16 at Penguins 12 p.m. FSM

Sunday 3/17 at Sabres 4 p.m. FSM

St. Louis U. men’s basketball • slubillikens.com | 314-977-4758 Thursday 3/14 A-10 tourn. vs. Rich./Fordham, 7:30, NBCSN

Friday 3/15 A-10 tourn. vs. Dayton (if nec.) 7:30, NBCSN

Saturday 3/16 A-10 tourn. vs. TBA (if nec.) noon, CBSSN

Sunday 3/17 A-10 tourn. vs. TBA (if nec.) noon, KMOV-4

Mizzou • mutigers.com | 800-228-7297 Men’s basketball Wednesday 3/13 SEC tourn. vs. Georgia, 6 p.m., SEC Network

Women’s basketball TBA Thursday 3/14 Postseason game SEC tourn. vs. TBA (if nec.), 2:30 TBA p.m., SEC Net.

Illinois men’s basketball • fightingillini.com | 217-333-3470 Wednesday 3/13 Big Ten tourn. vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m., BTN

Thursday 3/14 Big Ten tourn. vs. Iowa (if nec.), 8:30 p.m., BTN

Friday 3/15 Big Ten tourn. vs. Mich. (if nec.), 8:30 p.m., BTN

Saturday 3/16 Big Ten semifinal (if nec.), 2:30 p.m., KMOV-4

St. Louis FC • saintlouisfc.com | 636-680-0997 Saturday 3/16 at Nashville 7 p.m.

Saturday 3/23 vs. Tampa Bay 1 p.m.

Saturday 3/30 vs. Charlotte 1 p.m.

Saturday 4/6 at Atlanta 6:30 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS INDOOR SOCCER • St. Louis Ambush home games Fri. 3/29: vs. Milwaukee, 7:35 p.m. FAIRMOUNT PARK HORSE RACING • Simulcasting: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

ON THE AIR BASEBALL 12:05 p.m. Exhibition: Twins at Pirates, MLB Network 5:30 p.m. College: Florida State at Florida, SEC Network 5:35 p.m. Exhibition: Astros at Nationals, MLB Network BASKETBALL 11 a.m. ACC tournament: Miami vs. Wake Forest, ESPN 11 a.m. Women’s Horizon final: Wright State vs. Green Bay, ESPNU Women’s Summit final: South Dakota St. vs. South Dakota, ESPNU 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. ACC tournament: Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame, ESPN 3 p.m. Women’s WCC final: Gonzaga vs. BYU, ESPNU 6 p.m. Horizon final: Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky, ESPN Northeast final: Fairleigh Dickinson at St. Francis (Pa.), ESPN2 6 p.m. 6 p.m. NBA: Knicks at Pacers, FSM Plus 6 p.m. CAA final: Hofstra vs. Northeastern, CBSSN ACC tournament: Boston College vs. Pittsburgh, ESPNU 6 p.m. Women’s Big East final: Marquette vs. DePaul, FS1 7 p.m. 7 p.m. NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, TNT 8 p.m. WCC final: Gonzaga vs. St. Mary’s, ESPN 8 p.m. Summit League final: North Dakota State vs. Omaha, ESPN2 9:40 p.m. NBA: Timberwolves at Nuggets, TNT HOCKEY Capitals at Penguins, NBCSN 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Blues vs. Coyotes, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) LACROSSE College: Lehigh at Rutgers, BTN 6 p.m. SOCCER UEFA Champions League: Juventus vs. Atletico Madrid, TNT 3 p.m. TENNIS BNP Paribas Open: Tennis Channel 1 p.m. 9 p.m. BNP Paribas Open: Tennis Channel

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MLB NOTEBOOK

Lorenzen pitches, plays field Reds might try move in the regular season ASSOCIATED PRESS

Reliever Michael Lorenzen has begun Cincinnati’s mound-tooutfield experiment, pitching one inning and then moving to center field Monday in a spring-training game against Cleveland in Goodyear, Ariz. It didn’t take long for the ball to find him. Lorenzen chased Jose Ramirez’s leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 5-5 tie, his biggest test in his first time in the outfield. “It was fun,” Lorenzen said. “I didn’t necessarily get any fly balls, but I had a couple hit to me. Hopefully next time I get to run one down.” The Reds are exploring options for replacing center fielder Billy Hamilton, who signed with the Royals. Lorenzen was a center fielder at Cal State Fullerton who also occasionally was on the mound to close games. The Reds drafted him as a pitcher in 2013, and he has lobbied for a dual role in the majors. He finally got his chance Monday. Lorenzen pitched the bottom of the fifth inning and retired all three Indians he faced, two by strikeout. Then at the plate he fanned against Mike Clevinger before replacing Nick Senzel in center field. He started shading Ramirez, the first batter, toward right field, then moved the other way. Ramirez hit the ball to the gap in right for a double. In the seventh inning, Cleveland’s Eric Stamets went from first to third on a single to center. Lorenzen fielded the ball and threw to third base too late. Lorenzen left after his two innings in the outfield. His success as a hitter in the majors has inspired Bell to try the unusual, two-position arrangement. Last season, he went 4-2 with a 3.11 earned-run average and one save in 42 relief appearances and three starts. He also batted .290 and led major-league pitchers with four homers — including one grand slam — and 10 RBIs in 31 at-bats. As a pinch-hitter, he went three for 13 with two homers. Manager David Bell likes the option of using Lorenzen in center and might do so in the regular season. “I’ve never been close to a pitcher who can do these things,” he said.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cincinnati’s Michael Lorenzen moves to center field Monday afternoon after pitching an inning of an exhibition contest in Goodyear, Ariz.

Arizona signs Jones • Free-agent outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks finalized a $3 million, one-year contract. He is likely to start in center field, between Steven Souza Jr. in right and David Peralta in left, pushing Ketel Marte into a utility role. Jones, 33, is a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner who spent the last 11 big-league seasons with Baltimore after making his debut with Seattle in 2006. He was an All-Star annually from 2012-15 and hit .265 with 29 homers and 83 RBIs in 2016. He dropped to .281 with 15 homers and 63 RBIs last year. Seattle’s Seager sidelined • Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday on the middle finger of his left hand and will be out at least through April, manager Scott Servais said. Seager is coming off the worst season of his career, in which he hit .221. The Mariners are expected to use Ryon Healy at third base, at which he made 103 starts combined in 2016 and 2017 with Oakland. For openers • Washington manager Dave Martinez made official what most already assumed —

ace Max Scherzer will get the ball opening day for the Nationals. That sets up a marquee matchup March 28 at Nationals Park: Scherzer vs. Jacob deGrom of the Mets. Between them, they own four Cy Young awards, including the three most recent in the National League. Last year, the duo finished 1-2 in the voting, with deGrom claiming his first trophy. • The Dodgers are not sure whether Clayton Kershaw will be available for their opener March 28, against Arizona. On Monday he threw his first bullpen session since Feb. 20, an all-fastball session of 20 pitches. The threetime NL Cy Young Award winner has been slowed by discomfort in his left (pitching) shoulder. “Good day, good step forward, for sure,” he said. • Mike Foltynewicz, bothered by a sore elbow, will not be ready to pitch for the Braves on opening day — March 28 in Philadelphia. The Braves could go with Julio Teheran (9-9, 3.94 ERA in 2018) or Sean Newcomb (12-9, 3.90). • Mike Minor has been tabbed the opening-day starting pitcher for the Rangers, at home March 28 against the Cubs. He was 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA last season.

DIGEST Meyer to join Fox’s football pregame show

Urban Meyer is headed back to television. Fox announced Monday that it has hired the former Ohio State coach as one of the analysts for its retooled college football pregame show. Meyer, who won national championships at Florida and Ohio State, retired last season after eight years in charge of the Buckeyes. He worked for ESPN as an analyst in 2010 after leaving Florida and before going to Ohio State. Meanwhile, new Ohio State coach Ryan Day’s 10 assistant coaches will be paid a total of more than $7.4 million this year, according to contracts released by the university. Co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will be the highest paid with a $1.1 million base salary, more than double what he made as defensive line coach at Michigan last season. Al Washington, the linebackers coach Day also hired away from Michigan, got a bump from $375,000 to $500,000. (AP) Nebraska player surrenders • Nebraska running back Maurice Washington surrendered to California authorities to face felony and misdemeanor charges related to possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend allegedly being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016. (AP) Venus Williams advances • Venus Williams is turning back her own clock at the BNP Paribas Open, moving into the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Christina McHale in Indian Wells, Calif. Williams is seeking her 50th career WTA Tour title in the desert, where she has never won the event. And at 38, she’s showing vintage form. Younger sister Serena, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, retired from her match Sunday because of a viral illness. Also, Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round, keeping the world’s No. 1 female player on track to defend her title. Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men’s player, held serve to win his opening game against Philipp Kohlschreiber before the match was suspended for the night because of rain. (AP) McGregor arrested • Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in Florida, accused of stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for McGregor called the altercation “minor” and said the popular fighter would cooperate with authorities. (AP) Horses run at Santa Anita • Training resumed on Santa Anita’s main dirt track, with horses limited to jogging and galloping while the surface is monitored for any irregularities that may have caused the deaths of 21 horses since December. Track consultant Dennis Moore said “everything went well” and that all the testing data supports the decision to allow limited training while racing remains suspended indefinitely. Santa Anita officials say a return to live racing is expected “in the near future.” (AP) George Foreman’s daughter dies • Freeda George Foreman, the daughter of former heavyweight champion George Foreman and briefly a boxer herself, has died at a suburban Houston home. She was 42. The Harris County sheriff’s office said Monday that emergency crews found her Friday. The sheriff’s office says its investigators also responded and preliminary indications were that her death was a suicide, but the medical examiner’s office will make the final determination. (AP) Iditarod leader’s dogs quit; Zirkle third • There’s a new leader in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after the dogs on musher Nicolas Petit’s team quit on him. Alaska musher Pete Kaiser passed Petit and was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in Koyuk, 827 miles into the 1,000-mile race across Alaska. Aliy Zirkle, a 1988 Parkway West graduate, was third. Petit held a five-hour advantage after Sunday. He told the Iditarod Insider that he yelled at two dogs who were fighting, and the team wouldn’t move after that. (AP)

Baseball is facing some tough issues FREDERICKSON • FROM B1

to reflect, and that is a level of competition and hope across the board that affords every club, or as many as possible, the ability to suggest that they are positioning themselves to be the last team standing. All the other things fall in place with those two things. That’s where our focus is.” I know what you’re thinking. Great, more words about the business of baseball. When is this discussion going to die down? The season is about to start, after all. But what if it wasn’t? Because that’s where this could wind up, if owners and players don’t take steps toward one another as they sprint toward the end of a collective bargaining agreement that expires after the 2021 season. Three seasons of ball, then strike? Hope not. Hope doesn’t help much at the negotiating table, though. Here’s something that would: some common-sense reform when it comes to tanking. Clark’s Monday morning meeting with the Cardinals was part of union leadership’s annual tour, but this one was described as somewhat different by those in attendance. That’s not unique to this camp. Players have shared an increased interest in understanding the current collective bargaining agreement and the changes they would like to see made in the next one. Back-to-back years of frigid free agency for players who are not 26-year-old superstars has alerted the once-oblivious. “Woke,” one observer described. “Engaged,” Clark preferred. Clark selects his words like a good jeweler eyes diamonds. He was asked directly by Post-Dispatch colleague Derrick Goold if the tone of his recent meetings

with players has shifted, from players showing interest to players pushing activism. Seven seconds of silence passed. “Good question,” Clark said. Six more seconds of silence passed. “In some ways, I would say that,” Clark said, sifting jewels. What Clark was more forthcoming about during an extended conversation with a small group of reporters was that increased competitiveness in the game will be a primary focus for players moving forward. Hard to blame them. If you think (not) watching an intentionally terrible team is bad, try playing for one. And that tentacle of tanking is just the most obvious turn-off. More teams trying to win increases the chances of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper signing before spring training. It means Dallas Keuchel would have thrown more spring training innings than you. It means there would be fewer reasons to wonder what baseball front offices are doing with their money in a world where 26-year-old Blake Snell receives just a $15,500 raise from the league minimum after winning the Cy Young Award, and 30-year-old seven-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel nears midMarch without work. Players crying out against the agreement they agreed to does not sell. Neither does players pushing for contracts that ignore the aging curve. Players pointing out to fans that the game’s growing revenue in too many cases seems to be going toward not improving teams, well, that makes sense. “As we have gone through camp, yes, a lot of the dialogue has been pointed, and has been

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direct,” Clark said. “But I see that as an example of the passion and commitment that our players have to making sure our best players are on the field at all times, that we have a system in place that suggests the level of competition that everyone is coming out to see is commensurate with the passion and commitment of the players that are on the field delivering it.” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s claim that every team is trying to win is an insult to both players and fans. As constructed, baseball’s draft rewards the biggest losers. You are better off being the last team in the standings than the one that missed the wild card by a game. Word is out. Teams are taking advantage. They want to win, but when? Fans and players suffer during the process, and not every team executes planned flops like the Cubs and Astros. Manfred wants to make pace-of-play changes now. The same urgency could be taken with tanking deterrents, like tweaking the draft. Just as veteran players should push for increased compensation and faster-arriving free agency for their younger constituents, owners should acknowledge that their tanking peers are doing a disservice to the sport. Common ground awaits, if Manfred can see beyond his rule-change minutiae. Clark and Manfred say they are willing to begin a dialogue that could get out in front of formal negotiations. When, where and what happens from there is as cloudy as baseball’s future. Stopping the tank would help keep baseball from going in it. Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred on Twitter bfrederickson@post-dispatch.com

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