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PEORIA http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , Ariz. (AP) — first spring training with the organization, he’s doing some important work with a 5 iron, too.Narvaez has come into camp committed to establishing a rapport with Seattle’s young pitching staff, and he’s putting in overtime on that effort. The 27-year-old isn’t just talking shop around the clubhouse and the dugout — he’s also played golf with several of the team’s pitchers already, and he’s using the time learn about his battery mates.“The more you know the guys, the more it’s going to help me to call the game better,” Narvaez said. “I like (golf), so that way, it makes it easy for me to meet everybody.”Narvaez is expected to start the majority of Seattle’s games after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Alex Colome in November. David Frietas is the top reserve catching candidate.Narvaez, a left-handed hitter, was quietly one of baseball’s best offensive catchers last season Brandon McCarthy Jersey , hitting .275 with nine homers and a .794 OPS over 97 games.“He’s very comfortable with the bat in his hand,” manager Scott Servais said.To start spring training, Narvaez has put an emphasis on the other side of the ball, working on his defense and building relationships with the staff. He studied video of his new pitchers before even arriving for camp.“That pitcher-catcher relationship is huge,” Servais said. “It’s the core of your team. You are driven by the guy on the mound. … It’s the mental connection and understanding how to get the most out of the that guy on the mound. On a particular day, what is his best stuff? Taking all the information, the scouting reports, and being able to somehow put it in play during the course of the game.”Narvaez also is concentrating on developing his pitch framing skills. He ranked near the bottom of the AL in getting borderline pitches called for strikes in each of the last two seasons, according to the metrics used by StatCorner.“A lot of drills,” said Narvaez, who counts Yadier Molina as a role model. “A lot of stretching. That is a big part of framing http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , being able to feel comfortable when I am catching. I think all the work I’ve been putting in is going to show up. My main goal this year is to make more pitches strikes and help my pitchers even more.”Like many teams, the Mariners have made pitch framing a top priority.“The value of stealing a 3-2 pitch is huge in our game,” Servais said. “On the fifty-fifty pitch that may be a ball or a strike, if the catchers are adept in turning that ball into a strike, it changes the course of a game. Pitchers certainly see the value of it. We do, too. It is something we will spend a lot of time on this spring.” CHICAGO — For the first time in a month, the Chicago Cubs will play after an off-day as they head into the stretch run of what they hope leads to their third straight National League Central Division title.With their magic number at eight to clinch, the Cubs begin a three-game series against their crosstown rival Chicago White Sox on Friday fresh off a difficult slate during which they played 29 games in 30 days. Over that time, the Cubs won 18 of the 29 games and will return to action after catching their breath Thursday. They will attempt to use this weekend’s three-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field to hold off the second-place Milwaukee Brewers.As much as his team may be fatigued, manager Joe Maddon liked how the Cubs closed off the long string of games. Despite a 9-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, the Cubs enter Friday’s game having won five of their last seven games Jose Ramirez Jersey , which closed out a successful stretch that Maddon was pleased with overall.Article continues below ...“That’s a pretty good stretch right there,” Maddon told reporters Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “What was it? Eighteen and 11 during that stretch, something like that? Sign me up … We’ll take that every day of the week.“I’m really pleased and happy and proud how the guys have handled this.”Jose Quintana will start for the Cubs on Friday as he faces his former team. Quintana (13-10, 3.95 ERA) had gone five starts without a loss before he suffered a setback in his last outing, when he allowed two runs over five innings against the Cincinnati Reds and struck out seven. Quintana, who spent 5 1/2 seasons with the White Sox before joining the Cubs at midseason last year, will start against the White Sox for the first time.The White Sox will face the Cubs following an extra-inning 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. That snapped a three-game losing streak as Matt Davidson delivered a 10th-inning RBI single. The White Sox dropped two of three games against the Cubs in May, but with some success this weekend, the White Sox could provide some assistance to the Brewers in their attempt to chase down the Cubs.The White Sox could get first baseman Jose Abreu back after he missed the three-game series against the Indians when he was hospitalized with an ingrown hair infection in his right thigh. Abreu has also been sidelined recently for three weeks following testicular torsion surgery. Manager Rick Renteria didn’t rule Abreu out against the Cubs.“Been a tough year (for Abreu),” Renteria told reporters this week. “He’s been dealing with it as best as he possibly can.”Reynaldo Lopez will start the series for the White Sox. Lopez (6-9 Ronald Acuna Jr. Jersey , 4.05 ERA) has won two of his previous four starts, including in his most recent outing when he threw seven scoreless innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Lopez has surrendered only one earned run in three September starts and will look to keep rolling Friday against the Cubs, who he will face for the first time in his career. Renteria has been impressed with Lopez as he winds down his first full big-league season, which has included 175 2/3 innings. He is 2-0 with a 2.85 ERA over his last nine starts.“He’s showing you he’s got endurance, strength (and) he’s gaining understanding of the situation, how to work and manage the situations, which is really big,” Renteria told reporters after Lopez’s last start. “It speaks a lot for him because he continues to work and grind and learn.”
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