LEADING OFF: Harvey all set, Francoeur cracks Braves


New York Mets' starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur smiles as he walks through the batting cages as he arrives with his bag of gear for his first day of spring training baseball practice in Kissimmee, Fla. Francoeur has made the Atlanta Braves opening-day roster with an impressive showing in spring training. The Braves told the 32-year-old outfielder on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, he will be added to their major league roster.(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT


FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, in Fort Myers, Fla. Ace pitchers Zack Greinke, David Price and Johnny Cueto start the 2016 season fresh with new teams. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)


A look at what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:

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ALL CLEAR

After a brief scare, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey is still on track to start Sunday night’s opener at Kansas City after passing a blood clot in his bladder. “Passed it yesterday,” Harvey said. “It wasn’t a great first day of my 27th birthday, but I cleared that and we had a little procedure done this morning just to go in and check the bladder, and everything was clear. I’m cleared to go, cleared to do some minor activities today, and then we’ll be back to normal tomorrow.”

FRENCHY STICKS

Jeff Francoeur is staying with his hometown team. The Braves announced Tuesday that the 32-year-old has made Atlanta’s opening day roster as a bench player after hitting .327 through 20 spring games. Francoeur began his career with Atlanta in 2005 as a heralded prospect that made the cover of Sports Illustrated. “For me it’s going to be really cool on Monday running out there back at Turner Field, especially being the last year,” he said.

PRICE IS RIGHT

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that left-hander David Price will be Boston’s opening day starter Monday in Cleveland. The announcement was just a formality. The Red Sox signed Price to a seven-year, $217 million free agent contract in December.

COURT TV

The long-running television dispute between Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals is heading to mediation. New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Marks said in an order that the sides agreed to hold a mediation on April 12-13. A Feb. 24 letter from Nationals lawyer Stephen Neuwirth to Marks, which was posted to the case file, said the sides agreed to have Boston-based Eric Green mediate.

SEE YOU SOON?

Trea Turner’s time is coming, but it’s not quite here. The Nationals will send the shortstop prospect to the minors to start the season to work on his footwork, arm strength and leadership skills. “A shortstop’s got to have energy,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It gives everybody else energy.”

New York Mets’ starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109505823-ff49efdfb5784cb790f3207ec65b10f2.jpgNew York Mets’ starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur smiles as he walks through the batting cages as he arrives with his bag of gear for his first day of spring training baseball practice in Kissimmee, Fla. Francoeur has made the Atlanta Braves opening-day roster with an impressive showing in spring training. The Braves told the 32-year-old outfielder on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, he will be added to their major league roster.(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109505823-0bf6f236a82842848917e2a67bc12717.jpgFILE – In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur smiles as he walks through the batting cages as he arrives with his bag of gear for his first day of spring training baseball practice in Kissimmee, Fla. Francoeur has made the Atlanta Braves opening-day roster with an impressive showing in spring training. The Braves told the 32-year-old outfielder on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, he will be added to their major league roster.(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

FILE – In this March 16, 2016, file photo, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, in Fort Myers, Fla. Ace pitchers Zack Greinke, David Price and Johnny Cueto start the 2016 season fresh with new teams. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109505823-1609f17bc85b423fa783fdb565f0d818.jpgFILE – In this March 16, 2016, file photo, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, in Fort Myers, Fla. Ace pitchers Zack Greinke, David Price and Johnny Cueto start the 2016 season fresh with new teams. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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