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Workout warrior Bumgarner increased regimen

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Coming off a rare down year, Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner is coming into camp in excellent shape and ready to return to his dominant ways.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

SF brass still on lookout for 'pen, OF upgrades

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The Giants’ roster could continue to evolve throughout Spring Training and into the start of the regular season. Director of baseball operations Brian Sabean and general manager Bobby Evans indicated Friday that the club is continuing to search for upgrades in the bullpen and outfield.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rays sign righty McGowan to Minors deal

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The Rays have signed pitcher Dustin McGowan to a Minor League deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Valaika offers Rox young clutch bat off bench

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Pinch-hitting is often the domain of fellows with a little white in the whiskers. Well, at 25, all the Rockies’ Pat Valaika can offer is a goatee when he lets it grow. Oh yeah. Facial hair, and outstanding hitting numbers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Trio of AL East rivals interested in Nunez

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Fully recovered from a right knee injury suffered last September, veteran infielder Eduardo Nunez is seeing his market develop quickly over the past few days.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

How to hack a 56-game hit streak

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In 1941, the Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio put together a 56-game hitting streak, helping cement not only the Hall of Famer’s legend, but also his place in any debate about unbreakable records.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Could Nationals pursue Arrieta for rotation?

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The standstill market among the most high-profile free agents continues, and it’s unclear if the dust will settle before next week, when pitchers and catchers report. Among the notable arms that may not be in camp on Day 1 is Jake Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner who is arguably the best starter on the market.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Many appear in mix for free agent Holland

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Greg Holland enjoyed a successful 2017 season with the Rockies, and they seemed to be a logical fit for the closer in his foray into free agency. Colorado, for its part, made a solid offer to Holland. But as Spring Training nears, the right-hander remains without a club.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cubs appear best-positioned to land Darvish

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As Spring Training nears, Yu Darvish could be a logical fit for several clubs looking to upgrade the front end of their starting rotation. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts between the Rangers and Dodgers in 2017, helping Los Angeles reach the World Series.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Stars sans fanfare: 2018 All-Underrated Team

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“Underrated” is one of those words we toss out in our sports dialogue with no real idea what it means. Our interpretation of what or who is or is not underrated is all relative to the specifics of our circumstances — what we read, what we watch, what we experience.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

10 teams and the moves they could make

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There’s a long list of teams with unfinished business this offseason. Here are some of the moves they could make.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

After flashing potential, Bird poised to rake

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For 29 long-awaited regular-season games, and 13 more in the postseason, Greg Bird looked like the hitter the Yankees had envisioned from the beginning — a powerful left-handed first baseman tailor-made to slug in the Bronx.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Wainwright offers support after school shooting

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With the assistance of Adam Wainwright’s foundation, Big League Impact, plans are already being made for Wainwright to host victims of a Western Kentucky school shooting and their families at Busch Stadium this summer.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Best pure tools among MLB's top position prospects

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Jim Callis takes a look at the best pure tools among position prospects on the Top 100 Prospects list, led by Victor Robles, Ronald Acuna and Shohei Ohtani.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Comerica Park might actually be a hitters' haven

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Comerica Park is known for its massive outfield that swallows up well-hit batted balls, but then why do Tigers hitters do better at home than they do on the road, every single year? We have a theory, and it’s a big advantage for hitters.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Don't expect sophomore slump for A's Olson

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In a small sample, Matt Olson’s metrics showed a player who not only made solid contact, but also knew exactly what to do with it.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

10 dark horse Cy Young candidates for 2018

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Which under-the-radar hurlers could put a Cy Young run together? For this exercise, let’s think a little further outside the box.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The trucks are off: Spring previews for all 30 clubs

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Spring is finally here — well, Spring Training, at least. Pitchers and catchers will report to camp next week, which means another Major League season is right around the corner. With another season on the horizon, what’s the vision your favorite club has heading into 2018?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Best tools among pitchers on Top 100 list

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Jim Callis takes a look at the best pure tools among pitchers on the Top 100 Prospects list, led by Shohei Ohtani and Walker Buehler.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

10 reasons to be excited for 2018 season

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They played a football game Sunday. There was a winner, a loser, a bunch of commercials and then a very special episode of “This Is Us.”
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Javelinas finish Winter Invitational undefeated

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Texas A&M-Kingsville was the dominant team of the 2018 Houston Winter Invitational, winning all three of its baseball games over the weekend at Minute Maid Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yankees poised to challenge team HR mark

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The 2017 Yankees led the Majors in home runs with 241, and now they’ve gone out and added Giancarlo Stanton. Does that put them into position to challenge the all-time home run record of 264? It just might.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

5 reasons the Astros will (or won't) repeat

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No team has won the World Series in back-to-back seasons this century, and while that sounds impressive, the Astros will tell you it means absolutely nothing. They’re probably right about that, especially given the fact that every baseball season has its own unique set of dynamics.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Colorado-Mines tops Tarleton St. at Invitational

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Colton Wardle continued his hot hitting and three Colorado School of Mines pitchers combined to give up six hits in shutting down Tarleton State, 6-1, on Saturday. The Orediggers’ win opened the second day of the Houston Winter Invitational, consisting of six NCAA Division II baseball teams playing at Minute Maid Park over three days.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Best players on baseball's biggest stage

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The Super Bowl got me thinking about baseball’s answers to Tom Brady — the guys who have made the biggest individual impact, specifically in the World Series. And so I’ve assembled an All-Star squad — for just this weekend, let’s call it the Brady Bunch — of Fall Classic contributors.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cuba teeming with talent despite defections

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There’s not much Roberto Pacheco has not seen during his five decades in the radio booth calling baseball and boxing for Cuba.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tarleton State opens Houston tourney with wild win

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Tarleton State opened the 2018 Houston Winter Invitational with a thrilling 10-inning 11-9 victory over Henderson State on Friday that didn’t come easy despite an eight-run lead after 7 1/2 innings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

A's catchers have room to improve at plate in '18

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The A’s have plans in place for a platoon system behind the plate: Bruce Maxwell, so long as he’s able to put legal issues behind him, is expected to be the primary catcher, with Josh Phegley facing lefty starters.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bosio quickly making impression on Tigers' staff

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The call to Matthew Boyd came over the holidays while he was doing his workouts. It came from Chris Bosio, the new Tigers pitching coach, and he was introducing himself. Considering the video work Bosio had put in on Boyd, he already knew a lot about the lefty.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Halos hope to feature Pujols more at 1B

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Among the more intriguing storylines to follow at Angels camp this spring will be how the club decides to manage its logjam at first base.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cuba tops Venezuela in Caribbean Series opener

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The Cuban team, seeking its first Caribbean Series title since 2015, defeated Venezuela, 6-4, in the first game of the Caribbean Series on Friday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

12 prospects who will make an impact in '18

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Which top prospects are primed to make a Major League impact in 2018? Here are six players from each league who could take the opportunity of playing time and run with it, perhaps all the way to a Rookie of the Year Award.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Reyes' role upon return from TJ surgery not set

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Wanting to protect their top prospect as much as possible, the Cardinals have set a soft target of May 1 as a likely return date for Alex Reyes. What hasn’t been so explicitly defined, though, is what role he’ll fill upon that return.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Safeco Field's Griffey statue to undergo repairs

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Ken Griffey Jr.’s bronze statue in front of Safeco Field will be put back into one piece this weekend as repairs are scheduled for Saturday to fix the bat that was broken off by a vandal last October.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Commissioner seeking pace-of-play deal with MLBPA

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If Major League Baseball and its players are going to reach an agreement regarding pace-of-play rule changes this season, it’s almost certainly going to come within the next two weeks.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Caribbean Series set to begin on Friday

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This year’s Caribbean Series includes the Tomateros, the Winter League-champion Aguilas Cibaenas from the Dominican Republic, Criollos de Caguas from Puerto Rico and Venezuela’s Caribes de Anzoategui. Alazanes de Granma, the Serie Nacional champion, will represent Cuba as a special guest for the second year in a row.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

4 first-time candidates up for Cardinals HOF

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Joining returners Keith Hernandez, Scott Rolen and Jason Isringhausen on the Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot are four first-time modern-day candidates: Ray Lankford, Vince Coleman, Lee Smith and John Tudor.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rangers seek SP depth, but have options

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The Rangers appear to have a set rotation of Cole Hamels, Martin Perez, Doug Fister, Matt Moore and Mike Minor. But they have needed a minimum of 10 starting pitchers per season since getting by with seven in 2011. The Rangers may or may not add another front-line starting pitcher before the offseason is over, but adding starting-pitching depth appears to be paramount.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Avila, D-backs agree to 2-year deal

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The D-backs agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Alex Avila on a two-year, $8.25 million contract on Wednesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Avila, D-backs reportedly agree to deal

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The D-backs have come to an agreement with free-agent catcher Alex Avila, according to a report from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman on Tuesday. Terms of the deal are not yet known, and the club has not confirmed the report.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gordon's speed will help ease transition to CF

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We don’t know exactly how Dee Gordon will look as the Mariners’ center fielder in 2018. After all, he’s never played a game outside the middle infield in his Major League career. But we do know this: He’s more than fast enough to handle the position.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Prospective Cards OFers eager to stand out

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In a spring camp that may not boast many true position competitions, the one between Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill will be one to watch.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gwynn's SD impact highlighted by 'Mr. Padre'

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Reverence for Tony Gwynn, as both a person and a ballplayer, has extended throughout San Diego and the entire baseball landscape for decades.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Will Angels retire Vlad's No. 27?

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This summer, Vladimir Guerrero will become the first player to enter the Hall of Fame as an Angel. Could he also become the seventh person to have his number retired by the franchise?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog