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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

Taillon fights against bullying at X Games

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Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon took a break from his offseason routine over the weekend to stop by the 2018 X Games in Aspen, Colo. The 26-year-old right-hander was representing Major League Baseball on behalf of the Shred Hate bullying-prevention initiative.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Vlad receives hero's welcome in return to DR

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Former big league slugger Vladimir Guerrero was known for always being humble, and his people in the Dominican Republic welcomed him as a hero after being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Source: D-backs add veteran reliever Feliz

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The D-backs continued to add veteran relief candidates Sunday as they agreed to terms with right-hander Neftali Feliz on a Minor League contact which includes an invitation to Spring Training.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

White Sox in no rush on future for Abreu, Avi

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The White Sox enter the 2018 season with Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia, two of their most valuable players on and off the field, remaining part of their rebuild. And with two years of club control remaining over each of these veteran stalwarts, there’s no rush to decide on their future.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Counsell: Hader to start season in bullpen

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After months of speculation about Josh Hader’s role for 2018, Brewers officials said Sunday that the left-hander will remain in a relief role to begin this season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Best repped on Top 100: Braves, Padres, White Sox

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One of the best things about the release of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list is scouring it to see how your favorite team fares on the list. Who’s at the top in terms of top 100 representation? That can be answered in more than one way.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Breaking down the Top 100 Prospects list

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It’s that time of year again, prospect fans. MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list is out, ready to be perused, deconstructed and analyzed. Undoubtedly, folks will have a lot to say about who is (and isn’t) on the rankings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jones talks pending free agency at FanFest

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Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has never been shy about sharing his opinions, and his appearance Saturday at Orioles FanFest was no different.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

MLB: Marlins, Pirates in compliance with Collective Bargaining Agreement

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Responding to concerns on the part of the Major League Baseball Players Association about the spending patterns of the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates, Major League Baseball released a statement Friday expressing confidence in both clubs’ compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s revenue sharing provisions.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Re-ranking the 2008 Top 50 Prospects list

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Ten years ago, MLB.com put out a Top 50 Prospects list. With a decade of performance and data to mine through, it’s a little easier to figure out a re-ranking.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Will Eaton's return provide big lift for Nats?

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made three key moves this offseason by signing slugger Matt Adams and reuniting with utility man Howie Kendrick and reliever Brandon Kintzler. The return of outfielder Adam Eaton, however, could ultimately prove to be Washington’s biggest addition.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rodon cleared to begin throwing program

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Carlos Rodon has been cleared to begin a throwing program Monday as he works back toward the Majors following season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in September.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

White Sox to extend protective netting

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The White Sox plan to extend the protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field to the end of each dugout and over the top of the dugout, as announced by the team Friday at SoxFest.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Braun open to playing first base for Crew

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With the Brewers suddenly flush with outfielders, Ryan Braun might be moving back to the infield — at least on an occasional basis.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers' gutsy moves ignite Hot Stove at last

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On Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers awarded Lorenzo Cain with the richest free-agent contract signed by any player this offseason and traded for Christian Yelich, who is less than one year removed from his star turn as Team USA’s No. 3 hitter at the World Baseball Classic. Thanks to an unlikely ignitor, the Hot Stove is smoldering at last.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Modern prospects rising faster than ever before

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The game’s increasing reliance on young talent tells us the vast majority of MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects in baseball are going to get their opportunity soon enough.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yankees, Red Sox broadcasters talk rivalry

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The timeless rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees warmed the Hot Stove on Thursday evening, with two hours of baseball discussion between broadcasting legends Joe Castiglione, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, simulcast on WEEI in Boston and WFAN in New York.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog