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Ten ways to boost offense

6hJim Caple and David Schoenfield

Ten ways to boost offense

Offense is on the decline. Can the trend be reversed? Here's how the hitters can strike back.

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MLB Front Office: Should Bryant be starting 2015 in minors?

Insider's MLB Front Office team takes over the Chicago Cubs and examines all the elements that go into the decision whether to keep prospect Kris Bryant in the majors to start the season, eventually coming up with a conclusion.

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5hDan Szymborski

Szymborski: Overrated, underrated in BBTN 100

With the help of his ZiPS projections, Dan Szymborski identifies the players who are overrated (including Miguel Cabrera and Jose Abreu) and those who are underrated (including Josh Donaldson, Phil Hughes).

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Buster's pick to win American League (1:04)

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Biggest World Series risers, fallers

Rob Nelson breaks down the most significant changes in the 2015 World Series odds. The biggest risers have been the Chicago Cubs and the biggest fallers the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Who has the best National League offense? (3:04)

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Should MLB bring back bullpen carts?

One way to help pick up the pace of play in baseball -- and provide a few smiles along the way -- would be to bring back the kitschy-but-beloved bullpen cart.

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Las Vegas loves the Cubs

"You know how many casinos have been built on bets on the Cubs to win the World Series?" It's a longtime joke among bookmakers, and as David Purdum writes, Vegas is again poised for expansion. Bets rolling in

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Mets extend Gold Glove outfielder
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Juan Lagares has agreed to an extension through 2019 for a guaranteed $23M, with an option for 2020, sources told ESPN's Adam Rubin. He led all center fielders with 28 defensive runs saved in 2014 (ESPN Stats & Information).

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Pedro on Tanaka: He won't stay healthy
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Pedro Martinez said today on Sirius/XM's Mad Dog Radio that Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka won't last the entire season. "Tanaka is not healthy right now because I believe Tanaka is hesitant to let it go. Tanaka is hanging all those breaking balls that he is throwing." Pedro's take

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Victorino expected to get nod in RF
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It will be Shane Victorino, not Rusney Castillo, in right field for the Red Sox on Opening Day. At least, that's what John Farrell indicated today. Castillo is likely headed to Triple-A. "[We] haven't forgotten what [Victorino's] done for us."

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Warren cracks Yankees' rotation

Joe Girardi made it official and announced righty Adam Warren as the team's No. 5 starter. Warren's spring stats: 2-0, 2.70 ERA, 11 Ks, 1 BB in 16 2/3 IP. Said Girardi: "He just does a lot of things right."

Axford's son improving after snake bite

Rockies reliever John Axford says his 2-year-old son Jameson was able to sleep last night. His right foot has been saved, but there is fear he could lose a toe or two. "We're going by doctors' orders. They know more than we do."

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Sale said he felt good and was happy to face hitters. He is going to stay back & most likely throw one more MiLB game before rejoining team.

Rockies stars in midseason form

Troy Tulowitzki has homered twice -- a two-run shot in the 1st and a solo blast in the 3rd -- and Carlos Gonzalez has also gone yard for Colorado in today's game against the Rangers.

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Vegas: Nationals team to beat

Despite not winning a postseason series since 1981 -- as the Expos -- the Nationals are the favorites to win the World Series, according to Westgate SuperBook.

Walker emerging for Mariners

One reason ESPN's Buster Olney picked Seattle to win the AL this season is the improvement of P Taijuan Walker. "The player to watch Taijuan Walker. He has really opened eyes with his performance."

Olney: Pirates will break through
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After two straight NL wild cards, Insider Buster Olney picks the Pirates to win the 2015 World Series: "I love their depth. ... They've now have developed a feeder system and they have young players coming up. It always seems they're prepared."

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Clayton Kershaw is done after three solid innings: a hit, unearned run, two walks, two strikeouts

Is this the Mariners' year?

Just three years removed from finishing last in the AL West, Seattle is the team to beat in the AL, according to Buster Olney. Said Olney about the Mariners possibly making their first World Series appearance: "They look tremendous this spring training."

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To send Kris Bryant down or not?

The service time issue is the obvious (and biggest factor) in the Cubs' decision. However our MLB Insiders make the baseball case for sending him down. Give Bryant time to play LF. What are the Cubs really losing in those 12 days? Spring is small sample size

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Yankees lose another shortstop

Brendan Ryan left today's spring training game against the Rays with an apparent lower right leg injury. Ryan was playing for Didi Gregorius who got hurt Saturday.

Scott Boras: Cubs skirting CBA

The agent on the motives in sending Kris Bryant to minors: "Teams are prohibited from assigning players to the minor leagues solely for the purposes of service time manipulation. If you can demonstrate that the club is acting in bad faith ... then you can be subject to a grievance hearing." (via The Herd)

Top sports moments of last 20 years

To coincide with ESPN's website's 20th anniversary, here are the top 20 sports moments from 1995-2015, where baseball accounted for seven of them. Top 2 from MLB

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Boras to commish: I work for the players

Scott Boras on Rob Manfred saying he should stay out of Cubs' business: "I told him I was going to send him Marvin Miller's book and maybe he can take a post-Marvin Miller approach rather than a pre one." (via The Herd)

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Boras: Dodgers serving rookie better

Kris Bryant's agent Scott Boras said the Dodgers treat their rookies right: "Joc Pederson also has had a nice spring training. ... What are the Dodgers doing? They could send him down for two weeks too ... The Dodgers aren't doing that, because they want the best team on the field." (via The Herd)

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Boras: Kris Bryant belongs in majors

Agent Scott Boras on his client being sent down: "You have former players evaluating this player independently and saying 'he belongs in the big leagues.' So independent of his advocate's evaluation, all of these baseball experts are saying this player belongs in the major leagues." (via The Herd)

Tigers' early season worry

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian said the Tigers have to be concerned about Justin Verlander: "This has to be of concern at this point. ... He is such an important guy on their team now, given that the rotation simply isn't the rotation that it was last year."

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