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10hJim Caple and David Schoenfield

Ten ways to boost offense

10hJim 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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1hDarren Rovell

Old Yankee Stadium letters fail to draw bids

There were no bidders at a Wednesday night auction for the letters that sat atop the old Yankee Stadium. They were put up for auction by "Mr. October" Reggie Jackson, who said he bought them "on a lark."

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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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10hDan 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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10hRob Nelson

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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Top 50 MLB prospects update

Keith Law updates his top MLB prospect ranks, noting what has changed and how the players have looked since his last update Jan. 29.

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

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1dJerry Crasnick

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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McCutchen exits but says he's fine

Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen left today's game against the Orioles after slipping on home plate as he started to run to first. "I think I've made the team," McCutchen said. "I want to play it safe."

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Axford's son improving after snake bite
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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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SS-needy Yankees trade for Petit
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After losing shortstops Brendan Ryan and Didi Gregorius to injuries, the Yankees acquired INF Gregorio Petit from the Astros today for cash. Petit, 30, hit .278 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in 37 games last season.

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Cosart denies gambling on baseball

Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart, who is being investigated by MLB, denied allegations that he has ever bet on games. "I told all these guys, I never have, never will bet on baseball," he said, according to the Miami Herald.

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Cherington spoke on how much Vazquez loved to catch: “I felt for him. He’s going to come back, and he’ll play. But I felt for him.''

Red Sox C needs Tommy John

Dr. James Andrew will perform surgery on Christian Vazquez to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow on Thursday, the Red Sox announced. Vazquez, who played in 55 games last season, was expected to be the team's starter.

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Vegas taking big cash on Cubs

According to ESPN's David Purdum, a running joke among Las Vegas bookmakers goes something like "do you know how many casinos have been built on bets on the Cubs to win the World Series?" Vegas poised for expansion

Chris Sale K's 13 in 1st spring start

The White Sox ace was impressive today, striking out 13 Reds minor leaguers in 6 innings in his 1st game since fracturing a foot bone on Feb. 27. "It was nice to get back on the mound and do what I am supposed to do, honestly."

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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

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."

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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."