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The best raw stuff in baseball belongs to Mets' Noah Syndergaard

The Mets youngster threw 12 pitches of at least 100 miles per hour in the first two innings on Monday.<p>Second-year Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is …

Matt Garza is put on disabled list by Brewers

Starting pitcher<p>Matt Garzawas put on the 15-day disabled list by theMilwaukee Brewersbecause of a strained muscle in his back. The move is retroactive to Saturday.<p>Right-hander Tyler Cravy was recalled from triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday to replace Garza.<p>Garza departed an exhibition game start …

All Rockies rookie Trevor Story does is hit home runs and set records

On Sunday, Trevor Story didn’t have a major league hit, didn’t have a major league at-bat, hadn’t played in a major league game.<p>Wednesday afternoon, he entered territory where no player had walked before. He now has four major league hits – all home runs – and when he took Arizona’s Patrick Corbin …

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White Sox roster taking shape for opening day

An unusual chilly wind blew through Camelback Ranch on Tuesday and some clouds hung in the sky, almost as if Arizona was preparing the White Sox for April baseball in Chicago.<p>Sox manager Robin Ventura also went for the regular-season feel with Chris Sale on the mound and a lineup he says will be …

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With Javier Baez on DL, Cubs' depth put to immediate test for opener

The Cubs will find out in the first week of the regular season if their depth is as dependable as they touted before spring training.<p>They finalized their 25-man roster Tuesday without Javier Baez, one of their most versatile players, because of a left thumb bruise.<p>As a result, second baseman Ben …

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MLB Players Who Will Blossom into Superstars in 2016

The term "superstar" gets thrown around way too liberally these days. It should be reserved for a select few players who not only impact the game in multiple ways, but also have something extra—an immeasurable trait that sets them apart from their peers.<p>Some might call it arrogance or swagger, but …

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Ten lingering questions: Can Sabathia make Yanks’ rotation? Will Sandoval man 3B for Red Sox?

On Sunday, the major league season will kick off with three games for the first time – Cardinals at Pirates, Blue Jays at Rays and Mets at Royals, the first time the two pennant-winning teams from the previous season will open the new campaign against each other. That’s four division winners and a …

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Astros' rising star Correa says accolades show that sacrifices are worth it | Fox News

Carlos Correa doesn't want to hear a word about how many shoes he has.<p>Last year's AL Rookie of Year has a closet filled with hundreds of pairs and is constantly adding to the collection. Why? Because the shoes symbolize just how far Houston's shortstop has come since his childhood in Puerto Rico, …

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Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker finally finds his form in spring training

Matt Shoemakertook the mound Sunday thinking about his release point and mechanics and all the adjustments he made in the wake of his previous spring start, when he was rocked for seven runs and 10 hits, including three homers, against the Cincinnati Reds.<p>That didn't go so well. …

Mets Generation K 2.0 Rotation Ready 'To Win World Series, Not Just Get There'

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Look at them.<p>Far end of the New York Mets spring clubhouse, short row of lockers, crawling around like scorpions in a box. The most lethal rotation in the game, just waiting to sting someone.<p>There's Matt Harvey, unleashed from last year's innings limit. There's Jacob deGrom, …

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Scott Kazmir brings new tools to help fill big void in Dodgers' rotation

PHOENIX —<p>Scott Kazmir's epiphany came on the mound at the cozy 5,200-seat home of the independent league York (Pa.) Revolution, late in the summer of 2012.<p>In the shadow of the "Arch Nemesis," the name given to the imposing left-field wall that is six inches taller than Fenway Park's Green Monster, …

Cubs starter Jon Lester vows to improve defense after shaky spring debut

Jon Lester's defense is as exposed to criticism as much as anyone's thanks to his issues throwing to bases last season.<p>Lester knows the drill and is ready for anything.<p>But in his spring debut on Thursday at Peoria Stadium, the Cubs left-hander provided more fodder for his critics.<p>During a long …

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Outfield prospect Jason Coats starts White Sox triple play

White Sox outfield prospect <b>Jason Coats</b> never had seen a triple play completed in person until he made the catch that started one Thursday in a 9-2 loss to the Royals.<p>With Royals runners leaving first and second base, Coats caught a <b>Tony Cruz</b> line drive in left field. He threw to Sox shortstop <b>Jimmy</b> …

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Giants’ Joe Panik feeling and playing well as spring progresses

PHOENIX — When <b>Joe Panik</b> missed almost all of the last two months of 2015 with a back injury, there was concern. A young player, in only his second season, sidelined with a serious back injury seemed like a red flag.<p>Panik, after an offseason of rehabilitation, says he has no cause for concern. And …

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Updating the Hottest Questions of MLB Spring Training, Week 4

Nothing counts and everything counts—it's the annual paradox of spring.<p>On the one hand, yes, these are mere exhibition contests. The scores don't matter, and the performances of individual players should be taken with enough grains of salt to satisfy Jimmy Buffett's lifetime margarita needs.<p>This is …

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Leap near? 10 fantasy breakout candidates

In 2015, Manny Machado, Lorenzo Cain, A.J. Pollock and Dallas Keuchel made massive strides that pushed many of their fantasy owners to first-place …

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Maeda unleashes 4-pitch mix in BP session

PHOENIX -- Shortly after right-hander Zack Greinke signed with the D-backs in free agency, the Dodgers signed Japanese free agent Kenta Maeda, and …

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Statcast predicts three hitters who will bounce back

Every year around this time, baseball erupts into an argument about projections overrating or (more likely) underrating a particular team or player. …

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2 triples in 1 frame? Smith sets table for big day

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Braves leadoff hitter Mallex Smith tripled twice in the first inning on Wednesday, keying a seven-run outburst in Atlanta's 11-4 …

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5 reasons why Marlins are MLB's top sleeper team

JUPITER, Fla. -- It wasn't even noon, but Jose Fernandez was firing unhittable pitches like clockwork. What a great way to start the day.<p>This was on …

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