|Sometimes everything works out just right, even the timing. Bryce Harper is bringing the Nationals to Wrigley Field on Thursday. Jake Arrieta's Cubs are going to be there and waiting.
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|Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is planning a workout at Scottsdale Stadium, the spring home of his longtime team, the San Francisco Giants, on Friday. Scouts from at least 11 Major League teams will be in attendance to see if the right-hander known as The Freak during his prime still has what it takes to compete at the big league level.
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|Gamesmanship is a big part of baseball, and the Yankees and Orioles have been engaged in the practice all week. O's manager Buck Showalter sees shadows and goblins within the matrix of the pinstripes, and even as the Yanks struggle, with Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring, he expects there to be a revival.
|The sporting world was mesmerized by Leicester City's clinching of the prestigious Barclays Premier League title Monday. And because a certain National League squad hasn't won the World Series since 1908, it's easy to draw a baseball parallel to Leicester ending its 132-year wait for glory.
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|If reports of Tim Lincecum's renewed good health and velocity are accurate, and they should be, Friday's showcase won't be Lincecum's last stand. It will be, instead, a renewal of a career that deserves to have a rebirth.
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|We're about to learn a bit more about both the 18-8 White Sox and the 15-10 Red Sox -- two first-place teams, two teams awash in good vibes. That's what a three-game series beginning Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field represents.
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|The realities of a 162-game season have a way of creeping in. And the Orioles and Yankees are feeling it big-time at the outset of May.
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|Paul Konerko seldom let you know anything was bothering him, but there was a day during the 2012 season when it was impossible to miss how badly he was hurting. That was the day the White Sox put John Danks on the disabled list with shoulder issues.
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|Red Sox outfielder Chris Young and Aaron Hicks, the player who replaced him this season as the Yankees' backup left fielder, have remained focused as they work through the transition phase with their new clubs.
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|The eventual AL West-champion Rangers were 7-14 last April, which tells you how much we should be paying attention to the standings right about now. But man, there's got to be something we can pay attention to, right? Well, how about a few team- and league-wide trends that have pleasantly caught us off-guard?
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|Four weeks into the regular season, there are a dozen Major League teams with a winning record. None of them are in the National League West.
More» Arenado hits his MLB-leading 11th homer|
|David Ortiz is having such a good start to what he has designed as his final season that all kinds of stories have been floating around about Big Papi possibly returning next year.
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|Now that's how you change a narrative. You show off another one of your gifted young pitchers. You watch that young pitcher flirt with history. And then you put a finishing touch on a game that will have fans debating how the thing went down at the end.
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|Jon Daniels is the accidental baseball executive. He always loved sports, and baseball was his favorite, but he never seriously thought about a career in baseball in any capacity.
|Alex Rodriguez had his own weekend to remember, even though the Yankees had one they'd rather forget because the Red Sox swept the three-game series.
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|Mookie Betts is good. Actually, he's really good. He's the next Ted, Yaz, Jim Rice and Big Papi in terms of making those around New England feel warm and fuzzy about the Red Sox for long stretches. The fact that this promising infielder-turned- outfielder is African-American only adds to why the following is so encouraging for Major League Baseball.
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|Alex Rodriguez has had his best back-to-back offensive days of the season for the Yankees, but the performance went for naught. A-Rod crushed his fourth homer of the season and second in successive games into the seats above the Green Monster in left-center at Fenway Park to open the second inning on Friday night.
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|Stories like Mat Latos' happen every offseason. Some free agents just slip through the cracks. So do some Minor Leaguers. They're part of another marketplace, one that doesn't require a lot of money to play in and rewards the clubs with smarts and vision.
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|We're almost out of April, the month of small samples and sometimes-dreary conditions. With Sunday comes the month of May, and maybe that's a good thing for a Twins reliever named Trevor.
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|There's no way to know if this will be Chicago's year in baseball. It's too early for any such pronouncements, but this has certainly been Chicago's month.
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|At times, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado makes the game look ridiculously easy, and maybe that's why we've been so slow to recognize his greatness. Let's cut to the chase. This is one of the 10 best baseball players on the planet, and that's not even a stretch.
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|Josh Reddick's fast start to the 2016 campaign is perfectly timed, as the 29-year-old can be a free agent after the season. But the A's outfielder said he isn't focusing on that at all.
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|Andrew McCutchen is the face of the Pirates. He's also is in the middle of an outfield that stands out from all of the rest in baseball.
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|Seldom has there been such widespread competitive balance in Major League Baseball.
|When the Orioles get a performance out of Chris Tillman like this one, they can almost see October from here. No, it's never that simple. Stuff happens. On the other hand, the O's probably aren't going to the postseason without Tillman being the guy he was in, say, 2014.
More» Tillman fans nine in scoreless start|
|Despite a low payroll, the Pirates are eyeing a fourth consecutive trip to the postseason under the guidance of club general manager and senior vice president Neal Huntington.
More» Melancon strikes out Story for the win|
|The Seattle Mariners awoke Wednesday morning alone atop the American League West, a half-game in front of the Rangers and Athletics. Here's why it matters, and why it's time to take another look at the division that has been baseball's most surprising in these opening weeks.
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|Is this the year for Chris Sale? He's made himself the early front-runner for the American League Cy Young Award. He's 5-0 in five starts while compiling a 1.66 ERA and a staggeringly low 0.68 WHIP.
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|What does run differential say about the 2016 season? The sample size is small, of course, but the simple answer to that question to date can be summed up in two words: The Cubs.
More» Russell's three-bagger gives Cubs the lead|
|For Andrew McCutchen, the accolades and the accomplishments are nice. They, however, are not fulfilling. He has never been able to be a part of the final celebration, those moments after that World Series-clinching victory, and that, more than any individual accomplishments, pushes McCutchen.
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