|A leader on the field at third base and in the clubhouse with his endearing good humor, Juan Uribe had a major role in the Dodgers' magical drive last year. Armed with a new two-year contract in 2014, Uribe looks to continue thriving in Los Angeles -- and his teammates couldn't be happier for him.
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|The A's season-opening series against the Indians is just two weeks away, and their rotation depth has been challenged due to injuries. And Oakland isn't the only club being hit with key injuries.
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|The adventure was about to begin for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The anticipation was real, the excitement was genuine. And then came a really lousy piece of news.
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|Sometimes, it's about way more than baseball, and so on a sun-splashed Sunday morning there was Rays manager Joe Maddon sitting cross-legged on a deck beyond the left-field fence as two five-year-old cancer patients, Ava and Charlie, gave him a dandy buzz cut.
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|Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and his baseball people have done an amazing job of finding talent in all sorts of places.
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|Fewer former big league pitchers have been given a chance to manage than any other position. There have been 48 former big league pitchers given a chance to manage, including current managers John Farrell in Boston and Bud Black in San Diego, according to Stats LLC.
|A.J. Pollock has something to prove. The 26-year-old was selected by the D-backs in the first-round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. At the start of the 2013 season, he was ranked by MLB.com and Baseball America as the No. 6 prospect in Arizona's organization.
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|He's one of the five best position players in baseball. He's also only 21 years old. In two short years, Manny Machado has blown us away with his incredible gifts. His 2013 season ended prematurely due to a left knee injury, and his recovery has been swift. The timetable for his return was slowed down Saturday morning, but the setback is simply part of the healing process.
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|Getting things turned around on the North Side of Chicago is a lot more challenging than lifting curses and removing jinxes. And it is not easy. It takes commitment to a plan, and most of all it takes patience.
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|Josh Donaldson was a revelation in 2013. His advanced offensive numbers were second at his particular position only to some guy named Miguel Cabrera. Between that performance at the plate and his defense and baserunning skills, he was an indispensable piece on an American League West-winning A's club known for mixing and matching in the lineup.
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|With improved starting pitching, the Brewers could once again be legitimate contenders, even in the highly competitive National League Central. Without improved pitching, fourth place would beckon once again.
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|Despite all the negotiations and gesticulations of the free-agent marketplace, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told an audience on Friday morning during the third annual SABR Analytical Conference that All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano might have been won over because of a birthday cake for his agent.
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|Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who won the 2013 NL MVP Award, has made the sensational seem routine while leading the Bucs back into the national spotlight.
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|Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said on Friday morning that his stance on slugger Ryan Braun is to forgive, but not forget.
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|He finished his rookie season in 2013 with more home runs that Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips and Dan Uggla. He had more doubles than Chase Utley, Neil Walker and Howie Kendrick. And he posted a higher slugging percentage than Dustin Pedroia, Ben Zobrist and Jose Altuve. Meet Jedd Gyorko -- the best offensive second baseman who doesn't get nearly enough attention outside of San Diego.
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|There are so many reasons folks need to enjoy R.A. Dickey while he lasts as a pitcher in the Major Leagues, but don't worry, he could be around a while.
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|If you'd seen Max Scherzer pitch back in his first days in the big leagues, you might not recognize him now. He was really good then. He's flirting with greatness now.
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|Repeating is the daunting task facing the Boston Red Sox, who rose from the ashes of 2012 to send St. Louis reeling in last year's World Series.
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|Mike Moustakas has enjoyed a scorching spring, but Spring Training numbers tend to be inflated. What's important, therefore, is to hone in on what's real. And what's real for the Royals right now is a true sense of stability in the lineup, a more intellectual approach at the plate and the respect their multidimensional pursuit of runs has earned from the opposition.
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|Better health and better pitching would make the Padres a contending club in 2014, general manager Josh Byrnes and manager Bud Black believe.
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|The rocky road for former pitching coaches to become Major League managers has been smoothed and paved recently by the likes of Boston's John Farrell and San Diego's Bud Black. Not only is the Reds' Bryan Price a former pitcher, but he faces the double whammy of being a skipper without any big league playing experience.
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|The Los Angeles Dodgers have a record-setting payroll. Their roster is seasoned with All-Star players. And the expectations are high. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez wouldn't have it any other way.
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|They know what they have to do to win, and they have shown it, winning two of the last four World Series. It's all about starting pitching, and while other teams can spend an offseason looking for quick fixes to what ails them, the Giants know that the answer to the questions that surrounded their 2013 season can best be answered from within.
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|The Tampa Bay Rays will be a factor in October as long as Ryan Hanigan's hard work with his starters pays off.
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|Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is doing a really good imitation of the happiest man on earth this spring. "I feel like a rookie again," he said.
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|There was a fascinating convergence of what might have been and what actually is Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Fortunately for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, this meeting was won by what actually is. In fact, the result was a landslide.
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|Fate is fate and facts are facts. Choo's ability to read and see pitches -- working counts and drawing walks and exhausting the opposition -- has made him the ideal leadoff option in a game with an increasing appreciation for on-base percentage.
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|Signing free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana changes plenty. Three days after losing No. 1 starter Kris Medlen, the Braves have added a guy who probably will be among the National League's top 10 in innings, quality starts and a whole bunch of other categories.
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|The days of Spring Training are dwindling to a spare few, and it looks like Matt Kemp will remain at Camelback Ranch, not only when the Dodgers break camp for their season-opening trip to Australia, but well beyond that. Time marches on, and right now the clock is not in Kemp's favor.
More»Mattingly updates progress of Greinke, Kemp|
|While it may seem to some that the Royals are forced to go "all-in" this year due to ace James Shields' pending free agency, the fact is the team's outstanding Draft history has put several top pitching prospects in line to soon join the rotation.
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