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Cabrera Still Looking for His Swing

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Puig Couldn't Simply Break Free

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MLB Prospect Season Arrives Early

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You almost felt sorry for baffled Cubs No. 9 hitter John Baker.   Baker had just struck out swinging in his first at-bat Wednesday. So what, right? Happens all the time. But this...(full article)

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera isn't injured. Let's make that clear right away. He has been in the lineup for all but one half-inning of the Detroit Tigers' season. But is Cabrera in d...(full article)

Chris Sale is baseball's worst nightmare: the player with no comps. Scouts like to give their bosses comparable players, if only to give a general outline as to who he resembles. S...(full article)

Just before dawn one day in late April 2012, four young Cubans stood on an otherwise deserted beach, peering hard into the Caribbean darkness. They were trying to escape their nati...(full article)

George Springer’s promotion to the big leagues unofficially sets in motion one of the most enjoyable times of year to be a baseball fan. In the course of the next couple of...(full article)

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