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World Baseball Classic second-round power rankings

Have you been watching the World Baseball Classic? Why not?!?!?! The games have been dramatic, joyous, tense and about a billion times more interesting than watching the Padres and A’s in Peoria. Examples? Sure, we have a few: • Italy stunned Mexico with a five-run rally in the ninth inning …

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If Braves want to win, they must trade for Evan Longoria right now

When you Google “Evan Longoria” and “trade rumors” you get 44,700 results, which doesn’t quite match the 584,000 results you get by Googling “Evan Longoria” and “wife,” but it does suggest that the Tampa Bay Rays third baseman isn’t exactly immune to trade gossip. During the offseason, he was linked …

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Meet Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers’ latest budding superstar

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cody Bellinger, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ can’t-miss first baseman of the future, is perhaps at his best when sensing the need for an adjustment. Take his plan for his second major-league spring training camp with the Dodgers. Getting a look last year at the club’s pingpong culture, …

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Giving big dollars to older pitchers doesn’t make sense

Jake Arrieta will be a free agent in the fall, and it might be perfect timing. With another star-caliber season, the Chicago Cubs ace could be the best free agent and the best positioned in an era when Major League Baseball has never been more profitable and teams have never …

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Rizzo ready to return after missing four games

Cubs first baseman says tight lower back isn’t a ‘big deal’ Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said he expected to play Monday after missing four straight games because of tightness in his lower back. “It’s not a big deal,” Rizzo said Sunday. “I wanted to play [Saturday]. Since it’s March …

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