|Statcast makes its 2015 debut on tonight's MLB Network Showcase game between the Cardinals and Nationals, and the technology is going to arm fans, scouts, executives and coaches alike with a deluge of data that helps them better understand and evaluate what is taking place on the field.
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|If you're inclined to write off the San Francisco Giants two weeks into the regular season, here's some free advice from your friendly columnist: You should know better.
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|Trevor Bauer, 24, is starting to reward the Indians for giving him new life after the Diamondbacks traded him only 1 1/2 years after selecting him with the third overall pick in the 2011 Draft.
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|To this point, the Mets have performed like the 2002 Angels and last summer's Giants, using a dozen papercuts to bleed their opponents. But another downpour might undermine this team. Those with Mets memories may recall a sequence of injuries that occurred in the ugly summer of 1992.
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|In his last two starts, Anthony DeSclafani has halted three-game and four-game Cincinnati losing streaks. The four-game skid came to a halt Monday night, when the rookie right0hander pitched eight shutout innings in the Reds' 6-1 victory over the Brewers.
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|Carlos Rodon sticks his toe in the water tonight. He'll dive in soon, and if the splash is as big as it could be, the White Sox might become a serious threat to the Tigers and Royals in the AL Central.
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|As the Astros celebrated the Astrodome's 50th anniversary, it was a reminder of baseball finally arriving in Houston, and the history of the franchise from some of its legends.
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|It's tough enough for any prospect to come up and make his big league debut. But expecting Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki to be a capable stand-in until Travis d'Arnaud returns, however, is entirely realistic.
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|Kris Bryant begins his career as a third baseman. He's likely to end it as an outfielder. But what is really fascinating to consider is this: Could he spend much of it as an almost one-of-a-kind weapon -- a cleanup hitter who is strong enough in the field to move with ease between third base and the corner-outfield spots, allowing manager Joe Maddon tremendous flexibility?
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|Washington Senators fireballer Walter "The Big Train" Johnson struck out 3,509 batters in a 21-year Major League career that spanned from 1907-27. He summed up his prowess on the pitchers' mound succinctly: "You can't hit what you can't see." The new documentary, "Fastball," which premiers Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, proves Johnson was more right than he ever could have imagined.
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|The transient nature of Major League Baseball is underscored by a survey of the active rosters. The Mets, with 14 players produced by their system among the 25 on the roster going into the weekend, and Cardinals, with 13, are the only teams that have rosters on which home-grown players outnumber players from other organizations.
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|Records will show that the Padres beat the Cubs, 5-4, with Kris Bryant having such an inauspicious debut that Padres manager Bud Black intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to pitch to him with a seventh-inning lead on the line, but this was Bryant's day from the time he woke up in New Orleans until the minute he went to bed in Chicago.
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|That offense is the primary reason the Red Sox weren't adamant about adding an ace over the winter. As we've seen so far, with the Red Sox compiling a 6-3 record, bats like these can be a separator in this sport, even if the starting five isn't stocked up on Cy Young candidates.
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|The season is barely underway -- just 11 games old -- but nobody expected the Rays to play as well as they have, especially with 11 players, including four starting pitchers and their closer, on the disabled list.
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|We waited 12 long and lonely days for Kris Bryant to make an offensive impact at the Major League level and, well, the wait continues. Though he made some nice plays in the field, Bryant took an 0-for-4 at the plate in his big league debut on Friday vs. the Padres, striking out three times and leaving five on base.
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|The Cubs have promoted Kris Bryant -- MLB.com's No. 2 prospect -- on Friday, and he's expected to evolve into the centerpiece of Theo Epstein's assault on baseball's Holy Grail, the 107-year World Series drought.
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|In honor of Kris Bryant's callup by the Cubs, let's take a look at 10 players whose big league debuts stirred fans' excitement.
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|When observers of the game added up the preseason parity in Major League Baseball's two Central divisions, it appeared that nine out of 10 teams were legitimate postseason contenders. Based on the early returns, that estimate may have been slightly high. With roughly 5.6 percent of the 162 precincts reporting it is way too early to call this election. But a few early trends can be spotted.
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|The latest Josh Hamilton saga has been unfortunate for all parties involved. Hamilton's past struggles with drugs and alcohol are well documented, and his recent admission of a relapse was so sad to hear about. Everyone in the baseball world wants to see him overcome his addictions once again, and fans everywhere are behind him. If only it were that simple.
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|New York Mets pitchers want their opponents to know the outside of the plate will not be shared. Or as Bob Gibson once noted, "The inside half can be yours. The outside half belongs to me."
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|These Giants have had their struggles before. It's just that stumbles along the way are more obvious when they come at the start of the season before they can be hidden in a season's worth of work.
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|We'll see how heated it gets if for Robin Ventura if the top-of-the-order struggles continue for the White Sox. Until then, a reformed roster deserves benefit of the doubt, as does a manager who has finally been given a fighting chance to prove his hiring wasn't so crazy after all.
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|Why does Major League Baseball persist in celebrating Jackie Robinson Day every April 15? Well, why does America persist in celebrating the Fourth of July every year? Any time strides are taken in the direction of freedom, justice, equality, it is worth a celebration.
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|Accepting the 2015 MLB Beacon of Hope Award emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement on Wednesday amid the annual celebration of the life of Jackie Robinson, Dodgers partner Magic Johnson expressed the philosophy that touches every part of his incredibly busy life.
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|For all of the discussion about whether or not Kris Bryant should have been on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, the team hasn't been given enough credit for going against conventional wisdom to draft Bryant No.2 overall in 2013.
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|Frank Robinson needs no introduction. The Hall of Famer is the personification of the legacy left by Jackie Robinson.
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|Just before the pregame festivities for the now-combined Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day, Dodgers president Stan Kasten announced there would be a statue of Robinson unveiled later this year at the refurbished Dodger Stadium.
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|Jackie Robinson had no trouble grasping the stakes when he accepted Branch Rickey's challenge to crash through Major League Baseball's racial barriers in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He had passed this way before.
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|Lloyd McClendon, set to lead the Mariners in the Civil Rights Game against the Dodgers on Wednesday -- Jackie Robinson Day around Major League Baseball -- is honored to follow in the footsteps Frank Robinson, who became MLB's first African-American manager 40 years ago this month.
|Sometimes, the worst of times brings out the best in people. Just to be clear, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would rather not be this kind of example. On the other hand, he's showing everyone in professional sports -- and perhaps beyond -- how to handle a few bad days.
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