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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There’s very little doubt Arizona’s Ketel Marte will be a good baseball player this season. He can hit for average, steal bases, smash homers and play multiple defensive positions at a high level. But if the Diamondbacks want to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 season, they probably don’t just need …

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals and third baseman Hunter Dozier have agreed to a four-year, $25 million contract that includes a fifth-year option, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. ESPN.com was first …

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols woke up from a nap last Monday in Arizona to find several hundred messages and missed calls on his phone. While he was sleeping, the Los Angeles Angels slugger’s wife, Deidre, had put up a complimentary Instagram post about her husband that was widely interpreted to mean Pujols had decided …

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Salvador Perez and Adalberto Mondesi each arrived at spring training a year ago after significant surgeries, and they spent the time leading up to the COVID-19 pause wondering whether they would be ready for Opening Day. There’s no such trepidation this year. Perez, who missed all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery, and Mondesi, whose …

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TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2021) – FOX Sports Sun (rebranding as Bally Sports Sun in the coming weeks) announced today the network will televise 13 Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training games throughout March. The 13-game slate will provide fans with their first look at the reigning American League Champion Rays as they prepare for Opening …

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As the number of saves being recorded are declining — there were saves in fewer than half the wins in baseball last year (48.6%) — the number of pitchers recording them is simultaneously increasing (thanks to more committees). From 1995-2016, there were more than six relievers per season on average who recorded 40+ saves. [Positional …

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The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that fans will be able to catch all of the club’s 2021 spring training games on either FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120 AM/Cardinals Radio Network affiliates or streaming via the MLB app or cardinals.com. Television FOX Sports Midwest (rebranding as Bally Sports Midwest in the coming weeks) is scheduled …

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Jack Flaherty will be on the bump when the St. Louis Cardinals open their 2021 season April 1 in Cincinnati. It will be the second consecutive season-opening start for the 25-year-old right-hander. Flaherty went 4-3 with a 4.91 ERA in nine starts in the abbreviated 2020 season. He was 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 231 …

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Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain has no regrets about opting out of nearly the entire 2020 season but realizes his long layoff could create some obstacles now that he’s back. “Definitely the right choice, 100% it was the right choice,” the 2018 All-Star and 2019 Gold Glove winner said Wednesday from the Brewers’ spring …

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Let’s begin by taking a moment to recognize how fantastically nutty last year’s pitching stats were, up and down the leaderboards. We knew going into 2020 that the combination of an imbalanced schedule, various opt-outs, and a 60-game mini-season could make things gloriously weird, and the numbers didn’t disappoint. Three different qualified starters posted sub-2.00 …

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