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MLBRank roundtable — Answering the biggest questions for Nos. 100-51

We’re starting out 2018 MLBRank with Nos. 100-51. Which young stars will rocket up the rankings? Who deserved a spot in the top 100? We asked our experts to give their thoughts on some of the biggest questions that came out of the bottom 50. Who are the biggest snubs? As we kick off our countdown of the game’s best, a new generation of talent is rising up the rankings. Which players landed on our list today? Los Angeles’ pitching/hitting sensation is turning heads with every step. Follow along for…

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Maybe New York Mets don’t have ‘it’ after all – SweetSpot

“Yes, it’s only 14 games, but there’s no doubt the Mets feel like they have ‘it’ right now … while the Washington Nationals most definitely don’t.” — David Schoenfield, ESPN.com, Sunday Fast-forward to Monday night at Citi Field, where the New York Mets led the Nationals 6-1 through seven innings as Jacob deGrom was cruising along with a four-hitter and 11 strikeouts, the only damage being Bryce Harper‘s broken-bat home run heard around the internet: Benny “The Jet” busted the guts out of a baseball… Roy Hobbs had light-tower power……

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Can Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton shrug off slowest start yet? – Yankees Blog

NEW YORK — It’s about three hours before the New York Yankees are set to take on the rival Boston Red Sox when suddenly one of their many large-framed players appears in the confining visitors clubhouse. For much of the half hour that reporters had been inside the room ahead of the series finale at Fenway Park, the 6-foot-6 Giancarlo Stanton had been in obscure parts of the building, out of sight. Just as quickly as he breezes into the cramped quarters donning a sleeveless workout tee and baseball pants…

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In superteam era, Cardinal Way still the only way in St. Louis

HISTORICAL STANDINGS DON’T get a lot of play in the sports news cycle. There’s too much happening in the here and now to worry too much about the feats of mostly dead men. Perhaps that’s less true in St. Louis, where history has a special cache. Just look at this photo from the Cardinals’ home opener. There are some Cardinals legends, trotted out as they are every Opening Day, parading in front of a fence adorned with images of even more legends. Heck, even the history of the long-gone Browns…

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Bartolo Colon of Texas Rangers flirts with perfect game vs. Houston Astros

Bartolo Colon, who turns 45 next month, flirted with history Sunday night, taking a perfect game into the eighth inning against the World Series champion Houston Astros. A leadoff walk to Carlos Correa and a Josh Reddick double ended the bid by Colon, who would have become the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter. Nolan Ryan, who threw a record seven no-hitters, threw one in 1991 at the age of 44 years, 90 days, and also threw one a year earlier. “I don’t ever think about what age I am…

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Logan Forsythe of Los Angeles Dodgers placed on disabled list with right shoulder inflammation

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the team announced Sunday. Forsythe left Saturday’s 9-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks because of the injury. Normally a second baseman, Forsythe had been filling in at third for the injured Justin Turner. Kike Hernandez and Kyle Farmer are expected to pick up third-base duties in Forsythe’s absence. The Dodgers called up infielder Breyvic Valera to fill the open roster spot. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report. Source…

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The Shohei Ohtani Experience — Keep track of the Angels phenom’s two-way quest

As a starting pitcher and a designated hitter, Los Angeles Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani is embarking on a two-way journey that no major leaguer has successfully pulled off since Babe Ruth himself. Will Ohtani dominate on the mound and crush at the plate? What did Ohtani do last? Shohei Ohtani notched his first career double in a 5-4 win over the Royals Friday night. The Angels have won 9 straight games when Ohtani plays. ESPN Stats and Information2d ago On the mound — In his first home start with the…

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Deven Marrero of Arizona Diamondbacks has homer overturned due to Alex Avila’s base-running blunder

LOS ANGELES — About the only thing that went wrong for Arizona in another win over the Dodgers was a baserunning blunder that took away a home run. Diamondbacks third baseman Deven Marrero appeared to hit a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts argued that Marrero had passed Alex Avila between first and second. After a review, Marrero was credited with a single and ruled out for passing Avila, turning the hit into a two-run single. “I definitely owe Deven, taking away…

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Rain, snow postpones final 3 games of series between Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — The final three games of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins has been called off because of a spring snowstorm. Several hours after Saturday’s game at Target Field was postponed, the Twins said Sunday’s game was off, too. The National Weather Service has predicted snow throughout the weekend, with temperatures in the 20s. No makeup dates have been announced. Friday night’s game was postponed because of rain, with snow in the forecast. Last Sunday, the Twins’ home game against Seattle was postponed because…

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Minnesota Twins again postpone game vs. Chicago White Sox due to snow

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins postponed their second straight game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday because of a spring snowstorm. The team announced the postponement about four hours before the first pitch. No makeup dates for either game were announced. The National Weather Service predicted 4 inches to 8 inches of snow with blustery winds. This was the third game this week postponed at Target Field and the first time there were back-to-back postponements in stadium’s nine seasons. The team also called off the finale of its home-opening…

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