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8mJesse Rogers

Joe Maddon on Mets: 'Last year is last year'

This weekend marks the first time the Chicago Cubs will face the Mets since being swept in last year's NLCS, but they aren't concerned about that.

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18hDan Szymborski

Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Power Ranks, looking at how each team is set up for the next five years, plus its best year to win a championship and team MVP during the span.

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Kruk: Far more important series for Mets than Cubs (1:57)
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Windhorst: Noah deal makes sense for Knicks (1:19)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Fun with Todd Frazier facts! He hit his 22nd home run and is on pace for 46. He's also hitting .202 with just six doubles. Only one player -- Mark Reynolds -- has hit 30-plus HRs while batting under .200. And the fewest doubles for a 40-homer guy was Harmon Killebrew's 11. It's shaping up as an all-time oddball season for Frazier.

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9hJim Bowden

MLB trade deadline preview: Buyers and sellers

The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve and non-contenders to acquire future assets. Jim Bowden breaks down each team's objective.

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Denzel Valentine gets a little tricky with his first pitch (0:15)
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How good is Alshon Jeffery?

When he was on the field in 2015, Jeffery was nearly unstoppable. But health has always been a challenge. Is the Bears' top wideout one of the league's best? Dan Graziano answers.

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How did Fulmer make Futures roster?

Carson Fulmer, the White Sox's first-round pick last year, has a 5.28 ERA in Double-A with a lot of walks. Keith Law wonders why he was chosen to the United States' team. Law: Futures roster reaction (Insider)