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Ranking the teams: 18 through 13

Will Yu Darvish's return save the Rangers' rotation? Do the D-backs have enough bats behind Zack Greinke? And how about them Yankees? David Schoenfield takes a look at some playoff bubble teams.

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Keith Law's Top 100 prospects: Nos. 1-50

Keith Law lays out his highly anticipated annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with talented Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager topping it.

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Law: Prospects who just missed Top 100

Keith Law profiles 10 MLB prospects who just missed his Top 100 rankings, including Pirates third-base prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes, son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes.

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Ranking the teams: 24 through 19

Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera may not like it much, but the Angels and Tigers join the Twins among teams that won't be making moves toward the top of the standings without getting several breaks, David Schoenfield writes.

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New protective hat for pitchers ready to wear

In spring training, 20 big league pitchers are expected to receive newly designed protective headwear resulting from a collaboration between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

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Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

The Reds and Braves have big bats in Joey Votto and Freddie Freeman, respectively, but not much else behind them. David Schoenfield kicks off his pre-spring pecking order with a look at MLB's likely bottom-feeders.

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The Royals' two-year plan

Owners of consecutive American League pennants and a World Series title, the Royals have a clear window to add to their legacy, writes Buster Olney.

Yost: Signing Alex Gordon best day of offseason (1:54)
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The best players on really terrible teams

Jason Castro, Jose Fernandez and Darwin Barney are three players who had great seasons for losing teams over the past several years.

Could the Angels really trade Mike Trout? (1:16)
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For the love of Hendu

The infectious spirit of the late, great Dave Henderson lives on through those who attend the A's and Mariners fantasy experiences he created.


It's Truck Day, Red Sox Nation!

The 18-wheeler carrying the Red Sox equipment 1,480 miles from Fenway Park to Fort Myers, Florida, gets on the road Wednesday.


Schoenfield: Ranking the teams Nos. 18-13

Will Yu Darvish's return save the Rangers rotation? Do the D-backs have enough bats behind Zack Greinke? David Schoenfield takes a look. Playoff bubble teams

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Olney: Orioles have much to consider

Buster Olney lays out the fundamental questions the O's must answer before signing another big-name free agent such as RHP Yovani Gallardo and OF Dexter Fowler. In limbo (Insider)

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Yadier Molina gets cast off thumb

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told KMOX Radio today the cast on Molina's surgically repaired left thumb has been removed, and the team will have a good idea in about 2-3 weeks when he'll be on pace to begin the season.

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Tanaka has no issues after mound session

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka got through a 20-pitch session Saturday problem-free. It was his first mound session since he had a bone spur removed from his right elbow in October.

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Carlos Correa sold out of autographs at Tri-Star show in Houston yesterday. Youngest to sell out at $99 a signature in company history

MadBum confirmed as Opening Day starter

Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed LHP Madison Bumgarner will be the team's Opening Day starter April 4 in Milwaukee, his third Opening day start.

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