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Brighter days arriving ahead of schedule for Phillies

With the darkest days of their rebuilding project in the past, the Phillies are turning heads and having their own brand of fun while their youth movement steps to the forefront in Philadelphia.

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We expected better: Top 25 of unfulfilled potential

ESPN.com presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more.

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Kurkjian: Sandoval needs to use the time off the field productively (1:11)
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Sport Science: Souza's superman catch (1:53)
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Cuba still won't allow defectors to play in WBC

Cuban baseball players who defected will still not be allowed to represent their home country at the World Baseball Classic, despite the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba.

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15hMark Simon

What's wrong with Dallas Keuchel?

Last year's Cy Young winner has an ERA above 5 and is off to a rough start this season. But is it all bad, or are there some positive signs in there?

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Diary of Myles Thomas: 'Urban and Eddie'

In the latest installment of our 1927 Yankees diary, Myles Thomas describes the unique relationship between a pitcher with a terminal heart condition and a team mascot whose journey to the majors can only be described as Dickensian.

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23hTony Blengino

Can Tigers' Zimmermann maintain '16 success?

Does Jordan Zimmermann's hot start have staying power? Former MLB exec Tony Blengino tells a story of when he first scouted Zimmermann and looks deeper at the Tigers starter's stellar numbers.

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Clayton Kershaw takes matters into his own hands

Clayton Kershaw was equally determined and dominating while striking out 14 Padres in a complete-game gem that helped the Dodgers snap a six-game losing streak.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

From last night: Jason Heyward discusses his wrist injury which is keeping him out of a second straight game on Tuesday. Kris Bryant plays right field, Jorge Soler is in left for the Cubs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta starts at PNC Park tonight for the first time since shutting out the Pirates in the wild card game last October. He does not expect the best reception.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

A few housekeeping items of note today for the Tigers: team has activated catcher James McCann (ankle) from the 15-day disabled list. And that effectively spells the end of C Bobby Wilson's tenure with Tigers. He's headed back to Texas Rangers in a trade that brings back LHP Chad Bell in the deal. Bell will be assigned to Triple-A Toledo, team announced

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Field construction for #MLBFortBragg is moving right along. Two months away!

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Bryce Harper signs what is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player.

The Could-Have-Beens

ESPN presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more. Unfulfilled potential

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Kate Upton reveals engagement to Verlander

The supermodel and actress made her engagement to Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander public when she flashed her ring at the Met Gala on Monday. Quite the ring

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