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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Adams has hit his way back into the Cardinals' lineup. In the Cardinals' first 13 games, Adams batted .200 with a .588 OPS. In the 13 games since, he is batting .333 with a 1.012 OPS. As a result, Adams has started eight of the last 13 games after he started just three of the first 13. It's a pretty simple formula.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Haper is the fourth player ever to be named MVP, then win Player of the Month to begin the next season. The others? Roberto Clemente, Barry Bonds, and Albert Pujols. That's pretty good company.

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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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Just saw this on the MLB Network regarding the Astros. Only two teams have made the postseason after starting 8-18 or worse: the Miracle Braves of 1914 and the 2001 A's. Those A's ended up winning 102 games. So don't give up, Astros fans!

White Sox to release Danks on Thursday

Chicago will end the John Danks' 10-year run with the Sox after he dropped his first four starts this season. The Sox are responsible for the remaining portion of Danks' $14.25M salary this year, a little more than $11.9M.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said it is his "responsibility" for his last place team's poor start more than manager Joe Girardi or his staff because he put the roster together. Cashman said that he would not represent how owner Hal Steinbrenner feels at the moment, but added Steinbrenner is "clearly not happy." The Yankees are 8-15 as they head into tonight's first pitch against the Orioles.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Javy Báez doing his part to convince Jake Arrieta to play for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC. Arrieta's paternal grandfather was born and raised in PR.

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The Steel City is ready for an NL Central showdown.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon explains why Kris Bryant is in right tonight behind Jake Arrieta after playing in left in the wild card game. Jorge Soler bats second. Maddon explains that decision as well.

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