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2hJerry Crasnick

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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Chicago Cubs lead the way on our April All-Stars

A month into the season, here's a look at a starting nine and a pitching rotation that's off to the hottest starts in baseball. How many Cubs made the list?


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.

The Start of Carlos Correa (0:50)
Kurkjian: Sandoval needs to use the time off the field productively (1:11)
Is Nolan Arenado really that good? (4:09)
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.

Votto puts Reds on top with a three-run shot (0:28)
Molina does some pushups after hitting the dirt (0:15)
Grounder goes off the base and hits the face (0:25)
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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.

Dodgers know how to have some fun (0:16)


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catcher Tim Federowicz says he's got this in regards to catching Jake Arrieta tonight. He has experience with aces having caught Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the past,


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says Travis d'Arnaud is just resting -- not doing any throwing down in Port St. Lucie. D'Arnaud is on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

No shake-up for the last place Yankee lineup. The usual suspects against the Orioles' Chris Tillman: Ellsbury, Gardner, A-Rod, Teixeira, McCann, Beltran, Castro, Didi and Headley.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs OF Matt Szczur was placed on the 15-day DL with a mild hamstring strain which he injured on Monday night. Ryan Kalish was added to the 40-man roster and recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take his place.

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.


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


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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