Chicago Cubs’ Star Slugger Kris Bryant Likely to Miss MLB Opening Day

Kris Bryant of the U.S. Team looks on during batting practice prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the World Team at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Getty Images) The Chicago Cubs are hosting the St. Louis Cardinals April 5th for Opening Day of the 2015 MLB regular season, but their best player may be conspicuously...
Via The Sports Journal
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Heyman Blasts Claim That Alderson Revived The Mets

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports takes issue with the premise that general manager Sandy Alderson has revived the Mets as the new authorized biography Baseball Maverick claims. He is very critical of the overall positive and “saintly” portrayal of Alderson by former A’s beat writer Steve Kettmann who say’s Sandy’s one flaw is that he’s too competitive. “Maybe the book’s...
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Mike Aviles Can Do It All

Utility man Mike Aviles played six different positions for the Indians last year: - 26 games at third base - 33 games at second base - 27 games in left field - 15 games at shortstop - 3 games in center field - 3 games in right field Aviles also pinch hit 12 times and pinch ran twice. This versatility is one reason why the Tribe exercised their 2015 club option on Aviles, who will...
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Does Steve Pearce Hold the Key to Orioles’ Offense in 2015?

For the first time in his professional baseball career, Steve Pearce entered Spring Training assured of the fact that he would be going north with the big club. A minor league journeyman who finally broke through at the major league level last year, Pearce is the consummate professional baseball player, willing to do whatever it takes to help the team. In his first full season with...
Via Baseball Essential
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Who will occupy Derek Jeter's locker remains a question with Yankees

A lot of questions face the New York Yankees as they head into the final week of spring training but one lingering quandary stands now out: Who's getting Derek Jeter's locker? It's decision that will have to be made sometime within the next few days, before the team's Opening Day game against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium April 6, clubhouse manger Lou Cucuzza Jr. said....
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Brian Johnson – Another Rookie to Watch

In is Red Sox Notebook column on Monday, Peter Abraham details some injury issues among Red Sox starters. Clay Buchholz- time on DL for 5 consecutive years. Joe Kelly- yet to make more than 17 starts in a major league season. Justin Masterson- injury-plagued 2014. These numbers would seem to make one and possibly two “extra starters” necessary. One of the possibilities would...
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Can Buchholz Finally Get to 30 Starts This Season?

Clay Buchholz has had a pretty good spring and pitched well yesterday except for one bad inning where he gave up a base clearing double to Pedro Ciriaco.  It looks like John Farrell will tap Buchholz to be the opening day starter now that Lester is pitching in the Windy City.  Can Buchholz finally get over the 30 games started barrier that has eluded him his entire career? In his...
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Washington Nationals Opening Day Preview

Twitter @DanielLevitt32 2014 was a very successful year for the Washington Nationals, one that saw them record 96 victories, second most in their 10 year history. That was enough for them to win their second NL East title in three years, having done so with 98 victories in 2012. Last season ultimately ended up in failure however, after a heart-breaking loss in the NLDS to the eventual...
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Dodgers’ Pitching Full Of Question Marks

Zach Greinke. Photo Credit: Reed Saxon/AP The Los Angeles Dodgers currently have the best pitcher in baseball as their number one starter. Reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw may be the only member of the Dodgers’ pitching staff that the team doesn’t have to worry about. After his outing Friday, the Dodgers’ number two starter Zack Greinke...
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The Drive to 25: Cubs Roster Update

I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdown marker on the sidebar that tells us we’re about a week away from Opening Night.  You probably also know that Fallout Boy and the Chicago Cubs will be performing for you live from a construction zone, but that’s just the way it is and Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has already prepared his players for that scenario (oy...
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2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Atlanta Braves Team Preview

View image | Entering last year, the Braves roster was full of impact fantasy players. With two corner outfielders that had 20-20 potential, one of the best power hitting catchers in the game, a solid and reliable first baseman, the best closer in the game, and a shortstop coming off of a 17 home run season, the Braves had many attractive fantasy assets. Fast forward...
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Why Should You Care About Prospects?

Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, with the schedule moved up to the morning due to expected thunderstorms in the afternoon. So I decided to head over to the Buccos sub-Reddit and hold an AMA (ask me anything, for those unfamiliar with Reddit terminology). The questions were good...
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Opening Day Preview: Minnesota Twins

MINNESOTA TWINS 2015 PREVIEW In comes new manager Paul Molitor who undoubtedly will bring a fresh perspective to the team. One of the things he did right away was restrict use of electronic devices for 30 minutes before games, which should help create greater communication in the clubhouse. Molitor replaces Ron Gardenhire who was let go after four straight losing seasons although...
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Aaron Nola gives Phillies fans something to be excited about

Twenty years or so from now, when Aaron Nola retires from the game of baseball, if his career amounts to anything, people will point to his outing yesterday against the New York Yankees at Brighthouse field as the moment when it was clear he was on a path towards greatness.
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Vazquez To Miss Opener And Likely More

Things are not looking good these days for Boston Red Sox young catcher Christian Vazquez. Touted as one of the best defensive catching prospects in baseball, Vazquez was set to take the starting role in 2015 and lead Boston’s brand new rotation. Christian Vazquez has had soreness in his elbow this spring and confirmed today that he is seeking a second MRI after they “found...
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Boston Red Sox: Koji Uehara missing Opening Day?

A key piece for the Boston Red Sox bullpen is their closer, Koji Uehara. But how will the Red Sox perform without their closer on Opening Day? The soon-to-be 40-year old, right-handed pitcher is speculated to miss Opening Day against the Philadelphia Phillies. Uehara is still in the process of recovering from a hamstring injury that occurred during spring training. The last day that...
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Yet Another Tough Spring Training For Zack Greinke

So now it’s Zack Greinke we’re worried about, as evidenced by not one but two articles about his start against the Giants: Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke hit his pitch limit after 3 2/3 innings. Two of the four runs Greinke allowed were unearned on an error by left fielder Carl Crawford, who earlier had an RBI...
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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Friday, March 26. Another camp day occurred, which means the Cardinals have internal games. With St. Louis playing split squad games in Jupiter and Viera, a number of minor leaguers were tabbed to be reserves in the MLB game in the main stadium. Perhaps that contributed to the decision for Memphis...
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Christian Vazquez to have second opinion after MRI finds "something"

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing Writer Christian Vazquez, the 24 year old starting catcher, may have a lost 2015 season. Vazquez had an MRI on his throwing elbow on Friday and is now set to have a second opinion after "something" was found. Doctors have not made a firm diagnosis as of Saturday morning. John Farrell said the club would have a better idea by Sunday. Vazquez...
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Points Leagues: Ring Around The Posey, A Pocketful Of ADP

I've got to be "bust"ing your chops by suggesting Buster Posey as a first round pick in points leagues, right? First I declare Clayton Kershaw the top overall pick over Mike Trout, and now this? Some of you are probably thinking that I've been smoking a bit of the devil's lettuce with Tim Lincecum while putting together these posts! Well I can assure you, that couldn't be...
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Cardinals Minors Report: Kenny Peoples-Walls and Brett Wiley have big days at the plate

On Friday, there were only three Cardinals minor league teams in action on the back fields of Jupiter as the big club had split squad action. The two highest affiliates were off as many of their players will filling in on the major league roster. Palm Beach and Peoria faced each other while State College or Peoria2 faced an independent Long Island Storm team.Here are the results...
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Burning River Predicts the Future: 2015 Indians Edition

Every year the staff at incorrectly predicts who they think will be the Indians statistical leaders by the end of the season as well as the winners of the Burning River Awards given out at the end of the year. Proving how impossible it is to predict, very rarely do we get things right, but it won’t keep us from trying. Prognosticators this year include...
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Russell Wilson to suit up for Texas Rangers Saturday

If Russell Wilson’s football career never pans out, he has yet another option to succeed in life. Okay, well his football career is going just fine. In any event, Wilson will be suiting up for the Texas Rangers against the San Diego Padres on Saturday afternoon. Though, he’s not expected to play. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback was actually a fourth-round pick of the Colorado...
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Baltimore Orioles: Five bold predictions for 2015

The Baltimore Orioles are wrapping up the final games of the Grapefruit League season, and in just nine days will be in Tampa Bay to battle the Rays on Opening Day. With such little time remaining until the real games get underway, it’s time to make some bold predictions as to how the 2015 Baltimore Orioles will fare. The Orioles will not defend their crown as AL East champions...
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Vazquez Seeks Second Opinion, Mirabelli Rested and Ready

Just a police escort away! So far, this year’s spring training has been a pretty routine mix of awesome and zany, from Mookie knocking baseballs all over Florida to Victorino taking on the Boston sports media and Ortiz laying down the steroid gauntlet. But it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And now, unfortunately, somebody has. Word that Christian Vazquez is getting...
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