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The 60-game MLB schedule is out! Here’s what you need to know and big matchups we’re circling

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We all know the 2020 MLB season will be unlike any other (assuming it gets off the ground in the first place), with the usual 162-game marathon being replaced by a 60-game sprint. And now that the abbreviated schedule has been announced, we’ve got some actual games to talk about.......
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Nats, Astros cancel workouts amid testing delays

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The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros have canceled their team workouts scheduled for Monday, citing the safety of their players as both clubs await results of COVID-19 testing from Friday. Nationals president and general manager Mike Rizzo announced the reigning World Series champions’ decision and called on Major League Baseball......
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Trevor Bauer reminds everyone that the Astros cheated

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Sometimes, it’s difficult to remember what life was like before the coronavirus pandemic. Trevor Bauer supplied a reminder. With a petty throwback to a more carefree version of 2020, when sign-stealing was baseball’s biggest concern, the Reds pitcher attempted to bring the Houston Astros’ scandal and their tainted 2017 title......
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Everything you need to know as MLB’s 2020 season restart begins

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7:00 AM ET David Schoenfield Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995 Jesse Rogers Close ESPN Staff Writer Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. It’s here. Finally. Spring training 2.0.......
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MLB prospects to watch on each team’s 60-man pool

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With Major League Baseball scheduled to open camps for “spring training 2.0” in the coming days, teams had to submit their initial 60-man player pools Sunday. Players still can be added with many teams listing fewer than 60 names, but this at least gives us a glimpse of whom we’ll......
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MLB predictions: Who will thrive, struggle in 60-game season?

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7:00 AM ET MLB InsidersESPN With the final hurdles cleared for a 2020 MLB season, the likes of which we’ve never seen before, we asked ESPN’s baseball writers, reporters and editors for their best guesses as to what we’ll witness during this abbreviated campaign. What teams and players are best......
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A .400 hitter? 30 wins to make the playoffs? How wild a 60-game season could really get

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Jun 23, 2020 MLB InsidersESPN With a 60-game schedule on tap for Major League Baseball in 2020, we now know we’re getting a season, but one whose brevity could yield some surprising outcomes in the standings and in the record book. With that in mind, we asked three of ESPN’s......
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Baseball’s top 60 storylines for a 60-game MLB season

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It appears that there is going to be a baseball season after all, one of 60 games, following a month of ugly public negotiations between the players and owners over how to navigate through the money of the shortened season. In the words of Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, “COVID-19 already......
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The 2020 MLB draft pick who could make the majors first on all 30 teams

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One of the fun aspects of any MLB draft is trying to predict which players will be the first to reach the majors — and it’s not always the players right at the top of the draft. This has become even harder to do as teams manipulate service time and......
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Cora: Astros’ sign-stealing wasn’t two-man show

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4:21 PM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. Former Red Sox manager and Astros bench coach Alex Cora is taking responsibility for his role in the sign-stealing saga, but he isn’t ready to shoulder all the blame. Cora received a one-year suspension......
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2020 MLB draft tracker: Live updates of first-round picks, analysis and highlights

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From the first round Wednesday night to the second through fifth rounds that follow Thursday night, the 2020 MLB draft is here and we’ve got everything you need for all 160 picks. The Detroit Tigers had the No. 1 overall pick and grabbed Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson, followed by......
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It’s MLB draft day!: Here’s everything you need to know

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There is no baseball on the horizon, but there will be a baseball draft this week, though not in its usual form. You can watch the first round starting at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN, with ESPN2 airing the next four rounds starting at 5 p.m. ET Thursday. Here......
Sports Illustrated - MMA

Justin Verlander Outlook: The Ol’ Flamethrower is Still Firing On All Cylinders

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Shawn Childs Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander was somehow, at the age of 36, was the best pitcher in the game last year based on SIscore (16.07). Verlander outpaced everyone in the American League in wins (21), starts (34),......
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Best MLB draft picks ever and one that got away for all 30 teams

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Editor’s note: This story initially ran on May 30, 2018 Draft history is fascinating, and maybe the first thing you learn when looking through past drafts is not just how few players make the majors but also how few end up contributing much value beyond replacement level even if they......
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Houston Astros Sleepers, Breakouts & Comebacks

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Breakout: OF Kyle Tucker Tucker came out of the gate with eight hits over his first 66 at-bats with two home runs, four RBI, and 18 strikeouts, which helped Yordan Alvarez blow past him on the prospect depth chart in the minors. Over his final 397 at-bats at AAA, he hit......
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Alex Bregman, The Late First-Round Fantasy Game-Changer

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All controversy aside in Houston, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is a top-notch fantasy option. Surrounded by good bats in the batting order, there is big-time four-category production in his game with speed upside. Some may wonder how many at-bats did he benefit from during the cheating scandal, but his......
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Twins, Royals, Astros and Reds Commit to Paying Minor Leaguers

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With teams across the league releasing minor league players in droves, the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals are bucking the trend by committing to paying all of their minor league players through the entire 2020 season, as reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Passan later......
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N.J. Brewery Mocks Astros With ‘Trash Can Banger’ Beer

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcyODc1MjAwNDI4MjU0NDA2/astros-trash-can-beer.jpg Michael Shapiro Baseball fans may not be able to taunt the Astros in ballparks across America this summer, but those who disapprove of Houston’s sign-stealing can express their feelings with a beer from Jersey City, N.J.  Departed Soles, a New Jersey brewery, introduced a new beer called “Trash Can......
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Are we witnessing the end of the high-five?

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8:39 AM ET Kelly CohenESPN Dusty Baker, in 1977, was sitting on 29 home runs on the last day of the season. No MLB team had ever featured four players with 30 or more home runs in a season — and three of Baker’s fellow Los Angeles Dodgers sluggers had......

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