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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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Twins, Red Sox Among Positive COVID-19 Cases

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jenna West Four members of the Twins, including third baseman Miguel Sanó, and two Red Sox pitchers are among the MLB players who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Twins announced Saturday that Sanó, catcher Willians Astudillo and minor leaguers Edwar Colina and......
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Twins’ Sano, Royals’ Perez among positive cases

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Four Minnesota Twins players, including third baseman Miguel Sano, and two Boston Red Sox pitchers were announced as having tested positive for COVID-19 as a number of teams addressed coronavirus cases among their players. Along with Sano, catcher Willians Astudillo, shortstop Nick Gordon and right-handed reliever Edwar Colina tested positive......
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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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Minnesota Twins’ older coaches will miss season amid coronavirus fears

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The Minnesota Twins aren’t taking any risks when it comes to their two oldest coaches during the coronavirus pandemic. The Twins informed 68-year-old bullpen coach Bob McClure and 66-year-old major league coach Bill Evers that they won’t be working games for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 fears, according to......
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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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Left Hangin’: An Ode (and a Wave Goodbye) to the Sports Handshake

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTczNTAxMDk2MzQ4OTUxOTU2/dcovhandshake_hz.jpg Steve Rushin An opening sentence is a handshake, to paraphrase the novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, and it’s true that a good one draws you in, delivers you into capable hands and introduces you to a subject of interest—in this case, George (Shotgun) Shuba, for whom a handshake was an opening......
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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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MLB hitters who are missing their age-27 peak season in 2020

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What was your assessment of Jorge Soler heading into the 2019 Major League Baseball season? A top prospect when the Cubs signed him out of Cuba, he had never been able to earn regular time in Chicago, was traded to the Royals, was demoted to the minors in 2017 and......
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Nelson Cruz and the incredible gifts he’s bestowed on his Dominican Republic hometown

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TEN YEARS AGO, greedy flames licked and licked at a house until they swallowed it, and where once a family’s home stood, scorched earth remained. No sirens ever wailed, because there was no firetruck in the town of Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic. No rescue mission saved the......
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‘We Weren’t Welcome When This Guy Was Around—So Now He’s Not Welcome When We’re Around’

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Alex Prewitt Last week, a pair of news items pushed Mike Tucker to a breaking point with his favorite baseball team. First, the 44-year-old lifelong Twins fan watched a video of Native American–led activists at the Minnesota state capitol hurling......
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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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Red Sox: Hunter’s experiences with racism ‘real’

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The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday responded to recent comments by former major league outfielder Torii Hunter regarding racial abuse at Fenway Park, saying they were “real” and vowing to continue to improve as an organization in that area. “Torii Hunter’s experience is real. If you doubt him because you’ve......
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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......
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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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Minnesota Twins Breakouts, Busts & Values

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Breakout: SP Jose Berrios Over the previous three seasons, Berrios went 40-27 with a 3.80 ERA and 536 strikeouts over 538.1 innings. In 2019, he broke the 200-inning barrier (200.1) for the first time in his career while showing improvement in his walk rate (2.3). Even with better command, his strikeout......

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