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Feb 23

Magic lose to Knicks 120-113 despite return of Gordon and Vucevic

As the Orlando Magic prepared to play their first game following their All-Star break, a vocal group of their fans worried the Magic would play well enough over their final 25 games to lose any realistic hope of winning the top overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Perhaps those fans shouldn’t fret

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Feb 22

Few roster spots in play as Cubs begin Cactus League schedule

Cubs fans shouldn’t fret if their team struggles throughout the exhibition season, which starts Friday against the Brewers. From a historical perspective, the 1984 Cubs were 7-20 in spring training — including an 11-game losing streak — before hitting their stride en route to the National League

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Feb 22

Few roster spots in play as Cubs begin Cactus League schedule

Cubs fans shouldn’t fret if their team struggles throughout the exhibition season, which starts Friday against the Brewers. From a historical perspective, the 1984 Cubs were 7-20 in spring training — including an 11-game losing streak — before hitting their stride en route to the National League

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Feb 22

Dylan Covey draws starting nod for White Sox in Friday’s spring training opener

The White Sox took the fields at Camelback Ranch on Thursday to work on some of the fundamentals of baseball: hitting the cutoff man and backing up bases. On Friday, players will see their first game action when the Sox open the Cactus League season ag…

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Feb 22

Robin Lopez expected to sit tonight for the 1st time this season

Just last month, Robin Lopez said it would “be cool” if he played in all 82 games for the fourth time in his career and an accomplishment of which he would be “pretty proud.” Durability is no match for draft pick desire. With a pregame rotational plan …

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Feb 22

Magic must adjust when Gordon and Vucevic return

Let the adjustments begin. After long injury layoffs, Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon will be in the Orlando Magic’s starting lineup when the Magic host the New York Knicks tonight at Amway Center. “I was excited to see my jersey hanging in [the locker room],” Vucevic said after the Magic finished

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Feb 22

Tyler Chatwood hardly a fifth wheel for the Cubs

Everybody knows the big four of the Cubs’ starting rotation: Yu, Q, Kyle and Jon. Meet Tyler Chatwood, the fifth Beatle, the No. 5 starter and not-to-be-forgotten member on a staff that includes three All-Stars and a former league leader in earned-run average. Chatwood expects to help make this season

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Feb 22

It’s the strike zone, stupid

It’s the strike zone, Rob Manfred. Call it, and bang, end of wild, flailing quest to speed-up baseball games. But no, sorry, not happening. Because MLB announced this week it just made up a new rule to limit visits to mound. This is MLB’s big idea to speed up games or improve the pace of play

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Feb 22

Cubs set to pace themselves this spring

Fans might not get to see their star players during the first week of the exhibition season, but slugger Anthony Rizzo doesn’t mind that the Cubs start playing games after only four full-squad workouts. “Everyone is here so early now,” said Rizzo, whose Cubs open play Friday against the Brewers at

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Feb 22

Cubs hitters say they’re ready now for Dodgers’ high-pitch strategy

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed bewilderment when he learned reliever Brandon Morrow discussed how the Cubs were dissected in the 2017 National League Championship Series. “He’s already giving away our secrets?” Roberts said Tuesday with a tone of amusement. But the Cubs’ big weakness

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Feb 22

Cubs hitters say they’re ready now for Dodgers’ high-pitch strategy

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed bewilderment when he learned reliever Brandon Morrow discussed how the Cubs were dissected in the 2017 National League Championship Series. “He’s already giving away our secrets?” Roberts said Tuesday with a tone of amusement. But the Cubs’ big weakness

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Feb 22

Matt Strahm has Padres intrigued, wondering where he fits

Matt Strahm is 6-foot-3 and about as thick as a flagpole. His arm works like a slingshot and his left leg whips around at the end of his delivery. His fastball gets up in the zone quick, and his slider darts like it has been yanked by a magnet. Padres …

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Feb 22

Cubs’ Javier Baez can earn more plate appearances with plate discipline

The chances of Javier Baez getting as many as 600 plate appearances in 2018 will improve if Ben Zobrist needs more rest. But perhaps a bigger factor will be if Baez can become a more polished hitter. “He’s at that point now (that) to get those 500 to 600 plate appearances, (he needs to) organize

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Feb 22

Cubs’ Javier Baez can earn more plate appearances with plate discipline

The chances of Javier Baez getting as many as 600 plate appearances in 2018 will improve if Ben Zobrist needs more rest. But perhaps a bigger factor will be if Baez can become a more polished hitter. “He’s at that point now (that) to get those 500 to 600 plate appearances, (he needs to) organize

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Feb 21

White Sox eager to use Dave Duncan as ‘another set of eyes’ for pitchers

The White Sox have begun to tap into the font of knowledge possessed by Dave Duncan, whom general manager Rick Hahn called “one of the finest pitching instructors of our generation.” The Sox hired Duncan, 72, on Feb. 8 as an organizational pitching con…

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Feb 21

Cubs manager Joe Maddon spreads responsibility to new coach Brian Butterfield

New Cubs coach Brian Butterfield was in the middle of his lecture on baserunning when manager Joe Maddon felt the need to chime in. “That’s your old Angels stuff,” Butterfield replied. Butterfield’s response didn’t rattle Maddon, who said he prefers to delegate authority to his coaches —

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