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Mariners' rotation loaded with upside, depth
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A Mariners team that needed a club-record 17 starting pitchers to get through an injury-plagued 2017 season has plenty of rotation options returning for the upcoming season.

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Source: Cole target as Astros seek top starter
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Astros owner Jim Crane said on Monday that the club is “actively pursuing a high-end starter,” possibly on the free-agent market, but also through a trade.

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Astros excited to take Series trophy on tour
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A new season awaits the Astros, but they are not quite ready to turn the page on their 2017 championship run. As they dedicate ’18 to working toward a repeat performance, they are also undertaking a second hefty task — giving as many Astros fans statewide a chance to see the World Series trophy up […]

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Verlander, Keuchel steer Astros' deep rotation
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The trade for Justin Verlander, which helped pushed the Astros over the top and to their first World Series championship, paid immediate dividends, and he’ll enter 2018 anchoring a deep rotation. Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. were both All-Stars last year, though they missed significant time with injuries.

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Angels hoping for healthier, deeper rotation
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Injuries have cratered the Angels’ rotation in each of the past two seasons, a major reason why the club is coming off back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1992-93 (not counting the strike-shortened ’94 season). But the outlook for 2018 looks brighter.

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Rangers to employ a balanced, athletic lineup
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The Rangers have yet to tinker with their lineup this offseason, but that could change. As it stands now, the team figures to employ a balanced and athletic lineup capable of home runs and stolen bases.

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Healy, Gordon key cogs in Mariners' OD lineup
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While it’s early to be talking lineup construction with Spring Training still five weeks away, putting together a likely Opening Day nine for the Mariners is not only possible, but probably accurate given the offseason work of general manager Jerry Dipoto.

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Offense could push A's over hump in 2018
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Better days could be ahead for the Athletics, largely because of an offense brimming with talent. A couple of prospective long-term core pieces — corner infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson — burst on the scene in 2017, providing the type of optimism that’s been missing around these parts in recent years.

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Astros tout solid lineup; eager for Opening Day
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What does a team that collectively recorded the fourth-highest weighted runs created plus (wRC+) total in history and crushed its way to a World Series title do for a follow-up? In short, it doesn’t change much.

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Halos hope new pieces give lineup added punch
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After the Angels fell five games short of securing an American League Wild Card berth, general manager Billy Eppler made it clear in October that one of his primary objectives this offseason would be to improve the Angels’ offense.

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Mariners international scout Norton dies at 75
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Wayne Norton, a highly respected international scout who covered Canada for the past 17 years for the Mariners, has died at age 75, the club confirmed on Saturday.

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Hinch announces youth coaching partnership
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Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced amateur coaching news on Saturday that will help improve the next generation of ballplayers, whether they become small-town legends or World Series heroes. USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) will join forces to create a higher standard of coaching education at all youth levels.

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