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Hughes named Illinois co-sportscaster of year
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Cubs radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes was named the 2017 Illinois co-sportscaster of the year by the National Sports Media Association on Tuesday.

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Braves land 3 on top 10 lefty prospects list
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Three of the young starting pitchers — Luiz Gohara, Kolby Allard and Max Fried — acquired during the Braves’ rebuild rank among baseball’s top 10 left-handed prospects, per the rankings MLB Pipeline released Wednesday.

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Former Rockies 3B Castilla big fan of Arenado
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Before visiting Denver-area schools and hospitals Tuesday as part of the Rockies Winter Caravan, Vinny Castilla sang Nolan Arenado’s praises on MLB Network’s Hot Stove program via FaceTime.

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Black wants to change perception of NL West
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The Rockies and D-backs took forward steps last year by grabbing both National League Wild Card spots, but Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday there is still work to do to make sure the NL West is thought of as more than belonging to the Dodgers and Giants.

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Longtime Minors skip Kelly to manage Louisville
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There will be changes in the coaching staff of the Reds’ top Minor League affiliate, Triple-A Louisville.

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Young arms ready to give Kapler options
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Young arms like Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Pivetta and Aaron Nola may be short on service time, but they’re long on upside. The Phillies have a bevy of options to fill first-year manager Gabe Kapler’s rotation.

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Williams works out with free agent Arrieta
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Phillies outfielder Nick Williams posted a photo on Instagram last week of himself and Jake Arrieta following a workout at a Dallas gym. The Phillies are looking for starting pitching, and Arrieta remains one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market. But despite the fact that the Phillies and Arrieta’s agent, Scott Boras, […]

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Nos. 1, 6 lefty prospects reside in Friars' system
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MLB Pipeline unveiled its updated list of the game’s best lefty pitching prospects on Tuesday night, and a pair of 18-year-old Padres farmhands rank among the top six. MacKenzie Gore, the club’s first-round pick in last June’s Draft, is rated as the game’s best young southpaw, while Adrian Morejon checks in at No. 6.

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Robles ready to take next step in 2018
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Victor Robles is going to play every day to start the 2018 season. The Nationals have stayed firm on that about their top prospect and one of the most electric talents in all of baseball. The question is where Robles — the No. 3 overall prospect in baseball as rated by MLB Pipeline — will […]

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Giants introduce new right fielder: McCutchen
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A day after acquiring Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates to patrol the spacious gaps at AT&T Park, the Giants revealed that they plan to play the former National League MVP in right field, moving him from the center-field position he held for most of his nine seasons in Pittsburgh. Incumbent Giants right fielder Hunter Pence […]

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Batting Bryant leadoff makes sense for Cubs
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon carries a reputation for outside-the-box thinking, and it shows up in his lineup construction. Maddon started 11 different players in the top spot in 2017. Current free agent Jon Jay led the way with 51 starts, but the eclectic group also included plenty of players who go decidedly against the traditional […]

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All-Star lineup set for Brewers On Deck
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Hall of Famers Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers and Bob Uecker, plus manager Craig Counsell will be among the more than 60 Brewers players, coaches, alumni, broadcasters and executives who will take part in Brewers On Deck on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Wisconsin Center.

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