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Wilson's 'backup' experience a boon to Royals
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Not many backup catchers in the history of baseball can say they played behind not one, but two Hall of Famers.

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Prospect Mateo's 'high ceiling' a boon to A's
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Athleticism has been lacking in the A’s organization, an attribute that is often associated with the majority of successful ballclubs. To that end, Oakland has carefully curated trades to address these needs.

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Increased playing time a boon to backstop Diaz
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The Pirates are getting a long look at catcher Elias Diaz this month, starting the rookie in 12 of their final 14 games. While the Bucs believe more consistent playing time will benefit Diaz as they look toward next season, some of his most important work takes place between games.

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Resurgent Pujols a boon for surging Halos
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Slugger Albert Pujols showed signs of breaking out his extended slump on Friday night, collecting three hits and driving in two runs to help the Angels secure a 6-5 comeback win over the Mariners at Safeco Field. Pujols, who entered Friday batting .136 over his last 15 games, delivered a two-run single to fuel the […]

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Ramirez's versatility a boon to Tribe's bullpen
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Jose Ramirez has been one of the most productive members of the Indians’ lineup this season, but his versatility has proved nearly as valuable.

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Fiers' emergence a boon for Astros
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No one could have imagined a couple of months ago that Mike Fiers would emerge as the Astros’ most consistent starting pitcher entering the second half of the season, rescuing a Houston rotation besieged by injury.

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Hard sliders a boon for Maurer's effectiveness
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When Brandon Maurer has struggled in his three seasons since joining the Padres, it’s often attributable to his slider. When he’s had success, it’s generally for the same reason. Maurer’s slider is undoubtedly his make-or-break pitch, and over the past three weeks it’s been filthy. Needless to say, success has followed.

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Tigers' ability to blend pop, baserunning a boon
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The Tigers simply outslugged the White Sox in the first two games of their series at Comerica Park this past weekend. But on Sunday, they used astute baserunning to set up a 7-4 walk-off win.

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Bundy's consistency a boon to Orioles
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A year ago, Dylan Bundy wasn’t even in the Orioles’ starting rotation. Now, it’s tough to imagine where they’d be without him.

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Tillman's return a boon for O's rotation
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Chris Tillman has waited a long time for this. Tillman, who was slowed all spring with right shoulder discomfort, made his season debut in Sunday’s 4-0 win over the White Sox, tossing five scoreless innings as the Orioles completed the three-game sweep at Camden Yards.

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Marwin's versatility, hot bat a boon for Astros
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The Astros’ bench isn’t quite as versatile when Marwin Gonzalez isn’t on it, and that’s been the case lately considering how well he’s been swinging the bat. The super sub has started 20 of the Astros’ first 31 games at four different positions — first base (five), third base (six), left field (six) and second […]

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Value in versatility: Marwin a boon to Astros
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Astros manager A.J. Hinch views Marwin Gonzalez as a starter, even though he’s probably the most valuable bench player in baseball. That’s because Gonzalez usually found his way into the lineup last year, whether it was bringing consistency to first base, adding a right-handed presence to the outfield or filling in elsewhere following an injury.

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