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Inciarte's elite defense backed by Statcast data
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Ender Inciarte might never have Hall of Fame credentials that equal those possessed by Andruw Jones, whose resume includes 434 home runs. But courtesy of the growing list of defensive metrics supplied by Statcast™, the current Braves center fielder will at least be able to have a better feel for exactly how he stacks up […]

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Lagares' glove may be key to Mets' defense
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Juan Lagares remains one of the most elite defensive gloves in baseball, but a combination of injuries and poor hitting has prevented him from everyday play. Headed into 2018, this might be his last best change to be a starter — and the Mets badly need him.

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Giants want balance of offense, defense in OF
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Giants general manager Bobby Evans admitted Monday that, when weighing the acquisition of an outfielder, the ballclub might have to consider a performer who’s lacking defensively if he’s competent offensively. Of course, the Giants would prefer not to make that sacrifice.

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Mets' front office shifting to prioritize defense
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For the third consecutive season and the eighth time in nine years, the Mets did not have a Gold Glove Award winner. This year, they did not even have a finalist at any of the nine positions, robbing Tuesday’s announcement of any drama for them.

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Astros' defense 'huge' in keeping LA at bay
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Each part moved in tandem. When Corey Seager hit a hard, bouncing ball to the right side on Friday night, Yuli Gurriel ranged over from first base, waited for the high hop and snared it. As Gurriel turned his shoulders, Carlos Correa was already gliding over to second base. He received Gurriel’s throw, cocked his […]

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Schwarber a bright spot with dinger, defense
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In each of the past three games, the Cubs have taken the lead on a home run. And for the third straight game, the Cubs lost the game.

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Electric field: Defense key to Giants' 2018
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The Giants’ precipitous fall from perennial contender to last place in the National League West resembled their three still-recent World Series titles in one significant aspect: Both required widespread contributions.

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Cubs begin title defense by blanking Nats in DC
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Kyle Hendricks outdueled Stephen Strasburg, who had a club-record 10 K’s but was stung by two unearned runs in the sixth inning, as the Cubs took a 3-0 victory over the Nationals in the opener of their National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.

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Cubs' title defense begins in DC vs. Nats
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A year ago, the Cubs faced the task of erasing 108 years of frustration, which they did with a memorable run at a World Series championship. The Nationals’ entire existence in Washington spans only 13 seasons, but with another October comes another opportunity to accomplish something the franchise has never done: Win a series, or […]

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Giants want to add power, not sacrifice defense
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The Giants will enter the offseason believing that bolstering one of their most traditional strengths may pave a smoother road back than addressing their most glaring shortcoming.

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Alfaro stressing defense amid hot streak
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When this season started, Cameron Rupp was the Phillies’ regular catcher. Then, for a while, Andrew Knapp was getting the bulk of the playing time.

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O's bats negate Bundy's start, strong defense
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The Orioles’ struggling offense stayed quiet on Tuesday, negating a strong outing from Dylan Bundy and some great defense.

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