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Polanco focusing on improved training, diet
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Gregory Polanco’s pregame routine is a little different these days. The Pirates outfielder is doing more stretching, more hamstring-specific work, more leg exercises. He’s getting more treatment in the trainer’s room, more one-on-one time with strength coach Ricky White stretching on the field. And he’s drinking a lot more water.

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Twins putting trust in Adrianza's improved bat
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When the Twins claimed Ehire Adrianza on waivers in February, they added him to the roster mostly because of his elite infield defense. But Adrianza has been a better hitter than expected.

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Milner standing out in improved bullpen
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There are several reasons why the Phillies had the worst record in baseball at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the bullpen was near the top. Through July 31, the relievers had a 4.43 ERA, ranked 22nd in baseball and had converted just 16 of 31 save opportunities.

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New and improved Glasnow set to take on Crew
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Brewers righty Chase Anderson will move up a day and start on three days’ rest as the Brewers battle the Pirates in the finale of a three-game series. Tyler Glasnow starts for the Bucs, making his first big league appearance since he was demoted in June.

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Improved Senzatela poised to rejoin rotation
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The Rockies are about to spring rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela from the pitching lab. Senzatela, 22, unexpectedly made the season-opening rotation and had a 2.86 ERA through his first seven starts. But inexperience and the demands of the Major League season led to some rough times, and convinced the Rockies to reduce his workload.

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Improved slider proves to be key for Teheran
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Unpredictable seems to be an appropriate term to describe Julio Teheran’s inconsistent season. So, maybe it shouldn’t be surprising to learn after shying away from his slider in his first two starts this month, the Braves right-hander relied heavily on this weapon as he produced one of his best starts of the season in Monday […]

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Improved Roark caps series against Angels
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The Angels have won 12 of their last 17 games, going 10-4 in August, racking up the most wins in the Majors this month. Ricky Nolasco, who starts for the Halos on Wednesday at Nationals Park, hasn’t been as hot.

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Gallo's HR ascent indicates improved approach
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Rangers infielder Joey Gallo is slowly creeping up on Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge for the American League home run lead.

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Newcomb seeks improved command vs. Phils
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Sean Newcomb is looking to rebound from his last start, where he surrendered six unintentional walks, as the Braves face the Phillies in the series finale at SunTrust Park on Wednesday night. He’ll be opposed by Phillies righty Jerad Eickhoff.

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Improved 'pen could be key for Baker
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Perhaps no one in baseball has more at stake than Nationals manager Dusty Baker. He’s not guaranteed to keep his job if his talented team bows out of the postseason early, as it did last year, and Baker just might find himself in the Hall of Fame one day if it wins the World Series.

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Moore sees positives in improved starts
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Pitching 6 1/3 capable innings in the Giants’ 6-4 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night encouraged starter Matt Moore, who’d like to finish this season like last year’s.

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Belt's sprained wrist greatly improved
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Much to the Giants’ relief, first baseman Brandon Belt said Monday he’s feeling better after spraining his left wrist Saturday in San Diego.

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