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The Nationals also don't like the shift
The Washington Nationals shifted 196 times on balls in play in 2014. Only the Rockies had fewer shifts, according to Baseball Info Solutions.The Nationals are well aware of this.

Top 50 fantasy prospects for 2015
Which rookies are the guys to go after in fantasy baseball? Chris Crawford of ESPN Insider ranks his top 50 prospects for 2015. Three of his top four rookies are Cubans: Rusney Castillo (No.

Should Mets shift for Zack Wheeler?
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To be fair, New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler isn't the first pitcher to complain about infield shifts.Back in September 2013, A.J. Burnett exchanged words with Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes but told the assembled media the next day: "Listen, I did not have a problem with Clint!

Let's overanalyze the first day of games
They played baseball games on Tuesday. The games don't mean anything. But it was the first day of spring training games so it's fun to pretend they meant something.

Ten things to watch this spring training
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We have games! Real games! Well, real spring training games, which are better than games against college teams and much better than reports about a pitcher who looked good throwing batting practice.

Fun spring training pics: Yasiel Puig
Helped my #Dodgers to win in @MLBtheShow 15. I think digital Yasiel bat flips better than me haha #BaseballisBetter pic.twitter.com/wzZx1mzYzO— ...

Phillies fans already giving up on 2015
The first unofficial game of spring training took place on Sunday, with the Phillies losing 6-2 to Tampa. That's the University of Tampa, a Division II program, not the Tampa that's in the major leagues.

Studying the leadoff hitters: NL
On Friday, we looked at the state of leadoff hitters in the American League. Now let's move to the National League. Last season, the average OBP for leadoff hitters was .

Fun spring training pics: Babe Ruth
Rookie Babe Ruth Takes A Cut @RedSox #SpringTraining (March 1915 - Hot Springs, AR) #MLB @Red_Sox_1901 pic.twitter.com/c71Y3bYsxq— Baseball by B ...

Giancarlo Stanton and inside fastballs
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Spring training games start this week. It's baseball, and that's a good thing, even if it's not baseball that is all that important. But there are things to watch for, and at the top of that list is the return of Giancarlo Stanton, now with a funky new helmet with a face guard to help protect his jaw that was broken in September.

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