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Playing Fact or Fiction with All of MLB's Hottest Week 12 Buzz, Rumors

If we've learned anything through nearly three months of the 2016 MLB regular season, it's that much of what we thought we knew in spring training was flat-out wrong.

Teams like Colorado, Milwaukee and Philadelphia haven't been nearly as bad as expected. Cincinnati's Jay Bruce, who was widely thought to have become a mediocre all-or-nothing slugger, has returned to the form that made him one of baseball's best run-producers only a few years ago.

Stock Up, Stock Down on MLB's Top 2016 Trade Targets

As we enter the final week of June, the MLB trade market is starting to heat up as teams continue to work toward establishing themselves as buyers or sellers.

After a number of front-line arms were on the move last summer, there is a notable lack of starting pitching talent on the block this year. Unless the Atlanta Braves wind up moving Julio Teheran, contenders will have to settle for middle-of-the-rotation help at best.

John Lackey Signing Has Made Huge Impact on Cubs' Rotation Depth

CHICAGO — Even when John Lackey is bad, he is good.

That's not to say the Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher is never off his game. But nearly every time the 37-year-old takes the mound, he is good enough to win regardless of the quality of his pitching repertoire.

MLB Team of the Week: Carlos Beltran, Miguel Cabrera and Kendrys Morales Star

That sound you heard Wednesday was every single New York Mets fan gasping in unison.

Noah Syndergaard, the Mets' bolt-throwing ace, exited in the sixth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals with elbow discomfort, also known as a code-red ruh roh

Giancarlo Stanton's Awakening Could Be Major Boost for Upstart Marlins

The Miami Marlins have virtually the same winning percentage as the New York Mets. They've been flying, er, swimming under the radar, but they have some swagger going.

And now it looks like they may finally have their slugger going too.

All 30 MLB Teams' Burning Question as 2016 Midseason Approaches

Believe it or not, we are rapidly approaching the midway point of the 2016 MLB season.

When the calendar flips to July in a little over a week, the trade market will start to take shape and the rumor mill will kick into high gear.

So with that in mind, it's fair to say that there is at least one significant question that each team needs to answer in the days and weeks to come leading up to the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

Mike Trout Blockbuster Trade Is Impossible Call Angels Must Make

It's the decision the Los Angeles Angels don't want to make. And by golly, it's the kind of decision no team should ever have to make.

But whether the Angels like it or not, trading Mike Trout continues to look less like the nuclear option and more like the only option.

Which Members of MLB's 2016 Rookie Invasion Have Brightest Future?

It's one thing to break out. It's another to stick around.

That's a lesson some members of the impressive 2016 MLB rookie class will inevitably learn the hard way. Baseball history is littered with the husks of once-promising careers that withered on the vine.

Astros Making Their Move Back into AL Picture After Awful 2016 Start

The Houston Astros are dead, long live the Houston Astros.

OK, we should amend that: The Astros seemed dead after going 7-17 in April. Since May 1, however, they've gone 30-19. And with a sweep-sealing 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, they poked their heads above .500 at 37-36.

Scott Miller's Starting 9: Struggling Yankees May Still Have Big Say in Playoffs

Wondering what kind of world we're living in when Cleveland is a championship city and the Miami Marlins surge ahead of the New York Mets in the NL East….

1. Why the Yankees Could Influence the Cubs and Nationals in October

In May, the Chicago Cubs walked reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper a Big Gulp-sized 13 times (in 19 plate appearances) in a four-game series, including six times in the 13-inning series finale.


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