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Taijuan Walker among three young starters creating quite a buzz

insider.espn.go.com — Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports The Mariners' Taijuan Walker, just 22 years old, has fired 18 scoreless innings this spring. TEMPE, Ariz. -- Managers, coaches, scouts and general managers like watching a catcher who can throw missiles to second base.

Harvey, Rosario highlight 2015 breakthrough candidates

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images Matt Harvey and Eddie Rosario are two players who have impressed their teams this spring. Following Monday's chapter of under-the-radar stories, here's another round: New York Mets Matt Harvey is a star worthy of a Chris Smith piece in New York Magazine, so maybe he's not really under the radar.

Under-the-radar spring breakthroughs

insider.espn.go.com — Perna/Baltimore/Getty Images After hitting .196 in 2014, Chris Davis is back with his old hitting coach and looks improved. TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez got a lot of the attention early in spring training, and Kris Bryant is dominating the headlines now. But camps are filled with stories of players emerging, evolving, surprising.

A contemporary solution to improve pace-of-play problem -- MLB

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Kathy Willens One thing MLB can do to improve the pace of the play is cut back on the catcher trips to the mound. CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A couple of interesting side notes heard while making the rounds in camps this spring: 1.

MLB - Buster Olney gives his World Series, division predictions - ESPN

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images Is this the year for the Pittsburgh Pirates or Seattle Mariners? An evaluator expertly defined the folly of preseason predictions the other day without really meaning to, as he reminisced about how the 2014 season played out.

Prospect Kris Bryant handling Boras-Cubs debate admirably

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Rick Scuteri Kris Bryant has been caught in the middle of a debate between his agent and Cubs management. CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Kris Bryant has a reputation for heightened maturity, and perhaps the best sign of it came on Wednesday, when he was asked to respond to the comments made by Scott Boras, his agent.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy already expressing concern

insider.espn.go.com — Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports Spring games don't count, but Bruce Bochy's Giants have just four wins in 17 exhibition games. TAMPA -- This is the time in spring training when you start evaluating results, Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos mentioned here Tuesday evening while perched on the visitors' bench as some of the Blue Jays passed through the dugout before an exhibition game against the Yankees.

Boston Red Sox rotation remains a work in progress

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images Boston pitchers Clay Buchholz and Justin Masterson haven't exactly quieted the doubters this spring. CLEARWATER, Fla. -- These are the dog days of spring training, when Opening Day is about three weeks away and the position players are mostly ready to go but now must wait on the starting pitchers to build enough stamina.

Here's one modern baseball custom that needs to change

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/LM Otero Are his teammates congratulating Scott Kazmir because he pitched well? We can't tell anymore. Baseball has a problem, and it needs to be fixed. Like, today. An edict from new commissioner Rob Manfred would be perfect, but probably too much to ask for.

Can Garrett Richards keep it up?

insider.espn.go.com — Rich Gagnon/Getty Images Garrett Richards has faced a long road back from a gruesome knee injury last season. MESA, Ariz. -- A calm had taken root within Garrett Richards by the time he got back to his Boston hotel room last Aug. 20th, after he collapsed near first base in Fenway Park, his left knee wrecked.
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Mar 27, 2015

@ScottSwerbinsky @espn @Indians And you know what? You might be right. And I might be right. A great, deep division.

Mar 27, 2015

Wrote earlier this week about how well David Rollins was throwing,how impressive his performance has been this spring. Context just changed.

Mar 27, 2015

MLB announces that Seattle reliever David Rollins has been suspended 80 games for using Stanozolol.

Mar 27, 2015

RT @FSDwakiji: #Tigers Verlander: But it doesn't seem like anything serious. Talking to the trainers, it's not near my shoulder, it's nowhere near my elbow

Mar 27, 2015

RT @JaneMLB: Melvin says Reddick not expected to be Opening Day-ready. Chance he could join team during homestand, though.

Mar 27, 2015

RT @anthonyfenech: Trainer Matt Rankin joined Ausmus and Jones at the mound and there was a lengthy discussion before he walked off.

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