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Fantasy: Best, worst parks for hitters

Tristan H. Cockcroft ranked all 30 MLB stadiums in terms of their hitter-friendliness, based on data from the past 5 seasons. Ballparks are shrinking

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Chiefs catch Royals wishing Panthers Luck

As the condolences rolled in to the Panthers' Twitter feed, one note of encouragement from the Royals -- who bounced back from a World Series loss to win a title in 2015 -- didn't slip by Kansas City's football team. Got 'em

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Top Cuban players attempting to defect

Yulieski Gourriel and his brother Lourdes left their hotel in the Dominican Republic following the Caribbean Series, and they may be looking to play in the majors. Yulieski is a highly sought-after player who has played in Japan in addition to the Cuban leagues. Story

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Free agent reliever Tyler Clippard is getting close to a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, says a baseball source. Clippard struggled in September and in the postseason with the Mets. But he leads MLB relievers with 440 appearances since 2010, and he looks like another upgrade to an Arizona pitching staff that added starters Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller earlier this offseason.

OF Young arrested for alleged battery

Free-agent outfielder Delmon Young faces a battery charge after he was was arrested Sunday in Miami after he allegedly choked and threatened to kill a valet attendant. Story

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Rogers: Heyward just one of the guys now

Jason Heyward signed a mammoth contract with the Cubs in the offseason, but he doesn't have to carry this team. Not face of the franchise

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