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Cubs’ Jose Quintana hurt washing dishes, has surgery

[ad_1] Chicago Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana needed surgery to repair a laceration he suffered washing dishes.The team said the 31-year-old was injured at his home in Miami, suffering a laceration on his left thumb that required five stitches."This morning in Chicago, Quintana underwent microscopic surgery on his left thumb to further determine the extent of his injury," the team said Thursday in a statement. "The procedure identified a lacerated digital
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Everything you need to know as MLB’s 2020 season restart begins

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETDavid SchoenfieldCloseESPN Senior WriterSenior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995Jesse RogersCloseESPN Staff WriterJesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.It's here. Finally. Spring training 2.0. Or make that summer camp. Or is it summer training? In any case, Major League Baseball begins its strange 2020 odyssey on Wednesday in the strangest of ways
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MLB prospects to watch on each team’s 60-man pool

[ad_1] With Major League Baseball scheduled to open camps for "spring training 2.0" in the coming days, teams had to submit their initial 60-man player pools Sunday. Players still can be added with many teams listing fewer than 60 names, but this at least gives us a glimpse of whom we'll see when the players finally hit the diamond.Many of the game's top prospects, Rays phenom Wander Franco chief among
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MLB predictions — Who will thrive, struggle in 60-game season?

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETMLB InsidersESPN With the final hurdles cleared for a 2020 MLB season, the likes of which we've never seen before, we asked ESPN's baseball writers, reporters and editors for their best guesses as to what we'll witness during this abbreviated campaign.What teams and players are best suited for the shortened season? And who will struggle? Which is the team to beat? And who will be the 60-game
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How many wins to reach the playoffs? A .400 hitter? How wild a 60-game MLB season could really get

[ad_1] Jun 23, 2020MLB InsidersESPN With a 60-game schedule on tap for Major League Baseball in 2020, we now know we're getting a season, but one whose brevity could yield some surprising outcomes in the standings and in the record book. With that in mind, we asked three of ESPN's MLB experts -- Bradford Doolittle, David Schoenfield and Sam Miller -- what the shortened schedule will mean for the playoff
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Baseball’s top 60 storylines for a 60-game MLB season

[ad_1] It appears that there is going to be a baseball season after all, one of 60 games, following a month of ugly public negotiations between the players and owners over how to navigate through the money of the shortened season. In the words of Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, "COVID-19 already presented a lose-lose-lose situation and we've somehow found a way to make it worse."Anyway, we can at least briefly
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‘Long Gone Summer’ takeaways — Mark McGwire’s moonshots, Sammy Sosa’s style

[ad_1] If anything, "Long Gone Summer" is a time capsule of a wonderful summer from 22 years ago, when baseball ruled the sports landscape -- perhaps the last time, except for a few weeks in October 2004 and October 2016, when the national pastime could make that claim without any arguments.Of course, we now know the events of that summer were not just a joyous ride, but a dirty one
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‘Long Gone Summer’ roundtable – How we remember Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and HR race of ’98

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETMLB InsidersESPN Before tuning in to watch ESPN's "Long Gone Summer" (9 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN) on the famous 1998 race between Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs to top Roger Maris' single-season home run record (61), we asked three of our baseball reporters to share their memories and retrospective evaluations of the two sluggers' spectacular summer.What was