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Little League World Series players love Javy Baez, Stranger Things and … sushi?

[ad_1] SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- When Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was a kid, Derek Jeter was one of his favorite players. Now Baez has become a fan favorite himself -- especially among kids playing at the Little League World Series. And not just kids from the U.S. "El Mago" has a worldwide following.2 Related"Like his nickname says, he's a magician on the field," said Lachlan Vella, one of four
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Power Rankings — Yankees, Dodgers rise, but only one can be No. 1

[ad_1] Just last week they dethroned the Dodgers in our Power Rankings, but the Astros didn't rule the roost for long. With L.A. moving back on top on the strength of three first-place votes, Houston didn't even hang on to second place, as the Yankees were on top of two voters' ballots. Suddenly, the injury-wracked B-team Bombers have emerged as the club that could break up the stranglehold that the
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Cubs’ trip to Williamsport may have been just what they needed

[ad_1] WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Maybe all it took was a trip back to their childhoods. It's as good an explanation as any for the Chicago Cubs' finally winning a road series on Sunday with a 7-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Little League Classic. After a day and evening of being reminded what the game is all about, the Cubs finally, mercifully, won their first road series in
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Breaking Chuckie Howard’s record, Old Man Brown and other stories of Cubs’ Little League days

[ad_1] PITTSBURGH -- The memories come flooding back. Ask a major leaguer what he did last week at the plate, and he might need to look at a box score to remind himself. But ask about his Little League experiences, and boy, does he have memories."My 12-year-old season, I broke the home run record for our Little League," Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant said recently. "Before the season started, I
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With another ninth-inning nightmare, Cubs’ road woes could be their undoing

[ad_1] PITTSBURGH -- Just when you thought it couldn't get worse.It did.That's how the Chicago Cubs must be feeling after back-to-back walk-off losses. The latest came Friday night against the Pirates when manager Joe Maddon called upon right-hander Brandon Kintzler to protect a one-run lead with one out in the ninth. The problem? Kintzler was fresh off the injured list and predictably didn't have his command. He walked three batters,
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MLB Weekend Watch — Picks, opinions on Maddon’s hot seat, Indians’ chances

[ad_1] A pair of potential playoff previews heads the schedule on a weekend when the big leaguers share the stage with the Little League World Series.Here's what has caught our interest:The Dodgers, Astros and Yankees are baseball's Big Three this season, but since the start of June, the Indians have the league's best record, playing .700 ball. What will it take for the Tribe, who are in the midst of
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‘Every day is Opening Day’ — Can the Cubs feed off the hunger of Nicholas Castellanos?

[ad_1] PHILADELPHIA -- He used to win a lot. As a sophomore in high school and again as a senior -- for two different schools -- new Chicago Cubs star Nicholas Castellanos led his teams to state championships. But trophies have been hard to come by since those days, and after years of losing in Detroit, a midseason trade to the Cubs has energized him and his new team."After losing
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Power Rankings — Make way for a new No. 1

[ad_1] It was perhaps only a matter of time, but the season-long duel between the Dodgers and Astros for the top slot in our rankings has seen its first changing of the guard since L.A. overtook Houston back in Week 8. Blame getting Zack Greinke, blame Yordan Alvarez's latest feats of strength, but the Astros have regained No. 1 status after getting a majority of first-place votes. Since Opening Day,