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Tommy La Slugger — How Angels’ La Stella found his power stroke

[ad_1] ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tommy La Stella had compiled 947 plate appearances across five major league seasons by the time he turned 30, a sample representative enough to typecast. The numbers described him as a slap hitter with no power, and La Stella could've been fine with that. His strengths -- putting pitches in play, differentiating balls from strikes, getting on base -- were enough for sustained employment in his
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Callaway stays; Cespedes breaks ankle on ranch

[ad_1] On a hectic day at Citi Field, the slumping New York Mets announced they are sticking with embattled manager Mickey Callaway "for the foreseeable future'' -- and that sidelined slugger Yoenis Cespedes broke his right ankle in an accident on his ranch.Cespedes has not played this season after undergoing surgery to remove calcification on both of his heels last year. Those surgeries were expected to keep him sidelined for
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Cespedes breaks ankle in ‘violent fall’ at his ranch

[ad_1] Rehabbing Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes broke his right ankle in a fall on his ranch, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Monday."He had a violent fall in which he stepped in a hole and put his leg and foot in a difficult position," Van Wagenen said.Cespedes, 33, suffered multiple fractures in the accident, which the Mets learned of Saturday night. He returned to New York for further evaluation, Van
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Callaway defends Cano after latest running gaffe

[ad_1] Embattled New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway defended Robinson Cano after the second baseman had another baserunning lapse in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins.It was the second time in three days Cano failed to run hard after hitting a ground ball, as the reeling Mets were swept by the Marlins.On Sunday, Cano failed to run when he hit a grounder that bounced off the dirt behind home
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Cubs won’t protest Nationals game after all

[ad_1] WASHINGTON -- The Chicago Cubs have decided not to move forward with their protest of Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Nationals, sources told ESPN on Sunday.Cubs manager Joe Maddon had argued that Washington reliever Sean Doolittle used an illegal delivery in the ninth inning of the game and said that he was playing under protest. The Cubs then had 24 hours to submit an official grievance to the league,
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Why the Cubs have rebounded and the Nationals haven’t

[ad_1] 9:00 AM ETEddie MatzCloseESPN Senior WriterEddie Matz covers the Washington Nationals and the world of Major League Baseball for ESPN.com. He's been writing for ESPN since 2002, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.Jesse RogersCloseESPN Staff WriterJesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.On April 21, the Cubs and Nationals were both sitting at .500. Despite their
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Maddon protests loss to Nats over double toe tap

[ad_1] WASHINGTON -- The Chicago Cubs protested Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Nationals, with manager Joe Maddon arguing that Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle used an illegal delivery in the ninth inning.The double toe tap that Doolittle appeared to use as he delivered the ball to home plate has been deemed illegal in the past, but umpires on Saturday did not force the left-hander to alter his delivery, much to
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Mets’ Callaway — ‘Can’t worry’ about job security

[ad_1] Following a second straight loss to the last-place Marlins in Miami, New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway addressed increasing speculation that his job is in jeopardy.The Mets fell a season-worst four games under .500 after being held to one hit in Saturday's 2-0 loss.The Marlins, with the worst record in the majors, beat the Mets for the second straight day after entering the series with a seven-game losing streak."I'm