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Sullivan's WS Preview

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The Rangers are probably a better team than the Giants. They're probably a better playoff team than the Giants. But the difference isn't that big. There is no clear favorite, and there is no clear underdog. There are just two teams that, if they played this series 1000 times, might win 550 times and 450 times, respectively. How close they are - that's a big part of what makes this World Series so interesting, and so worth looking forward to. I think the Rangers will win. I will not predict it. All I'll predict is that this is going to be a hell of a week.

Twenty-five years ago today. Still looks safe to me!

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Twenty-five years ago today. Still looks safe to me!

A Look at Royals Non-Tender Candidates

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I am not sure I would agree with them all. I think Bannister is gone and Fields has a good chance of coming back.

"Hoping for the underdogs. I will love to see the media try to talk about Texas and San Francisco...

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"Hoping for the underdogs. I will love to see the media try to talk about Texas and San Francisco for a couple of weeks."

Jeff Zimmerman, regarding the prospect of a TX/SF World Series

Sickels KC Top 26

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You guys have no idea how long I've been waiting for this to come out.

Eric Hosmer's gray spikes are at least a 70 on the 20-80 scale

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Eric Hosmer's gray spikes are at least a 70 on the 20-80 scale

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Instructs highlights from Dutton

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• Catcher Wil Myers, one of the organization’s top prospects, began taking fly balls as a possible first step to becoming an outfielder. Club officials believe his bat can be big-league ready within a year but acknowledge his catching skills are less advanced. For now, plans call for Myers, 19, to start next season as a catcher. • Outfielder Brett Eibner, a second-round pick last June, is drawing raves from multiple club officials as a potential five-tool player. That’s pretty heady stuff for a 21-year-old who has yet to play in a professional game. • Right-hander Tim Melville, 21, "showed the most improvement of any guy in camp," according to Sharp. Melville’s stock dipped this season after going 2-12 with a 4.97 ERA in 22 starts at Wilmington. Club officials quickened his tempo, which paid dividends with all of his pitches. • Right-hander Jason Adam, a fifth-round pick in June from Blue Valley Northwest, has yet to play professionally because, like Eibner, he signed late. He impressed observers by displaying a mid-90s fastball with a good breaking ball. • Former NFL quarterback Pat White, 24, showed potential as an outfielder after shaking the rust from six years of not playing competitive baseball. "If you would have seen him day one and see him now," Sharp said, "different guy. His arm is two grades better than it was day one." • Kevin David’s emergence as a legitimate prospect bolsters an already deep group of catchers that makes it easier for the Royals to contemplate shifting Myers to the outfield. David, 22, was a 19th-round pick in June who batted .277 in 37 games at short-season Idaho Falls while displaying solid defensive skills. • Shortstop Alex McClure, 21, is a slick-fielding defensive player whom several club officials labeled as the camp’s biggest surprise because of his bat. Perhaps he was just knocking off the rust after not playing last season at Middle Tennessee following his transfer from Vanderbilt. McClure batted just .232 in 67 games in the low minors after his selection last June in the 11th round.

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