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His rookie season, on the whole, might have been statistically forgettable, but consider the context before drawing rash conclusions. Carlson's Cardinals had a 16-day gap between games due to their early-season COVID-19 outbreak, after which he was summoned from the alternate site -- his first of an eventual two stints there -- just in time for the team to play three doubleheaders in his first five days in the majors (and he indeed played every inning for them in that five-day stretch). Carlson didn't really seem to capture momentum until his mid-September recall, after which he slugged .611 with promising underlying metrics. That's a small sample, but that's what the whole year was, and we should all remember that we were on board with the possibility of 20/20 numbers and a .280 batting average from him one year ago at this time.

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“I think I got into a position at the beginning of last year where I was too wide [in my stance] and too unathletic, and it kind of prevented me from being as effective as I can be.”

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Núñez is pretty one-dimensional -- he doesn't walk, doesn't bring much on defense, strikes out too much -- and he's stuck behind Jeimer Candelario at first base and Miguel Cabrera at DH. But he has a chance to make a team that needs offense.Colorado Rockies

"As far as timetables and stuff like that, we'll have more in the coming day or two," Boone said after Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers.Atlanta Braves

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1) It’s Sanchez’s third big fly on the preseason, and the Yankees have to love seeing that from their catcher who was beleaguered during the 2020 campaign for not being able to hit whatsoever. Sanchez seems to have tweaked his batting approach and it’s working, as he took the 3-2, 93-mph fastball over the left field fence in the top of the fifth inning. He has a .364 average so far this spring.Cincinnati Reds

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"I do agree with that. I would say I have a better sense of the zone," he explained.San Francisco Giants