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Report: Cardinals and Pirates likely to play a game in Williamsport, PA

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and Pirates are likely to play a regular season game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Little League World Series. The particular game is scheduled for August 20 and would be relocated from the Pirates’ PNC Park.

Williamsport, of course, is home to the complex that hosts the Little League World Series, but also has BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, the third oldest park in minor league baseball. Presumably, that stadium — which seats 4,200 — would be used for the Cardinals-Pirates game.

As Goold notes, this isn’t the first time Major League Baseball has held a regular season game in a ballpark that doesn’t belong to one of its 30 teams. The Marlins and Braves played at Fort Bragg last year. And MLB wanted to play in Puerto Rico but the Zika virus changed those plans.

2017 Preview: The National League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West.

The Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break and the Dodgers lost the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw for a big chunk of the season. Yet, somehow, L.A. won the NL West by four games. The biggest culprit was the Giants’ suspect bullpen, which they put some real money toward fixing this winter. Is it enough? Or is a a Dodgers team with a healthy Kershaw just too talented for San Francisco to handle?

Below them is an intriguing Rockies team, though probably not a truly good Rockies team. The Dbacks have a lot of assorted talent but are nonetheless in reshuffle mode following a miserable 2016 campaign. The Padres, meanwhile, are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, but do possess some of the best minor league talent in the game.

Here are our previews of the 2017 NL West:

Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres

2017 Preview: The American League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West

There’s not a lot of separation between the top three teams in this division. Indeed, it would not be a surprise for either the Astros, Rangers or Mariners to end the year on top. Part of that is because none of these contenders are perfect, with all three facing some big challenges in putting together a strong rotation.

Meanwhile, the best baseball player in the universe toils in Anaheim, where he’ll most likely have to content himself to playing spoiler. Up the coast in Oakland . . . um, green is pretty?

Our 2017 AL West Previews:

Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland Athletics