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MLB breakout picks for 2017

Addison Russell already played short for the world champs, but this is the year he steps into stardom. Who else is ready to deliver much more in 2017?

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Mirotic, Bulls cruise past Pistons (1:06)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls win it 117-95. Niko Mirotic finishes 12/15 from the field. Butler finishes 6/6 from the field. Bulls outscored Pistons 58-44 in the paint. What an awful performance from the Pistons.

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Rondo channels his inner George "Iceman" Gervin (0:15)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Niko Mirotic is really playing well tonight. 9/12 from the field. He is stretching the floor for the rest of his teammates. Jimmy Butler has been very efficient from the field. 6/6 and has 9 assists.

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Butler skies for the lay-in and-1 (0:19)
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Carter-Williams twists for layup and-1 (0:21)
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Zipser shows his handle for layup and-1 (0:18)
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Butler's steal leads to Bulls' layup (0:28)
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UCF's Williams getting buckets from Steph Curry range (0:19)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez recalled the late Dallas Green pushing him one winter after Martinez had a ton of at-bats in various leagues that season. He estimated he had something like 700 at-bats and just wanted to go home. Green told him to go get "900 at-bats" in winter ball leading to Martinez making the Cubs roster soon after. Martinez: "Could be hard at times but you respected that. Just a good overall guy."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his latest start on Wednesday in a minor league game. He was sharper than his last outing; he has one more spring start before opening day.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss how he hopes the Cubs tighten their game in the final week before the regular season.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist has been scratched from tonight's game against the Reds due to a stiff neck.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Joffrey Lauvergne will start in Robin Lopez's place.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Cris Felicio is out tonight with a bruised lower back.

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Smith doesn't consider Lopez-Ibaka altercation a 'fight' (2:05)