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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs released Munenori Kawasaki giving him a chance to explore other opportunities. There's still a chance he returns to the organization.

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Does Tim Anderson's upside make him a steal? (0:55)
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Caps current Cup favorite

The Stanley Cup playoffs start in two weeks. But who would be the favorite to win it all if they started today? Our writers were practically unanimous in their decision -- despite misgivings.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Cheap steals in AL-only: Jacob May now has a clear path to the White Sox's center field job, following Peter Bourjos' trade to the Rays. May offers speed and defense and little else -- and he's probably a backup come late May when Charlie Tilson returns -- but that's a skills combination that worked for Jarrod Dyson for years in Kansas City.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss how he feels heading into the regular season. He wrapped up his spring with 6 innings against the Indians where his stuff got better as the game went along. He says he's ready.

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Kane scores, but Gourde gets the winner for Lightning (0:56)

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Bulls G Jimmy Butler had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists Sunday vs. the Bucks. The last Chicago player to total that many points and assists in a game was Pau Gasol (22 points, 14 assists vs. the Blazers on Feb. 27, 2016), per the Elias Sports Bureau. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The best of Kizer at Gruden's QB Camp (3:17)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the progress of Jason Heyward this spring.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs option Eddie Butler, Rob Zastryzny to Triple-A. Ian Happ, John Andreoli and Taylor Davis assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs roster is 31 now. Happ, in particular, had a great spring training.

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The night Jordan dropped 55 points at MSG (1:19)
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Predicting Cubs' 2017 record

Joe Peta thinks the Chicago Cubs, with a World Series title in hand, cruise through the regular season a bit and may not reach their Vegas win total of 95.5.

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Kizer shows awareness and commands the huddle (2:32)