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Kurkjian's Baseball Fix: Adrian Beltre was so confident, he didn't wear a cup

Playing third base in the majors without a cup seems like a bad idea. But the future Hall of Famer, believed his defense was good enough to save him.

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Stories to remember Adrian Beltre by on his birthday

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RELIVE RIPKEN'S 2,131ST GAME, 7 P.M. ET ON ESPN

Untold tales of the Iron Man who saved baseball

Cal Ripken Jr. brought baseball back after the strike with his record-breaking run in 1995. Here are some stories of the summer of 2,131 you might not have heard.

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Cal Ripken Jr. becomes MLB's iron man, plays in his 2,131st straight game

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Is it safe to start the MLB season in May?

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Sources: MLB, players eye May return in Arizona

MLB and its players are focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May.

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Why Stephen A. thinks MLB's plan to start the season is implausible

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REMEMBERING AL KALINE

Kurkjian: Late HOFer Al Kaline could do everything on the diamond

Kaline was the youngest player to win a batting title, and opponents marveled at the breadth of skills of the Tigers great.

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Tigers legend Kaline dies at age 85

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    Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Don Van Natta Jr. explores and connects the lifetime baseball bans of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Pete Rose. Stream now on ESPN+