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FSL notes: Yanks’ Loaisiga shows staying power

From a family of formidable baseball talent, Tampa right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga aims to become one of just a handful of Nicaraguan natives to don a Major League uniform.

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Power Rankings: There’s a new top dog in NL

This week’s Power Rankings begin with a tip of the cap to several teams who are exceeding most preseason expectations placed upon them, and who could find themselves with higher positions in this space as soon as next week if they keep up this pace.

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Storm’s Baez shows no-hit stuff in Cal debut

No. 5 San Diego prospect Michel Baez threw five no-hit innings in his Class A Advanced debut, striking out two and allowing two walks and an unearned run in Lake Elsinore’s 2-0 loss to San Jose.

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Big night for Big G (HR, 4-for-4) in Yanks’ win

The jaw-dropping drive that will make all of the highlight reels from Monday’s 14-1 Yankees victory over the Twins was Giancarlo Stanton’s fifth-inning blast to the left-field bleachers, a titanic drive that showcased the superstar’s power in convincing fashion.

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Altuve, Astros getting ready for 1st look at Ohtani

The Astros are about to get their first look at two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, who’s scheduled to make his fourth start of the season on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

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Thornton fans PCL-record eight in a row

Astros prospect Trent Thornton tied a Pacific Coast League record by striking out eight consecutive batters in the Fresno Grizzlies’ 3-2 loss at Reno on Monday.

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Giants’ Belt sets MLB record with 21-pitch AB

Brandon Belt of the Giants saw 21 pitches in an epic plate appearance against Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria in the first inning Sunday, the most pitches seen in an at-bat in Major League Baseball history.

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The toughest player to strike out on every team

These are the toughest players to strike out on each team. They might not all be huge power hitters, or even close to stars, but they have a skill that’s rarer and rarer every month — and thus, they are more valuable than ever.