Some­thing Ma­jor

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The Hous­ton Astros’ World Se­ries win last year was val­i­da­tion for the tear-it-down-and-re­build school of ros­ter man­age­ment – from one of the his­tor­i­cally worst teams in 2011-13 to champs, all with home­grown tal­ent like li le big man Jose Al­tuve (above). But as 2018 be­gins for Ma­jor League Base­ball (from Mar 30), the buzz is be­ing gen­er­ated by big teams act­ing like their fa­mil­iar selves. The Yan­kees added the game’s best slug­ger in Gian­carlo Stan­ton, while the Cubs made a move for pitch­ing ace Yu Darvish. Most in­trigu­ing of all might be Sho­hei Ohtani, the Ja­panese star headed to the An­gels. An all-rounder, he has all of base­ball watch­ing to see if he ex­cels in the ma­jors both pitch­ing and hi ing.

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