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Major League Baseball’s draft is over, so now general managers and club presidents can focus on the decisions of whether to buy or sell before the trade deadline — to add incrementally or go in big, to fully commit to a rebuild, or to just hang on in the hopes of a turnaround and wild-card chase.

Only 46 days remain before the July 31 deadline, and club officials from both leagues offered some thoughts on where specific teams stand:

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Houston has an enormous lead in the American League West, but the Astros also have developed a monster problem because of their rotation injuries. Even before the season started, the expectation within the industry was that the Astros would add a good rotation piece, more likely someone who they could control beyond the 2017 season. But with Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton all out of action, the sense among rival evaluators is that the Astros want to push to jump the market and make a deal. “The need for a starting pitcher is right now,” an AL official said.

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COLOGNE, Germany — Russia and two-time champion Canada remained unbeaten after convincing wins over Germany and Belarus at the ice hockey world championship on Monday.

Vadim Shipachyov and Nikita Kucherov scored twice each as record-title winner Russia defeated Germany 6-3 in Cologne, while Nathan MacKinnon notched two more goals and an assist as Canada shut out Belarus 6-0 in Paris, where goaltender Calvin Pickard was outstanding.

With three victories from three games in Group B so far, Canada extended its worlds winning run to 10 games.

Germany captain Christian Ehrhoff was back from injury but Russia, which claimed 22 of its 27 world titles as the Soviet Union, got off to a great start through center Shipachyov after just a minute.

Then the Germans’ hopes took a hit when leading scorer Patrick Hager got a five-minute major and game misconduct for a slew foot on Sergei Mozyakin. Mozyakin didn’t return.

Shipachyov and Sergei Plotnikov scored to leave the hosts 3-0 down at the interval.

Germany’s Yasin Ehliz was penalized for roughing as tempers became frayed in the second period, and again the Russians took advantage for 5-0.

Brayden Point scored early for Canada, which had 11 shots compared to Belarus’ four in the first period. MacKinnon scored twice in the second, the first on a power play, taking the center’s tournament tally to five.

Belarus goaltender Mikhail Karnaukhov kept the score down with some outstanding stops but Canada added three more goals.

Also in Group B, the Czech Republic came back from a three-goal deficit to beat Finland 4-3 in a shootout.

Finland raced into a 3-0 lead and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo frustrated the Czechs until he was finally beaten by Roman Horak on a power play in the third quarter.

Quick-fire goals from Radko Gudas and Jan Kovar tied the game with 1:51 to play.

Robin Hanzl scored in the shootout and Petr Mrazek made two saves as the 2010 champions moved to third in Group B.

The United States came back three times to beat Sweden 4-3.

Player-of-the-game Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, J.T. Compher scored the winner, and Jimmy Howard stopped 39 shots as the Americans clocked their second win following their surprise defeat to co-host Germany on Friday.
Clayton Keller cancelled Elias Lindholm’s early score on a power play for Sweden, only to see Lindholm score again.

Gaudreau equalized on a breakaway but Victor Hedman gave Sweden a 3-2 first-period lead.

Gaudreau crowned a brilliant team move to equalize again.

Lindholm came close to a hat trick then Compher put the U.S. in front for the first time, redirecting Connor Murphy’s shot with 8:13 left to play.

Sweden’s hopes of tying the game were hit when they were left with three against five.

The Americans, who next play next Italy on Wednesday, moved two points behind Russia in Group A.

The top four teams from each eight-team group go through to the quarterfinals.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two goals within 42 seconds in the second period turned the tide and brought the Nashville Predators back into the series in a big way with a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of a raucous Game 3 crowd in the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday.

With the win, the Predators now trail 2-1 in the series.


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Game 3 forecast: Cloudy with a chance of catfish
As the Stanley Cup Final moves to Nashville, where fans have a tradition of throwing catfish onto the ice, for Game 3 on Saturday, one local market expects a fish frenzy.

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The Stanley Cup Final is making its first trip to Music City and there’s a whole lot of strange being planned before, during and after Game 3.
How it happened: Jake Guentzel opened the scoring less than three minutes in, cleaning up the rebound off an Ian Cole slap shot from the point. The goal put a serious wet blanket on the crowd, as the Penguins did what they set out to do — play their game and take the crowd out of it early. But the crowd was back to boisterous for good after Roman Josi — on the power play — and Frederick Gaudreau scored in rapid succession to give the Predators the lead. James Neal stuffed one in on the glove side with 22 seconds left in the second and it was 3-1. A breakaway finish by Craig Smith made it 4-1 at 4:54 of the third. Mattias Ekholm rounded out the scoring with Sidney Crosby in the box.
Roman Josi got the Predators back in Game 3 with a big second-period goal. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Barry Melrose’s take: Nashville looked like the Nashville Predators of the previous rounds. Their defenseman scored on a one-timer, which was their bread and butter in previous series. Very tough to defend against. They killed off penalties; Pittsburgh is 0-for-10 in the past two games on the power play. Pittsburgh was not playing fast — the Penguins seemed very unexcited in a game like this. They were taking Nashville for granted or something; they don’t have the same intensity. And Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was very solid, apart from the first goal.

Key stat: Crosby has one goal in his past 19 Stanley Cup Final games.

Fish market sales report: One catfish was thrown in warm-ups and one in the third period (?). But that was it, despite the pregame hoopla. Security was really tight, apparently.

Conn Smythe watch: 1. Jake Guentzel, Penguins. The rookie has worked his way into the leading spot with his 13th goal of the postseason, one short of the record by Dino Ciccarelli. Where would the Penguins be without him? 2. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins; 3. Sidney Crosby, Penguins; 4. Roman Josi, Predators; 5. Pekka Rinne, Predators

What’s next: Game 4 of the series is Monday in Nashville, 8 p.m. ET.