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Unlike the Cubs, the Angels aren't projected to be very good this season

Unlike the Cubs, the Angels aren't projected to be very good this season

The traveling road show that is the Chicago Cubs staged its debut performance in Anaheim on Monday. You could almost hear the carnival barker: "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and see baseball's best team!"

Believe the hype? The Cubs certainly don't shy from it.

Joe Maddon, the manager, fielded a stock question — about the Cubs playing with a target on their back — and turned it into a merchandising opportunity.

"The target is on the front," Maddon said with a smile.

Maddon coined the slogan "Embrace the Target," then slapped it on T-shirts for the players. As he reminded...

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