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Why Jim Grobe is the perfect choice for Baylor

Just days after a scathing investigative report, Baylor needed a stable, respected hand to take over for fired coach Art Briles. And the Bears couldn't have done much better than Jim Grobe.

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There's home runs, and then there's 453-foot home runs (0:24)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Grobe statement on his hiring as Baylor's interim coach today: "It is an honor for me to have the opportunity to join the Baylor football program during this important time. I am looking forward to getting to know and working with the coaches and players in the coming days, and I have great respect for Baylor as an institution and its long-standing heritage. As a coach, winning is important. At the same time, I want to assure the Baylor family that every decision we will make in this football program will be made with Baylor University, her students and our student-athletes in mind."

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Jim Grobe tabbed as Interim coach at Baylor (1:29)

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor has named Jim Grobe as its acting head coach during the 2016 season. The former Wake Forest coach takes over immediately. Here's a short comment from Grobe in Baylor's release about the hire:

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Irish-Horns may be closer than you think

Despite Notre Dame embarrassing Texas 38-3 in last season's opener, ESPN's FPI expects the rematch in Austin to be one of the closest games of the 2016 opening weekend. Top Week 1 matchups (Insider)

Rangers jump to No. 8 in rankings

Texas earned a four-spot climb in this week's set of Power Rankings, according to ESPN's expert panel. The return of Yu Darvish should provide a boost to the Rangers' pitching staff. Week 8 Power Rankings

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Sunday's longest homers

Carlos Gonzalez had only one previous RBI during May before his two-run, 447-foot blast in the eighth inning. Mitch Moreland's 440-foot long ball landed halfway up the right-field Home Run Porch at Globe Life Park.

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Cubs rule the Week 8 Power Rankings (1:38)

Who will Rangers take at No. 30?

In his latest mock draft, Keith Law now believes Texas will select Vanderbilt OF Bryan Reynolds with the No. 30 pick. The Rangers have also shown interest in high-risk, high-reward high school players. Law: Mock draft 2.0 (Insider)

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitch Moreland had one homer in the first 27 days of May. Now, he has two in the last two games. Moreland's three-run blast to the upper deck in RF gives Texas a 4-2 lead over Pittsburgh after four innings.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Prince Fielder hits his first homer since April 19, ending the longest drought of his career - 34 games and 131 at-bats.

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Yu Darvish back and better than ever?

In his first start of the 2014 season, Darvish hit 95 miles per hour once. On Saturday, his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2015, the right-hander hit that velocity 20 times.

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Baylor in crisis (6:33)
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Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Yu Darvish describes his emotions when he took the mound in the first inning.

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Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Manager Jeff Banister talks about why he took Darvish out after five innings

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Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson on what made Yu Darvish so effective tonight against Pittsburgh.