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Hamels, Rangers cruise past Yankees (1:26)
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Beltran exits early with apparent leg injury (0:51)
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Adrian Beltre's teammates love touching his head (0:26)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 29-ranked senior Jeremiah Tilmon tells ESPN he is down to five: Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas and Kansas.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he never considered pinch-hitting Alex Rodriguez in Aaron Hicks' place in the ninth, despite the fact that the tying run was at the plate early Tuesday morning. With a righty on the mound, the amount of hours Rodriguez sat and the short porch in right, Girardi said turning to A-Rod was not a thought. When asked when he could pinch-hit A-Rod in AL parks, Girardi didn't have much of answer instead basically saying wait-and-see. A-Rod is in tonight's lineup, starting against lefty Cole Hamels. A-Rod is 1-for-6 with a homer.

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Parsons among best FA 3-and-D players

TrueHoop TV's Kevin Arnovitz includes Chandler Parsons among the best 3-and-D players in the upcoming free-agent class. Arnovitz notes that Parsons ranks in the 93rd percentile hitting what's defined as a tough 3-pointer.

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15hJim Bowden

Rookie Report: Top 10 rookies this season

Corey Seager and Nomar Mazara have been two of baseball's top rookies. Where do they rank halfway through the 2016 season?

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

After not finishing until 2:44 on Tuesday morning, the Yankees and Rangers may face some more rain today. AccuWeather says there could be thunderstorms during tonight's game. Bring your umbrellas and -- judging from last night -- maybe a sleeping bag.

Two to rep Rangers at Futures Game

Second baseman Travis Demeritte will play for the United States team while 1B Ronald Guzman cracks the World roster at this summer's All-Star Futures Game in San Diego. Neither ranked among Keith Law's top Rangers prospects this offseason.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

As expected, Alex Rodriguez is at DH and batting third with lefty Cole Hamels tonight. The Yankees have also moved Carlos Beltran into the two hole.

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How do opponents view Kirk Cousins?

Washington's starting QB isn't quite a star, but he's given NFC East rivals plenty of trouble. Dan Graziano breaks it down.

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Most indispensable: TCU Horned Frogs

Coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs will rely on the playmaking and experience of veteran safety Denzel Johnson in the secondary this season.

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Pachulia could be free-agent steal

Zaza Pachulia was the Mavericks' Plan B after DeAndre Jordan's about-face last summer. Pachulia became a pleasant surprise for Dallas, particularly on the boards. Most underrated FAs (Insider)

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20hBrandon Chatmon

Predicting the 2016 season: Week 2

The Big 12 blog continues its prediction series by prognosticating what will happen in Week 2. Kansas Jayhawks fans will be happy reading this.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Before last night's rain-delayed game, the Yankees had won 160 consecutive games when leading after 8 innings. They are now 160-1 in such games, dating back to June 1, 2014. The Rangers beat the Yankees 9-6 in a game that was delayed for 3 hours and 35 minutes. The Yankees had a 6-5 lead going into the 9th inning before play was stopped after Aroldis Chapman walked Robinson Chirinos and had a 3-1 count on Shin-Soo Choo. Rangers scored 4 runs after the game resumed at 2:15 am.

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Bryant cashed in with cushy contract

Less than a year after signing a five-year extension, Dez Bryant is guaranteed to collect at least $45 million of his deal's $70 million value, which is just outside Megatron territory. Player-friendly contracts (Insider)