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Cubs chase Gerrit Cole with timely hits

In a rematch of last year's NL wild-card game, the Cubs once again beat the Pirates, forcing Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole out after 4 2/3 innings and 105 pitches.

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Cuba still won't allow defectors to play in WBC

Cuban baseball players who defected will still not be allowed to represent their home country at the World Baseball Classic, despite the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba.

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Votto puts Reds on top with a three-run shot (0:28)
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Kurkjian: Sandoval needs to use the time off the field productively (1:11)
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Grounder goes off the base and hits the face (0:25)
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Trout launches a solo shot to center (0:27)
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What's wrong with Dallas Keuchel?

Last year's Cy Young winner has an ERA above 5 and is off to a rough start this season. But is it all bad, or are there some positive signs in there?

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Diary of Myles Thomas: 'Urban and Eddie'

In the latest installment of our 1927 Yankees diary, Myles Thomas describes the unique relationship between a pitcher with a terminal heart condition and a team mascot whose journey to the majors can only be described as Dickensian.

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Clayton Kershaw takes matters into his own hands

Clayton Kershaw was equally determined and dominating while striking out 14 Padres in a complete-game gem that helped the Dodgers snap a six-game losing streak.

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Dodgers know how to have some fun (0:16)
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Harper gets the golden sombrero (0:28)
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Ongoing existence of PEDs makes everyone a suspect (0:53)
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OTL: More than a game: Osama Bin Laden killed (5:14)

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Molina does pushups after hitting the dirt

A pitch from Brett Oberholtzer sent Yadier Molina to the ground, where he got a few extra reps of pushups in.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dallas Keuchel, 2016: Not painting.

Pitcher crushes home run into upper deck

Pitchers can't hit? Tell that to Adam Wainwright.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

A tale of two seasons. Dallas Keuchel, 2015: Hitting the black, painting that corner:

Cubs best Pirates in series opener

Ben Zobrist and David Ross each knocked in two runs as Chicago topped Pittsburgh 7-2.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch on Monday by Kyle Lobstein not long after Starling Marte was nailed by Jason Hammel. The result was a warning to both benches.

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MLB ? @mlb

GOT HIM! Nomar Mazara doing it ALL.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Bartolo Colon reacts to earning career win No. 220, which passes Pedro Martinez for sole possession of second among Dominican-born pitchers. Juan Marichal ranks first at 243.

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Titan Tech's Khris Davis batting cleanup + ace seats. The romantic in me needs a few innings with the A's ... secret cure for writer's block