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1hScott Spratt

Four struggling pitchers who will rebound and four who won't

Some big names -- Matt Harvey, Dallas Keuchel, David Price -- have gotten off to slow starts on the hill, but improvement this season will come only to a few.

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8mBuster Olney

Olney: Red-hot Pirates are a sleeping giant

Buster Olney focuses on the 28-19 Pirates, laying out an apt analogy for the perception of the NL Central and what Pittsburgh is capable of.

On this date: Barry Bonds hits 715th home run (1:29)
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New Nationals woe: Scherzer gets wild

One thing the Nationals thought wouldn't be a problem for Max Scherzer was his control, but a few too many walks made a bad night worse for the workhorse.

Piscotty's grand slam blows open game (0:27)
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One for the aged: A-Rod and Beltran power Yankees win

By hammering homers off Rays ace Chris Archer, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran showed that they can still make a big impact on a Yankees team climbing back into the AL East picture.

Donaldson's second HR the difference for Blue Jays (0:28)
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Granderson's blast caps late drama

After first enduring their own epic ninth-inning collapse, the Mets got a walk-off win from an unlikely hero thanks to Curtis Granderson's wind-aided home run.

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Tigers' Fulmer should stay put after gem

Michael Fulmer followed up an 11-strikeout effort by tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday's win over the Athletics, which should earn the rookie a rotation spot.

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4hAdam Rubin

Morning Briefing: Mets set for '86 salute

Nearly every member of the team that beat the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series will be on hand Saturday to be feted before the Mets host the Dodgers.

Bautista tries his hand at PA announcing during suspension (0:13)
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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's?

Bogaerts pushes hit streak to 20 games (0:11)
Beer can pyramids, more exciting than a baseball game (0:14)
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21hMyles Thomas

Diary of Myles Thomas: The secret life of Sam Rice

Sam Rice's life before baseball involves a secret tragedy so terrible it seems impossible for one man to bear. And yet, somehow, he plays on. Our 1927 Yankees chronicler relays Rice's tale, one so heartbreaking it impacts all who hear it.

23hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

Friday Flashback: How did we go from the beginning of baseball to an official sock provider? Uni Watch offers a selective timeline of baseball's hosiery history.

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Bryce Harper goes deep to bury slump

One of the major leagues' most controversial days off paid instant dividends on Thursday, as Bryce Harper connected for a monster blast to help power the Nationals past the Cardinals.

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Rob Arthur

FiveThirtyEight: Hitting hard, or into hard luck

Diving into the data from MLB's Statcast gives you a view into who's been killing the ball, and who's been getting more than his share of breaks at the plate.

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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.


Friday's longest home runs

Jorge Soler's fourth-inning blast was one of three Cubs homers in their 6-2 win over the Phillies. Alex Rodriguez homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list.


Jose Bautista tries his hand at PA

The Blue Jays RF served his one-game suspension during the team's 7-5 win over the Red Sox on Friday, so he lent his voice to the public address booth for Kevin Pillar's at-bat.


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All-Time HR List 9th Thru 12th 9 Frank Robinson 586 10 Mark McGwire 583 11 Harmon Killebrew 573 12 Albert Pujols 570

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White Sox have lost 4 straight and are 4-12 in their past 16 games..Curtis Granderson (NYM): 2nd career walk-off HR and 1st since 2005

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Mark Trumbo (BAL): 15th HR of the season, tied for the major-league lead..Manny Machado: 4-for-5 with 2 doubles

Fans battle for HR ball outside Wrigley

Kris Bryant absolutely crushed that ball out of the park. And fans outside of Wrigley instantly fought for it.


Granderson smacks walk-off HR for Mets

The Mets blew a four-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, but Curtis Granderson came through clutch in the bottom of the inning with a walk-off home run.


107-year-old shows off moves at MLB game

Virginia McLaurin danced her way to fame at the White House -- and she boogeyed again at her first baseball game with the Nationals.


Beer can pyramid at a baseball game

During the seventh inning of the Orioles-Indians game, a couple of fans decided to make a very tall beer can pyramid ... because, why not?


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Tigers take first game of series against Oakland, 4-1, led by a dominant performance from rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer.

Donaldson's second HR marks difference

Josh Donaldson hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, which snapped a 5-5 tie and eventually got the Blue Jays a win.


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According to ESPN Stats and Info, pitcher Michael Fulmer is the first rookie to throw 7 2/3 scoreless innings since Justin Verlander did back in 2006.

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Seven scoreless innings for Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, who continues to make a strong case to remain in rotation. Hard to imagine him getting bumped, even once Shane Greene is healthy. Last two starts have been terrific.

Dick Vitale @DickieV

Had a chance after Yankee game to shoot the breeze with @AROD & he seems very content with how things r going on in his life .

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Curtis Granderson reacts after delivering his first walk-off homer since 2005. The solo shot salvaged a victory for the Mets after closer Jeurys Familia allowed four runs in the top of the ninth.