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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.

Ross: We have a lot of room to grow (0:57)
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An amazing, astounding, awesome April

The Astros are struggling. The NL West is too. But the story, besides Trevor Story, in April of 2016 is that Chicago has been our kind of baseball town.

Votto puts Reds on top with a three-run shot (0:28)
Trout launches a solo shot to center (0:27)
Kurkjian: Sandoval needs to use the time off the field productively (1:11)
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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.

Dodgers know how to have some fun (0:16)
Harper gets the golden sombrero (0:28)
Trumbo swings at a pitch that hits him (0:33)
Ongoing existence of PEDs makes everyone a suspect (0:53)
OTL: More than a game: Osama Bin Laden killed (5:14)
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Astros problems in 2016 are plentiful

Poor pitching across the board and a lack of offensive production at a couple of spots in the lineup have made for a very frustrating season.


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GOT HIM! Nomar Mazara doing it ALL.


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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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

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Pirates were both issued warnings after players on both sides were hit by pitches in back to back innings on Monday. It resulted in the dugouts, along with Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, yelling at each other including Joe Maddon.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Adam Wainwright's homer gives him 2 hits this season. One HR. One triple. No singles. No doubles. Try that on your Play Station sometime

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Szczur left Monday's game against the Pirates after his right hamstring tightened up on him.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second time in as many starts going back to last year the Cubs got to Pirates starter Gerrit Cole chasing him from the game early on Monday just as they did in the wild card affair last October when he lasted 5 innings. This time he couldn't get out of the fifth as the Cubs made him throw 105 pitches in 4.2.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

It appears that Tigers ace Justin Verlander is engaged to longtime girlfriend, actress and supermodel Kate Upton. Upton showed off a massive sparkler on the red carpet of the 2016 Met Gala in NYC. Upton told E! News that Verlander proposed before the start of the 2016 season but the couple has kept the news hush-hush up until now.

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What do you do with that? 😧