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3hScott 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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2hBuster 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.

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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? He starts tonight against the Pirates.

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6hAdam 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.

Kurkjian: Syndergaard is going to keep getting better (0:51)
On this date: Barry Bonds hits 715th home run (1:29)
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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.

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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.

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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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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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1dMyles 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.

1dPaul 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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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.

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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.


Pitchers who will, won't turn it around

For all of Matt Harvey's struggles this season, he also has been one of the unluckiest pitchers on his batted balls. Even if Harvey's stuff is diminished, Scott Spratt thinks he can expect to see better results. Bad luck, bad seasons (Insider)

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The Cardinals have designated for assignment ex-Mets infielder Ruben Tejada. He would have to accept an assignment to Triple-A Memphis. Tejada was hitting only .176 (6-for-34) with St. Louis. Rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz is hitting .327 with seven homers and 25 RBIs for the Cardinals.

Olney: Pirates are a sleeping giant

Glaring needs are developing for championship contenders, but Pittsburgh doesn't have any gaping holes right now. Watch out (Insider)

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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?


OTD: Barry Bonds hits 715th home run

On May 28, 2006, Bonds surpassed Babe Ruth on the all-time home runs list.


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.