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Chicago Cubs lead the way on our April All-Stars

A month into the season, here's a look at a starting nine and a pitching rotation that's off to the hottest starts in baseball. How many Cubs made the list?

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Big Papi to play himself in movie "Patriots Day"

Red Sox DH David Ortiz will play himself in "Patriots Day" and reenact his speech in Fenway Park just days after the Boston Marathon terrorist attack.

Is bad blood good for baseball? (2:14)
Why We Love Sports Today: Home run for Maverick (1:14)
The Start of Carlos Correa (0:50)

We expected better: Top 25 of unfulfilled potential

ESPN.com presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more.

Wilbon optimistic Yankees can turn it around (1:34)
Olney: Correa always saw himself making it to the MLB (2:22)
Kurkjian: Sandoval needs to use the time off the field productively (1:11)
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Get yer Dodger Dogs! Snack sold beyond park

Until recently, ready-to-eat Dodger Dogs in the Los Angeles area were only available at Dodger Stadium. Now they can be found at a convenience store.

Is Nolan Arenado really that good? (4:09)
Sport Science: Souza's superman catch (1:53)
Molina does some pushups after hitting the dirt (0:15)
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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.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Don't expect to see Justin Verlander pitch in long sleeves ever again. Tigers ace said he struggled to warm up when the weather turned cold in his last outing so he wanted to change before the fifth inning in case it turned on Tuesday night. The result? He didn't throw a single strike in warmups and fell behind every batter afterwards. "I'm not making excuses. That just will never happen again."

Teamwork makes the dream work

Victor Martinez hit a fly ball to short right field, but Francisco Lindor couldn't quite get there in time. Luckily, Jason Kipnis was there to help.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In the fifth inning, Alex Rodriguez hurt his right hamstring, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed. A-Rod will go for an MRI on Tuesday and then the Yankees will then determine if he will go on the DL.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alex Rodríguez se lesionó la corva derecha en el primer partido de los Yankees en Baltimore, una derrota 4-1 ante los Orioles; se someterá a resonancia magnética mañana.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No Hardy, no Britton, no problem. Mark Trumbo went deep twice, Chris Tillman tied a career-high with nine strikeouts, and Darren O'Day got the save in the Orioles 4-1 victory over the Yankees. The win moves the O's into a first-place tie with the Red Sox.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

At the beginning of the season, FiveThirtyEight.com projected the Cubs to win 96 games with a +138 run differential. After beating the Pirates 7-1 they're now at +89. With 137 games to go. They're 19-6 ... that's 123-win pace.

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Jake Arrieta throws seven scoreless innings and earns his 6th win of the season in Cubs' 6-1 victory over Pirates.

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Assuming that if Alex Rodriguez misses games, Aaron Hicks may get more playing time in his place,with Beltran moving to designated hitter.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Nothing about Hanley Ramirez's home run to end Jose Quintana's scoreless streak at 20 1/3 IP and get the Red Sox on the board was Cellular, that was hit over 380 feet to right field.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Standing ovation for Chris Tillman, who fans the side in the seventh. The Orioles righty, who's likely done after 110 pitches, has tied a career-high with nine punchouts on the night. In his last three starts, all against AL East foes, Tillman has a 1.37 ERA with 22 K's in 19.2 innings.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Another disappointing start for the Yankees Luis Severino. Severino, who is supposed to be the future ace, went six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits against the Orioles Tuesday. Severino gave up two homers to Mark Trumbo and made two errors on flips at first base. Severino, just 22, has a 6.31 ERA after five starts. The Yankees may consider sending him to Triple-A to try to get right.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

After throwing just two fastballs in the first two innings, Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright threw six in the third inning as he got into trouble, escaping with just one run allowed on three walks (one intentional). We'll see where he goes from here.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

And now he isn't. Looks like pitchers just making better pitches. Funny how that works.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

So Bryce Harper was hot through April 26 ...

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Mark Trumbo just took Luis Severino deep for the second time tonight to extend the Orioles lead to 4-1. It's his second multi-mash this season, and the ninth of his career. He's now tied for the AL lead with nine dingers.