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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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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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Jackie Bradley Jr.'s streak ends at 29

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. failed to extend his hitting streak beyond 29 games, going 0-for-4 against Jon Gray and getting left on deck in the ninth inning in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

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Does baseball have a beanball problem?

After getting thrown at repeatedly over the weekend, reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson spoke out against baseball's indulgence of pitching more than just a bit inside. Does he have a legitimate beef?

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Saxon: How the Dodgers found Julio Urias

Julio Urias, one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, is set to make his major league debut on Friday as a 19-year-old rookie. Here's a look at how the team scouted him.

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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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Dodgers de Los Angeles suben a mexicano Julio Urías

Después de semanas de rumores y expectativas, los Dodgers de Los Angeles anunciaron la noticia más esperada por sus fanáticos en los últimos tiempos: El ascenso del súper prospecto mexicano Julio Urías desde las ligas menores al equipo grande.

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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?

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Giants finding a way to win every close game

The offense hasn't been there, but the Giants are getting both great starting pitching and great defense. Stats & Info looks at their 14-game run.

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Quietly, Steven Matz looking like Mets' ace

Less thunder than Thor. Less drama than the Dark Knight. Less hair than deGrom. Fewer home run heroics than Bartolo. Still, Steven Matz has more wins than anyone on the vaunted Mets staff.

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2dDan Szymborski

The Big Three: Machado in same class as Trout, Harper

Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper. That's usually where the discussion goes in a debate of MLB's best players. But there's a new superstar in their midst, and his name is Manny Machado.

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Baseball HOF tour will stop in 6 Midwest cities

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced this year's National Baseball Hall of Fame tour will stop in Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee; St. Louis; Minneapolis; and Las Vegas.

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Let's remember JBJ's 29-game hit streak

Now that his hit streak has come to an end, check out Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting in 29 straight games.

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Harper crushes baseball into third deck

Hitless on the season against the Cardinals, Bryce Harper took a 1-1 pitch and smashed it off of the third deck in right for a 437-foot home run.

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Jennie Finch ready to make history

USA Softball legend Jennie Finch will be the first woman to manage a men's team when she serves as guest manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent baseball team that plays in the Atlantic League, this weekend. History-maker

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

It's been a breezy 3 days in Houston for the Orioles. They whiffed 52 times! The word from the Elias Sports Bureau: That's the most ever in a 3-game series. The record they broke was a month old - 47, by the Nationals against the Twins.

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting streak ends but don't run away in fantasy. Two at-bats could have been homers. Hit ball hard. His emergence is real.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak is done and in the books at 29 games. He went 0-for-4 against Colorado's Jon Gray and fell one short of tying Nomar Garciaparra and Tris Speaker for second place on the Red Sox career list at 30. Bradley was standing in the on-deck circle when Mookie Betts grounded out to end the game.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper's first homer in almost two weeks helped Dusty Baker become the 17th manager with 1700 career wins, as the Nats beat the Cards 2-1 in the opener of a four-game set. The W extends Washington's NL East over the idle Mets to one game.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The longest hitting streak of the MLB season is in serious jeopardy. Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-4 after an 8th inning groundout against Colorado's Jon Gray, and the Red Sox will need several men to reach base if he's going to get another shot in the 9th.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Matt Wisler continues to be a bright spot for the Braves, delivering his seventh quality start in nine outings. He's not going to get a W, but his consistency has been a plus and he's shown more strikeout ability of late, with seven K's each of his past three stars.