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Royals' Morales putting on power show vs. Cards

Royals DH Kendrys Morales has two homers and five RBIs against the Cardinals in a Show-Me State series opener featuring the best two records in baseball.

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Bowden: The 20 players most likely to be dealt

Jim Bowden lays out the 20 players most likely to be dealt by July 31, including a trade likeliness rating, interested teams and best fit for each guy.

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Harper smacks 16th homer in win (0:49)

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Has Bumgarner passed Kershaw? (2:10)

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Slugger to take: Harper or Stanton? (2:18)

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Baseball is dying ... again

A Wall Street Journal report shows that participation in youth baseball appears to be in heavy decline.

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Web Gems: Thursday, May 21

Does Chris Carter's sliding catch top Alex Gordon's leaping grab into the stands? Vote at @BBTN, using #WebGems.

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Thursday's power rankings

Madison Bumgarner shined as the San Francisco Giants beat Clayton Kershaw, while the Tampa Bay Rays took over first in the AL East.

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#TBT: When Babe Ruth hit right-handed

According to nationalpastime.com, Babe Ruth decided to bat right-handed in the ninth inning on May 21, 1930 -- a game in which he hit three homers.

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Flores: Loria, Samson still running Marlins' show (1:10)
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Trade market not close to materializing

Buster Olney checks in on how MLB teams view the current trade market, identifies one aspect in which the Twins have improved and more.

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Becoming the boomstick

How Nelson Cruz beat the aging curve to become one of the best hitters in baseball.

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Harper adds to NL home run lead

Bryce Harper hit an opposite-field blast to left off of Sean O'Sullivan and Max Scherzer made a 2-1 score stand up with 8 strong innings as the Nationals topped the Phillies in D.C.

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Jeff Samardzija's streak ends

The White Sox starter had retired 17 straight Twins batters until Eduardo Escobar's single in the 7th. Minnesota did strike early for 2 runs in the 1st, and the teams remain deadlocked at 2-2 in the 7th inning. Follow live

Final: Tigers 6, Astros 2

Alfredo Simon twirled 7 solid innings for Detroit, but J.D. Martinez's 3-run homer was the difference as the Tigers won their 3rd straight. Box Score

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Scherzer tosses gem in Nats win

Max Scherzer allowed 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6 over 8 innings in a 2-1 win over the Phillies. Closer Drew Storen allowed 2 hits in the 9th, but stranded both of them as the Nats won their 6th straight. Box score

Red Sox's Ramirez leaves after HBP

Hanley Ramirez was plunked on the hand during the 4th inning, which forced him to exit later in the game. Boston trails the Angels 11-3 in the 7th. Follow live

King Felix reigns in Toronto

Felix Hernandez won his MLB-best 7th game of the year as Seattle beat Toronto 4-3. More impressively, by getting his 2,014th career strikeout, Felix passed Catfish Hunter and tied Orel Hershiser on the all-time list. Box score

Cole takes Syndergaard, Mets to school

Friday's Pirates-Braves game pitted two young power arms in Gerrit Cole and Noah Syndergaard. Cole and Pittsburgh won the matchup 4-1 as he nearly pitched a complete game (10 strikeouts), while the rookie Syndergaard allowed 4 runs. Box score

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A-Rod ties Ruth on RBI list

Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the 7th tonight vs. the Rangers was the 1,992nd of his career, tying him with Babe Ruth for 4th place all-time. A-Rod passed Willie Mays on the all-time HR list earlier this season. Follow live

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Fielder hits 2nd HR of game

Prince Fielder added a solo shot in the 7th -- after a 3-run blast in the 3rd -- tonight vs. the Yankees to give him his 1st multi-HR game since April 5, 2013. It's just his 4th multi-HR game since moving to the AL. Follow live

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I-70 series all Kendrys Morales so far

Through 3 innings, the Royals' Morales has 2 HRs and 5 RBIs off Cardinals SP Lance Lynn, effectively stealing the show between the two Missouri teams. Follow live

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Angels tally 9-run inning in Boston

This one got ugly very fast as Los Angeles leads 11-3 in the 5th. Sox SP Rick Porcello allowed 7 runs. Coincidentally, the last time L.A. scored 9 runs in an inning (April 20, 2013), Porcello was also pitching. Follow live

Orioles rally to take lead

Miami's Henderson Alvarez walked two to open the top of the 6th, and Baltimore made him pay. Chris Davis scored on an error (committed by Alvarez) and Caleb Joseph plated 2 with a single to put the Orioles up 5-3. Follow live

Felix passes Hunter, ties Hershiser in K's

Mariners SP Felix Hernandez struck out his 2014th career batter tonight, tying Orel Hershiser for 70th-all time. His previous K put him ahead of Catfish Hunter. Hernandez, 29, is through 7 innings with Seattle leading Toronto 4-1. Follow live

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Ian Desmond gives Nats 1st lead

The SS drove in Max Scherzer -- who singled to lead off the bottom of the 6th -- on an RBI double to center to put Washington up 2-1 on Philadelphia. On the mound, Scherzer has 5 K's over 6 innings of 1-run ball. Follow live

Didi Gregorious drowns out the boos

Yankee Stadium let Gregorious -- Derek Jeter's replacement at SS -- hear it after making an error in the 3rd inning. He redeemed himself with a 3-run shot an inning later, but the Yankees still trail 7-4. Follow live

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Chase Utley doubled in the sixth. He is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with 5 doubles, 1 triple and three RBIs in his last seven games.

Nelson Cruz reclaims HR lead

For a brief period tonight, 22-year-old Bryce Harper was tied for the MLB lead in HRs. It didn't last long. Cruz's 6th-inning blast got him to 17 on the season and put the M's up 4-1 vs. the Blue Jays. Follow live