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Stark: First-quarter award winners

Now that all 30 teams have finally played 40 games, it's time to look back at the first quarter of a fun season and hand out a little imaginary hardware.

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3hJayson Stark

Average time of game shrinks again in May

The average time of a nine-inning game has been two minutes faster in May than in April, and now has shrunk by 10 minutes per game compared to last season.

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3hAJ Mass

Updated top 250 fantasy baseball rankings

AJ Mass updates the Top 250 rankings and explains how two-month splits can be used to determine the future value of players, using Dallas Keuchel as an example.

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14hDavid Schoenfield

Tuesday's power rankings

Josh Donaldson became the first player to score five runs in a game in 2015 -- while hitting his sixth career walk-off.

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Harper, Bryant squaring off again (6:52)
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Final: White Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 (10)

Toronto's Josh Donaldson tied the game with a solo HR in the bottom of the 9th -- his third game-tying or go-ahead HR in 9th inning or later this season. But the White Sox got ribbies from Adam LaRoche and Gordon Beckham in the 10th to snap a 4-game slide. Box score

Cruz-ing along

Nelson Cruz currently leads the majors in HR after his go-ahead blast in the 9th inning today. He actually has one more HR than he did at this same point last year when he went on to lead the majors in that category.

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McCann, A-Rod power Yanks past Royals

Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez jacked home runs to deliver a Yankees sweep of the Royals in the Bronx. Michael Pineda improved to 6-2 after providing more than 6 innings of 1-run ball. Box score

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Syndergaard does it all in Mets' 7-0 win

Noah Syndergaard tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings and even hit his first career homer (430 feet) to lift the Mets to a series win and sweep of the Phillies at Citi Field. 1B Lucas Duda added two homers to give him 8 this season. Box score

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Jayson Stark @jaysonst

History in the making tonight. Jon Lester 0 for 57 lifetime at the plate. Could be first ever to start 0 for 58 - & he has to face Scherzer!

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

You just never know: NYY sweep the best team in baseball, taking three from the Royals, following a stretch in which the NYY lost 10 of 11.

Andrew Marchand @AndrewMarchand

Rays lost so after all the Yankees losing, they could go on their road trip up a game-and-a-half in the AL East, if they hang on here.

ESPN on Snapchat Discover live

This high school slugger joined the 100 home run and 100 stolen base club earlier this season. Find out who he is in today's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Twins take 3-game series against Red Sox

With a 6-4 win over the skidding Red Sox, the Twins remained hot, notching a fifth straight win behind homers from Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario. Box score

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Rockies ride HRs to series win

Nolan Arenado hit a 3-run shot in the first inning and Charlie Blackmon followed with a 2-run HR in the second as the Rockies took the three-game set against the Reds in Cincy. Box score

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Cards place Matt Adams on DL

The Cards 1B has a strained right quadriceps, which he sustained running on a double in a 6-4 win against the Diamondbacks Tuesday night. Adams was batting .243 with 4 HRs and 20 RBIs.

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Noah Syndergaard drops the hammer

The ESPN HR Tracker measured his homer this afternoon at 430 feet, the longest hit by a pitcher in the last 7 seasons since Carlos Zambrano's 431 feet in 2012. Syndergaard bested Zambrano's and Matt Cain's 428-foot shots in 2011.

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Hamilton gets 1st hit back with Rangers

Josh Hamilton, hitless in his first nine at-bats since returning to the Rangers Monday, lined a single down the left line in the seventh inning but was thrown out going for a double. Hamilton finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout in Texas' 12-3 loss to the Indians. Box score

Five-run 7th propels Pirates to sweep

Gerrit Cole tossed 7 innings of 2-run ball, and the Pirates backed him with five runs in the 7th inning -- sparked by Josh Harrison's 2-RBI single. Miami dropped its third straight, while Pittsburgh notched its longest win streak since 2013 (6 games). Box score

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