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Who has the edge: Cubs or Nationals?

The Cubs and Nats have MLB's two best records. By the end of the weekend, we should have a better grasp on how they stack up against each other. But why wait until then when we can obsess now?

Arrieta's stats are ludicrous, and Dallas Braden can't even handle it (2:51)
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Houston's short-term gain and long-term pain

The moves to win in 2015 instead of continuing their methodic, rebuilding process have hurt the Astros in 2016 and may have set them back for years to come.

Lincecum on the move? (2:12)
Braden: Too much money involved to deter PED usage (1:49)
Are PED violators cheaters or are they just trying to make a living? (1:10)
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Diary of Myles Thomas: 'Out of the Coal Mine'

Our 1927 Yankees protagonist, mediocre pitcher that he is, gets the call from the bullpen for his first action of the season. He describes the feeling: "As I wait to face my first batter of the year, it feels like I've climbed out of a mine shaft that opens directly onto the Griffith Stadium pitcher's mound."

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Yankees are too reliant on Alex Rodriguez

The Yankees' problem is not that Alex Rodriguez is hurt. It is that their success depends too heavily on a 40-year-old with two hip surgeries.

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Ortiz puts Red Sox back in first place

David Ortiz drove in three runs with a home run and a single against the White Sox, and the Red Sox reclaimed first place in the American League East.

Halos in playoffs? Hal-NO (2:33)
MLB-best Cubs and Nationals set to face off (1:59)
Harper smacks 10th home run (0:26)
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Tim Kurkjian short stories: Torii Hunter's shoes

Former Twins center fielder Torii Hunter was so insistent that his shoes remain spotless that if they got dirty during a game, he'd head back into the clubhouse to clean them.

Decline in velocity for King Felix (1:19)
Rays mascot KO'd by Adrian Gonzalez (0:31)
Correa over Harper, Trout, and Machado (1:37)


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Joe Girardi doesn't make a habit of cussing. But he did there, in the run-up to getting ejecting just now,over a contested balk (it appears)

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The kid who tried to take a #selfie with Brandon Drury after his insane catch last night got a real one today, with a little help from the man himself (and a bonus A+ photobomb). (via @dbacks)

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Nationals Manager Dusty Baker returns to a different looking Wrigley Field.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees are waiting for Dr. Chris Ahmad's opinion on Alex Rodriguez's hamstring MRI on before making any announcements about how long A-Rod will be out. It may be a little awkward if Rodriguez meets with Ahmad since he once sued the doctor for malpractice. The suit was filed when A-Rod was suing everybody, during the Biogenesis investigation. It was later dropped.

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A good statistical glimpse into the torrid start to the season Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos has had. His fourth-inning home run -- a three-run bomb that pulled the Tigers within one run of the Indians -- was his fifth of the season. He didn't get his fifth of the season until July 6 (his 78th game) of last season, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Castellanos, who is now hitting .380, has 12 RBI in last eight games and has 47 extra-base hits since July 1 of last season, which ties him with J.D. Martinez for the team lead during that span.

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@cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta meeting with local school kids before tonight's game against the @Nationals.

TBT: The epic pizza throw at Fenway

On April 16, 2007, the world witnessed a perfect pizza throw from an upset Red Sox fan.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins strongly implied that lefty reliever Josh Edgin will remain in the minors when his rehab assignment expires Sunday, while acknowledging it is the front office's decision. During a scoreless inning for Las Vegas on Wednesday, Edgin's fastball velocity was only 87-88 mph. Collins said Edgin will also need to pitch consecutive days before returning, which he has not done yet. Collins added that there's really not a vacancy in the Mets' bullpen at the moment. "Not right now," Collins said. "It could change tomorrow."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr., a game-time decision with a sore finger, apparently good to go. Red Sox at White Sox: Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Shaw 3B, Holt LF, Hanigan C, Bradley CF, Owens. (For what it's worth, Betts would've played center in Bradley's absence.)

4 first-place teams, all in Chicago

Tonight marks the first time in history that four first-place teams are playing in the same city at the same time: Nationals-Cubs and Red Sox-White Sox. (via Elias)

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Travis d'Arnaud is hitting in Port St. Lucie, but has yet to throw since landing on the disabled list nine days ago with a right rotator cuff strain, Terry Collins said. Clearly d'Arnaud's absence will last beyond the minimum 15 days.

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Heading into his second start, Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer said he planned on utilizing his changeup more, especially against lefties, and the club's top-ranked prospect did that in the second at-bat. Went to it an an 0-2 count against Jason Kipnis and the Indians second baseman hit a line drive to right. That began a string of five hits and a walk that left the Tigers down 4-0 at the bottom of the first inning. Fulmer retired the side with two strikeouts against Lonnie Chisenhall and Chris Gimenez, but still, an ominous start to the game for the 23-year-old flamethrower.