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Ben Zobrist settling in and heating up

After choosing to be a Cub, Ben Zobrist is enjoying himself, and not just because he homered in the Cubs' series-opening win over the Nationals.

Fowler: I got thrown out for asking a question (1:21)
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Is Kevin Gausman becoming the ace the O's need?

Blanking the Yankees through eight innings was just the latest good spin for Kevin Gausman, as he gets closer to turning into the No. 1 starter the Orioles have always envisioned.

Sox rotation on display vs. Yanks (2:07)
Cotton candy guy makes great grab at Astros game (0:22)
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Another day, another non-no-hitter for Padres

Colin Rea gave it a good run, but like 7,518 previous attempts by the Pads, he came up short in a no-hit bid. Stats & Info breaks it down.

Arrieta's stats are ludicrous, and Dallas Braden can't even handle it (2:51)
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Ian Kinsler's case for Cooperstown

The Tigers' second baseman might never have been "the guy" at the keystone in his time, but David Schoenfield points out that Ian Kinsler has put up numbers that rival some Hall of Famers' stats.

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Tigers again are no match for Indians

After suffering their second three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians, the Tigers can do little more than shrug it off and move on.

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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.

Altuve hits HR onto train tracks, celebrates with Skittles (0:23)
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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16hMyles Thomas

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.

Halos in playoffs? Hal-NO (2:33)
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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)


Altuve makes good on home run promise

The Astros' Jose Altuve promised a young fan with terminal cancer he would hit a home run Thursday against the Mariners -- and he delivered.


Cubs win showdown with Nats

In the showdown of two first-place teams, Ben Zobrist drove in four runs and the Cubs beat the Nationals 5-2.


MadBum vs. Thor: Who ya got?

Friday is loaded with pitching, but when it comes down to it, it's Madison Bumgarner vs. Noah Syndergaard. Derek Carty gives the edge to the guy throwing in a pitcher-friendly park. Daily buys (Insider)

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Rockies explode for 13 runs in 5th inning

Starting with Trevor Story's 11th home run, the Rockies' bats got going in a big way as they tagged the Giants for 13 in the fifth.


Rea dazzles Mets as Padres hang on for win

Colin Rea took a no-hitter into the seventh and drove in a run to guide the Padres to a 5-3 victory.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Jacob deGrom gets specific about the mechanical flaw that troubled him in Thursday's loss to the Padres. DeGrom allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Yoenis Cespedes says he was not trying to beat the shift when he delivered a two-out opposite-field single to right field in the seventh to break up Colin Rea's no-hit bid on Thursday night at Petco Park.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: The tarp was placed on the field at Petco Park after Thursday's series opener between the Mets and Padres. The forecast for Friday is for thunderstorms throughout the day, with the rain potentially affecting the game in the evening. There have only been three rainouts since Petco Park opened in 2004. The last came on May 14, 2014.


Altuve celebrates long HR with Skittles

Jose Altuve needed a snack after crushing a solo shot onto the train tracks at Minute Maid Park.


Chris Sale more confident than ever

Sale credits the White Sox defense for his confidence.


Jay robs base hit with great sliding grab

The Padres' Jon Jay covered a ton of ground to take away a hit at the warning track.


Ackley climbs wall, starts double play

With the game tied in the ninth, Dustin Ackley made a leaping grab at the wall and caught a runner off first to force extra innings.


Encarnacion drives in six runs for Jays

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run double and a three-run homer in the Blue Jays' 12-2 victory over the Rangers.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist drove in 4 runs on Thursday helping the Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Nationals as he moved into second place on team in RBI.