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Two sizzling-hot teams

The Cardinals and Astros are the hottest teams in baseball. Which one takes over the top spot in our rankings?

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Olney: Retaliatory beanball tradition must end

Buster Olney offers his firsthand take on the beanballs the Yankees and Red Sox exchanged Sunday night, voices his displeasure on the matter and more.

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2hRob Arthur

Yadier Molina forgot how to frame a pitch

FiveThirtyEight finds that Yadier Molina's pitch framing has declined dramatically over the past two years - something that could affect the Cardinals overall more than might be expected.

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Casting MLB stars for 'Star Wars' (2:01)

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Updated top 10 fantasy prospects for 2015

Noah Syndergaard jumps to the top of Tommy Rancel's updated top 10 fantasy prospects for 2015, which also includes a couple of Blue Jays rookies who were demoted last week.

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Nationals blank Mets (0:51)

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Gauging Jake Marisnick's value

Eric Karabell reflects on a big baseball weekend, and gauges Jake Marisnick's breakout.

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Sunday's power rankings

Who did the most on Sunday? Well, it might always depend who you ask, but Evan Gattis and the red-hot Astros tonight's list.

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Alex Rodriguez goes for #661 tonight in Toronto. He has 36 career HR at Rogers Centre, only David Ortiz (37) has more among visiting players

Managerial firings that paid off

Maybe the Brewers can salvage the season after beginning 7-18 and firing Ron Roenicke. After all, firing the manager actually does work at times. See: Jack McKeon (2003 Marlins) and Bob Lemon (1978 Yankees). 4 examples

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Counsell: This is where I thought I'd be

Said Craig Counsell after being named the 19th manager in Brewers history: "I'm not looking to this as a job, this is not a second career. This is my passion of what I want to do."

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Clayton Kershaw aiming for 100th W

The reigning NL Cy Young winner, who has a 2.51 career ERA, will be pitching for his 100th win tonight in Milwaukee. Tom Seaver was the last to have an ERA that low (2.33) at the time of his 100th win in 1972. (via Elias)

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If MLB stars were in 'Star Wars'

Clearly, Tim Kurkjian would pick Hunter Pence to play Han Solo -- he came in and saved the day for the Giants! Luke Skywalker? That Cubs 3B everyone's talking about. And Darth Vader? A 3B of a different sort.

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Yadier Molina's pitch-framing problem

Molina's receiving abilities once made him the gold standard for defensive catchers. But in a baffling turn of events, he's seemingly forgotten the art, dropping from 3rd-best in 2013 to 60th in 2015 in pitch framing. FiveThirtyEight on Yadi's issue

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Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Best-kept secret in #Astros streak: Reliever Will Harris - 13 IP, 2 H, 0 runs, 17 K. Another savvy waiver claim by a team that does it well

ESPN in Snapchat Discover Live

May the 4th be with you! To celebrate Star Wars Day, take a look at special jerseys meant to honor characters from R2D2 to Yoda in today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

So there's a movie out called "The D Train," and it's not about the life and times of Dontrelle Willis?

A-Rod: From villain to sympathy figure

How did the Yankees turn the highest-salaried MLB player in history, fresh off a 162-game PED suspension and a trail of lies, into someone you can generally feel for? Ask Michael Baumann

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Craig Counsell pumped to lead 'his' team

The new Brewers managers said: "I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office. In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee."

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Marisnick a hero for Astros, fantasy

Prior to Houston's 10-game win streak, Jake Marisnick was already batting .350. And now? He has IMPROVED to .382, which includes an 8-game hit streak. Karabell: Pick him up!

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