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Olney: Tonight could be the start of something big for Julio Urias

Julio Urias could give the Dodgers a needed jolt of energy when he makes his debut Friday. But his time in the big leagues will be limited.

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Young sluggers reward Cardinals' patience

Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk both persevered through early slumps and reductions in playing time to become critical pieces of the Cardinals' offense.

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Diary of Myles Thomas: The secret life of Sam Rice

Sam Rice's life before baseball involves a secret tragedy so terrible it seems impossible for one man to bear. And yet, somehow, he plays on. Our 1927 Yankees chronicler relays Rice's tale, one so heartbreaking it impacts all who hear it.

7hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

Friday Flashback: How did we go from the beginning of baseball to an official sock provider? Uni Watch offers a selective timeline of baseball's hosiery history.

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Bryce Harper goes deep to bury slump

One of the major leagues' most controversial days off paid instant dividends on Thursday, as Bryce Harper connected for a monster blast to help power the Nationals past the Cardinals.

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Saxon: How the Dodgers found Julio Urias

Julio Urias, one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, is set to make his major league debut on Friday as a 19-year-old rookie. Here's a look at how the team scouted him.

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FiveThirtyEight: Hitting hard, or into hard luck

Diving into the data from MLB's Statcast gives you a view into who's been killing the ball, and who's been getting more than his share of breaks at the plate.

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Jackie Bradley Jr.'s streak ends at 29

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. failed to extend his hitting streak beyond 29 games, going 0-for-4 against Jon Gray and getting left on deck in the ninth inning in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

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Does baseball have a beanball problem?

After getting thrown at repeatedly over the weekend, reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson spoke out against baseball's indulgence of pitching more than just a bit inside. Does he have a legitimate beef?

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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's?

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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.

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Dodgers de Los Angeles suben a mexicano Julio Urías

Después de semanas de rumores y expectativas, los Dodgers de Los Angeles anunciaron la noticia más esperada por sus fanáticos en los últimos tiempos: El ascenso del súper prospecto mexicano Julio Urías desde las ligas menores al equipo grande.

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Giants finding a way to win every close game

The offense hasn't been there, but the Giants are getting both great starting pitching and great defense. Stats & Info looks at their 14-game run.

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Darvish's return is extra boost for Rangers' rotation (1:49)
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The Big Three: Machado in same class as Trout, Harper

Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper. That's usually where the discussion goes in a debate of MLB's best players. But there's a new superstar in their midst, and his name is Manny Machado.


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Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann playing catch under head athletic trainer Kevin Rand's supervision here at the O.Co Coliseum

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The Urías Family: Brother Carlos Alberto, sister Alexia, mother Juani and father Don Carlos with Dodgers Quality Assurance Coach Juan Castro

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

I'm not sure who will start for the Diamondbacks on Monday. Zack Godley would be a logical guess, but he pitched for Triple-A Reno on Thursday so he'd be on three days' rest.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Looks like Archie Bradley might be in the Diamondbacks rotation for a more extended stay this time, with Shelby Miller and Rubby De La Rosa on the DL. Bradley a top-90 caliber SP stash, but not more.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Peter O'Brien's recall is exciting news for fantasy owners but let's not go overboard quite yet. The Diamondbacks have the DH in Houston June 1-2 so this could be mainly with that in mind. Could be a Joey Gallo thing... though I'd stash in case it's not!

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony chats with reliever Jerry Blevins during batting practice Friday at Citi Field before the Mets face the Dodgers.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says they will talk about whether Julio Urías will stay in rotation or not after his start today.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

It turns out Mark Teixeira will not take BP before tonight's game. The plan tonight is treatment only and if the cortisone shot takes effect he might give it a shot tomorrow. The earliest he could play again is Sunday's series finale but that is very much up in the air.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he cared to comment about his major league debut, Clayton Kershaw didn't even wait for a Julio Urias question to be asked. "He's just better. He's just better than I was at 19. Much better," Kershaw said about his teenage teammate, who will make his major league debut Friday. At 20-years old, Kershaw threw 102 pitches during his debut on May 25, 2008, giving up two runs on five hits of a no-decision against the Cardinals, while striking out seven.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Adams, who left Thursday's game with back spasms, said he felt better today and expects to be available as a pinch hitter.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Not sure this is exactly riveting, but here's Matt Harvey throwing to Alejandro De Aza and Matt Reynolds before Friday's game on the main stadium mound at Citi Field. Harvey is scheduled to face the Chicago White Sox on Memorial Day in Queens.


Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Teixeira, who had a cortisone shot in his neck yesterday, is listed in one of the BP groups before tonight's game, which could be an indication that he's getting better. But we'll see if he actually hits.

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@dodgers officially select LHP Julio Urias, MLB's No. 2 prospect, from Triple-A Oklahoma City. ‪#‎MLBOnTheMove