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Royals on quite a roll

The Royals, baseball's hottest team, aim for their sixth straight win and a series sweep of the in-state rival Cardinals today in Kansas City.

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Strasburg's struggles (1:29)

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Saturday's power rankings

Anthony Rizzo's power display for the Cubs against the Diamondbacks headlines Saturday's rundown of top performers on big-league diamonds.

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Baseball is dying ... again

A Wall Street Journal report shows that participation in youth baseball appears to be in heavy decline.

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Bautista expected to miss some time

Jose Bautista received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder today and sat out the team's game vs. the Mariners. There's no timetable for Bautista's return. He's hitting .215 with 7 HRs for Toronto this season.

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This week’s Top 10: 1. Royals 2. Cardinals 3. Dodgers 4. Astros 5. Tigers 6. Giants 7. Nationals 8. Cubs 9. Twins 10. Rays. Fire away.

Giants dump Casey McGehee

The defending champs designated McGehee for assignment, a rather surprising move considering they signed McGehee this offseason to be their third baseman. It hasn't worked out as McGehee -- a 7-year vet -- was hitting .200.

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Matt Holliday a late scratch vs. Royals

The Cardinals outfielder will miss the I-70 series finale with a left-arm contusion. Bad news for St. Louis, which relies on Holliday's exquisite on-base skills (.434 OBP). Follow live

Indians catcher Gomes activated

Yan Gomes returns for today's game vs. the Reds. Gomes, who hit .278 with 21 HRs last season, missed more than a month with a sprained right knee.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Terry Collins says that when Dillon Gee inserted, it will be a straight 6-man rotation, at least for the short term.

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Mets now say Dillon Gee will throw one more rehab start and then insert him in the rotation the first week of June. Rehab with Binghamton.

Olney: foreign substance rules flawed

"This is an absurd situation because these two pitchers were ejected for doing something that everybody in baseball knows that pitchers have been doing for years."

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Baltimore pitcher gets an early exit

Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz was tossed for the use of a foreign substance in the 12th inning, and the Marlins responded with a walk-off 1-0 win in the 13th.

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