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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? He'll start to find out tonight against the Pirates.

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Olney: Red-hot Pirates are a sleeping giant

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MLB mock draft 2.0: Who is No. 1?

The MLB draft is less than two weeks away. Is Florida lefty A.J. Puk still expected to be No. 1? How high will Tennessee 3B Nick Senzel go? There's plenty of movement in the first round of Keith Law's mock draft, as teams still have a lot of indecision.

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Morning Briefing: Mets set for '86 salute

Nearly every member of the team that beat the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series will be on hand Saturday to be feted before the Mets host the Dodgers.

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One for the aged: A-Rod and Beltran power Yankees win

By hammering homers off Rays ace Chris Archer, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran showed that they can still make a big impact on a Yankees team climbing back into the AL East picture.

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New Nationals woe: Scherzer gets wild

One thing the Nationals thought wouldn't be a problem for Max Scherzer was his control, but a few too many walks made a bad night worse for the workhorse.

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Tigers' Fulmer should stay put after gem

Michael Fulmer followed up an 11-strikeout effort by tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday's win over the Athletics, which should earn the rookie a rotation spot.

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Granderson's blast caps late drama

After first enduring their own epic ninth-inning collapse, the Mets got a walk-off win from an unlikely hero thanks to Curtis Granderson's wind-aided home run.

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Diary of Myles Thomas: The secret life of Sam Rice

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Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

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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.


Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Beltre homers on the ninth pitch of his at-bat - a two-run blast - to give Yu Darvish a 3-0 first-inning lead.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Kenta Maeda remained in Saturday's game despite getting hit in the right hand/wrist by a Michael Conforto comebacker in the first inning. Conforto reached first base on a single as the ball rebounded toward third base. Maeda was visited by a trainer and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts but remained in the game after throwing a few warm-up pitches.

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Prince Fielder gives Texas a 1-0 run, when he drives in a run with a groundout. The RBI is the 1,009th of his career, surpassing his dad, Cecil, who had 1,008.

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Tigers chalking it up to an off-day for the bullpen. Manager Brad Ausmus on sticking with reliever Warwick Saupold in the sixth: "Once you're trailing, you don't want to burn one of your back-end guys."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Kenta Maeda has taken the mound in New York having given up four runs in four of his last five starts. The Dodgers lost four of those five games.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Clearly, Darvish's fastball has been unaffected by Tommy John surgery. He threw 12 fastballs in the first inning: 94, 95, 93, 96, 96, 96, 98, 98, 95, 95, 95.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Darvish notches his first strikeout, when Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen swings through a slider.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Yu Darvish gives up a solid single up the middle on a 94-mph fastball to leadoff hitter John Jaso in his first start since Tommy John surgery.

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Things got ugly for the Tigers in the sixth inning and devolved from there. Detroit ends up getting absolutely walloped by the now 21-29 Oakland A's, 12-3.

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@Royals complete largest 9th-inning comeback win in club history. #Walkoff

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers optioned teenage left-hander Julio Urias back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. Urias, 19, lasted just 2 2/3 innings during his major league debut Friday in New York. To add depth to the bullpen, the team selected the contract of right-hander Casey Fien from Oklahoma City.

Bogaerts extends hitting streak with HR

The Red Sox SS crushed a home run to deep left field to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. He has hit five homers during that span.


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Yu Darvish (Tommy John surgery) returns to the mound tonight, making his 1st start since August 2014.

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That walk-off feeling! Brett Eibner's RBI single caps off a 7-run 9th to win it for the Royals, 8-7.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Catcher Rene Rivera, who was James Loney's teammate with the Rays, explains how the first baseman will help the Mets.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Sandy Alderson explains the acquisition of James Loney from the Padres for cash to address the loss of Lucas Duda to a stress fracture in his lower back.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers reliever Warwick Saupold gave up five straight hits to begin the sixth inning, as A's hammer him to gain a four-run edge. This after the Tigers knotted the score at the top of the frame. Kyle Ryan in the game now; surely there will be many wondering why Saupold wasn't pulled earlier.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Another bad outing for Michael Pineda, who lasted just 3-2/3 innings against the Rays today, allowing 6 earned runs on 9 hits, including Evan Longoria's mammoth 2-run HR in the second. Will be interesting to see if Pineda, who now has the worst ERA (6.92) of any qualifying starter in MLB, will remain in the Yankees rotation. Not a lot of alternatives on their roster or in AAA

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Howard Johnson reacts to being around his '86 teammates this weekend. He also discusses David Wright's back issue. Wright used to refer to HoJo as his "baseball father."


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Sandy Alderson discuses the latest with David Wright's neck issue pregame Saturday at Citi Field.