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Olney: Angels could use a hitter like Josh Hamilton

The Angels -- who have an MLB-worst collective cleanup-spot OPS -- miss their former slugger's production in the middle of the lineup.

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Web Gems: Friday, May 29

Does Brock Holt's slide in foul territory to make the catch top Alex Gordon's leaping grab into the stands? Vote at @BBTN, using #WebGems.

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Matt Harvey frustrated by ill-fated slider

Mets ace Matt Harvey made a mistake with a pitch in the fourth inning, and the Miami Marlins' Justin Bour delivered a key three-run homer.

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Nats' Strasburg goes on 15-day DL

Stephen Strasburg left his Friday start with neck tightness, an injury that forced him to the DL today. Strasburg's had a disastrous season, with a 6.55 ERA in his 10 first starts.

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Olney: Angels could sure use Hamilton

"Josh Hamilton clubbed two homers for the Rangers in his fifth game back in the big leagues, mostly on the Angels' dime, and what must really gnaw on his old team -- his old team in Anaheim, that is -- is that they could really use a hitter like him right now, for the middle of their lineup." Power outage (Insider)

Donaldson brings streak to today's game

Josh Donaldson homered Friday for the fourth consecutive game, the longest streak of his career. He'll try to make it five straight games today at 2:10 p.m. vs. the Twins' Kyle Gibson.

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The feats of Bryce Harper

No homers for Harper last night, but he did single off a 102.2-mph Aroldis Chapman fastball. That's the fastest pitch a batter collected a hit on in the PITCHfx era. (via Daren Willman)

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Terry Collins says Juan Lagares' rib issue won't get worse by playing, but playing through some discomfort. Elbow issue is more of a factor.

DFS: Alex Sanchez not a safe bet

Sanchez comes off two decent outings entering today's start at Target Field, but consider his 5.75 ERA on the road this season before using him in fantasy. More lineup analysis

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Astros on historic worst-to-first path

Big jumps in win totals happen in MLB. But going from the laughingstock of MLB -- Houston was 51-111 in 2013 -- to first place in their division? That doesn't happen. Unless you're the 2015 Astros

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Liriano racking up K's

Francisco Liriano struck out 11 Padres in six scoreless innings Friday, becoming the first Pittsburgh pitcher to fan 11+ in six innings or fewer since ... Francisco Liriano on Sunday.

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O's expect Matt Wieters to return Friday

The catcher, out for nearly 13 months after Tommy John surgery, will return to the lineup Friday if his rehab assignment goes well. Said manager Buck Showalter: "You can tell Matt feels good. ... You can just tell in his voice and his body language that he's real close."

Matthews: Time for Yanks to drop Drew

Stephen Drew is batting .159 in his last 100 games. It's enough of a sample size for ESPN's Wallace Matthews for Yankees to cut their losses with Stephen Drew as their 2nd baseman. Yanks should do better

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Multi-HR games by Josh Hamilton this year: 1. Multi-HR games by all #Angels outfielders this year: 1. This is known as a stat to follow

Cardinals: No regrets for Heyward trade

Jason Heyward's slow start with the Cardinals (.241 BA, 5 HRs) hasn't given GM John Mozeliak buyer's remorse: "I still think there's more in the tank for [Heyward]." (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Braves defense could be incredible

The addition of Juan Uribe could give Atlanta the best defensive infield in baseball. Now if they would just use it correctly. Spratt: Time to 'shift'