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6hJayson Stark

Stark: The economics of a 154-game season

What is Major League Baseball's biggest obstacle to a 154-game season? It's money, of course.

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5hJim Bowden

Bowden: The 20 players most likely to be dealt

Jim Bowden lays out the 20 players most likely to be dealt by July 31, including a trade likeliness rating, interested teams and best fit for each guy.

Baseball Tonight Video

Brewers' Smith ejected: Does the substance make a difference? (1:31)

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1mDavid Schoenfield

Baseball is dying ... again

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


Web Gems: Thursday, May 21

Does Chris Carter's sliding catch top Alex Gordon's leaping grab into the stands? Vote at @BBTN, using #WebGems.

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15hDavid Schoenfield

Thursday's power rankings

Madison Bumgarner shined as the San Francisco Giants beat Clayton Kershaw, while the Tampa Bay Rays took over first in the AL East.

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21hWallace Matthews

Masahiro Tanaka throws three scoreless innings

By just about every standard applied to a major league pitcher making a minor league rehab start, Masahiro Tanaka had a successful outing Thursday.

MLB Video

Tigers walk off against Astros (1:11)

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22hDavid Schoenfield

#TBT: When Babe Ruth hit right-handed

According to nationalpastime.com, Babe Ruth decided to bat right-handed in the ninth inning on May 21, 1930 -- a game in which he hit three homers.

Flores: Loria, Samson still running Marlins' show (1:10)
1dBuster Olney

Trade market not close to materializing

Buster Olney checks in on how MLB teams view the current trade market, identifies one aspect in which the Twins have improved and more.

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1dBen Lindbergh

Becoming the boomstick

How Nelson Cruz beat the aging curve to become one of the best hitters in baseball.


SportsCenter Not Top 10

Happy birthday, Novak Djokovic. Your gift? An appearance on this week's worst plays.


Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

Sandoval worked out at 3B, still limited by left knee. Not playing. Victorino day/ day; Farrell said there will be rotation w/Rusney, Betts

Update: "A-Rod Juice Box Night!"

Port Charlotte, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, had intended to give the first 500 fans a free juice box for tonight's game. After the Yankees complained about the promotion, saying they found it "in poor taste," according to the Tampa Bay Times, the team cancelled the promotion. Said the Stone Crabs GM: "We in no way meant any ill intent."

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Richards returns to Fenway

Garrett Richards tore a tendon in his left knee last August in Boston. As the RHP returns to Boston tonight, he still remembers the sound: "It sounded like a Pillsbury biscuits tube, you know, when you open it and it explodes? ... It was the sound of my knee unraveling. It was gross."

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Update: Red Sox call up Rusney Castillo

The Cuban-born OF will start in right tonight. He signed a 7-year, $72M deal in August and was sent to the minors after a spring training injury. Castillo's been hitting .327 in his last 12 games in Triple-A after an outfield crash landed him on the minor league DL.

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King Felix eyes 7th win in 8 games

Felix Hernandez takes on the Blue Jays tonight, and though he revels in the King's Court at SafeCo, he feels at home on the road too: "Every time. I think to myself, 'You see all those people with their eyes on you? Now go do your job. Make it happen.'" Setting the tone

James Michelfelder and Therese Sommerseth

Top Cuban prospect headed to MLB

RHP Norge Ruiz, called "arguably the best pitching prospect in Cuba" by Baseball America, is looking to sign with a major league team. Ruiz, 21, is likely to incite a bidding war but being declared a free agent can be a lengthy process. (via MLB's website)

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20 MLB players most likely to be traded

Does your team need a pitcher? How about Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir or Aaron Harang? According to MLB Insider Jim Bowden, those pitchers are as good as gone from their teams. The interested teams (Insider)

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Will Smith suspended eight games

The Brewers pitcher was suspended for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game. Smith, who claimed it was rosin and sunscreen that he forgot to wipe off, is appealing. He can continue to pitch until the process is complete.


Giants make statement with sweep

Is there such thing as a big series in baseball during May? If so, the Giants just delivered one doozy of a message to the Dodgers: Don't forget about us. NL West race is officially on

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Players weigh in on shorter MLB schedule

The MLB season has variously been described as a marathon, a grind, and a physical and mental endurance test, with players afraid to complain. But with commissioner Rob Manfred broaching the topic, they're beginning to lend their voices to the cause. What will it cost?

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The economics of a shorter MLB season

The obstacles blocking a 154-game season isn't stats or records or magic numbers. It isn't about schedules or travel or history books. It's all about the money

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OTD: Ted Williams enlists in military

On this date in 1942, the season after hitting .406, Williams enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps to train to become a fighter pilot. He would go on to hit for the Triple Crown before missing the next three seasons while on duty.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

MLB suspends Will Smith for 8 games. Should've deferred discipline 'til they had a common-sense conversation about foreign-substance rule.

Matt Holliday is all about that base

The Cardinals LF has reached base in all 38 games he has played this season. It's the second-longest streak to start a season since 2000, trailing only Albert Pujols, who reached in his first 42 games for the Cardinals in 2008.

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Dexter Fowler has reached base in 13 straight games..Cubs 14-5 when he gets on two or more times in a game. Bryant w 10 game hititng streak

MLB needs to address foreign substances

Buster Olney explains that Will Smith's substance on his arm isn't unique: "Everybody does it. That's probably not fair; probably literally not every pitcher does it … a lot of pitchers, if you look at their glove hand, they have this shiny substance on their forearm."