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Let's hope all is well with Jose Fernandez

Thursday's return of the hard-throwing Marlins ace will be met with both excitement and anxiety, since he'll be doing the very thing that led to Tommy John surgery more than 13 months ago.

Eric Longenhagen

Longenhagen: Top 10 international prospects

Eric Longenhagen ranks the top teenage talents who are expected to sign after the international signing period begins Thursday. Hard-throwing Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez tops the list.

8hDavid Schoenfield

Wednesday's power rankings

Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco leads our nightly list of baseball power rankings.

Fernandez gives superfan haircut (2:11)
Cain, Moore set to return from injuries (1:54)
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Appreciating Brian Dozier's first half

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier deserves an All-Star bid, and it's amazing when you look at where he came from.

Rose addresses the media (1:11)


No such thing as too many cheesesteaks?

Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel set a Citizens Bank Park record Wednesday by eating 18 cheesesteaks over a 3-game period. He can further add to his "accomplishment" -- he needs to nom just one more to set the 4-game record. We'll just let you digest that.


BBTN's Wednesday Web Gem

It's diving catch vs. diving catch, but the BBTN crew doesn't think Kole Calhoun's layout can match George Springer's "first-step quickness."


Chris Sale may get extra day of rest

The White Sox LHP, who has had a historic run over the past month, could see his next start pushed from Sunday to Monday. Said manager Robin Ventura: "He hasn't brought up anything about soreness, this is just [pitching coach Don Cooper] and I kicking it around to take care of him and make sure he's fresh and keep him going the same way."

Pence unlikely to play again before break

Hunter Pence (wrist tendinitis) likely won't get into a game before the All-Star break. Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "He's doing well, but he is [just] hitting off a tee now. We're going to slow-play this. He'll probably need a couple of [minor league rehab] games."

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Some stories grading Dipoto's LAA work lack any context: B/c of Moreno's Pujols/Wilson/Hamilton deals, Dipoto's options greatly affected.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Issue of analytics was merely a flashpoint w/LAA. Moreno/Scioscia/Dipoto was a good ol' fashioned Steinbrenner/Billy/nameless GM turf battle

Carrasco falls one out shy of no-hitter

Carlos Carrasco's no-hit bid ended on Joey Butler's single with 2 outs in the 9th, the 6th such time it's happened in the past five seasons. It was also the third straight game the Indians had a perfect-game bid against the Rays.


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Lost no-hitter w/ 2 outs in 9th, since 2011 Today: C. Carrasco 2015 S. Miller 2013 M. Wacha 2013 Y. Petit 2013 Y. Darvish 2011 Padres (5 P)