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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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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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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Francisco Liriano out after 6 IP. So final K totals for Pirates starters in series: Gerrit Cole (10), A.J. Burnett (10) and Liriano (12).

Evan Gattis needs a double for the cycle

Houston's Gattis already homered, tripled and singled today. He should get at least one more at-bat. The Astros and Tigers are tied 7-7 in the 7th. Follow live

Anibal Sanchez's strange pitching line

It's rare you see a pitcher allow 7 runs but also strike out 11 in a game, but that's what Sanchez did today. Houston and Detroit are tied at 7 in the 6th, Follow live

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Francisco Liriano's 11 Ks against the Mets are a season high by an opposing pitcher against the ballclub.

Francisco Liriano is carving up the Mets

Through 5 innings, the lefty has 11 strikeouts, making him the 3rd straight Pirates starter with at least 10 K's. However, Liriano's pitch count is at 94 and the score is tied at 1. Follow live

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Oakland Athletics @Athletics

Josh Reddick hits the A's third home run of the game to increase the A's lead to 6-0 in the top of the seventh.

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.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

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.