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3hJerry Crasnick

Crasnick: Harper taking baseball by storm

Bryce Harper's fast start to the season has shown what he truly could be capable of doing over the long haul.

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Molitor's positive impact on Twins (1:33)

9hChristina Kahrl

Monday's power rankings

Monday's best baseball performances came on the mound -- and they involved anyone but the usual suspects.

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Pujols, Angels walk off (0:34)

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23hDavid Schoenfield

Five key things to watch this week

The Yankees are sliding, Josh Hamilton is returning, and Michael Wacha is in some elite company.

Braun hits one out of the park (0:29)


Harper: Trout's better than me

"Baseball is always, 'What have you done for me lately?'" Bryce Harper told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. "That's just how the game works. I still believe Trout is the best player in the game, hands down. ... I cheer for guys. I've always been that way." He's pretty good, too

Johnny Cueto to have MRI today

The Reds pitcher will have his elbow examined today, his agent told the Cincinnati Enquirer. Cueto was scratched Sunday with elbow stiffness, but the Reds didn't seem worried on Monday. Said manager Bryan Price: "Hopefully he'll miss one start and be back the next time."

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Law: Top MLB prospects update

Keith Law updated his MLB prospect rankings, and there's new names in the top two spots, including one with MVP upside. After that? Plenty of change. Updated top 25 (Insider)

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Albert Pujols:17th career walk-off hit. Only David Ortiz has more in the regular season (18) since Pujols' debut season of 2001

May 26, 1959: Haddix's heartbreaker

56 years ago today. Harvey Haddix pitched perhaps the best losing game ever. After 12 perfect innings, his Pirates lost to the Braves in the 13th because of an error, intentional walk and a double.

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Twins' manager would like French Open

ESPN's Jim Caple believes Paul Molitor would enjoy Paris. Roland Garros is near Rue Molitor by the Porte Molitor bus stop, the Michel-Ange-Molitor metro stop and the Piscine Molitor pool (as mentioned in "Life of Pi'').

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ICYMI: Angels walk off in Anaheim

Unlike their hometown friends, the Ducks, the Angels won in regulation as they walked off in the 9th inning on Albert Pujols' bases-loaded single off Craig Kimbrel to snap a two-game skid. Pujols collected his 17th walk-off hit.


How to cheat at baseball

Just like learning the signals and pick-offs, Dallas Braden taught A's minor leaguers at "the application station" how to properly tack their arms. But, don't you feel bad for cheating? "No, absolutely not, I've got outs to get."


Josh Hamilton returns to MLB

"I want to be OK after baseball is over. I know I only have a few years left of it. So if I can do it while I'm playing the game and I can live life and be responsible and be a good father, then I know I'll be OK after baseball."


Stanton's wall-crashing Web Gem

Giancarlo Stanton doesn't just hit home runs, though he did do that on Monday. He is also capable of incredible plays in the field, such as this.


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It's been Ugly for Americans in Paris the first round of the French Open. After Taylor Townsend's loss today, they are 2-11.

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NL could roll out a dream Home Run Derby team: Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Justin Upton, captained by Todd Frazier in CIN.