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Yanks rocking Royals, plate eight in first

Losers of six straight and 10 of 11, the Yanks have found a spark on Memorial Day, slugging three homers in an eight-run first inning. And they're not done yet.

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Five key things to watch this week

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

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On the Line: Sluggish May for Yankees, Mets (4:19)

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Rangers, Yankees going in opposite directions (1:08)

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Sunday's power rankings

Sunday's top performances in baseball included another strong start by Michael Wacha, who improved to 7-0 by beating the Royals.

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16hDoug Kern

Kernels: Aces Wild

Highlighting the most notable pitching performances in MLB over the past week.

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Yanks know how to start a party

After taking an 8-0 lead in the 1st inning against the Royals today, the Yankees lead the majors with 48 1st-inning runs this season. This is the first time they've scored 8 in a 1st inning since July 30, 2011 (12 vs Orioles). Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

Royals, Yankees on different paths

Reigning AL-pennant winner Kansas City sits atop ESPN's MLB Power Rankings. New York, after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons, has lost 10 of 11. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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May 25, 1935: Ruth hits his final HR

On this date 80 years ago, Babe Ruth went 4-for-4 with 3 HR for the Boston Braves, including the 714th and final home run. Alex Rodriguez is poised to pass Ruth on the all-time RBI list as he enters today's game tied with him at 1,992.

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Mets' Wright seeing back specialist

David Wright, out since April 14 with hamstring and back issues, is heading to California to work with a back specialist. Mets GM Sandy Alderson on the injury: "None of the doctors at this point have given us any indication that this is a long-term problem that can't be managed.''

Hamilton set to make Rangers return

Josh Hamilton is batting fifth and playing left field in today's game vs. Cleveland (4:10 p.m. ET). It's Hamilton's first MLB action since last year and first game with Texas since 2012.

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Why are pitchers doctoring baseballs?

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro: "I think in any sport, probably any business, anybody's going to try to get that little bit of edge to do better than the other guy."

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Rubin: Don't sweat Harvey's 'dead arm'

ESPN reporter Adam Rubin says fans shouldn't overreact to Mets manager Terry Collins's comments on Matt Harvey's recent struggles.

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Tulo, Cargo both out for Rockies

Troy Tulowitzki (rest) was not in the lineup to begin with, but Carlos Gonzalez, originally slated to bat third, was just scratched (illness) for today's game vs. the Reds. Neither of the team's stars are playing very well for a 17-25 Colorado team.

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Bryce Harper asked if he knows which way wind is blowing (it's out). Says he doesn't know and doesn't need wind.

Vegas connection

Today at 2:20 p.m. ET is the first “head-to-head” meeting between Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant.

Harper, Bryant share patience

Tim Kurkjian on the wunderkinds: "A lot of people see a lot of pitches and strike out in the end. These guys see a lot of pitches and either walk in the end or hit something really hard."

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Brewers to have 'Star Wars Night'

Apparently the sausage race isn't enough entertainment for Miller Park. "Star Wars Night" will happen this Saturday when Milwaukee hosts the D-backs. However, the Brewers request you leave your lightsabers at home.

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Reds -- for once -- not hitting SP 9th

Starter Jason Marquis will bat 8th today vs. the Rockies, marking the first time a Cincinnati SP did not hit 9th since 1933. (via Elias)