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Rangers eye weekend sweep of Yankees

Texas hopes to spoil Bernie Williams Night at Yankee Stadium with a three-game sweep in the Bronx.

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

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Heard this:Fielder came back this year invested in this team. Taken on leadership role; can hear him constantly talking to others in dugout.

Final: Rockies 11, Giants 2

Nolan Arenado capped the Rockies' 8-run fourth inning with a three-run HR to help Colorado crush San Fran at Coors Field. Rockies starter Chad Bettis, who fell two outs shy of a complete game, held the Giants to two runs and fanned 7. Box score

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Bronx wind carried Rangers to 3-2 lead

Adam Rosales' two-run shot in the second inning was calculated at 379 feet and would not have been a home run at Yankee Stadium under normal weather conditions. A 4-mph wind impacted the home run by 4 feet. Watch live

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Terry Collins in his pregame meeting with reporters today said several starting pitchers, including Matt Harvey, may be getting "dead arm."

Texas back on top in Bronx

The Rangers regained the lead in the second inning on Adam Rosales' two-out, two-run shot to left field. Brett Gardner attempted to make a play at the fence but just missed as the ball ricocheted off the top of the wall into the stands. Rosales now has 3 HRs and 7 RBI this season. Watch live

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Steinbrenner once ordered Gene Michael to trade Bernie. Stick called every team, never mentioned BW, reported back: I didn't get ANY offers.

McCann drives in Yanks' first runs

Brian McCann beat the shift with a 2-run single to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead against the Rangers in the first inning. Watch live

Greedy Gardner costs Yankees

Brett Gardner benefited from Elvis Andrus' error to get on base in the first inning, but his attempt to reach third on Chase Headley's single to center earned the Yankees their first out. Watch live

Red-hot Rangers waste no time

Prince Fielder found the gap between center and right field and plated Shin-Soo Choo from first base to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead in the Bronx. Watch live

Rangers at Yankees on ESPN

The free-falling Yankees (22-21) look to avoid a three-game sweep against the visiting Rangers (20-23), who scored a combined 25 runs on 27 hits in the first two games. Watch live

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Fielder feeling it at the plate

Prince Fielder is 5-for-9 with three home runs and seven runs scored in the first two games of the Rangers-Yankees series. He has eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 80 career at-bats against the Yankees.

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Rockies take control vs. Giants

The Rockies rocked Tim Hudson and the Giants with an 8-run fourth inning, capped by Nolan Arenado's three-run homer. Hudson lasted only 3 2/3 innings and allowed 8 ER on 6 hits. Follow live