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Olney: Angels could use a hitter like Josh Hamilton

The Angels -- who have an MLB-worst collective cleanup-spot OPS -- miss their former slugger's production in the middle of the lineup.


Web Gems: Friday, May 29

Does Brock Holt's slide in foul territory to make the catch top Alex Gordon's leaping grab into the stands? Vote at @BBTN, using #WebGems.

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Matt Harvey frustrated by ill-fated slider

Mets ace Matt Harvey made a mistake with a pitch in the fourth inning, and the Miami Marlins' Justin Bour delivered a key three-run homer.

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Twins get on the scoreboard

Minnesota got the first run of the game thanks to Chris Herrmann's solo blast in the bottom of the third. It's Herrmann's first home run of the season, and fifth for his career. Follow live

May 30, 1935: Babe plays his last game

On this date 80 years ago, Babe Ruth played his final major league game, striking out in his only at-bat with the Boston Braves. He left with a knee injury and three days later announced his retirement.

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This is the 4th trip to the DL for Stephen Strasburg. He missed a year for Tommy John surgery, but his other 2 trips were 20 days or fewer.

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Stephen Strasburg to the DL with neck tightness. His 6.55 ERA this season is 2nd-highest in MLB (min. 40 IP) behind Jeremy Guthrie (6.70).

What else can go wrong for Strasburg?

Nothing exemplifies the struggles of recently DL'd Nats RHP Stephen Strasburg better than this: He's the only pitcher this season to record fewer than 17 outs in six straight starts. (via Elias)


Nats' Strasburg goes on 15-day DL

Stephen Strasburg left his Friday start with neck tightness, an injury that forced him to the DL today. Strasburg's had a disastrous season, with a 6.55 ERA in his 10 first starts.

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Olney: Angels could sure use Hamilton

"Josh Hamilton clubbed two homers for the Rangers in his fifth game back in the big leagues, mostly on the Angels' dime, and what must really gnaw on his old team -- his old team in Anaheim, that is -- is that they could really use a hitter like him right now, for the middle of their lineup." Power outage (Insider)

Donaldson brings streak to today's game

Josh Donaldson homered Friday for the fourth consecutive game, the longest streak of his career. He'll try to make it five straight games today at 2:10 p.m. vs. the Twins' Kyle Gibson.


The feats of Bryce Harper

No homers for Harper last night, but he did single off a 102.2-mph Aroldis Chapman fastball. That's the fastest pitch a batter collected a hit on in the PITCHfx era. (via Daren Willman)

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Terry Collins says Juan Lagares' rib issue won't get worse by playing, but playing through some discomfort. Elbow issue is more of a factor.

DFS: Alex Sanchez not a safe bet

Sanchez comes off two decent outings entering today's start at Target Field, but consider his 5.75 ERA on the road this season before using him in fantasy. More lineup analysis

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Astros on historic worst-to-first path

Big jumps in win totals happen in MLB. But going from the laughingstock of MLB -- Houston was 51-111 in 2013 -- to first place in their division? That doesn't happen. Unless you're the 2015 Astros

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