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Jazayerli: Astros growing up fast

Thanks to maturing talent, shrewd investments, and a fierce commitment to a controversial rebuilding process, the Houston Astros are leading the AL West before the top-prospect cavalry even arrives.

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Thursday's power rankings

Eduardo Rodriguez made a strong debut for the Boston Red Sox, and the San Francisco Giants tossed another shutout.

Kluber strikes out 13 in Tribe's win (1:05)

Web Gems: Thursday, May 28

Does Everth Cabrera's diving stop top Alex Gordon's leaping catch into the stands? Vote at @BBTN, using #WebGems.

Use of foreign substance isn't cheating (1:48)
Foul ball finds fan's nachos (0:22)


Houston's future is now

The Astros have baseball's second-best record and are on pace to win 101 games after years of futility. The rebuilding process is already paying off, even with many of their top prospects still in the minors. Jayzerli: Into orbit

Elias Stein for Grantland

#VoteDbacks @Dbacks

OFFICIAL: #Dbacks select contract of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and place catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on 15-day DL with left knee ACL injury.

Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

#RedSox may have just found one big solution to their starting pitching woes in Eduardo Rodriguez 93-95mph..above avg ch and decent slider!!

Orioles crossing color lines

Manager Buck Showalter: "Sports is supposed to be ahead of the other parts of society because you have to know each other, have to work toward that goal, every day, all day. If we could use sports more as a model more often of what is possible, we'd have a lot fewer problems." Mag: Talking in the locker room

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

This month A.J. Burnett is 5-0 with a 1.82 ERA. It’s the 2nd time in his career he went 5-0 in a month (also June of 2012 with Pittsburgh).

Xander Bogaerts day to day

The Red Sox SS was hit just above the left wrist Thursday, but X-rays were negative. Bogaerts is dealing with a bruise and is day to day. "Hopefully he'll be ready to go tomorrow," manager John Farrell said after the game.

OTD: Henderson swipes No. 893

On this date in 1990, Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb's 62-year-old AL record for stolen bases, snapping the record in under 12 seasons. Henderson finished his career with 1,406 stolen bases ... 468 more than the man in second, Lou Brock.

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It's not easy when you're cheesy

Prince Fielder’s foul ball landed in a fan’s nachos, causing cheese to fly everywhere.


Kluber using K's to turn it around

Corey Kluber had 13 strikeouts Thursday in the Indians' win at Seattle. Since starting the season 0-5, Kluber is 3-0 with 50 K's and just 2 walks in his last 4 starts. Kluber joins Hall of Famer Bob Feller as the only pitchers in Indians history to strike out 50 batters in a 4-start stretch.

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Memorable debut for Red Sox's Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez made his major league debut on Thursday and threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, the most scoreless innings by a Red Sox starter this season.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

NYY need to adjust to reality that CC has diminishing returns as he goes through lineups a 3rd time: .703 OPS 1st time, .780 2nd, 1.027 3rd.

karl ravech @karlravechespn

Interesting Friday night in mlb..dodgers/cards..white sox need wins, Rodon pitching. Harvey at home. Strasburg in Cincy. Bucs vs. Shields