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Mariners feeling the heat?

Roenis Elias has fallen behind the Angels early, adding to the pressure on a Mariners team failing to live up to expectations.

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Manfred: Shortening season a popular topic

Commissioner Rob Manfred says shortening the regular season is becoming a popular topic as players and owners prepare to negotiate a new labor deal.

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Dan Szymborski

Szymborski: Time for the Rangers to reboot

The injury-plagued Texas Rangers are off to a poor start in a good AL West. Dan Szymborski says it's time for the Rangers to fold this hand, with an eye toward competing again in the near future.

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13hJoe Peta

Peta: Early-season MLB myths, realities

ESPN Chalk's Joe Peta looks at the early-season showings of the Yankees, Mariners, Astros, Nationals and Indians, and predicts whether those performances will remain consistent over 162 games.

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Updated top 250 fantasy baseball rankings

Tristan H. Cockcroft updates his Top 250 rankings, says Stephen Vogt, Danny Salazar, Devon Travis, Alex Rodriguez and Jake Marisnick are among the biggest movers since the end of spring training.

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How Moustakas is finally beating the shift

Mike Moustakas, a notorious dead-pull hitter in the past, has adapted his game and is having success using the whole field this season.

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Cardinals' win streak ends at eight

Anthony Rizzo hit his fifth home run of the season and drove in three runs to help the Cubs snap their four-game skid with a 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

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Pederson can't stay in the park

Joc Pederson, who homered twice in L.A.'s loss to the Brewers, became the first Dodgers rookie with 6 HR in a 7-game span since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958 (via Elias). Each of Pederson's last seven hits have been home runs.

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Brewers double up Dodgers

The Brewers tagged Joe Wieland for five runs in the first inning and rode Wily Peralta (8 IP, 2 ER) from there to win for the fourth time in five games.

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Rangers roll past Astros 11-3

Colby Lewis allowed 1 run over 8 innings, Carlos Peguero hit 2 homers and drove in 3 runs, and the Rangers completed a 3-game sweep of the Astros,

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David Schoenfield @dschoenfield

Pederson has 14 extra-base hits and eight singles. Hasn't hit a single since April 25. And he's tied for third in MLB in walks.

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I don't know who Joc Pederson will be when he grows up, but he's a fascinating player. His last seven hits have been HRs. MLB record?

Longoria leads Rays in Boston

Evan Longoria hit two home runs in a game for the first time since Sept. 25, 2013, and the Rays topped the Red Sox 5-3.

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Simmons, Freeman push Braves past Phils

Andrelton Simmons had 3 hits, including a HR, Freddie Freeman drove in 3 runs with 3 hits and the Braves beat the Phillies 7-5.

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Diamondbacks sweep doubleheader

After two straight postponements, the D-backs sent the Rockies to their seventh straight loss as Arizona completed its first doubleheader road sweep since 2006.

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Griffin stakes Clippers to lead

Another triple-double probably isn't in the works, but Blake Griffin has 26 points at halftime -- his most in a half this season -- and the Clippers lead 65-56 at the break. Follow live

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Joe Maddon tossed in St. Louis

The Cubs manager argued balls and strikes in the 6th inning during an at-bat by Starlin Castro, who flied out to right. Riding a four-game skid, Chicago is holding a 6-4 lead in the 8th inning. Follow live

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Sabathia extends worst start in career

CC Sabathia dropped to 0-5 in the Yanks' series loss against the Blue Jays. Sabathia, who hadn't started worse than 0-3 in his career before this season, earned his last win on April 24, 2014. Box score

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