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Mets' signing of Reyes sends the wrong message

Keith Law lays out why he disagrees with the Mets' decision to sign Jose Reyes, who was suspended earlier this season for a domestic violence incident.

Girardi to use A-Rod differently (0:29)
Leary on Red Sox fandom: I care, but don't really (0:50)
Astros looking to stay hot on Monday Night Baseball (1:49)
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Corey Seager posting All-Star numbers as a rookie

During his first full season in the majors, Corey Seager is showing why is showing why he was baseball's top prospect. Will the Dodgers shortstop be rewarded with a trip to the Midsummer Classic?

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Despite a rough patch, it's been a special season for the Cubs. But will it be 1908 special? Let us know what you think in our weekly poll.

Pitching the key to Indians' nine-game winning streak (1:08)
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Stephen Strasburg injury is Nationals' nightmare

With Stephen Strasburg hurt again, you couldn't blame GM Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals if they're feeling a bit anxious about their $175 million investment.

Crasnick: Cubs could use one more reliever (0:59)
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Kershaw falls short of high expectations

Clayton Kershaw wasn't his usual dominant self, and the Dodgers didn't provide much support, allowing Pirates starter Chad Kuhl to shine in his MLB debut.

Fernandez's slider gets the job done against the Cubs (0:48)
Home is where the throw is (1:30)
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Early list of potential All-Star snubs

Picking the All-Star teams is always hard. Here is Buster Olney's list of players who should be considered but may be left behind because of a ballot crunch.

Reds honor Rose by retiring No. 14 (0:24)
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Atlanta's best move might be keeping Teheran

Julio Teheran is a valuable trade chip, but if the Braves can't get a big enough return, they might better off holding onto the young righty.

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Brayan Pena's minor-league rehabilitation assignment is over. Pena met the Cardinals in Kansas City and figures to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday in Kansas City. Pena has yet to make his Cardinals' debut since signing a two-year, $5 million contract to be Yadier Molina's backup. He underwent left knee surgery shortly after Opening Day. The team is hopeful that Pena's arrival will allow them to give Molina more rest. With minor-league journeyman Eric Fryer as the backup, Molina has started 67 of the team's 75 games at catcher. "Sometimes, we take our health for granted," Pena said. "I'm just excited to get back in there. You feel envy when you see these guys playing when you're not healthy."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Zack Wheeler played catch at 90 feet on Monday in Port St. Lucie for the first time since receiving a cortisone injection last week. He reported no difficulty, assistant GM John Ricco said.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets worked out Yulieski Gourriel on Monday for 90 minutes in Port St. Lucie. Sandy Alderson was on hand.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Juan Lagares will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday. Jose Reyes also will be with the club.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz has a bone spur in the pitching elbow. He can pitch through is health-wise, but the question is can he pitch effectively.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Brock Holt is still experiencing mild concussion symptoms, but is playing through it at the recommendation of specialist Dr. Micky Collins, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. For now, the plan calls for Holt to continue his minor-league rehab assignment this week, then rejoin the Sox on Friday for the start of the Angels series.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

With four days to go until all star balloting closes all four Cub infielders continue to lead at their respective positions. Anthony Rizzo leads all first baseman by a large margin while Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant all have an approximately 300,000 vote lead on their next competitor.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz discusses the issue with the discomfort in his left elbow. He is iffy for Wednesday's start.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he is going to "do something different" in his use of Alex Rodriguez, meaning A-Rod won't play against a lot of righties in the near term. Rodriguez had been the regular DH, but his OPS against rightiesis just .584, while vs. lefties it is .837. A-Rod said, "You havent' heard the last of me." A-Rod has been benched for the second straight game. He will start against a lefty on Tuesday, but after that it is uncertain how much he will play.


Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

In (at least) three in the past eight turns of the Mets' rotation, Steven Matz has dealt with some sort of elbow issue. This would be four in nine.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Rangers vs Yankees lineup for the first game of a 4-game series starting tonight at Yankee Stadium.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes will move to Double-A Binghamton after Monday's game with the Brooklyn Cyclones, manager Terry Collins said.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 5, Pirates 4, Final. Dodgers overcome 4-run deficit. Jansen with the 4-out save.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Pickups-wise, Lucas Giolito is worth the add on skills alone as well as the possibility he'll stick. Could be in Gio Gonzalez's place once Stephen Strasburg returns. That said, no ironclad guarantee it's more than a couple starts if Giolito doesn't immediately impress, so don't let anything go you can't afford to spare.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are not sure Steven Matz will make Wednesday's start. He has been examined by a doctor and there is no structural damage, but he has been uncomfortable.