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Cubs waste no time against Cardinals

The Cubs opened the night with six runs in the first inning and never looked back, as they erased thoughts of their recent slump on the road against the Cardinals.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. halfway to Joltin' Joe (0:25)
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Harvey gets another taste of Nationals

Matt Harvey wanted the ball Tuesday night, and he got it. But the Mets starter gave up five runs in five innings, and the Nationals got the win in Washington.

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Three potential suitors if Yanks trade Beltran

Buster Olney explains why the Yanks should trade veteran Carlos Beltran and examines his trade market, details Giancarlo Stanton's struggles and more.

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How well do you know The 100-100 Club?

CC Sabathia won his 100th game for the Yankees on Friday. In another lifetime, he won 106 for the Indians. Think of the trivia possibilities! (Actually, Jayson Stark did think of them -- so come test your knowledge!)

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Story Time: Why 19-year-old Ozzie Guillen got beaned and charged the mound with his bat (3:11)
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Kyle Rudolph's unique way of announcing wife is pregnant (0:56)
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Brandon Phillips' 2-year-old son has a blast at practice (0:27)
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Will Gwynn's tobacco lawsuit be a deterrent? (3:50)
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Vogelsong leaves game after drilled in head (0:18)
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The secret to Bradley's hitting success (2:06)
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Fans: Be aware of foul balls, and beer (0:30)
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Daniel Murphy: Best. Plan B. Ever.

As crucial as Daniel Murphy has been to the Nationals' early success, it's easy to forget that a guy hitting .387 wasn't their first choice at second.

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Stanton needs to commit to process to break slump (1:10)
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Pujols ties Palmeiro with 569th home run (0:24)
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A's most likely to be traded out of Oakland (2:34)
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Cubs still on top, but who is No. 2?

Despite an up-and-down week, the Cubs remain firmly on top of the Power Rankings for the eighth straight week. But there's a new team behind them at No. 2.

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The Braves' 2016 to-do list

The Braves have plenty of items on this season's to-do list, but winning lots of games isn't one of them. Jerry Crasnick lays out the six biggest considerations.

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Draft needs, possible fits for NL West teams

Eric Longenhagen takes a comprehensive look at each NL West organization's strengths/weaknesses heading into the 2016 draft and possible draft fits.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus on contributions from veteran stars Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera, and refuting the notion of their aging: "They've certainly been leading by example. Father Time doesn't stop for anyone but I think these guys are far from dinosaurs."

Yankees fan gets hit in face trying to catch ball

That's not how you use a baseball glove.

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Everything's coming up @Cubs.

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Grimm pulls off backwards snag on grounder

Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm made this look way too easy.

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The 2016 Warriors are 3 halves away from joining the 2007 Patriots and 2001 Mariners in an exclusive club.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Harvey will not be speaking after his start tonight, a Mets spokesman announced. Terry Collins certainly sounded inclined to have Harvey not make his next start.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he will convene with Sandy Alderson about the next step with Matt Harvey and whether he should make his next scheduled start.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Apparently, the ball really does carry further in warm weather. On the balmiest day of the year at Nats Park by far (83 at game time), Washington tied a season-high with five bombs - including one by Ben Revere, just the fifth of his career - en route to a 7-4 win over the Mets.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

A gem from Justin Verlander propels Tigers to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Team has now won eight of nine. Back over .500 at 23-22. Closer Francisco Rodriguez closes out the game in the ninth to record his 400th career save. 6th MLB pitcher to reach this milestone.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Another double-digit strikeout performance for Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who ended the eighth with a strikeout of Odubel Herrera. Third time this season. 32nd of his career. Eight scoreless innings. Reached back to hit 97 mph to fan Herrera and was rewarded with a deserved ovation as he headed to the dugout.

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Murph continues to haunt his former club.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

43-pitch inning for Chris Sale in the third. Four. Three. Not a typo.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez left tonight's game with a contusion of the right big toe after being hit by a Jorge De La Rosa pitch. X-rays were negative.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Two-out walk to Jose Ramirez bites Chris Sale as the Indians go up 2-1 after Mike Napoli's triple; Ramirez worked Sale for 10 pitches, getting three balls on sliders. Great AB with big repercussions.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees fans understandably are starting to get restless with Mark Teixeira. Teixeira entered Tuesday with a .193 average, three homers and 12 RBIs. Teixeira is 0-for- 3 with three strikeouts. He has now struck out 47 times in 150 at-bats. Teixeira said the other day he is the type of guy who can carry a team. Right now, he is dragging the Yankees down. The fans are beginning to boo.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Nathan Eovaldi may have been in the middle of a shutout, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is going to his Big 3 relievers every chance he gets. So with Eovaldi having thrown 100 pitches, Girardi has taken the ball from Eovaldi and handed it to Dellin Betances, who presumably will pass it to Andrew Miller and then Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees lead the Blue Jays, 2-0, with one out in the seventh.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Stephen Strasburg has 10 K's through six innings against the Mets. It's his fifth double-digit whiff game this season, and the 26th of his career.