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Ortiz still doing what he does best

He's 40 years old, but David Ortiz can still rake; he's on pace for 34 home runs and 128 RBIs this season. As he prepares to face the Yankees yet again, it's safe to say that nobody foresaw how much damage he'd do against the AL East rival over the years.

Harper gets the golden sombrero (0:28)
Trumbo swings at a pitch that hits him (0:33)
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5hBuster Olney

Olney: Intriguing two-tier PED penalty system

Buster Olney proposes a system that could strengthen PED penalties but allows a margin for error; plus a check-in on David Price and today's links.

Ongoing existence of PEDs makes everyone a suspect (0:53)
Stanton annihilates another baseball (0:31)
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Dodgers have a formula for failure

After dropping their sixth straight game at home this week and faced with the prospect of being swept by the Padres, the Dodgers are left wondering where their offense went and when they'll get it back.

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22hDoug Padilla

Dodgers' rotation shakeup is 'matchup-based'

With a pair of off-days mixed into the upcoming road trip, most of the Dodgers starters will get some extra time to rest between outings.

OTL: More than a game: Osama Bin Laden killed (5:14)
A-Rod makes a friend at Fenway (0:35)
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20hMark Simon

Astros problems in 2016 are plentiful

Poor pitching across the board and a lack of offensive production at a couple of spots in the lineup have made for a very frustrating season.

Kipnis steals the Phillie Phanatic's ATV (0:22)
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Conforto stepping up in the spotlight

Games like Saturday's are helping cement the fact that Michael Conforto is going to occupy the No. 3 slot with the Mets for a long time after he doubled, homered and plated three runs to help beat the Giants.

Story's two-run triple gives Rockies the lead (0:33)
Phillips makes nice behind-the-back throw, dabs afterwards (0:33)
Upton makes Twins pay for mix-up (0:27)
Werth takes Garcia deep to left for three-run homer (0:21)
Kurkjian: Mattingly did the right thing pulling Conley (1:02)


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has nine career games of 10 strikeouts with no walks, the most in baseball since the start of 2014. Through seven innings Sunday, he has exactly 10 strikeouts and no walks. The Dodgers hold a slim 1-0 lead over the Padres.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Martinez said he will be able to maintain his focus despite having to deal with a civil lawsuit filed against him by a woman in a Miami court last week. Martinez also was dealing with flu-like symptoms and didn't know he would be able to make Sunday's start until he woke up and called manager Mike Matheny to tell him he was a go. Here he talks about Sunday's start through interpreter (and catcher) Brayan Pena:


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With reliever Carson Smith likely to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, Red Sox haven't ruled out carrying 13 pitchers in the short term. That could spell a return to Triple-A for infielder Marco Hernandez.

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Phillies sweep the Indians right after sweeping the Nationals. What a fun and unexpected spring. The pitching has been outstanding.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez flew out to the warning track in the sixth inning, making him 0-for-20 on the current homestand. The Dodgers have lost six consecutive home games for the first time in five years, but lead the Padres 1-0 on Sunday.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Good pitching still beats good hitting: The Cardinals, who entered the weekend as MLB's highest scoring team (6.23 runs/game), got swept and were outscored 17-6 by the Nationals, who came in with the best ERA in baseball (2.35).

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

While the White Sox and Orioles are off to unexpectedly strong starts, the Phillies are MLB's biggest early-season surprise. With a 2-1 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, they're now 15-10 and winners of six straight. It's hard to envision this lasting much longer, but manager Pete Mackanin has the team playing with a lot of energy. And the pitching has been good enough to offset one of baseball's weakest offenses (so far).

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees are trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of David Price and the Red Sox tonight and Joe Girardi has shaken up his lineup a tad. Alex Rodriguez moves back up to 3rd in the batting order, Aaron Hicks and Ronald Torreyes get to start and Chase (.150) Headley bats sixth tonight. Why, you ask? He's hitting .421 against Price (8-for-19).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You can't start a brutal 10-game road trip any better than the Nationals have. They won as many games in St. Louis this weekend (3) as they've won in the previous eight years combined.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Given Mike Pelfrey's struggles, this feels relevant: manager Brad Ausmus was asked today at what point, should the starting pitcher's difficulties continue, would the Tigers begin to look at other options in their rotation. His answer? "I don't know if I can give you an answer on that. The answer on that is, I don't know." Pelfrey's two-year, $16 million contract is obviously a complicating factor. Not sure moving him to the bullpen makes much sense, either. But you'd have to imagine team is wary about trotting him out there every fifth day if he's unable to yield results.

Harper gets the golden sombrero

Bryce Harper has a rough day at the plate, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in a win vs. the Cardinals.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

A determined-looking Clayton Kershaw is perfect through four innings against the Padres. The Dodgers left-hander struck out the first four batters he faced and there has been nothing close to a hit. The Dodgers are in the midst of a six-game home losing streak and will be winless on the entire homestand if they fall today.

Trumbo strikes out on pitch that hits him

Orioles DH Mark Trumbo was so fooled by this Chris Sale pitch that he thought he could make contact right before it hit him on the knee.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who entered today's game leading the American League with a .363 batting average, blasts a critical three-run to tie the game at 5. One critical part of his early success? He hasn't been chasing pitches as much. Plate discipline was on display in that last at-bat. He prevailed in seven-pitch battle.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Mike Pelfrey's day ends with him exiting the game in the fifth inning, leaving reliever Kyle Ryan to deal with a bases-loaded no-out situation. Some flashes of improvement for the starting pitcher, but still not giving the Tigers enough. They wanted him to be a guy who could provide them some innings and he has given them five or less in three of his first five starts.