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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Sandy Alderson explaining Michael Conforto demotion: "I think in talking with the coaching staff and the manager, we just felt that, look, this is counterproductive and what we need to do is get him to Las Vegas, get his swing back, and then hopefully get him back here within a relatively short period of time."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Sandy Alderson on José Reyes, who he says will be in the minors '7-10 days': "I did meet with José personally. We talked for about an hour; the domestic abuse issue was the focal point of the conversation. I came away feeling he had taken responsibility for the mistake on his part and he was remorseful. He has paid a penalty for this. He is committed to ongoing counseling and support of organizations working against domestic abuse. And in addition to this personal meeting we had a lot of internal conversations. Jeff Wilpon was involved every step of the way. We are acutely aware of the issue that exists. José was a member of the Mets organization for 12 years and was a solid citizen the entire time, and we feel he deserved a second chance, and he deserved that second chance from us, where he spent his formative years."

White Sox triple up

Brett Lawrie, Dioner Navarro and J.B. Shuck hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning. The only other team to do that this season was the Giants on Opening Day. Chicago still trails the Blue Jays. Follow live

Tim Kurkjian: The Indians are for real

Cleveland's seven-game winning streak has been buoyed by an invigorated offense.

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Santana silencing Yanks bats

Ervin Santana was 1-5 with a 6.62 ERA in his previous six starts, but he's shut out New York through four innings at Yankee Stadium. Follow live

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mets hacen oficial fichaje de José Reyes a contrato de ligas menores con el equipo; jugará mañana con sucursal de Clase A.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Jose Reyes: "As I have expressed in the past, I deeply regret the incident that occurred and remain remorseful and apologetic to my family. I have completed the counseling required by MLB, have been in ongoing therapy, and will continue with counseling going forward. I appreciate the Mets organization for believing in me and providing the opportunity to come back home to New York."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Sandy Alderson: "We made the decision to offer a contract to Jose after extensive consideration and discussion with Jose, his representatives, Major League Baseball and various departments at the Mets. We are convinced that Jose has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences and have confirmed he is taking steps beyond those prescribed by MLB, including ongoing counseling. Accordingly, we believe he deserves a second chance to return to our organization."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes signed a minor league deal. He will play with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jose Reyes signing is official.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In need of a fresh arm after the bullpen bailed out David Price last night, the Red Sox are recalling right-hander William Cuevas from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioning infielder Deven Marrero.

Altuve having a season for the ages

Buster Olney breaks down just how Jose Altuve has progressed from great to better than great this season. 'Crazy-good complete hitter'

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs rookie Willson Contreras discusses playing left field for the first time in the big leagues on Saturday against the Marlins.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Conforto is expected to be demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. He has really struggled. Brandon Nimmo is the new left fielder.

Why is Bryce Harper struggling?

Tim Kurkjian is not concerned about Harper's trouble with the curve.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Big news day: Brandon Nimmo is getting promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to the Mets. He is expected in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Today's confirmed MLB lineups

Evan Longoria is batting third in the first game of a doubleheader for Tampa Bay. Saturday's slate starts at 1:05 p.m. ET. All the lineups

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected Anthony Rizzo returns to the Cubs lineup after missing the last two games (back) while rookie Willson Contreras starts his first one in left field. Jason Heyward once again leads off with Albert Almora batting ninth against the Marlins.