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White Sox to retire Konerko's number

Paul Konerko's No. 14 will be retired today by the team. Said Konerko on Friday: "As a kid, you see stuff at stadiums or you hear about a guy whose number is retired. You don't really think that that's something that's attainable." He's the 11th player to have his number retired by the Sox.

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Top 5 surprising MLB teams

The Astros are the consensus biggest surprise -- in a good way -- so far this season, but there's some disagreement among the BBTN experts as to who rounds out the top 5.


Bryce Harper putting the H in home run

The Nats OF hit his 11th home run since May 6 and is now slugging 1.000 for the month of May. If he keeps it up, he'll be the 4th player since 1900 to have a slugging percentage of 1.000 or better in May, joining Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and Todd Helton.

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Matt Wieters targeting June 4 return

The O's catcher, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2014, is eligible to come off the 60-day DL on June 4 and believes that's a possibility: "The last few games I've gone out there and played, the feelings of being able to get back in a big league game are there. It's not quite back to where it was yet, but it feels good enough to get back playing at this level."

Escobar has the Royals flipping out

For most of us, lying flat on our stomachs means it's nap time. If you're Kansas City SS Alcides Escobar, however, that's the perfect position to throw a runner out at second.


Hanley Ramirez questionable today

The Red Sox LF, hit on the hand in the 4th inning, left Friday's game in the 6th with soreness. Initial tests were negative, but Ramirez is questionable for today's game. An injured shoulder previously kept him out of 4 games earlier this month.

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Justin Verlander throws in bullpen

The Tigers RHP, who's rehabbing a right triceps strain, replicated his pregame warm-up routine of about 45 pitches and then threw two innings in the bullpen. He reported no problems after: "All good." Verlander will throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Binghamton-bound Vic Black turns 27 today. ... Ricky Gutierrez is 45. ... Pepe Mangual was born on this date in 1952.

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Most RBI in MLB History Hank Aaron 2,297 Barry Bonds 1,996 Lou Gehrig 1,993 Alex Rodriguez 1,992 Babe Ruth 1,992

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Bryce Harper: 11th HR since May 6 slugging 1.000 for the month of May. Since 1900 only Ruth, Bonds & Todd Helton have slugged 1000 in May

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Ranking the divisions by run differential: 1. AL Central +50. 2. AL East +16 3. NL West +9 4. NL Central -15 5. AL West -19 6. NL East -41.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Elias: KC has the best record in MLB. This is the 1st time KC has MLB's best record at least 40 games into a season since Sept 9th, 1980.