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How good are the Royals?

Tim Kurkjian explains to SportsCenter that the Royals are the best team in a weak American League thanks to great defense and a strong bullpen.

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Trout's career HR total: 500? 600?

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian told SportsCenter: "He'll have more than 500. Sure about that. And we're still almost 400 short of that. That's how confident we are."

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Kurkjian: Blue Jays must do something

Tim Kurkjian told SportsCenter: "This year, I think they're going to do something. If they go get a starter -- a good one -- and a closer -- a good one -- then I think they become the team to beat in the [AL] East."

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

The Mets are paying Bobby Bonilla $1.19M this year. Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard & Matz cost less than $2M COMBINED.

Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

"When I asked Pete to be our manager on an interim basis, we had to wait for (him) to say yes,'' Amaro said. "He graciously accepted.''

BBTN's Monday Web Gem

George Springer made a terrific diving catch in center field, but can he take down the whole of Miami's infield on his own?

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Mets' Matz a hero -- sandwich, that is

New York's Steven Matz -- who allowed two runs in 7 2/3 IP and went 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs in his MLB debut Sunday -- visited the hometown deli that named a sandwich after him with teammate Jacob deGrom on Monday. Matz didn't order his personal sub but called it "cool" to have his own hero. (via Newsday)

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Terry Collins indicated rotation reordering probably happens coming out of the break. Matz and Niese this time facing different foes anyway.

Matt Moore returning Thursday

The Rays LHP, who has missed the past 14 months after Tommy John surgery, said he's "definitely ready" to return to the rotation. Moore had no setbacks in his rehab. "Hats off to them," he said of the training staff.