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Craig Counsell pumped to lead 'his' team

The new Brewers managers said: "I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office. In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee."

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Marisnick a hero for Astros, fantasy

Prior to Houston's 10-game win streak, Jake Marisnick was already batting .350. And now? He has IMPROVED to .382, which includes an 8-game hit streak. Karabell: Pick him up!

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Astros climbing up MLB Power Rankings

The Astros were No. 12 on the Power Rankings last week, but they haven't lost since April 22, propelling them up to No. 3 behind just the Royals and best-in-MLB Cardinals. Is Houston's success sustainable? Full list

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NL Central showdown tonight

The first-place Cardinals have the best record in baseball at 18-6. When they play the Cubs tonight, it'll be the first time since Sept. 20, 2009, that the foes will face off while in first and second in their division this late in the season.

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Buster Olney: End retaliatory beanball

"However MLB got to this place, no matter the tradition, it's stupid that pitchers are throwing fastballs at prone targets and dramatically increasing the risk of injury." Unwrite this unwritten rule

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Today's best Ace to start in DFS?

Kershaw? King Felix? Bumgarner? No. Nope. Negative. Houston's Dallas Keuchel, says Tristan Cockcroft: "He'll cost you roughly 70% of your typical aces working Monday, but give you performance in the same ballpark."

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Roenicke merely Brewers' scapegoat

Signing Ryan Braun through 2020? Not Ron Roenicke's fault. No staff ace after Zack Greinke left? Nope. Carlos Gomez's poor health? Not that either. Decline of Aramis Ramirez? Try again. Kahrl: Firing doesn't fix team

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This season's streakiest MLB teams

The teams with win streaks of 10 or more were a combined 149-175 last year. Who are they? The Mets, who reeled off 11 straight earlier this season, and the Astros -- winners of 10 straight. Both won five 1-run games during the stretch.

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ChiSox players back Robin Ventura

After an 8-14 start, players are taking the blame instead of placing it on their manager. Said 1B Jose Abreu through an interpreter: "It's our fault because we are the ones who are playing. We are the people who are on the field."

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BBTN's Power Rankings

The Astros are tied with the Cardinals for the most wins in baseball and have the best 25-game start in franchise history. With that impressive start, Houston has pushed its way into the Power Rankings, knocking out the Mets.

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From one Chicago team to another

Each Cubs player wore a personalized Blackhawks jersey on the flight to St. Louis Sunday night in support of the city's team taking on the Wild in Game 2. It must've been good luck -- the 'Hawks won 4-1 and took a 2-0 series lead.

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ICYMI: Brewers (7-18) fire Roenicke

Brewers GM Doug Melvin said of the team's decision to fire manager Ron Roenicke after Sunday's win: "Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It's all about wins and losses, and after the first month of play this year we didn't see the progress and improvement we had hoped for." Story