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Deep to the warning track ... with fries

A fan dropped a bucket of fries on the field and Yankees LF Brett Gardner ran down the slices of spuds.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Not since last Aug. 19 has a Cubs starter given up 7 earned runs as John Lackey did on Saturday against the Marlins. It came on seven hits and three walks as Lackey left some balls in very hittable spots as they crossed home plate. His ERA rose from 2.78 to 3.29 after the outing which lasted 4.1.

Ian Kinsler is powering up

At 34 years of age, the second baseman has topped his 2015 home run total before the calendar flips to July. Relentless work ethic

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins explains what he saw Friday that prompted him to recommend Michael Conforto be demoted for a brief period.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell alluded Friday to Red Sox facing a decision once Ryan Hanigan returns from DL. While they typically view catcher as a "two-man position," Farrell said, red-hot Sandy Leon is out of options and might not clear waivers. Christian Vazquez is in lineup tonight to catch knuckleballer Steven Wright, but if he doesn't hit more, he might lose playing time -- or even his roster spot, unless the Sox carry three catchers.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Nimmo discloses how Triple-A manager Wally Backman informed the 2011 first-round pick of his promotion to the majors. Nimmo will get his first major league start on Sunday. Terry Collins preferred avoiding Nimmo starting Saturday against Julio Teheran after a full day of travel.


Why is Bryce Harper struggling?

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


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

OF Will Venable (DFA on Friday) has been outrighted and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins discusses his plan for Jose Reyes -- which includes leading off and some center field.


Red Sox big rally on the road ends trend

The Red Sox rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to complete an 8–7 comeback victory over the Rangers. According to Elias, Boston, which trailed 6–0 at the end of the third inning, had lost its last 120 road games in which it trailed by six or more runs. The Red Sox' last comeback win of that kind on the road was on June 7, 2003.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Conforto reacts to his demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.


Springer rocked the record books

According to Elias, George Springer became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to hit a Grand Slam and a triple in the 1st inning of a game as the Astros defeated the Royals 13-4.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

When the Rockies designated José Reyes for assignment, GM Jeff Bridich said it was "the best decision in every way for the organization". I asked Mets GM Sandy Alderson today whether it was the best decision for the Mets to sign Reyes. He actually answered the question. "Do I think this is in the best interest of the Mets at this time, and in the best interest of José? Yes. We don't know what José will contribute on the field, but we think he can. At the same time, trying to put aside issues of performance and talent, which is the bottom-line of what this is all about, we have done everything we can to consider the other issues and made ourselves comfortable that he understands the mistake he made and has taken responsibility for it. But at the same time, he doesn't deserve to be ostracized. Other people will have a different point of view. That would be true under any situation that somebody makes a mistake. You can't throw away the key. That's not how we have chosen to address this. Do I think this is in the best interest of the Mets? Yes, I do."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Numbers that don't make sense: Marlins are 39-35 and in the playoff race -- and 5-12 vs. the Braves, Phillies and Twins.

Gausman dazzles Rays with 7 Ks

Orioles SP Kevin Gausman got his first win of the season as the Rays dropped their 9th straight.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says he prefers Brandon Nimmo in left field and Yoenis Cespedes in center as opposed to alternate alignment. Nimmo will start Sunday.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have called up infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Pitcher Nick Tepesch has been designated for assignment after making a lone start with the club Friday night at Pittsburgh.