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Guthrie was historically bad

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to allow 11 earned runs in one inning pitched or fewer (via Elias). The last was Jason Jennings for the Astros in 2007.

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Mets' Wright seeing back specialist

David Wright, out since April 14 with hamstring and back issues, is heading to California to work with a back specialist. Mets GM Sandy Alderson on the injury: "None of the doctors at this point have given us any indication that this is a long-term problem that can't be managed.''

Happy Harper-Bryant Day

Today is the first time that Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper will meet "head-to-head" in the majors -- as if you needed another reason to follow Nats at Cubs today (2:20 p.m. ET).

Bryant & Harper both super patient

This season, Bryce Harper has walked an MLB-high 39 times. Since being called up to the majors on April 17, Bryant has walked 24 times, tied for 4th most in the bigs. Only Carlos Santana has reached more full counts than Harper and Bryant.

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Phillies starter with 7 K's to start game

Severino Gonzalez of the Phillies is the second starter this season to record his first 7 outs via strikeout, joining Andrew Cashner (April 29). He had 5 career strikeouts entering the day. Follow Mets/Phillies live

Bogaerts picking up the pace

Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant aren't the only young phenoms playing on Memorial Day. 22-year-old Xander Bogaerts is starting to heat up for the Red Sox. He's currently riding a 7-game hit streak and has reached base safely in 11 of his last 12 games. Follow live

Watch: Gardner joins Yankees HR parade

Brett Gardner's first-inning HR is one of four for the Yankees in the first two innings against Kansas City today. Jeremy Guthrie gave up a career high 11 ER, more than any starter in a MLB game this season.

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Yanks know how to start a party

After taking an 8-0 lead in the 1st inning against the Royals today, the Yankees lead the majors with 48 1st-inning runs this season. This is the first time they've scored 8 in a 1st inning since July 30, 2011 (12 vs Orioles). Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

Royals, Yankees on different paths

Reigning AL-pennant winner Kansas City sits atop ESPN's MLB Power Rankings. New York, after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons, has lost 10 of 11. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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May 25, 1935: Ruth hits his final HR

On this date 80 years ago, Babe Ruth went 4-for-4 with 3 HR for the Boston Braves, including the 714th and final home run. Alex Rodriguez is poised to pass Ruth on the all-time RBI list as he enters today's game tied with him at 1,992.

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Hamilton set to make Rangers return

Josh Hamilton is batting fifth and playing left field in today's game vs. Cleveland (4:10 p.m. ET). It's Hamilton's first MLB action since last year and first game with Texas since 2012.

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Why are pitchers doctoring baseballs?

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro: "I think in any sport, probably any business, anybody's going to try to get that little bit of edge to do better than the other guy."

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Rubin: Don't sweat Harvey's 'dead arm'

ESPN reporter Adam Rubin says fans shouldn't overreact to Mets manager Terry Collins's comments on Matt Harvey's recent struggles.

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