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Farrell: allow 'approved substances'

“I would like to see an approved substance pitchers can use," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I think anytime a game loses players for eight to 10 games ... it makes us as an industry look within. If pitchers are putting themselves at risk and if the belief is a widespread number of pitchers are doing it, why wouldn’t we look to improve the game?" Farrell's plea

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Join the party! Slade Heathcott hits his 1st MLB HR. Yankees extend their lead to, 14-1.

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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Kris Bryant's 1st-inning HR calculated at 379 feet. In normal weather (70 degrees, no wind), it would have been a HR only at Wrigley Field.

Khris Davis' 2nd HR definitely counts

Davis almost had a HR erased in the 1st inning because he nearly missed home plate. No issues finding it on HR No. 2 off Tim Lincecum. Brewers lead 2-1 in the 4th. Follow live

Bryant, Harper not disappointing

There was plenty of hoopla for the first showdown of these young stars and both are off to a good start today:

  • Bryant: 2-for-2, with a HR
  • Harper: 1-for-2, double and a great catch against the ivy wall.
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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.


Joe pitches like Jeremy

You might've heard that the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie allowed 11 runs in 1 inning today. The Red Sox's Joe Kelly wasn't much better. Kelly gave up 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings vs. the Twins, who lead 7-1 after 2. Follow live

Cueto gets wing checked

Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto had his pitching elbow examined today after missing his Sunday start. He could be trade bait at midseason, but only if he's healthy. Sore

Maddon takes shot at schedulemakers

Joe Maddon isn't happy his team is playing an early-afternoon game on Memorial Day after playing a day game in Phoenix on Sunday: "I hope the players feel better than I do today." Cross-eyed

Jonah Keri @jonahkeri

If Bartolo steals home, I will devote the rest of my life on Earth to ensuring that all stats are abolished except Wins and Productive Outs.

Jonah Keri @jonahkeri


Khris Davis avoids embarrassing out

The Brewers' LF was originally called out for missing home plate after his 1st-inning home run, but the Brewers challenged, and the call was overturned. Milwaukee leads 1-0 over San Francisco. Follow live

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Things that happened at the same time... • Kris Bryant home run • Bartolo Colon single

Kris Bryant 1, Bryce Harper 0

Kris Bryant hits his 6th HR of the season to tie the game with the Nationals, 1-1. The wind is blowing out at Wrigley; it could be a wild one today. Follow live

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.


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).