Aces on the mound tonight
- Felix Hernandez (6-1, 2.30 ERA) vs. Jays
- Max Scherzer (4-3, 1.75 ERA) vs. Phillies
- Jon Lester (4-2, 3.70 ERA) vs. Reds
- Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.52 ERA) vs. Padres
- Garrett Richards (3-2, 2.29 ERA) vs. Red Sox
Baseball is dying... again
A precipitous decline in youth participation is the latest hit to baseball. ESPN's Dave Schoenfield writes that you "can't ignore that baseball includes a lot of standing around. Maybe it is just too boring for kids today." Where are the kids?
Mets will use a six-man rotation
The move will occur once SP Dillon Gee rejoins the rotation on Saturday. Rookie sensation Noah Syndergaard -- filling in for Gee -- forced the Mets' hand with a pair of solid starts to begin his MLB career. His third start is tonight vs. the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Alex Wood scratched with stomach virus
The Braves SP was scheduled to pitch tonight against the Brewers. Eric Stults, who was moved to the bullpen last week, will take the mound at 7:35 p.m. vs. Milwaukee.
A different I-70 series this season
When Missouri's MLB teams meet tonight at 8:10 p.m. ET, it won't be a matchup between the Cardinals and the also-rans. The Royals are legitimate: Both teams are meeting while atop their respective divisions for just the second time ever. (Via Elias)
McCutchen laughs off pay stub leak
Today, Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen brushed off a photo of his two-week pay stub being leaked, even joking that the attention is manageable -- as long as he still gets paid.
SportsCenter Not Top 10
Happy birthday, Novak Djokovic. Your gift? An appearance on this week's worst plays.
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Sandoval worked out at 3B, still limited by left knee. Not playing. Victorino day/ day; Farrell said there will be rotation w/Rusney, Betts
Update: "A-Rod Juice Box Night!"
Port Charlotte, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, had intended to give the first 500 fans a free juice box for tonight's game. After the Yankees complained about the promotion, saying they found it "in poor taste," according to the Tampa Bay Times, the team cancelled the promotion. Said the Stone Crabs GM: "We in no way meant any ill intent."
Richards returns to Fenway
Garrett Richards tore a tendon in his left knee last August in Boston. As the RHP returns to Boston tonight, he still remembers the sound: "It sounded like a Pillsbury biscuits tube, you know, when you open it and it explodes? ... It was the sound of my knee unraveling. It was gross."
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Rusney in RF, batting 8th Says he's 100 percent
Update: Red Sox call up Rusney Castillo
The Cuban-born OF will start in right tonight. He signed a 7-year, $72M deal in August and was sent to the minors after a spring training injury. Castillo's been hitting .327 in his last 12 games in Triple-A after an outfield crash landed him on the minor league DL.
King Felix eyes 7th win in 8 games
Felix Hernandez takes on the Blue Jays tonight, and though he revels in the King's Court at SafeCo, he feels at home on the road too: "Every time. I think to myself, 'You see all those people with their eyes on you? Now go do your job. Make it happen.'" Setting the tone
Top Cuban prospect headed to MLB
RHP Norge Ruiz, called "arguably the best pitching prospect in Cuba" by Baseball America, is looking to sign with a major league team. Ruiz, 21, is likely to incite a bidding war but being declared a free agent can be a lengthy process. (via MLB's website)
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Tonight's lineup: Gardner 7 Beltran 9 Rodriguez DH Teixeira 3 McCann 2 Headley 5 Drew 4 Gregorius 6 Heathcott 8 Pineda RHP
20 MLB players most likely to be traded
Does your team need a pitcher? How about Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir or Aaron Harang? According to MLB Insider Jim Bowden, those pitchers are as good as gone from their teams. The interested teams (Insider)
Will Smith suspended eight games
The Brewers pitcher was suspended for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game. Smith, who claimed it was rosin and sunscreen that he forgot to wipe off, is appealing. He can continue to pitch until the process is complete.