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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's?

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28mBuster Olney

How the Red Sox are tearing it up offensively

Buster Olney shares on-pace numbers for several of the Boston Red Sox position players to show how prolific the offense has been; plus today's links.

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11hMark Simon

Giants finding a way to win every close game

The offense hasn't been there, but the Giants are getting both great starting pitching and great defense. Stats & Info looks at their 14-game run.

Giants firing on all cylinders (1:45)
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Quietly, Steven Matz looking like Mets' ace

Less thunder than Thor. Less drama than the Dark Knight. Less hair than deGrom. Fewer home run heroics than Bartolo. Still, Steven Matz has more wins than anyone on the vaunted Mets staff.

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Darvish's return is extra boost for Rangers' rotation (1:49)
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20hDan Szymborski

The Big Three: Machado in same class as Trout, Harper

Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper. That's usually where the discussion goes in a debate of MLB's best players. But there's a new superstar in their midst, and his name is Manny Machado.

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Toddler just wants a snack, not a souvenir (0:15)
Outside Baseball: Remembering Bochy's large helmet (1:53)
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How well do you know The 100-100 Club?

CC Sabathia won his 100th game for the Yankees on Friday. In another lifetime, he won 106 for the Indians. Think of the trivia possibilities! (Actually, Jayson Stark did think of them -- so come test your knowledge!)


Bradley's streak hasn't come cheap

Jackie Bradley Jr. is currently tied with Johnny Damon for the fourth-longest hitting streak in Red Sox franchise history, but his .415 average during this stretch is second only to Tris Speaker's .424, per Elias Sports Bureau.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

It's funny. Every time I mention Jake Arrieta's unbeaten streak, Mets fans remind me they beat him in Oct. Which is true. Irony alert: Jeurys Familia just broke the Mets record for most consecutive saves (32). Not counting the 3 he blew in the World Series, of course. These "active" streaks are getting confusing!

Hair's the question

Mets pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard join SportsCenter to settle the debate of who has the better hair.


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@dodgers to call up 19-year-old LHP Julio Urias, MLB Pipeline's No. 2 prospect, on Friday for his @mlb debut in NY vs. Mets.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Top Dodgers prospect Julio Urias will make his major league debut Friday in a start at New York against the Mets. The 19-year old left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 8 outings (7 starts) at AAA Oklahoma City. Friday's scheduled starter Alex Wood was scratched with triceps soreness.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

During the 1986 Red Sox reunion at Fenway Park, the intrepid Jonny Miller of WBZ asked Roger Clemens if he ever thinks about making the Hall of Fame. "I'm so past that, Jonny," Clemens replied good-naturedly. "But thanks for asking."

Baseball 'graver' savors morbid adventures

Meet Stew Thornley, the man with the most macabre hobby in sports. His idea of a "treasure hunt" is to visit and document the gravesite of every deceased baseball Hall of Famer. That's ... interesting

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Visit the graves of baseball Hall of Famers

Ever wondered what the grave site of Babe Ruth or Carl Hubbell might look like? Stew Thornley did the dirty work for you. Photos

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Best Undefeated Start to a Season Cubs History 1886 Jim McCormick 15-0 2016 Jake Arrieta 9-0 1967 Ken Holtzman 9-0

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Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS): extends hitting streak to 29 games. Xander Bogaerts (BOS): extends hitting streak to 18 games.

A-Rod upstaged by minor league bat dogs

Alex Rodriguez may have homered during his short stint this week with the Trenton Thunder, but the real stars were the Double-A team's bat dogs. Derby steals show

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Giants: 9-0 vs Padres this season...Giants: 5th walk-off win this season (most in MLB)..Yankees loss snaps season-high 6-game winning streak

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OBP Leaders Ben Zobrist Cubs .453 Odubel Herrera Phillies .440 Dexter Fowler Cubs .436 Bryce Harper Nats .430