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MLB must determine a consistent response for Syndergaard situation

ESPN analyst Buster Olney proposes two important questions for MLB to consider when determining whether a pitcher who throws at a hitter should be ejected.

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Five reasons the Mets-Dodgers 'feud' is over

While fans packing Citi Field for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball undoubtedly will give Chase Utley an earful, it's extremely likely the episode is history.

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Has St. Louis' starting staff turned a corner?

The Cardinals might have their best offense in a generation, but they're not going anywhere if their rotation doesn't execute a dramatic U-turn. Michael Wacha (2-5, 5.04 ERA) looks to right the ship against Stephen Strasburg (8-0, 2.79 ERA) and the Nats today.

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Cueto has been a San Francisco treat

The red-hot Giants are in first place in the NL West, and Johnny Cueto deserves a lot of the credit. Here's how his 7-1 record and 2.38 ERA this season rank among the game's best pitchers.

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How to bet Sunday night's Dodgers-Mets game

ESPN Chalk's Vegas experts give their best bets for the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets.

Darvish K's 7 in Rangers return (0:20)
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Closer Kimbrel fails to lock down Red Sox win

In a bad day for bullpens around baseball, Boston closer Craig Kimbrel may have had the worst, blowing the Red Sox's shot at a win -- twice.

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Utley, Dodgers rise to Mets' challenge

All Chase Utley did after dodging a Noah Syndergaard fastball was homer twice to help the Dodgers send their own message: Grinding out a win is far sweeter than drama.

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MLB mock draft 2.0: Who is No. 1?

The MLB draft is less than two weeks away. Is Florida lefty A.J. Puk still expected to be No. 1? How high will Tennessee 3B Nick Senzel go? There's plenty of movement in the first round of Keith Law's mock draft, as teams still have a lot of indecision.

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Kurkjian on Urias: 'This kid is going to be a star' (1:11)
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Tigers' Fulmer should stay put after gem

Michael Fulmer followed up an 11-strikeout effort by tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday's win over the Athletics, which should earn the rookie a rotation spot.

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Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

Friday Flashback: How did we go from the beginning of baseball to an official sock provider? Uni Watch offers a selective timeline of baseball's hosiery history.

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Keith Law's 2016 MLB mock draft 2.0

There's plenty of movement in the first round (and beyond) of Keith Law's mock draft, as teams still have plenty of indecision about their picks.

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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Sunday Night Baseball this evening: Dodgers at the Mets, with Bartolo Colon pitching against Clayton Kershaw. 8 p.m. start on ESPN.

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This week's power rankings: 1. Cubs 2. Giants 3. Red Sox 4. Pirates 5. Seattle 6. Mets 7. Nationals 8. Indians 9. Texas 10. KC Fire away.

OTD: Yankees blast back against Red Sox

On this date in 1927, the Yankees demontrated their "Five O'Clock Lightning" by scoring seven runs in the eighth inning against the Red Sox, eventually winning 15-7. Follow the 1927 Yankees all season long in real time. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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Yu Darvish back and better than ever?

In his first start of the 2014 season, Darvish hit 95 miles per hour once. On Saturday, his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2015, the right-hander hit that velocity 20 times.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite Michael Pineda's recent struggles -- he got bombed again on Saturday by the Rays and his 6.92 ERA is the worst among MLB starters -- Joe Girardi said the possibility of removing him from the rotation hasn't been discussed. "We still believe in Michael," Girardi said. "We've seen Michael have success." As of now, Girardi said, the Yankees will remain on rotation, meaning Pineda will start Thursday against the Tigers in Detroit in a makeup of a game rained out in April.

Olney: Syndergaard ejection highlights inconsistency

Buster Olney says MLB needs to figure out how to handle pitchers throwing at batters more consistently in the wake of Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throwing behind Chase Utley.


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Roy Halladay had a perfect night, 6 years ago today.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the craziest stats of 2016: Adam Wainwright - 5 hits, 5 extra-base hits. Kolten Wong - 26 hits, 4 extra-base hits. Baseball!

Sunday's Daily Fantasy Baseball top plays

At some point, Clayton Kershaw's price has to get too high, right? Not today against the Mets, writes Todd Zola. Best buys (Insider)

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Syndergaard tossed for throwing behind Utley

With the memories of the past postseason perhaps still in the minds of the Mets, Noah Syndergaard throws a fastball behind Chase Utley, which gets the Mets pitcher tossed from the game.


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Would you look at that? Buster Posey, crushing two homers in a day. #ASGWorthy @esurance #ASG ballot: MLB.com/vote

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, no Mark Teixeira in today's Yankees lineup. Also, Carlos Beltran, who suffered some discomfort near his shoulder blade, will not play, nor will Chase Headley, just because. Here's the Yankees lineup that will face RHP Jake Odorizzi and the Rays today at 1:10 pm; Ellsbury cf, Gardner lf, Castro 2b, McCann c, Rodriguez DH, Gregorius ss, Hicks rf, Ackley 1b, Torreyes 3b, Eovaldi P

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By the way: The only extra-base hit allowed by Clayton Kershaw this season after getting ahead 0-1 in count, in 151 ABs -- Bumgarner, HR.

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Clayton Kershaw on Sunday Night Baseball tonight. Having all timer of a season. Kershaw has 95 strikeouts and only five walks this season