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Why the Yankees are in last place

The Yankees aren't just looking up at the rival Red Sox entering Friday's series opener at Fenway Park, they're sitting at the bottom of the entire American League East. Andrew Marchand explains what has gone wrong so far for the Bronx Bombers.

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This is SportsCenter: Ortiz breaks in Yankees cap (0:30)
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Papelbon's reaction to Harper something to read into? (1:58)
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Stephen A.: MLB needs to scare players away from PEDs (1:56)
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The winding path of soon-to-debut Sean Manaea

From glowing reports to doubters to injuries, A's lefty Sean Manaea's historical scouting reports (dating back to his college days) display the hills and valleys a typical prospect must endure.

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What you missed in MLB while you were watching the draft (0:21)
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Nationals need a nudge on offense

With the Nationals' offense stymied by the Phillies while Washington got swept, is it time for the Nats to shake up their lineup to get the most out of Bryce Harper and put some runs on the board?

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Harper strikes out with bases loaded in the eighth (0:21)
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Everything is going wrong for Pierzynski (0:29)
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Machado pads O's lead with grand slam (0:29)
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Maddon: Wrigley Field is the essence of baseball (2:35)
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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers had a brief closed-door meeting to address the team's recent struggles, but the meeting seemed more energetic than negative. When the clubhouse reopened, there was more energy, and the team projected an optimistic air than a somber one.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that in the wake of Dee Gordon's positive test for performance-enhancing substances the team asked questions but found there is no avenue for protesting the results of a four-game series against the Marlins. Gordon, who had appealed a positive test, had a major impact in the Marlins' sweep at Dodger Stadium this week.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who spoke out on Twitter earlier today in the wake of Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension for PED's, said he believes there is a general consensus among players that there should be more frequent testing and harsher penalties. "We want a clean game," he said. Also feels if a player has tested positive, they should not be allowed on the field potentially impacting the outcome of games.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Cubs' run differential at +79 after 22 games. Only six teams had a run differential that high (or beyond) for the entire 2015 season.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi on Dee Gordon testing positive: "I'm surprised but I'm not. Now, Dee Gordon wouldn't have been a guy that I would have predicted, but it's disappointing. I don't think it's ever going to go away. I think the rewards are too great from a financial standpoint. "

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No, you're not seeing things: That's a really small glove on Chris Davis' large left hand. To be exact, it's a 9.5-inch model, which is what your average Little Leaguer might use. The Orioles first baseman - whose uses a 12.5-inch game glove - sometimes wears the mini-mitt during warm-ups.

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On This Day: Clemens strikes out 20

Thirty years ago today, Roger Clemens made history by becoming the first major league pitcher to strike out 20 batters in one game.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Kelly threw a 35-pitch bullpen session, his first time off a mound since suffering a right shoulder impingement. Another 'pen scheduled for Tuesday, after which Red Sox may discuss a minor-league rehab assignment.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Three hours before game time, Orioles slugger Manny Machado - who yesterday snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a double and a grand slam - gets in some extra work with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Yankees lineup for the first of 19 meetings this season with the Boston Red Sox: Ellsbury cf, Gardner lf, Beltran rf, Teixeira 1b, Rodriguez DH, McCann c, Castro 2b, Headley 3b, Gregorius ss, Tanaka P

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox vs. Yankees (RH Tanaka): Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Shaw 3B, Holt LF, Hanigan C, Bradley CF, Owens LHP.

Bryant out vs. Braves; listed as day to day

Cubs All-Star 3B Kris Bryant avoided serious injury Thursday when he rolled his ankle in a win against the Brewers. The team announced Bryant has a mild ankle sprain will avoid the DL, but will sit out today's afternoon tilt against the Braves. Follow live

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