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Do the Rangers have the guts to sit Prince Fielder?

Prince Fielder's stats show a player in severe decline, someone who clearly should be benched at this point. But it is Prince Fielder, so now what?

The Rays are HR-robbing machines (0:57)
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Indians proving that Cleveland rocks

The Cavaliers won the NBA title and now the Indians can't lose. We look at their recent streak and their season outlook.

Baez dives, flips and sticks the landing... in the stands (0:40)
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21hKen Woolums, ESPN Stats & Information

Zack Greinke is not what he used to be

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not getting what they need from their ace. What is different between this year and last for Zack Greinke? We take a look.

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Tough times: Cubs hit their first slump

A four-game losing streak has knocked the Cubs well off their initial pace. Diagnosing what's gone wrong reveals it's a number of small problems simultaneously adding up to their first bad patch all year.

Greinke steals second with ease (0:20)
Conforto shows off his arm strength (0:24)
Lincecum only lasts three innings in loss to Athletics (1:14)
Tigers walk off on wild pitch (0:39)
Williamson wallops solo shot (0:27)
Are the Cubs still the best team in baseball? (2:27)
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Identifying why Travis Shaw struggles on the road

Eno Sarris identifies why Travis Shaw has struggled to hit in road games, referring to spray charts, data comps and even speaking with the Red Sox third baseman, and offers up a solution.

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Can Rangers survive rotation breakdown?

The Rangers may have a 10-game lead in the AL West, but with Colby Lewis joining Yu Darvish and Derek Holland on the disabled list, David Schoenfield says they're going to need that cushion.

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Who wants Jose Reyes?

Shortstop Jose Reyes likely will become a free agent on Saturday. So is any team interested in bringing the embattled former All-Star aboard? The answer is yes, writes Jim Bowden.

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Which teams are interested in Jose Reyes?

Jim Bowden offers up the latest on Jose Reyes, combining what he's hearing with a little speculation as to where the veteran shortstop could end up.

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Postgame in the Orioles clubhouse, Manny Machado answered questions with a Manny garden gnome (Saturday's giveaway) standing guard in the top cubby of his locker. When asked about how his gnome compares to the Buck Showalter gnome, Machado - who was all smiles after homering in the O's 6-3 win - has this to say: "I think mine's better. I think I'm better looking."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs rookie Willson Contreras discusses his HR and game winning hit in the Cubs 5-4 win over the Marlins on Friday. Contreras has 3 HR's and 8 RBI's after a week in the big leagues.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado on what it was like coming back from his four-game suspension: "It felt good. I wasn't sitting at home and just drinking some beer and not doing anything. I was in here working, working out in the cage, doing what I needed to do to stay fresh. I knew it wasn't a vacation at the end of the day. I had to come in here and help this team in whatever way I can."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said Anthony Rizzo is likely to play on Saturday against the Marlins while Ben Zobrist probably won't. Zobrist got hit by a pitch on the back of his left foot. X-rays were negative. Just a bruise.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz downplayed the elbow tightness he has dealt with of late, noting it did not inhibit him in the opening four innings as he breezed on Friday.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says there is no issue with Steven Matz's elbow as far as the manager knows.

Taillon's spikes get in the way

Pittsburgh pitcher Jameson Taillon tripped on his own spikes and fell off the mound, getting called for a balk and giving up a run. Not ideal.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pirates' Clint Hurdle wins his 1,000th game as a manager, with his team's 8-6 victory over the Dodgers.

Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

First Cardinals-Mariners game in Seattle since 2002 is filled with St. Louis fans.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Pirates 8, Dodgers 6, Final. Ends the Dodgers' six-game win streak.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

A refreshed Manny Machado - who hadn't played since Saturday thanks to a four-game suspension - helped the Orioles to a 6-3 win in the series opener against Tampa Bay. Machado went 2-for-4 with with a homer. It was his 18th bomb of the season, tied for sixth most in the AL.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Corey Seager tied a career Friday high with four hits.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks is the first pitcher since at least 1900 to pitch at least five innings and give up just one hit and that hit was a grand slam. It came from Justin Bour of the Marlins in the first inning on Friday night. Hendricks threw four more innings before departing but only gave up that one hit, (Elias)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

An electric sellout crowd at Camden Yards (the 2nd of the season) just got vertical when Manny Machado crushed an opposite field solo shot to extend the Orioles' lead to 6-3 in the eighth. In his first game back from suspension, Machado is 2-for-4.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

You could almost see David Price's dreadful outing coming. He's never had much success vs. Rangers (5.15 ERA in 11 starts entering tonight) or in Texas (6.54 in six starts, not including rocky Game 4 of 2015 ALDS. "This is a very good offensive team that he's going up against," John Farrell said pregame. "If you don't make pitches, this ballpark can play small at times."