Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

Big Papi shows big power in New York

David Ortiz put the Red Sox up quickly in Yankee Stadium, stroking a first-inning two-run home run against Michael Pineda.

David Ortiz's place in Red Sox history (1:19)
Morry Gash/AP Photo

Angels have to consider trading Mike Trout

They probably won't, but with Garrett Richards needing Tommy John surgery, the Angels should think about trading former MVP Mike Trout. Which teams might have enough to get it done?

3hChristina Kahrl

Angels' uphill climb just got even tougher

Angels GM Billy Eppler is up against big expectations with many obstacles in the way of winning -- and now his pitching staff appears to be crumbling.

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Will we ever see another 20-strikeout game?

Kerry Wood whiffed 20 Astros for the Cubs exactly 18 years ago today, and we haven't seen a 20K game since. David Schoenfield takes a look at why that is, even in today's high-strikeout era.

Let's celebrate Willie Mays' birthday with 'The Catch' (0:20)
Sox rotation on display vs. Yanks (2:07)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Cubs rough up Scherzer, hold off Nationals

Think facing a Cy Young winner would slow the Cubs? Think again. Chicago took Max Scherzer deep four times and improved to 22-6 this season.

Lackey gets 11 K's including his 2000th career strikeout (0:33)
Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports
8hJayson Stark

Offseason checks spark leap in MLB drug testing

MLB officials say there are several explanations for the recent wave of positive drug tests, but one reason is that there's been an increase in the frequency of testing.

Fowler: I got thrown out for asking a question (1:21)
How can Yankees turn season around? (1:18)
David Banks/Getty Images

Ben Zobrist settling in and heating up

After choosing to be a Cub, Ben Zobrist is enjoying himself, and not just because he homered in the Cubs' series-opening win over the Nationals.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Is Kevin Gausman becoming the ace the O's need?

Blanking the Yankees through eight innings was just the latest good spin for Kevin Gausman, as he gets closer to turning into the No. 1 starter the Orioles have always envisioned.

Cotton candy guy makes great grab at Astros game (0:22)
Arrieta's stats are ludicrous, and Dallas Braden can't even handle it (2:51)
Justin Berl/Getty Images

Ian Kinsler's case for Cooperstown

The Tigers' second baseman might never have been "the guy" at the keystone in his time, but David Schoenfield points out that Ian Kinsler has put up numbers that rival some Hall of Famers' stats.

AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith

Houston's short-term gain and long-term pain

The moves to win in 2015 instead of continuing their methodic, rebuilding process have hurt the Astros in 2016 and may have set them back for years to come.

Getty Images, AP Photo
10hBuster Olney

Cubs already looking like the 1998 Yankees

The 2016 Cubs, like the 1998 Yankees, are making their at-bats count and feasting on weak opponents, and they haven't necessarily hit full stride yet.

Altuve hits HR onto train tracks, celebrates with Skittles (0:23)
Lincecum on the move? (2:12)
Braden: Too much money involved to deter PED usage (1:49)
Sporting News/Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images
1dMyles Thomas

Diary of Myles Thomas: 'Out of the Coal Mine'

Our 1927 Yankees protagonist, mediocre pitcher that he is, gets the call from the bullpen for his first action of the season. He describes the feeling: "As I wait to face my first batter of the year, it feels like I've climbed out of a mine shaft that opens directly onto the Griffith Stadium pitcher's mound."


Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees announce Ellsbury left the game with a "tight right hip," will undergo an MRI tomorrow

MLB ? @mlb

Big Papi hits career HR No. 510, passing Gary Sheffield for No. 25 on all-time list.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacoby Ellsbury's easy first-inning trip around the bases - he walked, stole second without a throw, stole third on a pitch that went to the backstop and scored on Brian McCann's double -- came at a price. The Yankees centerfielder apparently injured himself slamming on the brakes between third and home on the second stolen base and left the game at the start of the second inning. Aaron Hicks moves from RF to CF and Dustin Ackley is now playing right.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins acknowledged that Rene Rivera starting on Friday is related to trying to halt the running game against Noah Syndergaard. "He's known to have a real good arm," Collins said. "We'll see if he can help out." Base stealers are 8-for-8 against Syndergaard in his past two outings.

Cubs rough up Max Scherzer in the third

Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist took the 2013 Cy Young winner yard in the third inning, dropping Scherzer to 3-2 on the season.


Lackey records 2,000th career strikeout

John Lackey reached the milestone as he struck out 11 in an 8-6 win over the Nationals.


Miggy brings Indians fan into that hug life

After tracking a foul ball into the stands, Miguel Cabrera decides to have a little fun by surprising an unsuspecting Cleveland fan with a hug.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo had no doubts about his home run on Friday though it hugged the foul pole in right and needed to be reviewed. His was just one of four the Cubs hit in an 8-6 win over the Nationals on Friday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist is on fire collecting his 6th career multi homer game on Friday as he's gone deep four times in the last three games. He helped the Cubs to an 8-6 win.