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Ortiz still doing what he does best

He's 40 years old, but David Ortiz can still rake; he's on pace for 34 home runs and 128 RBIs this season. As he prepares to face the Yankees yet again, it's safe to say that nobody foresaw how much damage he'd do against the AL East rival over the years.

Harper gets the golden sombrero (0:28)
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4hBuster Olney

Olney: Intriguing two-tier PED penalty system

Buster Olney proposes a system that could strengthen PED penalties but allows a margin for error; plus a check-in on David Price and today's links.

Ongoing existence of PEDs makes everyone a suspect (0:53)
Trumbo swings at a pitch that hits him (0:33)
Stanton annihilates another baseball (0:31)
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Dodgers have a formula for failure

After dropping their sixth straight game at home this week and faced with the prospect of being swept by the Padres, the Dodgers are left wondering where their offense went and when they'll get it back.

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21hDoug Padilla

Dodgers' rotation shakeup is 'matchup-based'

With a pair of off-days mixed into the upcoming road trip, most of the Dodgers starters will get some extra time to rest between outings.

OTL: More than a game: Osama Bin Laden killed (5:14)
A-Rod makes a friend at Fenway (0:35)
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19hMark Simon

Astros problems in 2016 are plentiful

Poor pitching across the board and a lack of offensive production at a couple of spots in the lineup have made for a very frustrating season.

Kipnis steals the Phillie Phanatic's ATV (0:22)
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Conforto stepping up in the spotlight

Games like Saturday's are helping cement the fact that Michael Conforto is going to occupy the No. 3 slot with the Mets for a long time after he doubled, homered and plated three runs to help beat the Giants.

Story's two-run triple gives Rockies the lead (0:33)
Phillips makes nice behind-the-back throw, dabs afterwards (0:33)
Upton makes Twins pay for mix-up (0:27)
Werth takes Garcia deep to left for three-run homer (0:21)
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Papi power sends Sox sailing over Yankees

The Red Sox got the benefit of both the fresh and the familiar after Jackie Bradley Jr. created a tie that David Ortiz broke an inning later with his game-winning home run.

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Were Marlins right to pull Conley from no-hit bid?

Lefty Adam Conley no-hit the Brewers into the eighth inning, but came out after his pitch count had piled up. David Schoenfield looks at whether or not manager Don Mattingly made the right call.

Kurkjian: Mattingly did the right thing pulling Conley (1:02)


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You can't start a brutal 10-game road trip any better than the Nationals have. They won as many games in St. Louis this weekend (3) as they've won in the previous eight years combined.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Given Mike Pelfrey's struggles, this feels relevant: manager Brad Ausmus was asked today at what point, should the starting pitcher's difficulties continue, would the Tigers begin to look at other options in their rotation. His answer? "I don't know if I can give you an answer on that. The answer on that is, I don't know." Pelfrey's two-year, $16 million contract is obviously a complicating factor. Not sure moving him to the bullpen makes much sense, either. But you'd have to imagine team is wary about trotting him out there every fifth day if he's unable to yield results.

Harper gets the golden sombrero

Bryce Harper has a rough day at the plate, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in a win vs. the Cardinals.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

A determined-looking Clayton Kershaw is perfect through four innings against the Padres. The Dodgers left-hander struck out the first four batters he faced and there has been nothing close to a hit. The Dodgers are in the midst of a six-game home losing streak and will be winless on the entire homestand if they fall today.

Trumbo strikes out on pitch that hits him

Orioles DH Mark Trumbo was so fooled by this Chris Sale pitch that he thought he could make contact right before it hit him on the knee.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who entered today's game leading the American League with a .363 batting average, blasts a critical three-run to tie the game at 5. One critical part of his early success? He hasn't been chasing pitches as much. Plate discipline was on display in that last at-bat. He prevailed in seven-pitch battle.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Mike Pelfrey's day ends with him exiting the game in the fifth inning, leaving reliever Kyle Ryan to deal with a bases-loaded no-out situation. Some flashes of improvement for the starting pitcher, but still not giving the Tigers enough. They wanted him to be a guy who could provide them some innings and he has given them five or less in three of his first five starts.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

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

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Welcome to Seattle! The Mariners invited Breanna Stewart, the newest member of the Storm, to throw out the first pitch at today's game. [Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images]

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

The sacrifice fly from Nick Castellanos that scored veteran Victor Martinez was the first run of support the Tigers have scored with starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey on the mound this season. Not suggesting that Pelfrey's has not struggled independently from that -- he has -- but at least has something to work with early today in his fifth start of the season.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Hunter Pence hits a two-run homer out to right field, the first in 2016 off Noah Syndergaard, to give the Giants a 3-0 lead, but it was Bruce Bochy's decision the batter before that set it up. With one out and a full count, he ran the very slow Buster Posey, and thus avoided an inning-ending double play when Brandon Belt hit a hard one-hopper to second base. Syndergaard's inability to hold runners hurts him there. Bochy 3, Mets 0.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The signs at some ballparks used to read "NO PEPPER," or "NO PEPPER GAMES." The Dodgers don't believe in that for Joc Pederson, who often plays pepper with coaches. The drill is done to help his bat control and hand-eye coordination.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jhonny Peralta took groundballs Sunday for the first time since he tore a ligament in his left thumb during spring training. Peralta remains weeks away from returning, but he also can read the writing on the wall. The Cardinals likely will try to find a way to get both both shortstops, Peralta and Aledmys Diaz, in the lineup at the same time. Diaz leads the major leagues with a .423 batting average. Manager Mike Matheny said Diaz is a good enough athlete to play multiple positions. He played an entire season at third base in Cuba and he started learning second base this spring. "How he's hitting right now now, he needs to be on the team," Peralta said. "Whether it's at shortstop or somewhere else, he needs to be on our team."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carlos Martinez is "good to go" for today's start against the Washington Nationals. There was some question about whether he would make the start, not because of the lawsuit filed against him in Miami, but because he -- like a lot of the Cardinals lately -- has been dealing with flu-like symptoms.