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23mJerry Crasnick

Going, going, gone! A brief history of baseball farewells

David Ortiz's farewell tour is just beginning, but what's in store for the Red Sox slugger? Todd Helton got a horse, and Chipper Jones still uses the grill he got from the Brewers.

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41mJayson 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 an increase in the frequency of testing.

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Let's celebrate Willie Mays' birthday with 'The Catch' (0:20)
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Fowler: I got thrown out for asking a question (1:21)
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How can Yankees turn season around? (1:18)
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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.

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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.

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Sox rotation on display vs. Yanks (2:07)
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Cotton candy guy makes great grab at Astros game (0:22)
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11hESPN Stats & Information

Another day, another non-no-hitter for Padres

Colin Rea gave it a good run, but like 7,518 previous attempts by the Pads, he came up short in a no-hit bid. Stats & Info breaks it down.

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Arrieta's stats are ludicrous, and Dallas Braden can't even handle it (2:51)
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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.

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13hKatie Strang

Tigers again are no match for Indians

After suffering their second three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians, the Tigers can do little more than shrug it off and move on.

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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.

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Altuve hits HR onto train tracks, celebrates with Skittles (0:23)
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Lincecum on the move? (2:12)
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Braden: Too much money involved to deter PED usage (1:49)
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2hBuster 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.

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19hMyles 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."

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Yankees are too reliant on Alex Rodriguez

The Yankees' problem is not that Alex Rodriguez is hurt. It is that their success depends too heavily on a 40-year-old with two hip surgeries.

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Halos in playoffs? Hal-NO (2:33)

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Altuve makes good on home run promise

The Astros' Jose Altuve promised a young fan with terminal cancer he would hit a home run Thursday against the Mariners -- and he delivered.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Buddy Carlyle, who was released by the Mets during spring training, has been hired by the Braves as a coaching assistant. His responsibilities will include "managing instant replay protocol during all games" as well as scouting assistance.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon believes he loses little when he gives Addison Russell the day off in favor of Javier Baez who starts at short for the Cubs on Friday.

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Pedro Gomez MLB 

Wide receiver, or rather starting @cubs pitcher, Jason Hammel doing a pregame workout at Wrigley on Friday AM.

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MLB ? @mlb

Say hey, kid - it's your birthday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward is back in the starting lineup for the Cubs on Friday as is Javier Baez who starts at SS. Heyward was nursing a sore wrist, Addison Russell gets a day off. Tommy La Stella is also in there after a 3-hit night on Thursday as the Cubs face Max Scherzer with John Lackey on the mound for the home team.

SportsCenter @sportscenter

Angels' Garrett Richards tore ligament in pitching elbow, expected to have Tommy John surgery. (via Yahoo! Sports)

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels should give serious consideration in signing free agent Tim Lincecum in light of their most recent injury to Garrett Richards

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Garrett Richards has been diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow and is out for the year with Tommy John surgery necessary. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report.

Russillo @ryenarussillo

Long Island woman w/ huge rock and J Crew cable knit sweater has so much anguish on her face as a Yankees fan. Poor thing.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Sadly, yesterday was the 14th straight Cinco de Mayo without anyone going 5 for 5. Last was Omar Vizquel in 2002. Yes I need to get out more

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Last night marked the 20th time in 24 seasons the #Rockies have scored 17+ runs in a game - but only the 2nd time away from Denver. (The other: 9/25/11 in Houston). Yes, this is a commentary on the benefits of mile-highness.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

It looks good for the Yankees and Red Sox to play tonight in the Bronx, according to AccuWeather. While a half-inch will fall today, the weather service predicts it should be manageable by first pitch a little after 7 p.m. The players may endure some drizzle, something they are becoming increasingly used to this season. It will be raw as temperatures will be in the 40s.

Altuve celebrates long HR with Skittles

Jose Altuve needed a snack after crushing a solo shot onto the train tracks at Minute Maid Park.

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