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Tigers, A's matching goose eggs in Oakland

Shane Greene's Tigers have begun a seven-game road trip on the West Coast, and are locked in a pitching duel with Jesse Hahn and the A's.

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Five key things to watch this week

The Yankees are sliding, Josh Hamilton is returning, and Michael Wacha is in some elite company.

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Nationals squeak by Cubs (0:54)

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Colon notches his second hit of the year (0:31)

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Rangers, Yankees going in opposite directions (1:08)

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17hChristina Kahrl

Sunday's power rankings

Sunday's top performances in baseball included another strong start by Michael Wacha, who improved to 7-0 by beating the Royals.

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19hDoug Kern

Kernels: Aces Wild

Highlighting the most notable pitching performances in MLB over the past week.

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Farrell: allow 'approved substances'

“I would like to see an approved substance pitchers can use," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I think anytime a game loses players for eight to 10 games ... it makes us as an industry look within. If pitchers are putting themselves at risk and if the belief is a widespread number of pitchers are doing it, why wouldn’t we look to improve the game?" Farrell's plea

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Why are pitchers doctoring baseballs?

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro: "I think in any sport, probably any business, anybody's going to try to get that little bit of edge to do better than the other guy."

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Colon collects 2nd hit of year

Every Bartolo Colon at-bat is a sight to behold. But a Colon base hit? That's an event that can't be missed.

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Ramos' homer keeps Nationals rolling

Wilson Ramos cracked a 6th-inning HR to put Washington up 2-1 for good over the Cubs. The Nationals have won 8 of 9. Box score

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Yankees break slump in a huge way

Five home runs and 14 runs is one way to end a stretch of 10 losses in 11 games. The ESPN MLB crew breaks down New York's much-needed win.

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Reds lose 9th straight

The latest defeat comes at the hands of the Rockies, who use a 9th-inning rally to beat Cincinnati 5-4.

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Bats come alive for Mets

After being struck out 10+ times by Pirates starters three times in a row, New York bashed three home runs today vs. the Phillies in a 6-3 win.

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Ryan Braun slugs massive home run

Braun took Giants SP Tim Lincecum WAY out of the yard in the 5th today. The homer appeared to clear the second deck at Miller Park. Brewers lead 4-1 in the 6th. Follow live

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Two 2-run HR's key 4-3 Orioles win

Caleb Joseph clubbed the first one, and Steve Pearce added the game-winner in the 7th. Both came off the Astros' Dallas Keuchel, who lost his first game of 2015.

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Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Join the party! Slade Heathcott hits his 1st MLB HR. Yankees extend their lead to, 14-1.

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Kris Bryant's 1st-inning HR calculated at 379 feet. In normal weather (70 degrees, no wind), it would have been a HR only at Wrigley Field.

Khris Davis' 2nd HR definitely counts

Davis almost had a HR erased in the 1st inning because he nearly missed home plate. No issues finding it on HR No. 2 off Tim Lincecum. Brewers lead 2-1 in the 4th. Follow live

Bryant, Harper not disappointing

There was plenty of hoopla for the first showdown of these young stars and both are off to a good start today:

  • Bryant: 2-for-2, with a HR
  • Harper: 1-for-2, double and a great catch against the ivy wall.
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Bryant & Harper both super patient

This season, Bryce Harper has walked an MLB-high 39 times. Since being called up to the majors on April 17, Bryant has walked 24 times, tied for 4th most in the bigs. Only Carlos Santana has reached more full counts than Harper and Bryant.

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Joe pitches like Jeremy

You might've heard that the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie allowed 11 runs in 1 inning today. The Red Sox's Joe Kelly wasn't much better. Kelly gave up 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings vs. the Twins, who lead 7-1 after 2. Follow live

Cueto gets wing checked

Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto had his pitching elbow examined today after missing his Sunday start. He could be trade bait at midseason, but only if he's healthy. Sore

Maddon takes shot at schedulemakers

Joe Maddon isn't happy his team is playing an early-afternoon game on Memorial Day after playing a day game in Phoenix on Sunday: "I hope the players feel better than I do today." Cross-eyed