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Cubs, Pirates pick up heated rivalry where it left off

The Cubs and Pirates showed once again that neither is backing down, because every contest between the two has meaning when you are aiming for the division title.

Kurkjian: Sandoval needs to use the time off the field productively (1:11)
Is Nolan Arenado really that good? (4:09)
Sport Science: Souza's superman catch (1:53)
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Cuba still won't allow defectors to play in WBC

Cuban baseball players who defected will still not be allowed to represent their home country at the World Baseball Classic, despite the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba.

Votto puts Reds on top with a three-run shot (0:28)
Molina does some pushups after hitting the dirt (0:15)
Grounder goes off the base and hits the face (0:25)
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2hMark Simon

What's wrong with Dallas Keuchel?

Last year's Cy Young winner has an ERA above 5 and is off to a rough start this season. But is it all bad, or are there some positive signs in there?

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Diary of Myles Thomas: 'Urban and Eddie'

In the latest installment of our 1927 Yankees diary, Myles Thomas describes the unique relationship between a pitcher with a terminal heart condition and a team mascot whose journey to the majors can only be described as Dickensian.

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10hTony Blengino

Can Tigers' Zimmermann maintain '16 success?

Does Jordan Zimmermann's hot start have staying power? Former MLB exec Tony Blengino tells a story of when he first scouted Zimmermann and looks deeper at the Tigers starter's stellar numbers.

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Clayton Kershaw takes matters into his own hands

Clayton Kershaw was equally determined and dominating while striking out 14 Padres in a complete-game gem that helped the Dodgers snap a six-game losing streak.

Dodgers know how to have some fun (0:16)
Ongoing existence of PEDs makes everyone a suspect (0:53)
OTL: More than a game: Osama Bin Laden killed (5:14)


Molina does pushups after hitting the dirt

A pitch from Brett Oberholtzer sent Yadier Molina to the ground, where he got a few extra reps of pushups in.


Kate Upton reveals engagement to Verlander

The supermodel and actress made her engagement to Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander public when she flashed her ring at the Met Gala on Monday. Quite the ring

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Sport Science: Souza's superman catch

Steven Souza Jr. topped out at 19.5 mph to track down Chris Davis' fly ball.


Pitcher crushes home run into upper deck

Pitchers can't hit? Tell that to Adam Wainwright.


Mazara fires laser home to nail runner

Michael Saunders made a bad decision to test Nomar Mazara's arm.


Sandoval expected to miss entire season

Tim Kurkjian says the left shoulder injury that will keep Pablo Sandoval out could be a blessing if he's able to work on his weight issue.


David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dallas Keuchel, 2016: Not painting.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

A tale of two seasons. Dallas Keuchel, 2015: Hitting the black, painting that corner:

Cubs best Pirates in series opener

Ben Zobrist and David Ross each knocked in two runs as Chicago topped Pittsburgh 7-2.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch on Monday by Kyle Lobstein not long after Starling Marte was nailed by Jason Hammel. The result was a warning to both benches.