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Schoenfield: Top hitting duos in baseball

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are just 25 and 23 years old, respectively. But are they already MLB's top hitting duo? We rank the five best.

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Strasburg not living up to ace potential

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is not living up to his ace potential. Here are four reasons why.

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Thursday's power rankings

Eduardo Rodriguez made a strong debut for the Boston Red Sox, and the San Francisco Giants tossed another shutout.

Kluber strikes out 13 in Tribe's win (1:05)

Web Gems: Thursday, May 28

Does Everth Cabrera's diving stop top Alex Gordon's leaping catch into the stands? Vote at @BBTN, using #WebGems.

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Russell breaks Royals' daunting bullpen

Cubs rookie 2B Addison Russell just evened the score at 4 with his 7th-inning blast off Kelvin Herrera. Herrera's dominance in the 7th last year was a big reason why Kansas City made the World Series. Follow live

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Sandy Alderson believes Dillon Gee actually returns from DL on Tuesday. Will go to four bench players at that point.

Friday night DFS picks

Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis are among the players that ESPN's analysts are building their daily fantasy rosters around. Tonight's top options

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Not the Strasburg you're used to seeing

Stephen Strasburg's 6.50 ERA simply doesn't make sense. But it's there and step one in his attempt to lower it starts tonight vs. the Reds at 7:10 p.m. ET. What's up with Stras?

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Mark Saxon @markasaxon

Yasmani Grandal said he's ready to come off concussion list tomorrow. Asked what he said to ump to get ejected said "You don't want to know.

Bounce-back on the mind for MAtt Harvey

Harvey allowed a career-high 7 earned runs in his last start at Pittsburgh. He returns to Citi Field vs. a slumping Marlins team tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Homers a rarity for Arrieta -- except today

Cubs SP Jake Arrieta entered today with 3 HRs allowed in 58 innings this season. The Royals have matched that number in four innings today as they lead 3-1. Follow live


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Royals with three home runs in the first four innings against the Cubs and Jake Arrieta: Escobar, Gordon, Perez. 3-1.

Rooks add a run for the Cubs

Chicago rookies Addison Russell and Kris Bryant continued to show what a bright future the franchise has by socking doubles in the 3rd to cut the Royals deficit to 2-1. Follow live

Athletes injured ... by celebrating?

Five years ago today, Kendrys Morales fractured his leg while celebrating a walk-off grand slam. He's not the only athlete to have a freak injury as a result of a celebration. That had to hurt

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Wieters return planned for next Friday

The Orioles' long wait to get their catcher back should end next Friday as Matt Wieters is expected back. Wieters missed most of last season and the start of this one due to Tommy John surgery.

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Long ball hurting Arrieta early

In just two innings, the Royals have slugged two homers off Cubs SP Jake Arrieta. The last time he allowed at least two homers in a game was Sept. 13, 2013. Kansas City leads 2-0 in the second. Follow live

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

According to my guy Jacob Nitzberg at ESPN, first time in 36 starts Jake Arrieta has given up multiple home runs in the same outing.

Alex Rios back with Royals on Saturday

Rios is expected to return Saturday from a broken left hand suffered in mid-April. The 12-year vet was hitting .321 before going on the DL. KC's game against the Cubs just begun, with the Royals leading 1-0 in the first. Follow live

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Josh Hamilton deserved to be booed at end of 2012 and when he returned to Arlington as an Angel. But warm welcome last night was right, too.