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MVP! Indians righty Danny Salazar's changeup is MLB's Most Valuable Pitch

What do Noah Syndergaard's fastball, Clayton Kershaw's slider and Corey Kluber's curve have in common? None hold a candle to Danny Salazar's changeup.

Baez almost makes play of the year (0:35)
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Zack Greinke is not what he used to be

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not getting what they need from their ace. What is different between this year and last for Zack Greinke? We take a look.

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Tough times: Cubs hit their first slump

A four-game losing streak has knocked the Cubs well off their initial pace. Diagnosing what's gone wrong reveals it's a number of small problems simultaneously adding up to their first bad patch all year.

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Conforto shows off his arm strength (0:24)
Lincecum only lasts three innings in loss to Athletics (1:14)
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Williamson wallops solo shot (0:27)
Are the Cubs still the best team in baseball? (2:27)
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Identifying why Travis Shaw struggles on the road

Eno Sarris identifies why Travis Shaw has struggled to hit in road games, referring to spray charts, data comps and even speaking with the Red Sox third baseman, and offers up a solution.

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Can Rangers survive rotation breakdown?

The Rangers may have a 10-game lead in the AL West, but with Colby Lewis joining Yu Darvish and Derek Holland on the disabled list, David Schoenfield says they're going to need that cushion.

On this date: Barry Bonds becomes the only member of the 500-500 club (0:29)
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Who wants Jose Reyes?

Shortstop Jose Reyes likely will become a free agent on Saturday. So is any team interested in bringing the embattled former All-Star aboard? The answer is yes, writes Jim Bowden.

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Which teams are interested in Jose Reyes?

Jim Bowden offers up the latest on Jose Reyes, combining what he's hearing with a little speculation as to where the veteran shortstop could end up.

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In his first AB back from suspension, Manny Machado got a robust round of applause from Orioles fans. Then he promptly proceeded to hit the ball over the left centerfield wall. Unfortunately for him, centerfielder Desmond Jennings brought it back in.

Patience is a virtue for Boston

The Red Sox have been down on their luck, losing three of their left fielders to injury in the past month. In time, minor leaguer Andrew Benintendi may be the answer. Story

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Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Of all the places for Oswaldo Arcia to land... Tampa? In that park? That diminishes, somewhat, my enthusiasm for a new-surroundings breakthrough. Also, great, now the Rays have two Corey Dickersons.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Benintendi wasn't considered to take the place of injured Chris Young, according to Dave Dombrowski. As a matter of course, Dombrowski isn't opposed to calling up players directly from Double-A, but Sox don't believe Benintendi is ready from offensive standpoint.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell on the struggles of setup men Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa: "They've been so good for us over a long period of time, we're not going to run from them." Both relievers are working through some things mechanically. And while neither is going to be removed from late-inning role, Farrell said Heath Hembree is meriting more high-leverage opportunities.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers starter Nick Tepesch has 39 big league starts, but if you don't know much about him, you're not alone. "Really, I don't know a whole lot about Nick," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I know he's a big guy, he's performed well here in Triple-A since we got him and he's made 39 starts so I'm as curious as everybody else is."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Brock Holt (concussion) will continue his Triple-A rehab assignment through the weekend, with a best-case scenario that he could rejoin Red Sox next week at Tampa Bay. Until Holt returns, Bryce Brentz will get the lion's share of the starts in left field, although Ryan LaMarre could be used late in games for defense.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets and other teams have been allowed to speak to Jose Reyes' agents since he landed on release waivers on Thursday. The only prohibition is on talking terms of a contract until he becomes a free agent at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. But the terms are pretty much moot since every team would pay him the prorated MLB minimum.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The real Mark Trumbo (third from left, wearing black #Orioles pullover) looks on as 24 fake Mark Trumbos work out before tonight's O's/Rays opener. In honor of the Baltimore slugger, who's currently tied for the major-league lead in homers, all of his teammates - who got their schwag a little early in advance of this Sunday's Trumbo Tee Shirt day - rocked the giveaway during batting practice. Whether or not Trumbo was wearing his tee under the pullover remains a mystery.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Anthony Rizzo's back issue in addition to the rest of his lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins.


Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi said " the plan" is for Mark Teixeira to rejoin the Yankees for Saturday's game, although there is a caveat: "Our plan is to give him today (off) to make sure that he's OK and then get him back in there tomorrow. " Teixeira, on the DL since June 4 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, just finished a 3-game rehab assignment for AAA Scranton, where he went 1-for-9 with a walk. Teixeira is hitting just .180 with 3 HRs and 12 RBI. "I know he's off to a slow start but I really don't think that's going to continue," Girardi said. "We expect him to be Mark."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado returns to the field today for the Orioles following a four-game suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a 99 mile-an-hour fastball from Yordano Ventura. Asked whether he would respond differently if presented with the same situation, Machado said: "Would I take it back? No. I did what I need to do to be who I am."


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have internally talked about several positions for Jose Reyes. That includes the outfield. They've also discussed a utility role and being primarily being a third baseman or second baseman.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins acknowledged he's already discussed with his staff how the Mets would use Jose Reyes assuming he lands with the Mets. Reyes will become a free agent on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins hopes that Steven Matz can throw 110 pitches on Friday night against the Braves. Still, after Matz had elbow tightness in his last start, Collins said: "We'll keep a close eye on him."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

No Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann or Ike Davis in tonight's Yankees lineup vs the Minnesota Twins and lefty Tommy Milone. Here's the lineup: Gardner lf, Refsnyder 1b, Beltran rf, Rodriguez DH, Castro 2b, Headley 3b, Gregorius ss, Hicks rf, Romine c. Tanaka pitching

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has changed up his lineup electing to lead off Jason Heyward while Kris Bryant is batting second and playing first base in place of Anthony Rizzo (back).Plus Maddon is batting his pitcher eighth while Albert Almora Jr. hits ninth. With a struggling offense Maddon has mixed things up.