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Red Sox give Porcello a lead to protect

Red Sox righty Rick Porcello has been showing improved command and control while winning all four of his starts. Will he beat the Yankees and earn a fifth win?

A-Rod makes a friend at Fenway (0:35)
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Conforto's heroics at bat help beat Giants

Games like Saturday's are helping cement the fact that Michael Conforto is going to occupy the No. 3 slot with the Mets for a long time after he doubled, homered and three RBIs to help beat the Giants.

Werth takes Garcia deep to left for three-run homer (0:21)
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Dodgers' rotation shakeup is 'matchup-based'

With a pair of off-days mixed into the upcoming road trip, most of the Dodgers starters will get some extra time to rest between outings.

Upton makes Twins pay for mix-up (0:27)
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Papi power sends Sox sailing over Yankees

The Red Sox got the benefit of both the fresh and the familiar after Jackie Bradley Jr. created a tie that David Ortiz broke an inning later with his game-winning home run.

Story smashes a fan a souvenir (0:23)
Mets make history with 12 runs in an inning (0:56)
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Were Marlins right to pull Conley from no-hit bid?

Lefty Adam Conley no-hit the Brewers into the eighth inning, but came out after his pitch count had piled up. David Schoenfield looks at whether or not manager Don Mattingly made the right call.

Kurkjian: Mattingly did the right thing pulling Conley (1:02)
Warren G the latest to fall victim to 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' (0:46)
Possum invades field during baseball game (0:21)
This is SportsCenter: Ortiz breaks in Yankees cap (0:30)
Stephen A.: MLB needs to scare players away from PEDs (1:56)
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Nationals need a nudge on offense

With the Nationals' offense stymied by the Phillies while Washington got swept, is it time for the Nats to shake up their lineup to get the most out of Bryce Harper and put some runs on the board?

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There's a perfect storm for A's to trade Gray

Buster Olney examines the potential trade market for Sonny Gray and says the A's could do well if they dangled their ace -- plus today's links.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Jacob deGrom discusses Saturday's outing. He allowed three runs -- none earned -- on two hits and four walks in six innings. DeGrom lamented the walks as well as not picking up teammate Wilmer Flores after a throwing error at third base in the third inning.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Michael Conforto discusses why he has been immune to the pressure of batting third at his age as well as his two-run double on Saturday that helped fuel a 6-5 win. Conforto also contributed a solo homer.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig, who is just 7-for-51 (.137) over his last 14 games, was not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday against the Padres. Enrique Hernandez was in right field for the first time this season. "I texted (Puig) last night and just said I thought he needed a day just to clear his mind," manager Dave Roberts said.

Catcher fooled by pitch, batter not

Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy appeared to be expecting a different pitch from starter Tyler Duffy. Justin Upton wasn't fooled at all, though.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

There was never any doubt in Justin Upton's mind that ball was gone. Tigers OF absolutely crushed a three-run shot to the second deck in left field in the first inning in what seems to be another good sign for the Tigers that his bat is coming around. What's been clicking for him over the past three games? Upton said he's seeing the ball longer than he was before, letting it get to the zone and making the decisions from there. "That always helps," he said.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who boasts a 5-0 record and a 0.55 ERA in the month of April, was outstanding again today, though the Tigers have more or less come to expect that by now: "We have yet to be disappointed when he has taken the mound," manager Brad Ausmus said. Zimmermann has shown a real sense of confidence in his slider, even when he makes a mistake with it, as he did on the Byung Ho Park HR, and that has served him well. The 29-year-old WI native is relishing this stretch to start the 2016 season with his new team: "It's been a fun run and I'm pitching probably as best I've pitched ever in my career."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers will scramble their starting rotation a bit next week. Scott Kazmir and Alex Wood will pitch at Tampa. Kenta Maeda was moved to next weekend's series at Toronto to face the right-handed heavy Jays lineup. The Dodgers are taking advantage of two off days next week to find matchups they prefer.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees got some "tough love" from manager Joe Girardi after Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox. According to a source, Girardi addressed his team in a voice loud enough to be heard outside the steel door of the Fenway Park visitors clubhouse. Girardi's agitation with his team, which has lost 3 in a row, 7 of their last 10 and sits in last place in the AL East with an 8-13 record, was confirmed by a player and a coach, neither of whom would speak on the record. Asked for specifics, one of the clubhouse sources shrugged and said, "We've been losing." Girardi refused to confirm he had spoken angrily to his team but when asked if he uses the tough love approach said, "I've given them plenty of that."

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

You know you're having a good start to the season when this sort of dominance feels almost commonplace. That's what's happening for Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann right now. Improved to 5-0 with another brilliant outing today. ERA an incredible 0.55. Wow

Tampa Bay Rays @raysbaseball

Logan Forsythe ranks anong the AL's top 10 in batting (.316, 10th), OBP (.400, 6th), doubles (8, T-5th) & XBH (12, T-5th). #RaysUp

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

After nine-pitch inning at Double-A Portland, reliever Carson Smith could be activated from disabled list next week during Red Sox's series in Chicago vs. White Sox.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

T he St. Louis Cardinals gave pitcher Carlos Martinez permission to leave the team on Friday in order to attend to a personal matter that arose after a civil lawsuit was filed against him in South Florida, general manager John Mozeliak said. "We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the other night," Mozeliak said on Saturday. "We will not be in a position to act until we have more information." Martinez, who is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA, was at the stadium Saturday, but not in the clubhouse during the period the media was allowed in. The lawsuit, filed in a Miami district court, will not affect Martinez's ability to make his scheduled start on Sunday, according to a source.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees mini-lineup shakeup for tonight's game against the Boston Red Sox: Joe Girardi is flip-flopping the struggling Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius, batting Headley 9th and Didi 8th against RHP Rick Porcello. Here's the lineup: Ellsbury cf, Gardner lf, Beltran rf, Teixeira 1b, Rodriguex DH, McCann c, Castro 2b, Gregorius ss, Headley 3b, Pineda P

David Price @davidprice14

Astro dominated T Shaws chair today! Slobber and hair everywhere! Travis appreciated the love