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Five managers already on the hot seat

Jim Bowden identifies the MLB managers that are feeling the heat this season, and his past accuracy could foretell bad news for these five guys.

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Kershaw to Arrieta: Money is good, happiness is better

If Jake Arrieta is looking for advice as free agency approaches, he can always walk across the diamond this week and talk to Clayton Kershaw, who decided to stay home with the Dodgers.

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Kruk: Dodgers won't figure it out against Arrieta (2:08)
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What impact would raising the strike zone really have?

Major League Baseball is talking about raising the bottom of the strike zone. But what impact would that really have on the game? Jayson Stark tries to answer that question and more.

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14hDanny Knobler, Special to ESPN.com

Mets' Harvey knows one gem doesn't fix problems

Matt Harvey easily had his best outing of the season, tossing seven scoreless, two-hit innings against the White Sox. However, he won't declare his struggles a thing of the past just yet.

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MLB Power Rankings: Cubs cruising, but here come the Bucs

The Chicago Cubs are again our unanimous No. 1, but the rival Pittsburgh Pirates took a huge leap forward -- seven spots -- in our Week 8 poll. The Cubs' lead is still comfortable ... for now.

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Athletics execute well in win over Twins (1:26)
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Bogaerts extends hitting streak with RBI double (0:26)
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22hMark Simon & Riley Foreman

Matt Harvey got his fastball back on Monday

Matt Harvey's fastball velocity and effectiveness had been lacking for most of the season. A look at the impact that pitch had in Monday's win.

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Harvey shines against White Sox (1:13)
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Zobrist's versatility key to Cubs' success (1:06)
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Maddon regrets not serving in military (1:02)
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America's pastime's connection with Memorial Day (1:08)
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A salute to professional athletes who served in the military (1:07)

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

David Wright received an injection in his neck on Tuesday from team doctors. Terry Collins said the shot needs 48 hours to take effect, so it looks like Wright is active but unavailable for this series. Wright has a herniated disk in the neck. "I think it's serious," Collins said. Collins noted Bobby Parnell had the same issue and didn't respond well. The Mets decided to keep Wright active for another couple of days to see if the injection works rather than DL'ing him now.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Walters will be removed from the 40-man roster to create the spot for James Loney. Eric Campbell has been optioned to Las Vegas. The Mets apparently will keep David Wright active, which comes as a surprise given what people in the know were saying a few hours earlier.

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Joe Mauer powers up to win AL Player of the Week, while @johnnycueto47 twirls his second shutout of the season to grab NL honors.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Campbell has been demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets needed to open a roster spot for the activation of James Loney. It's unclear if there is still a separate move regarding David Wright, or those are the lone moves and Wright will remain active.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Rodriguez is on the bench for a second consecutive game, which could be the start of a trend. Rodriguez is hitting .170 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 24 games this year. Since he returned from his hamstring injury last week, he has just one hit in 16 at-bats. It was a home run. He has struck out nine of his 16 times at-bats. Over his last 75 games, dating back to last year, A-Rod is batting .180 with 15 homers and 40 RBIs. Against Tuesday's Blue Jays starter J,A. Happ A-Rod is 0-for-15 in his career. Carlos Beltran is DHing, while Rob Refsnyder is in right and Aaron Hicks is in left. The struggling Brett Gardner is also on the bench.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With Jackie Bradley Jr. out on paternity leave, Rusney Castillo has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was slashing .241/.302/.317 with eight doubles and one homer in 37 games.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs CF Dexter Fowler is back in the lineup after missing Monday's game against the Dodgers with a heel injury. He'll lead off while Ben Zobrist who leads the league in OBP bats 5th. Jake Arrieta seeks his 10th win but rain is in the forecast for Chicago.

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First AL ballot update: 1B Hosmer 2B Altuve SS Bogaerts 3B Machado C Salvy OF Trout, Cain, Trumbo DH Papi Fill out the @esurance #ASG ballot NOW: mlb.com/vote #ASGWorthy

WWII veteran throws first pitch

U.S. Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer Burke Waldron, 92, fired the first pitch out before the Mariners' game on Memorial Day.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

BREAKING: The Wilpon family, its businesses and charities have modified their agreement with the trustee looking to recover money for Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme victims. Some of the owed money has now been deferred. A first payment of $16 million is due to be paid by Wednesday. The remainder will be paid in four installments -- from 2017 through 2020 -- with an interest rate of 3.5 percent on the unpaid balance. More to follow at ESPN.com.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

There has been no official decision to place David Wright on the DL yet, but in-the-know people expect that to occur before Tuesday's game. Wright has a herniated disk in his neck.

Butera with Gatorade bath fail

Royals catcher Drew Butera looked to drench Eric Hosmer after a 6-2 win over the Rays. It didn't go as planned.

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