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2hJerry Crasnick

Ambivalent reunion: Jose Reyes returns to the Mets

Among a flurry of moves aimed to boost their offense, the Mets are willing to risk the opprobrium of fans upset with their decision to bring Jose Reyes back after his domestic violence arrest.

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3hMark Simon & Sarah Langs

Andrew McCutchen finally has his kind of game

The Pirates centerfielder has gone through a miserable slump, but he showed signs of a breakout. Stats & Info diagnoses what his issues have been.

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Where do Cubs go without pitching and defense?

When John Lackey and the defense struggled to get the job done against the Marlins, the Cubs got a sense of how tough things can get when everything isn't going their way.

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Hey Altuve, if you want a cycle don't trip over second! (1:06)
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Happy 42nd birthday Derek Jeter (1:58)
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8hMark Simon

Michael Pineda might be better than his stats

Although Saturday's start was against a lineup with minimal offensive power, Michael Pineda looked more like the pitcher the Yankees hope he can be.

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At 34, Tigers' Kinsler is powering up

Speedy and spry, yet still able to hit for power, Ian Kinsler is causing a lot of problems for opponents and making a case that he's the Tigers' MVP.

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Is Reyes the boost the Mets need? (1:33)
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Kurkjian: Indians are for real (1:09)
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What concerns do the Cubs have? (1:50)
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Will Teheran be on the move? (1:45)
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1dKen Woolums, ESPN Stats & Information

Indians proving that Cleveland rocks

The Cavaliers won the NBA title and now the Indians can't lose. We look at their recent streak and their season outlook.

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The Rays are HR-robbing machines (0:57)
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Baez dives, flips and sticks the landing... in the stands (0:40)
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3dEno Sarris

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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4dJim Bowden

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.

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Don't you dare run on Bryce Harper

Talking to you, Ryan Braun. Bryce Harper isn't interested in your scoring aspirations.

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No harm, no foul, but no cycle

A triple away from a cycle, Jose Altuve tripped over second base trying to get to third and had himself a nice laugh.

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Deep to the warning track ... with fries

A fan dropped a bucket of fries on the field, and Yankees LF Brett Gardner ran down the slices of spuds.

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Why is Bryce Harper struggling?

Tim Kurkjian is not concerned about Harper's trouble with the curve.

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When pro wrestling meets baseball

A ballpark security worker upended and tackled a fan who ran on to the field in the Mariners-Cardinals game.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Kenta Maeda made a cool $1 million Saturday despite losing to the Pirates. An incentive in his contract, one of many, triggered the bonus after his 15th start. Maeda did pitch well outside of two home runs by Andrew McCutchen. The Dodgers lost 6-1 to Pittsburgh.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Wright allowed three hits with his fastball (Moreland's two-run single, Beltre's RBI single, Andrus' three-run triple), which matches his season-high. He also gave up three hits on his fastball June 10 at Minnesota. Including tonight, he has thrown 263 fastballs (16.2 percent of his pitches) and allowed 15 hits, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Wright allowed a season-high eight runs, five in the fifth inning. But thanks to errors by Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez, only three of the runs were earned, leaving his ERA at 2.18, which still leads the American League.

Johnson's 11th inning HR a winner for Mets

After entering the 11th inning scoreless, Kelly Johnson hit a drive to right that just got over the wall to put the Mets ahead for good over the Braves.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Former knuckleballer Tom Candiotti was one of the first to tell Steven Wright to throw his knuckler when he's ahead or even in counts, his fastball when he's behind. It's a formula that has worked for Wright. There, though, Mitch Moreland pounced on a 2-0 fastball for a two-run single that gave Rangers a 3-1 lead through four innings.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Pirates 6, Dodgers 1, Final. Dodgers have now lost two consecutive after a six-game win streak.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On behalf of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus present David Ortiz with custom cowboy boots with "Papi 34" and a Red Sox logo and a belt with a big, old buckle that undoubtedly would draw the approval of ex-teammates Josh Beckett and John Lackey.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz hit the first homer of his career here in Arlington on Sept. 14, 1997, against Texas reliever Julio Santana. The Rangers will honor Ortiz with a pregame ceremony in a few minutes.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Van Slyke delivers the Dodgers' first hit off Pirates starter Jeff Locke, a double to lead off the sixth inning.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pirates' Jeff Locke has retired the first 15 Dodgers to come to the plate. Pirates lead 1-0, B5.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon breaks down his team's 9-6 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey discusses his 7 run outing in the Cubs 9-6 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

No hits through three innings in Pittsburgh as Dodgers and Pirates "clash."

Indians shutout Tigers, win eighth straight

Francisco Lindor hit two home runs and Carlos Carrasco went the distance on a four-hitter as the Indians took down the Tigers 6-0 for their eighth straight win.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

My friends at Faith and Fear in Flushing keep what they call a list of "Recidivist Mets." It begins with Frank Lary in 1965 and goes through Kelly Johnson this season. Jose Reyes becomes No. 42. The list of homegrown Mets who departed and then returned includes Tim Foli, Mike Jorgensen, Tom Seaver, Lee Mazzilli, Alex Trevino, Hubie Brooks, Jeff McKnight, Jeff Tam, Bill Pulsipher, Pete Walker, Jeromy Burnitz, Tsuyoshi Shinjo (homegrown as far as U.S. play), Mike Jacobs, Jason Isringhausen and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.