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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.

Neymar takes batting practice with Mets (1:22)
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Quiz: Do you know how good Kershaw is?

Yes, we know you know Clayton Kershaw is good. But do you really, REALLY know? Take Jayson Stark's Trivia Tuesday quiz and find out.

11hJim Bowden

Five managers already on the hot seat

Jim Bowden identifies the MLB managers already on the hot seat this season, and his past accuracy could foretell bad news for these five guys.

Seattle digs the long ball in rout (0:54)
Pedroia on Ortiz: 'We're definitely going to miss him' (2:00)
'Armageddon' if Cubs win World Series (2:32)
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13hJayson Stark

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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20hDanny 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.

Athletics execute well in win over Twins (1:26)
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1dMark 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.

Zobrist's versatility key to Cubs' success (1:06)
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3dKeith Law

Keith Law's 2016 MLB mock draft 2.0

There's plenty of movement in the first round (and beyond) of Keith Law's mock draft, as teams still have plenty of indecision about their picks.

America's pastime's connection with Memorial Day (1:08)
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MLB mock draft 2.0: Who is No. 1?

The MLB draft is less than two weeks away. Is Florida lefty A.J. Puk still expected to be No. 1? How high will Tennessee 3B Nick Senzel go? There's plenty of movement in the first round of Keith Law's mock draft, as teams still have a lot of indecision.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Gausman allowed three bombs for the second straight start and the Orioles lost 6-2 to the Red Sox to fall three games back in the AL East. Since pitching eight scoreless against the Yankees on May 5th, Gausman has a 5.34 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in five outings. Among MLB hurlers with at least eight starts, he's one of only two that are still winless (Detroit's Mike Pelfrey is the other).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Kazmir is matching Jake Arrieta pitch for pitch at Wrigley Field tonight. He's given up just a single and a walk, both to Dexter Fowler, while striking out the hottest hitter in the league as Ben Zobrist has whiffed twice. Arrieta has given up 2 hits and a walk. It's 0-0 Bot 5.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

A matchup against the Cubs' Jake Arrieta has brought out the best in Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir. Through four innings, Kazmir has given up just one hit with five strikeouts. The lefty is coming off a 12-strikeout game last week against the Reds.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Holliday is heating up. He hit the longest home run of this Cardinals' season on Monday, a 456-foot blast over the left-field bleachers at Miller Park. In the fifth inning Tuesday, he fought back from an 0-and-2 count against Wily Peralta for an RBI single, his second of the night. Holliday has 10 hits in his last 15 at-bats to raise his average from .227 to .264.

Lindor's own equipment betrays him

Francisco Lindor was trying to run out a single, but his bat wouldn't let him.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz's streak of wins in seven straight starts is over. Matz departed after 5 2/3 innings with a 4-3 lead. But Tyler Saladino belted a two-run homer against Hansel Robles in the eighth to give the White Sox a one-run edge and hand Matz a no-decision. The Mets record remains Frank Viola earning a win in nine straight starts spanning the 1989 and '90 seasons.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Highlight of batting practice today: Tigers 1B coach Omar Vizquel air-drumming to Rush's "Tom Sawyer" while taking infield reps.

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"Give it up. No chance. Impossible." - John Kruk watching Noah Syndergaard pitch out of bullpen

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts extends his hitting streak to 24 games with a flare to left field.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Gonzalez is back to a .300 batting average after a first-inning single against the Cubs' Jake Arrieta. The veteran's offensive production took a tumble in late April, when he went 0-for-20 on a six-game homestand. He has been productive of late, going 14-for-37 since May 21, including eight hits in the recent three-game series at New York against the Mets.