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2hScott Spratt

Four struggling pitchers who will rebound and four who won't

Some big names -- Michael Pineda, Dallas Keuchel, Matt Harvey -- have gotten off to slow starts, but improvement this season will come only to a few.

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7hBuster Olney

Olney: Red-hot Pirates are a sleeping giant

Buster Olney focuses on the 28-19 Pirates, laying out an apt analogy for the perception of the NL Central and what Pittsburgh is capable of.

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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's? He'll start to find out tonight against the Pirates.

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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.

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10hAdam Rubin

Morning Briefing: Mets set for '86 salute

Nearly every member of the team that beat the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series will be on hand Saturday to be feted before the Mets host the Dodgers.

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Kurkjian: Syndergaard is going to keep getting better (0:51)
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Kurkjian on Urias: 'This kid is going to be a star' (1:11)
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On this date: Barry Bonds hits 715th home run (1:29)
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16h

One for the aged: A-Rod and Beltran power Yankees win

By hammering homers off Rays ace Chris Archer, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran showed that they can still make a big impact on a Yankees team climbing back into the AL East picture.

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16h

New Nationals woe: Scherzer gets wild

One thing the Nationals thought wouldn't be a problem for Max Scherzer was his control, but a few too many walks made a bad night worse for the workhorse.

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Tigers' Fulmer should stay put after gem

Michael Fulmer followed up an 11-strikeout effort by tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday's win over the Athletics, which should earn the rookie a rotation spot.

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Granderson's blast caps late drama

After first enduring their own epic ninth-inning collapse, the Mets got a walk-off win from an unlikely hero thanks to Curtis Granderson's wind-aided home run.

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1dMyles Thomas

Diary of Myles Thomas: The secret life of Sam Rice

Sam Rice's life before baseball involves a secret tragedy so terrible it seems impossible for one man to bear. And yet, somehow, he plays on. Our 1927 Yankees chronicler relays Rice's tale, one so heartbreaking it impacts all who hear it.

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1dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

Friday Flashback: How did we go from the beginning of baseball to an official sock provider? Uni Watch offers a selective timeline of baseball's hosiery history.

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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says there's a "reasonable chance" Wilmer Flores will be active Sunday for the Mets.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

An auspicious beginning to LHP Matt Boyd's first MLB start of the season for Tigers. Boyd strikes out the side in the first inning.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Left-hander Alex Wood had a light outfield throwing session Saturday and said afterward he is good to go for his start Monday in Chicago. Wood was supposed to start Friday in New York but had the outing pushed back because of triceps soreness.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Odd start to the Tigers-A's game here at Oakland's Coliseum. Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher approached the mound after Jesse Hahn's first pitch. The A's starter, who began the game with one elbow sleeve, was made to put on another. Crowd booing heartily. And did so again after Hahn subsequently have up a leadoff single to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

David Wright out with neck issue. Unrelated to back. He also will sit Monday's day game assuming he can play on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mets confirman la adquisición del primera base James Loney de los Padres de San Diego.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Zack Wheeler is up to throwing 20 pitches off a mound per session. He is not imminently scheduled to be in a minor league rehab game, so we're probably looking at after the July 1 estimate for his return to the majors. Pitchers' rehab assignments in the minors can last 30 days (roughly six starts). Wheeler is returning from Tommy John surgery.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a close-up look at the Yankees new matte road helmets. This particular one won't be used today or probably tomorrow; Mark Teixeira, still bothered by neck spasms but somewhat improved today, is unlikely to play until Monday according to Joe Girardi.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Austin Romine gets the nod over Brian McCann in the Yankees lineup today vs. Tampa Bay lefty Matt Moore. Brett Gardner also sits in favor of righty swinging Aaron Hicks. Here's the entire rundown:

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Loney had a June 1 opt-out in his deal with the Padres, so San Diego doesn't have much trade leverage w/Mets.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Mets should have James Loney activated by Tuesday. They face left-handers Clayton Kershaw and Jose Quintana Sunday/Monday.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets have landed James Loney, I'm told.

OTD: Barry Bonds hits 715th home run

On May 28, 2006, Bonds surpassed Babe Ruth on the all-time home runs list.

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