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Big Papi gets to play 1B today

The Red Sox DH will get a rare start at first -- and it's not even an interleague game. He'll man 1B vs. the Astros (1:35 p.m. ET) for the fourth time this season.

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Royals no longer dominating ASG vote

Less than a month ago, 8 Kansas City players were in line to start the All-Star Game for the AL. The latest fan voting update has five Royals starters. Tonight's selection show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Bronx Bombers enjoying home cooking

Yankees hitters have homered every 18.1 at bats in home games over the past 60 days, the best rate in the majors. New York goes for a three-game sweep of the Rays this afternoon.

Zack Greinke's better than ever

At 32, we're seeing the best version of the Dodgers ace. His 1.48 ERA leads MLB and he just extended his scoreless inning streak to 27 2/3. So what's behind this dominance? Aging well (Insider)

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Long-awaited debut set

Ervin Santana returns from an 80-game drug suspension for the Twins today against the Royals. The 32-year old went 14-10 with the Braves last season.

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Smoltz: Matt Harvey will be better

John Smoltz will be the first pitcher to make the Hall of Fame after having Tommy John surgery and he thinks the Mets ace will be fine. "You are going to be OK the next year (after the surgery), you are going to be great the second year. You are just going to be missing a little bit with your fine-tuned pitches, secondary pitches. ... But everything after 15 months gets better and better and better."

Independence Day Web Gems

Does Avisail Garcia's game-saving catch at the wall top Kevin Kiermaier's leaping over-the-head catch in center?


The hottest pitcher in baseball

Zack Greinke has pitched at least six scoreless innings while allowing four hits or fewer in four straight games. He’s the third player in baseball’s divisional era (since 1969) to do that, joining Hall-of-Famers Pedro Martinez and Gaylord Perry.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

If the Mets are willing to overpay for a hitter, why not ask around and see if some AL team would make a futures' bet on Zack Wheeler?