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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees are waiting for Dr. Chris Ahmad's opinion on Alex Rodriguez's hamstring MRI on before making any announcements about how long A-Rod will be out. It may be a little awkward if Rodriguez meets with Ahmad since he once sued the doctor for malpractice. The suit was filed when A-Rod was suing everybody, during the Biogenesis investigation. It was later dropped.

Katie Strang 

A good statistical glimpse into the torrid start to the season Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos has had. His fourth-inning home run -- a three-run bomb that pulled the Tigers within one run of the Indians -- was his fifth of the season. He didn't get his fifth of the season until July 6 (his 78th game) of last season, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Castellanos, who is now hitting .380, has 12 RBI in last eight games and has 47 extra-base hits since July 1 of last season, which ties him with J.D. Martinez for the team lead during that span.

Pedro Gomez MLB 

@cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta meeting with local school kids before tonight's game against the @Nationals.

TBT: The epic pizza throw at Fenway

On April 16, 2007, the world witnessed a perfect pizza throw from an upset Red Sox fan.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins strongly implied that lefty reliever Josh Edgin will remain in the minors when his rehab assignment expires Sunday, while acknowledging it is the front office's decision. During a scoreless inning for Las Vegas on Wednesday, Edgin's fastball velocity was only 87-88 mph. Collins said Edgin will also need to pitch consecutive days before returning, which he has not done yet. Collins added that there's really not a vacancy in the Mets' bullpen at the moment. "Not right now," Collins said. "It could change tomorrow."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr., a game-time decision with a sore finger, apparently good to go. Red Sox at White Sox: Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Shaw 3B, Holt LF, Hanigan C, Bradley CF, Owens. (For what it's worth, Betts would've played center in Bradley's absence.)

4 first-place teams, all in Chicago

Tonight marks the first time in history that four first-place teams are playing in the same city at the same time: Nationals-Cubs and Red Sox-White Sox. (via Elias)

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Travis d'Arnaud is hitting in Port St. Lucie, but has yet to throw since landing on the disabled list nine days ago with a right rotator cuff strain, Terry Collins said. Clearly d'Arnaud's absence will last beyond the minimum 15 days.

Katie Strang 

Heading into his second start, Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer said he planned on utilizing his changeup more, especially against lefties, and the club's top-ranked prospect did that in the second at-bat. Went to it an an 0-2 count against Jason Kipnis and the Indians second baseman hit a line drive to right. That began a string of five hits and a walk that left the Tigers down 4-0 at the bottom of the first inning. Fulmer retired the side with two strikeouts against Lonnie Chisenhall and Chris Gimenez, but still, an ominous start to the game for the 23-year-old flamethrower.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Benching Chase Headley? Yankees fans might think it is a good idea, but manager Joe Girardi does not. "It is way too early for that," Girardi said. Headly has not had an extra base hit all season and is hitting .153 in 72 at-bats. He is in the second season of a four-year, $52 million contract. Headley is not in the lineup on Thursday night here in Baltimore, however Girardi said he plans to put him back out there at Yankee Stadium on Friday against the Red Sox. Girardi described not playing Headly as a simple day off. Ronald Torreyes, hitting .375 in 24 at-bats, is at third.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

First line from former Cubs manager Dusty Baker: "This is different than the old interview room."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles closer Zach Britton could return soon. "He had a good day today," said skipper Buck Showalter. "He's close to being available." Britton sprained his ankle trying to field a ball on Saturday and hasn't pitched since. In his absence. Baltimore has only had one save opportunity, which Darren O'Day successfully converted.

Stephen Piscotty gets on his horse

Check out this incredible play by Stephen Piscotty, who sprints and lays out to catch a foul ball.