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Long ball hurting Arrieta early

In just two innings, the Royals have slugged two homers off Cubs SP Jake Arrieta. The last time he allowed at least two homers in a game was Sept. 13, 2013. Kansas City leads 2-0 in the second. Follow live

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

According to my guy Jacob Nitzberg at ESPN, first time in 36 starts Jake Arrieta has given up multiple home runs in the same outing.

Alex Rios back with Royals on Saturday

Rios is expected to return Saturday from a broken left hand suffered in mid-April. The 12-year vet was hitting .321 before going on the DL. KC's game against the Cubs just begun, with the Royals leading 1-0 in the first. Follow live

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Josh Hamilton deserved to be booed at end of 2012 and when he returned to Arlington as an Angel. But warm welcome last night was right, too.

Friday night DFS picks

Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis are among the players that ESPN's analysts are building their daily fantasy rosters around. Tonight's top options

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Sveum wants to manage again but "isn't holding my breath." Says hiring is diff than it used to be but wouldn't elaborate

Athletes injured ... by celebrating?

Five years ago today, Kendrys Morales fractured his leg while celebrating a walk-off grand slam. He's not the only athlete to have a freak injury as a result of a celebration. That had to hurt

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Houston's future is now

The Astros have baseball's second-best record and are on pace to win 101 games after years of futility. The rebuilding process is already paying off, even with many of their top prospects still in the minors. Jayzerli: Into orbit

Elias Stein for Grantland

#VoteDbacks @Dbacks

OFFICIAL: #Dbacks select contract of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and place catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on 15-day DL with left knee ACL injury.

Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

#RedSox may have just found one big solution to their starting pitching woes in Eduardo Rodriguez 93-95mph..above avg ch and decent slider!!

Orioles crossing color lines

Manager Buck Showalter: "Sports is supposed to be ahead of the other parts of society because you have to know each other, have to work toward that goal, every day, all day. If we could use sports more as a model more often of what is possible, we'd have a lot fewer problems." Mag: Talking in the locker room

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

This month A.J. Burnett is 5-0 with a 1.82 ERA. It’s the 2nd time in his career he went 5-0 in a month (also June of 2012 with Pittsburgh).

Xander Bogaerts day to day

The Red Sox SS was hit just above the left wrist Thursday, but X-rays were negative. Bogaerts is dealing with a bruise and is day to day. "Hopefully he'll be ready to go tomorrow," manager John Farrell said after the game.

OTD: Henderson swipes No. 893

On this date in 1990, Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb's 62-year-old AL record for stolen bases, snapping the record in under 12 seasons. Henderson finished his career with 1,406 stolen bases ... 468 more than the man in second, Lou Brock.

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