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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets and other teams have been allowed to speak to Jose Reyes' agents since he landed on release waivers on Thursday. The only prohibition is on talking terms of a contract until he becomes a free agent at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. But the terms are pretty much moot since every team would pay him the prorated MLB minimum.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The real Mark Trumbo (third from left, wearing black #Orioles pullover) looks on as 24 fake Mark Trumbos work out before tonight's O's/Rays opener. In honor of the Baltimore slugger, who's currently tied for the major-league lead in homers, all of his teammates - who got their schwag a little early in advance of this Sunday's Trumbo Tee Shirt day - rocked the giveaway during batting practice. Whether or not Trumbo was wearing his tee under the pullover remains a mystery.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Anthony Rizzo's back issue in addition to the rest of his lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins.


Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi said " the plan" is for Mark Teixeira to rejoin the Yankees for Saturday's game, although there is a caveat: "Our plan is to give him today (off) to make sure that he's OK and then get him back in there tomorrow. " Teixeira, on the DL since June 4 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, just finished a 3-game rehab assignment for AAA Scranton, where he went 1-for-9 with a walk. Teixeira is hitting just .180 with 3 HRs and 12 RBI. "I know he's off to a slow start but I really don't think that's going to continue," Girardi said. "We expect him to be Mark."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado returns to the field today for the Orioles following a four-game suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a 99 mile-an-hour fastball from Yordano Ventura. Asked whether he would respond differently if presented with the same situation, Machado said: "Would I take it back? No. I did what I need to do to be who I am."


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have internally talked about several positions for Jose Reyes. That includes the outfield. They've also discussed a utility role and being primarily being a third baseman or second baseman.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins acknowledged he's already discussed with his staff how the Mets would use Jose Reyes assuming he lands with the Mets. Reyes will become a free agent on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins hopes that Steven Matz can throw 110 pitches on Friday night against the Braves. Still, after Matz had elbow tightness in his last start, Collins said: "We'll keep a close eye on him."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

No Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann or Ike Davis in tonight's Yankees lineup vs the Minnesota Twins and lefty Tommy Milone. Here's the lineup: Gardner lf, Refsnyder 1b, Beltran rf, Rodriguez DH, Castro 2b, Headley 3b, Gregorius ss, Hicks rf, Romine c. Tanaka pitching

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has changed up his lineup electing to lead off Jason Heyward while Kris Bryant is batting second and playing first base in place of Anthony Rizzo (back).Plus Maddon is batting his pitcher eighth while Albert Almora Jr. hits ninth. With a struggling offense Maddon has mixed things up.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have designated OF Will Venable for assignment in order to add RHP Nick Tepesch to the roster. Tepesch will start Friday night at Pittsburgh.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

If Roberto Clemente, on a bike, in full uniform, doesn't make you smile, nothing will.

Is there a bright spot for Pirates?

If Pittsburgh can manage to not fall completely out of the wild-card race, Buster Olney writes that there could be better days ahead. Favorable schedule (Insider)

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Do Rangers have the guts to sit Fielder?

Prince Fielder's stats show a player in severe decline, someone who clearly should be benched at this point. But ... it's Prince Fielder. Now what?

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

The Sports Misery Index

Bill Barnwell unveils his Misery Index to determine the fans who have suffered the most. Cleveland passes its crown

Robb Harskamp

Giancarlo Stanton comes through twice

Stanton hit a game-tying solo HR in the fourth inning and added an RBI single in the eighth to lead the Marlins to a 4-2 win on Thursday. It was only the third game this season, and the first since April 25, in which Stanton had two plate appearances that produced an RBI, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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