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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz last week actually fouled a ball off the same spot on his left foot that was hit by a pitch Saturday in Toronto, but "feels good enough to go" in the series-opener against the Orioles, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Ortiz has six homers in his last nine games at Camden Yards.

OTD: Ruth tears the cover off the ball

On this date in 1927, during batting practice for the Yankees doubleheader vs. the Philadelphia A's, Babe Ruth smacked the cover off the ball, leaving it in tattered stitches. Follow the 1927 Yankees all season long in real time. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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MLB Week 8 Power Rankings

The Cubs were once again the unanimous choice for the top spot, but after that, opinions varied on which team deserved to be No. 2. Who is it?

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Conforto again sits against a left-handed pitcher Monday. But Terry Collins said going forward that he would consider using Conforto in right field with Juan Lagares in center fielder and Yoenis Cespedes in left field against a southpaw when Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup.

Inside Matt Harvey's head

The Mets have publicly announced that Harvey's issues are mechanical and not physical. ESPN's Mark Simon wonders if some of his issues are mental. Solving the puzzle

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Cubs fan misses out on foul ball, loses hat

Two Cubs fans go for the ball -- and one comes up empty-handed. To make matters worse, his hat gets accidentally knocked off.


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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox lineup for Memorial Day matinee at Baltimore: Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Bradley CF, Shaw 1B, Swihart LF, Hanigan C, Hernandez 3B, Wright RHP. (Hanley Ramirez sits.)

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets manager Terry Collins expressed "concern" Monday that David Wright may be headed for the disabled list. Wright is dealing with a neck issue and is out of the lineup for a third straight game on Memorial Day. Wright landing on the DL on Tuesday would open the 25-man roster spot for newly acquired James Loney's activation on Tuesday. Loney is expected to arrive in Queens on Monday. The Mets still will need to make a 40-man roster move to fit Loney, even if Wright is placed on the DL.

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From Jackie Robinson to Pat Tillman, we remember the athletes who have served our country proud:

Baseball's connection with Memorial Day

Tom Rinaldi reflects on the meaning of Memorial Day and the history of MLB players serving in the Armed Forces.