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Coco Crisp placed on 15-day DL

The A's OF starts his second DL stint in 2015, this time for a cervical strain. In 13 games, Crisp is 2-for-45 (.044). The good news: Crisp will avoid potentially career-ending surgery and instead rely on rest and rehab.

Yanks ask Sabathia to stop the bleeding

CC Sabathia is tasked with ending New York's run of eight losses in nine games -- including four straight -- today against the Rangers at 1:05 p.m. ET. Texas counters with Nick Martinez (3-0, 1.88 ERA).

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Bryce Harper vs. Ken Griffey jr.

He may have a lower batting average, but Harper's offensive output is significantly higher at this point in his career than Griffey's. Harper plays Game No. 400 today at 4:05 p.m. ET.


White Sox to retire Konerko's number

Paul Konerko's No. 14 will be retired today by the team. Said Konerko on Friday: "As a kid, you see stuff at stadiums or you hear about a guy whose number is retired. You don't really think that that's something that's attainable." He's the 11th player to have his number retired by the Sox.

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Kurkjian offers advice to pitchers

Tim Kurkjian's advice to pitchers who use foreign substances but don't want an 8-game suspension like Will Smith received? "You just have to hide it better."


Cincinnati Reds @Reds

Raisel Iglesias will start for Reds tomorrow instead of Johnny Cueto, who has been bothered by general stiffness since Tue’s start at KC.

Harper's magnificent month of May

Bryce Harper is now slugging exactly 1.000 in May -- he's had 11 HRs this month -- putting him in some incredible company.

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Noah Syndergaard will start Wednesday vs. Philadelphia on normal rest. Assuming Dillon Gee slotting in, it's afterward.

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Another scoreless outing for Chris Young, now 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA. Why did the Mariners not re-sign him?

Prince finding a rhythm

Through the first 42 games this season, Prince Fielder has improved his BA, HRs and RBIs compared to the same point last season.

How to fix MLB's foreign-substance rule

Buster Olney votes for transparency, because then "everybody from hitters to managers to pitchers to umpires to MLB officials can stop pretending they don't see the half-dollar sized spots on the caps of pitchers, or the shiny stuff on the wrists of a lot of pitchers." Check with umps

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Escobar has the Royals flipping out

For most of us, lying flat on our stomachs means it's nap time. If you're Kansas City SS Alcides Escobar, however, that's the perfect position to throw a runner out at second.


Top 5 surprising MLB teams

The Astros are the consensus biggest surprise -- in a good way -- so far this season, but there's some disagreement among the BBTN experts as to who rounds out the top 5.


Bryce Harper putting the H in home run

The Nats OF hit his 11th home run since May 6 and is now slugging 1.000 for the month of May. If he keeps it up, he'll be the 4th player since 1900 to have a slugging percentage of 1.000 or better in May, joining Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and Todd Helton.

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Matt Wieters targeting June 4 return

The O's catcher, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2014, is eligible to come off the 60-day DL on June 4 and believes that's a possibility: "The last few games I've gone out there and played, the feelings of being able to get back in a big league game are there. It's not quite back to where it was yet, but it feels good enough to get back playing at this level."

Hanley Ramirez questionable today

The Red Sox LF, hit on the hand in the 4th inning, left Friday's game in the 6th with soreness. Initial tests were negative, but Ramirez is questionable for today's game. An injured shoulder previously kept him out of 4 games earlier this month.

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