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A battle for supremacy

The Cardinals, Royals and Nationals are all worthy of being in the top spot in our rankings. So who's No. 1?

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Young stars Harper, Bryant to battle (1:08)


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Rangers, Yankees going in opposite directions (1:08)

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Sunday's power rankings

Sunday's top performances in baseball included another strong start by Michael Wacha, who improved to 7-0 by beating the Royals.

Dodgers fan records himself catching HR ball (0:26)
Pitcher pulls off hidden-ball trick (0:26)
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Kernels: Aces Wild

Highlighting the most notable pitching performances in MLB over the past week.


Rubin: Don't sweat Harvey's 'dead arm'

ESPN reporter Adam Rubin says fans shouldn't overreact to Mets manager Terry Collins's comments on Matt Harvey's recent struggles.


Tulo, Cargo both out for Rockies

Troy Tulowitzki (rest) was not in the lineup to begin with, but Carlos Gonzalez, originally slated to bat third, was just scratched (illness) for today's game vs. the Reds. Neither of the team's stars are playing very well for a 17-25 Colorado team.

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Bryce Harper asked if he knows which way wind is blowing (it's out). Says he doesn't know and doesn't need wind.

Vegas connection

Today at 2:20 p.m. ET is the first “head-to-head” meeting between Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant.

Harper, Bryant share patience

Tim Kurkjian on the wunderkinds: "A lot of people see a lot of pitches and strike out in the end. These guys see a lot of pitches and either walk in the end or hit something really hard."


Brewers to have 'Star Wars Night'

Apparently the sausage race isn't enough entertainment for Miller Park. "Star Wars Night" will happen this Saturday when Milwaukee hosts the D-backs. However, the Brewers request you leave your lightsabers at home.

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Reds -- for once -- not hitting SP 9th

Starter Jason Marquis will bat 8th today vs. the Rockies, marking the first time a Cincinnati SP did not hit 9th since 1933. (via Elias)

MLB: Orioles' Matusz suspended 8 games

Brian Matusz's ejection Saturday for pitching with a foreign substance on his arm will cost him 8 games. Matusz will appeal. Brewers RP Will Smith, ejected for the same offense Thursday, also received an 8-game suspension.

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Get Me to June

Through April, the Yankees were 13-9 and in first place in the AL East. In May, things have changed. They are 9-13 with an ERA close to 5.

Yankees desperate for a win

The Yankees have lost 6 straight and 10 of their last 11 games. It's the first time they've lost 10 (or more) times in an 11-game span since 1995. Nathan Eovaldi starts today as they host the Royals at 1:05 p.m. ET.

MLB power rankings: Royals pass Cards

Kansas City's victory in the I-70 series put the Royals atop ESPN's MLB Power Rankings. Meanwhile, the Marlins are being the Marlins. All 30

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Struggling Danny duffy placed on DL

Duffy, with his 5.87 ERA, was placed on the 15-day DL today with left biceps tendinitis. The Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan to replace Duffy, who had a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts in 2014.

Happy Harper-Bryant Day

Today is the first time that Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper will meet "head-to-head" in the majors -- as if you needed another reason to follow Nats at Cubs today (2:20 p.m. ET).

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And now cue the Mets-are-cheap-because-they-don't-insure-contracts crowd -- when it's been industry-wide trend given $2M annual premiums.