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Nationals carry burden of expectations

While the Nationals have seemingly recovered from their early-season woes, there's no avoiding the fact that huge expectations remain for this team.

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Dan Szymborski

Szymborski: Time for the Rangers to reboot

The injury-plagued Texas Rangers are off to a poor start in a good AL West. Dan Szymborski says it's time for the Rangers to fold this hand, with an eye toward competing again in the near future.

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Pedro's electrifying Boston years (2:35)

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Buster's Blog: Possible deals for Brewers (1:45)

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Strasburg leaves Nationals' game in third inning (2:06)

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2hJoe Peta

Peta: Early-season MLB myths, realities

ESPN Chalk's Joe Peta looks at the early-season showings of the Yankees, Mariners, Astros, Nationals and Indians, and predicts whether those performances will remain consistent over 162 games.

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3hDavid Schoenfield

Tuesday's power rankings

A look at five of the brightest performers on Tuesday night, starting with Angels rookie Carlos Perez hitting a walk-off homer in his MLB debut.

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13hAndrew Marchand

Michael Pineda maturing as undisputed ace

Michael Pineda pitched eight shutout innings in the New York Yankees' win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

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16hDavid Schoenfield

A look at all 45 of Dee Gordon's hits

Let's give Dee Gordon some love. The Miami Marlins second baseman is, after all, hitting .433 and deserves a little attention.

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22hBen Lindbergh

How Moustakas is finally beating the shift

Mike Moustakas, a notorious dead-pull hitter in the past, has adapted his game and is having success using the whole field this season.

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1dRob Arthur

Yadier Molina forgot how to frame a pitch

FiveThirtyEight finds that Yadier Molina's pitch framing has declined dramatically over the past two years - something that could affect the Cardinals overall more than might be expected.

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The 10 best center fielders of all time

In honor of Willie Mays' 84th birthday, SportsNation ranked the 10 fleetest flyhawks in MLB history. Who's No. 1? Not this guy

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Buster: Market watch for Lohse, Gomez

MLB execs tell Buster Olney the Brewers are likely to deal Kyle Lohse, may deal Carlos Gomez and will not deal Jonathan Lucroy.

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Barry Bonds: 'No doubt' I belong in Hall

Via ESPN The Mag: "I don’t really get caught up into the wrong of how it's being done. They're wrong, bottom line. I believe it’ll turn. Just -- time. I think it’s just time. But do I belong there? There’s no doubt in my mind.” Bonds shifting gears

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On this date 100 years ago, Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth hit his first career home run in a game against the Yankees.

OTD: Cubs' Kerry Wood whiffs 20

On May 6, 1998, "Kid K" struck out 20 Astros in just his fifth career major league start in what is considered one of the greatest games ever pitched. He tied Roger Clemens' record for most strikeouts in a game -- and Wood was just 20 years old at the time.

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Park Posey in your lineups

Setting your fantasy lineup for today? Make sure to include Buster Posey. He has a .405 lifetime BA against Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Lineup analysis for day games

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Pedro reminisces on his Boston years

Three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez joined SportsCenter to gush about the electricity of Fenway Park when he pitched -- and he even had some behind-the-scenes details on former teammate Manny Ramirez.

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Strasburg scares fantasy owners again

Eric Karabell advises Stephen Strasburg owners not to panic over the pitcher's latest shoulder injury but says to keep an eye on Tanner Roark, just in case. Nats will win a lot (Insider)

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Early-season MLB myths, realities

In the early going of the season, the Yankees and Astros appear to be realities, both using their bullpens to build on strong starts. The Nats though? They have real problems. Myths vs. realities (Insider)

Olney: Tough MLB choices on horizon

Chase Utley's poor play and Devin Mesoraco's sore hip have to be addressed. So what are the Phillies and Reds to do? For Mesoraco at least, there's no great solution. Some tough choices

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Matt Carpenter: 1st Cardinals player with 20 extra-base hits in the team's first 26 games of a season since Stan Musial in 1954

Rockies trust John Axford as closer

Adam Ottavino's injury may be season-ending, but manager Walt Weiss is comfortable with Axford: "He's got a slow heartbeat in the ninth inning. He's got the weapons to get three of the toughest outs in the game."

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John Axford's son to throw first pitch

The Rockies closer's 2-year-old son was bit on the foot by a rattlesnake in March and spent four weeks in the ICU. On Friday, Jameson will roll his wheelchair onto Coors Field to make the first pitch, and Axford said: "It'll put a smile on my face. ... Maybe tears in my eyes, too."

OTD: The Babe's first of 714 homers

Exactly 100 years ago today, baseball legend Babe Ruth was pitching for the Red Sox, batting 9th and facing the Yankees when he hit his first career home run -- a solo shot in the third. Oh, and he pitched 12 1/3 innings that day, too, but got the loss.

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