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Kelly focused on the job at hand

Joe Kelly has a newfound commitment to each pitch he throws, and it shows in his increased fastball velocity.

Baseball Tonight Video

Wild finish to Angels-Giants (0:45)

Web Gems (0:57)
Sport Science - MLB Play of the Week: Alex Gordon (1:51)

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Dodgers rally past D-backs (0:40)

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A not-so-rocky start for LeMahieu

In ESPN's Fight for Perfection issue, we we asked an NL scout to break down Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu's hot start, then asked LeMahieu to respond.

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Projecting MVP, Cy Young and ROY winners

Dan Szymborski provides an updated look at MLB's MVP, Cy Young and rookie of the year race. ZiPs projects Mike Trout and Adrian Gonzalez to take home the top honors.

Danger on the mound (4:47)
Not Top Plays of the week (1:51)


Desmond Jennings placed on DL

Left knee soreness forced the speedy Rays OF to the 15-day DL today. Jennings was hitting just .222 in 72 plate appearances this season.

Slim Kelly brings heat for Sox

You might not have known it, but tonight's Red Sox starter Joe Kelly's average fastball velocity (96.5 mph) is tops in MLB, despite Kelly dropping from 198 to 178 pounds in a year. He also has a hidden talent. Buster Olney explores (Insider)

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Protecting the pitchers

MLB had a scare this week when D-backs phenom Archie Bradley was struck in the face by a liner. He was the latest reminder of the danger pitchers face every time they take the mound. Is enough being done to protect them?


OTD: Joe DiMaggio makes MLB debut

On May 3, 1936, Joltin' Joe made his MLB debut with the Yankees against the St. Louis Browns, going 3-for-6 with two singles and a triple. That Yankees team, which also starred Lou Gehrig, went on the win the World Series.

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Cards set-up man has sore shoulder

Jordan Walden started warming up Saturday but had to cool it after his shoulder started "barking." Said Walden: "I tried to give it a go and it just didn't feel right." The Cards' bullpen has been stellar so far this season with a 1.39 ERA.

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BBTN's Web Gem from Saturday

Tal's Hill in Minute Maid Park was no problem for Astros CF Jake Marisnick as he made a diving catch uphill -- but will it beat Royals LF Alex Gordon's sprawling catch into the stands of The Cell?


Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Very strange but very true: No game had ended with a runner getting hit by a batted ball since 2010. Then it happened TWICE yesterday.

Dodgers rally past Diamondbacks

Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer to tie the game, and Howie Kendrick singled in the go-ahead run in the Dodgers' 6-4 win over Arizona.


Odor gives Rangers win in extras

Rougned Odor's lone hit of the night drove in Shin-Soo Choo for the winning run in the Rangers' 8-7 win over the Athletics in 10 innings. Choo hit a 3-run HR in the seventh that forced extra innings.


Marisnick shows he's king of the hill

Astros OF Jake Marisnick ran up Tal's Hill to rob Logan Morrison of a hit. The distance on the fly ball was calculated at 428 feet, which would have been gone in 26 of 30 MLB ballparks. (Via ESPN Stats & Analysis)