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Top 100 draft prospects: Rodgers No. 1

This year's draft class is one of the weakest in recent memory, but there's a lot of depth in the middle infield -- starting with a high school shortstop from Florida.

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

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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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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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12hAndrew 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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Greinke, Dodgers shut down Brewers (0:48)

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15hDavid 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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20hBen 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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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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Happy 84th birthday, Willie Mays!

The Giants great owned: 24 All-Star berths, 12 Gold Gloves, two NL MVPs, .302 career BA to go with being 4th all-time with 660 HRs. Oh, and don't forget "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series. That's not a bad career.

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Alex Rios still 2 weeks away from return

The Royals OF suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch April 13. Regarding a potential minor league rehab assignment, manager Ned Yost said: "It would probably be beneficial to get some at-bats, but we'll see."

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That's one way to make your MLB debut! Angels catcher Carlos Perez hits a walk-off home run to lift L.A. over the Mariners, 5-4.

Red Sox owner optimistic about season

Despite a disappointing 12-14 start, John Henry said before Tuesday's game he believed Boston would turn it around: "I think we've got the best team in the division. The Yankees have gotten away a little and we've gone through a bad period, but I think we'll turn it around." The Red Sox beat the Rays 2-0 later Tuesday night.