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3hJerry Crasnick

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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SweetSpot TV's The List: Managers on hot seat (4:47)

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

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4hJoe 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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4hDavid 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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15hAndrew 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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17hDavid 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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23hBen 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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2dRob 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 Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived On'

Ted Williams left behind so many unanswered questions that two of his children went to the extreme edges of science to find more time for them to be answered, while his third child went to equal extremes to stop them. His legacy

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Bryce Harper just hit a homer that might've been high enough to be caught on Washington D.C. radar.

Bryce Harper blasts 2nd HR of game

Harper's two-run shot gave the Nationals a 4-2 lead in the third. It's the 6th multi-HR game of Harper's career. Follow live

Detroit Tigers @tigers

Verlander was given the clearance to resume a throwing progression designed to return him to full competition.

Miami jumps on Scherzer early

The game is barely two innings old, but Max Scherzer has already yielded five hits to the Marlins, who have a 2-1 lead. Follow live

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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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SportsCenter @sportscenter

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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