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The older and improved Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper hit three home runs Wednesday, each more impressive than the one before. Assuming he stays healthy, he should be one of the game's best hitters in 2015.

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Manfred: Shortening season a popular topic

Commissioner Rob Manfred says shortening the regular season is becoming a popular topic as players and owners prepare to negotiate a new labor deal.

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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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Harper the key to Nats' success (2:05)

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Bob Uecker locked in radio booth (0:23)
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SweetSpot TV's The List: Managers on hot seat (4:47)
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Pedro's electrifying Boston years (2:35)

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Votto ejected in Reds' win (0:58)

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14hJoe 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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Updated top 250 fantasy baseball rankings

Tristan H. Cockcroft updates his Top 250 rankings, says Stephen Vogt, Danny Salazar, Devon Travis, Alex Rodriguez and Jake Marisnick are among the biggest movers since the end of spring training.

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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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Angels walk off again

Johnny Giavotella’s line drive down the right-field line scored Erick Aybar from first to give the Angels their second straight walk-off win against the Mariners.

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Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Back-to-back walk-offs for the @Angels! This time Johnny Giavotella does the honors with a double to score Erick Aybar. LAA beats SEA, 4-3.

Votto: Contact with ump 'unacceptable'

"I think it was something that just crossed the line. Just because I have a verbal disagreement with someone, doesn't make it OK to have physical contact with someone," Joey Votto said postgame after getting ejected. "In all of this, that's the thing I regret the most, and I'm not happy about it."

White Sox rally past Tigers

Melky Cabrera (1-4, 4 RBI) and the White Sox scored four runs on six straight hits with two outs in the 8th inning to slip past the Tigers 7-6.

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Indians ease past Royals

Seven Indians drove in a run, led by Brandon Moss' 3 RBIs, and Cleveland rolled to a 10-3 win against Kansas City.

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More Maddon: You cannot permit that to happen. We’re trying to ascend and we’re not going to take that from anybody, anywhere at any time."

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Tigers' McCann singles to put the tying run on 3B with one out, but then round first too wide and is thrown out. Brutal.

Rosario homers in Twins 13-0 win

Eddie Rosario homered on the first pitch of his major league career to kick off Minnesota's rout of Oakland. Eduardo Escobar knocked in five runs in the Twins' sixth win in seven tries.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Mike Trout's 3rd inning HR was 443 ft, his longest of the season and his MLB-leading 25th HR of 425+ feet since the start of 2013 season.

Cardinals' win streak ends at eight

Anthony Rizzo hit his fifth home run of the season and drove in three runs to help the Cubs snap their four-game skid with a 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

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Pederson can't stay in the park

Joc Pederson, who homered twice in L.A.'s loss to the Brewers, became the first Dodgers rookie with 6 HR in a 7-game span since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958 (via Elias). Each of Pederson's last seven hits have been home runs.

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Brewers double up Dodgers

The Brewers tagged Joe Wieland for five runs in the first inning and rode Wily Peralta (8 IP, 2 ER) from there to win for the fourth time in five games.

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Rangers roll past Astros 11-3

Colby Lewis allowed 1 run over 8 innings, Carlos Peguero hit 2 homers and drove in 3 runs, and the Rangers completed a 3-game sweep of the Astros,

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