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Olney: Rangers suddenly back on track

Under first-year manager Jeff Banister, the Rangers have turned their season around with their play in May.

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A Wall Street Journal report shows that participation in youth baseball appears to be in heavy decline.


Padres snap 4-game skid with rout

Justin Upton led the way for San Diego, matching his career high with 6 RBIs as every Padres starter recorded a hit in their 11-3 win over the Dodgers. James Shields (7 IP, 3 ER, 7 K) improved to 6-0 on the season. Box score


Yankees' greatest center fielders

The Yankees are retiring Bernie Williams' No. 51 tonight (live on ESPNEWS). Where does Williams stand in a long line of Yankees center fielders? Rank 'em

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Diamondbacks edge Cubs 4-3

Paul Goldschmidt singled in the game's first run and later crushed a 2-run homer to center to power the D-backs to their 6th win in 7 games. Box score


Rangers' Josh Hamilton to start Monday

Texas manager Jeff Banister said Hamilton will start in left field and likely hit 5th at Cleveland. "We're going to open our arms and give him a great big hug and welcome him," Banister said. "And then we're going to treat him like he's one of 25, just like we do with everybody else."

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Shields nearly untouchable through 6

Jimmy Rollins singled in the bottom of the first inning for what is the Dodgers' only hit against James Shields through 6 innings. The Padres starter has 6 strikeouts and 1 walk on 61 pitches, and the Padres lead 10-0. Follow live


Pirates starters making history

Francisco Liriano struck out 12 Mets today, making him the third straight Pittsburgh SP -- Gerrit Cole (Friday) and A.J. Burnett (Saturday) -- with 10 or more K's. They're the first Pirates trio to accomplish this since 1969.