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Hey, why not: Put A-Rod on the All-Star team!

Coming off a yearlong suspension, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez leads designated hitters in home runs, RBIs and walks. Oh, and drama.

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Thursday's power rankings

Among Thursday's highlights: Jose Fernandez wins in his first start 13 months after Tommy John surgery, and Scott Kazmir stifles Seattle.

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Rancel: Miguel Sano brings 80 power to Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins have called up one of baseball's top power prospects in Miguel Sano. Nobody questions the power, but can he hit for enough average to stay in the lineup?

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How did Justin Turner get this good?

The Dodgers have chosen Justin Turner, a journeyman up until now, as their No. 3 hitter, the spot typically held for a team's best pure hitter.

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Month in review: June home runs

We highlight the most notable home run achievements from the month of June.

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A-Rod: 'I'll walk to Cincinnati'

Alex Rodriguez badly wants All-Star appearance No. 15. He tells ESPN's Wallace Matthews: "I would walk there, like the guy who walked to Yankee Stadium. I would walk to Cincinnati," adding "It's every player's dream to make the All-Star Game. I'm not an exception to that." He's currently in 5th place in voting among DHs.

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Crazy Stat of Day: Max Scherzer has thrown three complete games in last 4 starts. He'd thrown 1 complete game in 210 career starts prior.

James Loney returns today

The Rays 1B, out since May 24 with a broken left middle finger, will play tonight vs. the Yankees. Said manager Kevin Cash: "We're excited to have him back. To be able to plug our first baseman that we anticipated being with us all year back in the lineup, that'll help."

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2015 Body Issue: Bryce Harper

"I take a lot of pride in working out. ... Your lower half, your core -- those are the biggest things you need in baseball."

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Max Scherzer's incredible run

The Nats RHP threw his third complete game in his last four starts Thursday. Prior to that, he had one complete game in 210 career starts. During those four starts, he has allowed a total of 11 hits and four runs while striking out 42 and walking one.

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Yankees won't get Ellsbury back yet

Jacoby Ellsbury, out for six weeks with a knee sprain, won't come off the DL today after missing another rehab game Thursday. Said GM Brian Cashman: "He's going through a spring training-like progression. With all the sprints and work, he is going through, he is slowly getting his legs back."

Even the wall can't stop this Lough catch

Orioles left fielder David Lough runs a long way to make an outstanding catch on the warning track in left field before colliding with the fence.

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Pollock powers D-backs past Rockies

A.J. Pollock hits his 10th home run of the season in Arizona's 8-1 win over Colorado.

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Kazmir shuts down Mariners

Scott Kazmir retired 21 of the first 22 batters he faced, allowing 2 hits and striking out 7 over 8 innings. Josh Phegley had a 2-run single to help Oakland to its 4-0 win.

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Jeremy Hellickson pitches lights out

The Diamondbacks starter went seven innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits, no walks and 6 strikeouts. Arizona crushed Colorado 8-1. Box score

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Scott Kazmir may also have earned himself an All-Star berth tonight. Now 5-5 but with a 2.56 ERA, solid peripherals. Reserves named Monday.

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Opposing right-handed hitters were 1-45 vs Max Scherzer in his last 3 starts entering Thursday. Braves RHB went 5-for-14 vs him Thursday