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Five contenders facing critical questions

There is whole lot of baseball still to be played. But that doesn't mean it's too early for these five contenders -- including the Red Sox and Pirates -- to worry.

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Law: Top 100 prospects for 2015 MLB draft

Keith Law updates his player rankings for the 2015 MLB draft and this time goes 100 deep, placing high-school shortstop Brendan Rodgers atop the list.

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Cardinals win seventh straight (2:14)

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2hBen 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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5hBuster Olney

How the AL East will shake out

Buster Olney takes a closer look at the unpredictable AL East. He also writes why Craig Counsell is a strong choice as new manager of the Brewers.

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14hDavid Schoenfield

Monday's power rankings

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner tops tonight's list.

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Rangers end Astros' 10-game winning streak (1:02)

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Are Mets falling back to earth after hot streak? (2:13)
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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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Updated top 10 fantasy prospects for 2015

Noah Syndergaard jumps to the top of Tommy Rancel's updated top 10 fantasy prospects for 2015, which also includes a couple of Blue Jays rookies who were demoted last week.

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Houston Astros @astros

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will visit Minute Maid Park tomorrow, May 6. He will meet with both #Astros and Rangers players.

Ramirez day-to-day with hurt shoulder

It would be a big loss for the Red Sox if Hanley Ramirez misses significant time, as his 10 home runs are twice as many as any other Red Sox player and are 2nd in baseball to only Nelson Cruz.

Cody Ross cut by Oakland

The A's released the outfielder after he signed with the team on April 8. He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment three days ago. In 9 games, he hit .091 with no home runs and 3 RBIs.

Doug Padilla @ESPNChiSox

White Sox looking for a spark. Will start by opening homestand wearing their 1983 unis for the first time this year.

A-Rod heard from Mays on No. 660

ESPN's Andrew Marchand tweeted he asked if A-Rod heard from Willie Mays: "He said Mays sent a nice message through a mutual friend. I followed up if the mutual friend was Barry Bonds and A-Rod said he'd 'leave it at that.'"

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Regret haunts Ted Williams' daughter

Claudia Williams keeps many of her dad's mementos locked away. In a closet rests his fly rod, along with hand-tied flies, rusty knives and his old leather suitcase after years of trains, parks and hotels. Keeping Dad close

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Kris Bryant is batting third tonight for the first time. A lot of people asking him to move up. Maddon heard you

The other side of Ted Williams

Death exposes everyone, and it exposed Ted Williams, stripping away what he'd created as a boy on Utah Street, revealing what he'd tried to hide: He came from damaged people, and he left damaged people behind. Cycle of suffering

Eddie Guy for ESPN Magazine

Phillies @Phillies

OF Darin Mastroianni has been traded to the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Perspective on Astros' epic start

How rare was the Astros’ season-opening 18-game winning streak in games they had a lead? Fourth-best in a century

Law's rankings: Youth is served

Keith Law updates his rankings for the 2015 MLB draft and this time goes 100 deep, placing high-school shortstop Brendan Rodgers atop the list. Top 100 (Insider)

Blue Jays @BlueJays

To make room on the 40-man roster LHP Jayson Aquino has been designated for assignment.

Buster Olney dives into the numbers to find that Clayton Kershaw is still very much the same pitcher he was last season, outside of a mistake or two per game.

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