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Olney: Angels could sure use Hamilton

"Josh Hamilton clubbed two homers for the Rangers in his fifth game back in the big leagues, mostly on the Angels' dime, and what must really gnaw on his old team -- his old team in Anaheim, that is -- is that they could really use a hitter like him right now, for the middle of their lineup." Power outage (Insider)

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Multi-HR games by Josh Hamilton this year: 1. Multi-HR games by all #Angels outfielders this year: 1. This is known as a stat to follow

Cardinals: No regrets for Heyward trade

Jason Heyward's slow start with the Cardinals (.241 BA, 5 HRs) hasn't given GM John Mozeliak buyer's remorse: "I still think there's more in the tank for [Heyward]." (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Liriano racking up K's

Francisco Liriano struck out 11 Padres in six scoreless innings Friday, becoming the first Pittsburgh pitcher to fan 11+ in six innings or fewer since ... Francisco Liriano on Sunday.

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Braves defense could be incredible

The addition of Juan Uribe could give Atlanta the best defensive infield in baseball. Now if they would just use it correctly. Spratt: Time to 'shift'

Hamilton's better in Texas

Josh Hamilton has been much better throughout his career as a Ranger than an Angel. His batting average is 50 points higher with the Rangers, and he has homered every 17.7 AB with the Rangers compared to every 29.5 AB with the Angels.

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From strikeouts to grand slams

Derek Norris struck out 4 times in the first 8 innings Friday vs. the Pirates. But his at-bat with two out in the 9th and the bases loaded in a tie game went differently: He hit a walk-off grand slam, the first in MLB this season. Norris is only the 8th player in the live-ball era to have 4 K's and a grand slam in the same game, but the first to have the slam be a walk-off.

Sacrifice is necessary for a Web Gem

Only the greats are willing to put it all out there to make a great play. Does Brock Holt's slide into a wall in foul territory for the catch top Alex Gordon's reigning Web Gem?

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

ELIAS: The Giants have secured first 21-win month since Aug. 1968. And they moved into first place in NL West with their Friday victory.