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Hernandez originally against 'King' moniker

Said Felix Hernandez: "I wasn't doing anything worthy of being called the King." But after a Cy Young, five All-Star appearances and 131 career wins, Hernandez embraces the moniker. "Now," he says, "I don't mind if they call me King." A solid foundation

Jose Mandojana

King Felix eyes 7th win in 8 games

Felix Hernandez takes on the Blue Jays tonight, and though he revels in the King's Court at SafeCo, he feels at home on the road too: "Every time. I think to myself, 'You see all those people with their eyes on you? Now go do your job. Make it happen.'" Setting the tone

James Michelfelder and Therese Sommerseth

Matt Holliday is all about that base

The Cardinals LF tries to make it 39 straight games reaching base to open the season vs. the Royals tonight. His current streak is the second-longest to start a season since 2000, trailing only Albert Pujols, who reached in his first 42 games for the Cardinals in 2008.

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Yankees SP Tanaka nearing return

If Masahiro Tanaka's Wednesday rehab start goes well, he could join the team as soon as the first week of June when New York plays Seattle. Tanaka (3.22 ERA in 4 starts) went on the DL on April 29 with a forearm strain.

Mag: The pitcher strikes back

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, MLB teams used to score runs. No more. Pitchers have risen to take over the game. And here's how

Bramvan Haeren

Doug Padilla @ESPNChiSox

Konerko just met with the media for 30 mins. Has no regrets over retiring. Says it was time. Watches more NHL than MLB these days.

Marlins players blow off charity event

Miami had an event to benefit inner-cities baseball programs Thursday night with players scheduled to attend. But after their loss to Arizona earlier in the day -- their 7th straight -- no players showed. Fans complained on social media and team president David Samson said he was disappointed.

Aces on the mound tonight

  • Felix Hernandez (6-1, 2.30 ERA) vs. Jays
  • Max Scherzer (4-3, 1.75 ERA) vs. Phillies
  • Jon Lester (4-2, 3.70 ERA) vs. Reds
  • Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.52 ERA) vs. Padres
  • Garrett Richards (3-2, 2.29 ERA) vs. Red Sox

Baseball is dying... again

A precipitous decline in youth participation is the latest hit to baseball. ESPN's Dave Schoenfield writes that you "can't ignore that baseball includes a lot of standing around. Maybe it is just too boring for kids today." Where are the kids?

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Mets will use a six-man rotation

The move will occur once SP Dillon Gee rejoins the rotation on Saturday. Rookie sensation Noah Syndergaard -- filling in for Gee -- forced the Mets' hand with a pair of solid starts to begin his MLB career. His third start is tonight vs. the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Alex Wood scratched with stomach virus

The Braves SP was scheduled to pitch tonight against the Brewers. Eric Stults, who was moved to the bullpen last week, will take the mound at 7:35 p.m. vs. Milwaukee.

A different I-70 series this season

When Missouri's MLB teams meet tonight at 8:10 p.m. ET, it won't be a matchup between the Cardinals and the also-rans. The Royals are legitimate: Both teams are meeting while atop their respective divisions for just the second time ever. (Via Elias)

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McCutchen laughs off pay stub leak

Today, Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen brushed off a photo of his two-week pay stub being leaked, even joking that the attention is manageable -- as long as he still gets paid.

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SportsCenter Not Top 10

Happy birthday, Novak Djokovic. Your gift? An appearance on this week's worst plays.

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Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

Sandoval worked out at 3B, still limited by left knee. Not playing. Victorino day/ day; Farrell said there will be rotation w/Rusney, Betts

Update: "A-Rod Juice Box Night!"

Port Charlotte, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, had intended to give the first 500 fans a free juice box for tonight's game. After the Yankees complained about the promotion, saying they found it "in poor taste," according to the Tampa Bay Times, the team cancelled the promotion. Said the Stone Crabs GM: "We in no way meant any ill intent."

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Richards returns to Fenway

Garrett Richards tore a tendon in his left knee last August in Boston. As the RHP returns to Boston tonight, he still remembers the sound: "It sounded like a Pillsbury biscuits tube, you know, when you open it and it explodes? ... It was the sound of my knee unraveling. It was gross."

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Update: Red Sox call up Rusney Castillo

The Cuban-born OF will start in right tonight. He signed a 7-year, $72M deal in August and was sent to the minors after a spring training injury. Castillo's been hitting .327 in his last 12 games in Triple-A after an outfield crash landed him on the minor league DL.

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Top Cuban prospect headed to MLB

RHP Norge Ruiz, called "arguably the best pitching prospect in Cuba" by Baseball America, is looking to sign with a major league team. Ruiz, 21, is likely to incite a bidding war but being declared a free agent can be a lengthy process. (via MLB's website)

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