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ChiSox players back Robin Ventura

After an 8-14 start, players are taking the blame instead of placing it on their manager. Said 1B Jose Abreu through an interpreter: "It's our fault because we are the ones who are playing. We are the people who are on the field."

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Buster Olney: End retaliatory beanball

"However MLB got to this place, no matter the tradition, it's stupid that pitchers are throwing fastballs at prone targets and dramatically increasing the risk of injury." Unwrite this unwritten rule

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BBTN's Power Rankings

The Astros are tied with the Cardinals for the most wins in baseball and have the best 25-game start in franchise history. With that impressive start, Houston has pushed its way into the Power Rankings, knocking out the Mets.

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From one Chicago team to another

Each Cubs player wore a personalized Blackhawks jersey on the flight to St. Louis Sunday night in support of the city's team taking on the Wild in Game 2. It must've been good luck -- the 'Hawks won 4-1 and took a 2-0 series lead.

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ICYMI: Brewers (7-18) fire Roenicke

Brewers GM Doug Melvin said of the team's decision to fire manager Ron Roenicke after Sunday's win: "Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It's all about wins and losses, and after the first month of play this year we didn't see the progress and improvement we had hoped for." Story

Houston's complete 180

Not only do the Astros have the best 25-game start in franchise history, they have the fourth-best start in MLB history after losing at least 90 games the previous season.

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Clayton Kershaw seeking 100th career win tonight. 2.51 ERA. Last starter with that low an ERA and reached 100 wins-Tom Seaver in 1972

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HOU leads AL West by 7 games. Last team in any division with a lead that big on May 3 was the 116-win '01 Mariners, who had a 9-game lead.