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If MLB stars were in 'Star Wars'

Clearly, Tim Kurkjian would pick Hunter Pence to play Han Solo -- he came in and saved the day for the Giants! Luke Skywalker? That Cubs 3B everyone's talking about. And Darth Vader? A 3B of a different sort.

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Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Best-kept secret in #Astros streak: Reliever Will Harris - 13 IP, 2 H, 0 runs, 17 K. Another savvy waiver claim by a team that does it well

Managerial firings that paid off

Maybe the Brewers can salvage the season after beginning 7-18 and firing Ron Roenicke. After all, firing the manager actually does work at times. See: Jack McKeon (2003 Marlins) and Bob Lemon (1978 Yankees). 4 examples

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ESPN in Snapchat Discover Live

May the 4th be with you! To celebrate Star Wars Day, take a look at special jerseys meant to honor characters from R2D2 to Yoda in today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

So there's a movie out called "The D Train," and it's not about the life and times of Dontrelle Willis?

A-Rod: From villain to sympathy figure

How did the Yankees turn the highest-salaried MLB player in history, fresh off a 162-game PED suspension and a trail of lies, into someone you can generally feel for? Ask Michael Baumann

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Counsell: This is where I thought I'd be

Said Craig Counsell after being named the 19th manager in Brewers history: "I'm not looking to this as a job, this is not a second career. This is my passion of what I want to do."

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Clayton Kershaw aiming for 100th W

The reigning NL Cy Young winner, who has a 2.51 career ERA, will be pitching for his 100th win tonight in Milwaukee. Tom Seaver was the last to have an ERA that low (2.33) at the time of his 100th win in 1972. (via Elias)

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Craig Counsell pumped to lead 'his' team

The new Brewers managers said: "I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office. In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee."

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Marisnick a hero for Astros, fantasy

Prior to Houston's 10-game win streak, Jake Marisnick was already batting .350. And now? He has IMPROVED to .382, which includes an 8-game hit streak. Karabell: Pick him up!

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Astros climbing up MLB Power Rankings

The Astros were No. 12 on the Power Rankings last week, but they haven't lost since April 22, propelling them up to No. 3 behind just the Royals and best-in-MLB Cardinals. Is Houston's success sustainable? Full list

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NL Central showdown tonight

The first-place Cardinals have the best record in baseball at 18-6. When they play the Cubs tonight, it'll be the first time since Sept. 20, 2009, that the foes will face off while in first and second in their division this late in the season.

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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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Today's best Ace to start in DFS?

Kershaw? King Felix? Bumgarner? No. Nope. Negative. Houston's Dallas Keuchel, says Tristan Cockcroft: "He'll cost you roughly 70% of your typical aces working Monday, but give you performance in the same ballpark."

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Roenicke merely Brewers' scapegoat

Signing Ryan Braun through 2020? Not Ron Roenicke's fault. No staff ace after Zack Greinke left? Nope. Carlos Gomez's poor health? Not that either. Decline of Aramis Ramirez? Try again. Kahrl: Firing doesn't fix team

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This season's streakiest MLB teams

The teams with win streaks of 10 or more were a combined 149-175 last year. Who are they? The Mets, who reeled off 11 straight earlier this season, and the Astros -- winners of 10 straight. Both won five 1-run games during the stretch.

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