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MLB comes down hard on fiery Ventura
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Yordano Ventura (7 games) was handed the largest punishment for his role in Thursday's brawl with the White Sox. In 4 starts, Ventura has been involved in 3 bench-clearing brawls and twice been ejected.

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Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective on Sunday, when the Clubs are to continue their series in Chicago.

MLB levies suspensions from brawl
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  • Royals P Yordano Ventura: 7 games
  • Royals P Edinson Volquez: 5 games
  • Royals OF Lorenzo Cain: 2 games
  • Royals P Kelvin Herrera: 2 games
  • White Sox P Chris Sale: 5 games
  • White Sox P Jeff Samardzija: 5 games

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Does Josh Hamilton have anything left?
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ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on the Angels being close to acquiring Hamilton: "The question is: Is he anywhere close to the great player that he was in 2010, when he had an OPS over a thousand? ... There's a real question whether he's a good player anymore."

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Btw, get ready to feel old. Addison Russell's dad is "38 or 39" according to Russell. Same age ad David Ross

MLB's golden age of third basemen

There's a new trend in baseball and it involves a more versatile third baseman. Up-and-coming stars with a more varied skill set, like Chicago's Kris Bryant, have made the position deeper and more exciting. Breaking the mold (Insider)

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Doug Padilla @ESPNChiSox

No reschedule date for Saturday's ppd White Sox-Royals game. Royals return July 17-19 and Sept 29-Oct 1.

Trading Hamilton could be mistake
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"If Hamilton actually rebounds and goes back to being an effective player for the Rangers ... then the Angels will have doubled-down on their mistake, in failing to find a way to live with him and help him become a good player again." Buster Olney's column (Insider)

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Rizzo chasing HBP record
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Anthony Rizzo has been hit by a pitch 6 times this season, putting him within one of Shin-Soo Choo's April MLB record. “I don’t like getting hit,” Rizzo said recently. “But you get on base. If I get hit again, I get hit.”

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Rain ruining Royals-White Sox series
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Kansas City and Chicago were slated to play 2 games today, but rain forced the postponement of both. Friday's suspended game -- tied 2-2 after 8 -- will be resumed Sunday at 2:10 p.m. with another to follow. The 4th game of the series will be made up at a later date.

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Early Tex message sent
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Mark Teixeira hit 2 HRs to kick off a high-profile series vs. the Mets Friday night. It was the earliest in the season that any player has had a multi-HR game in the Subway Series. The teams meet again today at 4:05 p.m. ET.

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Sport Science: Jose Iglesias' throw to 1B
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Tigers teammate David Price wanted Sport Science to break down Iglesias' insane throw to first -- so we did. Turns out, Iglesias' margin for error was only 3 degrees, about the width of a quarter.

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Mets' deGrom stumbles against Yankees

Neither the Mets nor Jacob deGrom had their best stuff on Friday. DeGrom allowed 3 home runs, induced a career-low 3 ground balls and his 10.80 ERA was more than 10 times greater than his ERA in his first 3 starts.

Spring speed for Reds' Hamilton
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Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton had 3 stolen bases for the Reds Friday, his second time doing so this season. The last player to have two 3-SB games before the end of April was Dave Roberts for the Dodgers in 2004. Hamilton's Reds are back in action today at 1:10 p.m. ET vs. the Cubs.

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