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Will Smith suspended eight games

The Brewers pitcher was suspended for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game. Smith, who claimed it was rosin and sunscreen that he forgot to wipe off, is appealing. He can continue to pitch until the process is complete.

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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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Giants make statement with sweep

Is there such thing as a big series in baseball during May? If so, the Giants just delivered one doozy of a message to the Dodgers: Don't forget about us. NL West race is officially on

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Players weigh in on shorter MLB schedule

The MLB season has variously been described as a marathon, a grind, and a physical and mental endurance test, with players afraid to complain. But with commissioner Rob Manfred broaching the topic, they're beginning to lend their voices to the cause. What will it cost?

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The economics of a shorter MLB season

The obstacles blocking a 154-game season isn't stats or records or magic numbers. It isn't about schedules or travel or history books. It's all about the money

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OTD: Ted Williams enlists in military

On this date in 1942, the season after hitting .406, Williams enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps to train to become a fighter pilot. He would go on to hit for the Triple Crown before missing the next three seasons while on duty.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

MLB suspends Will Smith for 8 games. Should've deferred discipline 'til they had a common-sense conversation about foreign-substance rule.

Matt Holliday is all about that base

The Cardinals LF has reached base in all 38 games he has played this season. It's the second-longest streak 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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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Dexter Fowler has reached base in 13 straight games..Cubs 14-5 when he gets on two or more times in a game. Bryant w 10 game hititng streak

MLB needs to address foreign substances

Buster Olney explains that Will Smith's substance on his arm isn't unique: "Everybody does it. That's probably not fair; probably literally not every pitcher does it … a lot of pitchers, if you look at their glove hand, they have this shiny substance on their forearm."

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Sport Science: Madison Bumgarner

Bumgarner's release point for three of his pitches are all within a half-inch of each other, which leaves hitters with only .25 seconds to determine what pitch is headed their way.

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20 MLB players most likely to be traded

Does your team need a pitcher? How about Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir or Aaron Harang? According to MLB Insider Jim Bowden, those pitchers are as good as gone from their teams. The interested teams (Insider)

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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

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Giants racking up shutouts

The Giants capped a Dodgers sweep Thursday and did not allow a run in any of the 3 games -- the second time this month the Giants have recorded 3 straight shutouts. According to Elias, San Francisco is the first team to notch 3 straight shutouts twice in the same calendar month since the 1969 Mets -- who went on to win the World Series.

BBTN's Thursday Web Gem

Alex Gordon couldn't stop Alex Gordon from becoming the 22-time reigning Web Gems winner -- does Chris Carter's sliding catch stand a chance?

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Freddie Freeman on Will Smith/sunscreen: "Every pitcher does it so they'll have a better grip so we won't get hit in the head."

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

More candles: Collin Cowgill turns 29 today. ... Casey Meisner, who tossed seven scoreless innings Thursday for Savannah, is 20.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

MLB should defer Will Smith's discipline case until officials figure out what to do with the antiquated foreign substance rule.