Barry Bonds: 'No doubt' I belong in Hall
Via ESPN The Mag: "I don’t really get caught up into the wrong of how it's being done. They're wrong, bottom line. I believe it’ll turn. Just -- time. I think it’s just time. But do I belong there? There’s no doubt in my mind.” Bonds shifting gears
On this date 100 years ago, Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth hit his first career home run in a game against the Yankees.
OTD: Cubs' Kerry Wood whiffs 20
On May 6, 1998, "Kid K" struck out 20 Astros in just his fifth career major league start in what is considered one of the greatest games ever pitched. He tied Roger Clemens' record for most strikeouts in a game -- and Wood was just 20 years old at the time.
Park Posey in your lineups
Setting your fantasy lineup for today? Make sure to include Buster Posey. He has a .405 lifetime BA against Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Lineup analysis for day games
Pedro reminisces on his Boston years
Three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez joined SportsCenter to gush about the electricity of Fenway Park when he pitched -- and he even had some behind-the-scenes details on former teammate Manny Ramirez.
Strasburg scares fantasy owners again
Eric Karabell advises Stephen Strasburg owners not to panic over the pitcher's latest shoulder injury but says to keep an eye on Tanner Roark, just in case. Nats will win a lot (Insider)
Early-season MLB myths, realities
In the early going of the season, the Yankees and Astros appear to be realities, both using their bullpens to build on strong starts. The Nats though? They have real problems. Myths vs. realities (Insider)
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Shelby Miller: 1st pitcher this season to throw a 9-inning CG in under 100 pitches
Olney: Tough MLB choices on horizon
Chase Utley's poor play and Devin Mesoraco's sore hip have to be addressed. So what are the Phillies and Reds to do? For Mesoraco at least, there's no great solution. Some tough choices
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Matt Carpenter: 1st Cardinals player with 20 extra-base hits in the team's first 26 games of a season since Stan Musial in 1954
Rockies trust John Axford as closer
Adam Ottavino's injury may be season-ending, but manager Walt Weiss is comfortable with Axford: "He's got a slow heartbeat in the ninth inning. He's got the weapons to get three of the toughest outs in the game."
John Axford's son to throw first pitch
The Rockies closer's 2-year-old son was bit on the foot by a rattlesnake in March and spent four weeks in the ICU. On Friday, Jameson will roll his wheelchair onto Coors Field to make the first pitch, and Axford said: "It'll put a smile on my face. ... Maybe tears in my eyes, too."
OTD: The Babe's first of 714 homers
Exactly 100 years ago today, baseball legend Babe Ruth was pitching for the Red Sox, batting 9th and facing the Yankees when he hit his first career home run -- a solo shot in the third. Oh, and he pitched 12 1/3 innings that day, too, but got the loss.
Happy 84th birthday, Willie Mays!
The Giants great owned: 24 All-Star berths, 12 Gold Gloves, two NL MVPs, .302 career BA to go with being 4th all-time with 660 HRs. Oh, and don't forget "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series. That's not a bad career.
Alex Rios still 2 weeks away from return
The Royals OF suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch April 13. Regarding a potential minor league rehab assignment, manager Ned Yost said: "It would probably be beneficial to get some at-bats, but we'll see."
That's one way to make your MLB debut! Angels catcher Carlos Perez hits a walk-off home run to lift L.A. over the Mariners, 5-4.
Red Sox owner optimistic about season
Despite a disappointing 12-14 start, John Henry said before Tuesday's game he believed Boston would turn it around: "I think we've got the best team in the division. The Yankees have gotten away a little and we've gone through a bad period, but I think we'll turn it around." The Red Sox beat the Rays 2-0 later Tuesday night.
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Willie Mays turns 84 today. ... Mike Kinkade is 42. ,,, Ricky Jacquez is 22.