Tulo, Cargo both out for Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki (rest) was not in the lineup to begin with, but Carlos Gonzalez, originally slated to bat third, was just scratched (illness) for today's game vs. the Reds. Neither of the team's stars are playing very well for a 17-25 Colorado team.
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Today at 2:20 p.m. ET is the first “head-to-head” meeting between Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant.
Harper, Bryant share patience
Tim Kurkjian on the wunderkinds: "A lot of people see a lot of pitches and strike out in the end. These guys see a lot of pitches and either walk in the end or hit something really hard."
Brewers to have 'Star Wars Night'
Apparently the sausage race isn't enough entertainment for Miller Park. "Star Wars Night" will happen this Saturday when Milwaukee hosts the D-backs. However, the Brewers request you leave your lightsabers at home.
Rubin: Don't sweat Harvey's 'dead arm'
ESPN reporter Adam Rubin says fans shouldn't overreact to Mets manager Terry Collins's comments on Matt Harvey's recent struggles.
Reds -- for once -- not hitting SP 9th
Starter Jason Marquis will bat 8th today vs. the Rockies, marking the first time a Cincinnati SP did not hit 9th since 1933. (via Elias)
MLB: Orioles' Matusz suspended 8 games
Brian Matusz's ejection Saturday for pitching with a foreign substance on his arm will cost him 8 games. Matusz will appeal. Brewers RP Will Smith, ejected for the same offense Thursday, also received an 8-game suspension.
Get Me to June
Through April, the Yankees were 13-9 and in first place in the AL East. In May, things have changed. They are 9-13 with an ERA close to 5.
Yankees desperate for a win
The Yankees have lost 6 straight and 10 of their last 11 games. It's the first time they've lost 10 (or more) times in an 11-game span since 1995. Nathan Eovaldi starts today as they host the Royals at 1:05 p.m. ET.
MLB power rankings: Royals pass Cards
Kansas City's victory in the I-70 series put the Royals atop ESPN's MLB Power Rankings. Meanwhile, the Marlins are being the Marlins. All 30
Struggling Danny duffy placed on DL
Duffy, with his 5.87 ERA, was placed on the 15-day DL today with left biceps tendinitis. The Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan to replace Duffy, who had a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts in 2014.
Happy Harper-Bryant Day
Today is the first time that Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper will meet "head-to-head" in the majors -- as if you needed another reason to follow Nats at Cubs today (2:20 p.m. ET).
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And now cue the Mets-are-cheap-because-they-don't-insure-contracts crowd -- when it's been industry-wide trend given $2M annual premiums.