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How do the top third basemen in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the latest installment of the Baseball Tonight 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on third basemen? Simply click on the images of the top 10 below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 Top Third Basemen

Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez

Pittsburgh Pirates
BBTN Rank: 10

Adrian Beltre

Adrian Beltre

Texas Rangers
BBTN Rank: 3

Matt Carpenter

Matt Carpenter

St. Louis Cardinals
BBTN Rank: 6

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Oakland A's
BBTN Rank: 4

Chase Headley

Chase Headley

San Diego Padres
BBTN Rank: 9

Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria

Tampa Bay Rays
BBTN Rank: 1

Manny Machado

Manny Machado

Baltimore Orioles
BBTN Rank: 5

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

San Francisco Giants
BBTN Rank: 8

David Wright

David Wright

New York Mets
BBTN Rank: 2

Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman

Washington Nationals
BBTN Rank: 7

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Every athlete wants to be a musician. So why not give a group of them a head start at achieving their dream by recreating some of the most iconic album covers of all time? That's exactly what ESPN The Magazine has done for its music issue, and the results have to be seen to be believed. Check out the full-size images in the galleries below and then click on the smaller images to rank your favorites!

Behind-The-Scenes Photo Galleries:

Rank: ESPN The Magazine's Cover Acts

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

Athlete: Allyson Felix
Artist: Beyonce
Album: Dangerously In Love (2003)

Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

Athlete: Ryan Lochte
Artist: Nirvana baby
Album: Nevermind (1991)

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

Athlete: Jimmie Johnson
Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan

Athlete: Alex Morgan
Artist: Katy Perry
Album: One Of The Boys (2008)

Richardson, Woodley, Lynch

Richardson, Woodley, Lynch

Athletes: Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch
Artist: Run-D.M.C.
Album: Ultimate Run-D.M.C. (2003)

Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman

Athlete: Josh Freeman
Artist: Michael Jackson
Album: Thriller (1982)

James Stewart

James Stewart

Athlete: James Stewart
Artist: Rick James
Album: Street Songs (1981)

Upton, Stanton, Phillips . . .

Upton, Stanton, Phillips . . .

Athletes: Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino
Artist: Devo
Album: Freedom Of Choice (1980)

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So much for a chance for Robinson Cano to boost his MVP candidacy with some free airtime (granted, it's not like people who play for the Yankees hurt for exposure). The Home Run Derby wanted Robinson Cano, and Cano wanted to take part in the Home Run Derby.

There was only one small problem. The team that pays Cano wasn't interested. Citing a back injury hampering their second baseman, the Bronx Bombers pulled Cano from the hitting contest. And at least one fan thinks that's a dive worthy of a yellow card.

Pete (San Francisco)

Who are your AL and NL MVP's at the half-way-point of the season? I know we still have half a season to play, but if you were forced to choose someone from each league to be an MVP at this point in the season, who would it be?

Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan

In the AL, I would pick Robinson Cano. His team has the best record in the league and he's their leader, their star player. He's been their most productive and consistent player on their team. The NL is a little toughter. I would have to give it to 2-3 guys: David Wright, Troy Glaus, Pujols. Then I'd have to give Scott Rolen and Joey Votto a nod. I don't think it's as clear cut in the NL as it is in the AL. Full transcript.

Dan (Detroit, mi)

Is Miguel Cabrera the best hitter in MLB today?

Jerry Crasnick
Jerry Crasnick

Dan, Even though Albert Pujols isn't having quite an Albert Pujols-type of year, it's hard to pick anybody over him. Still, Cabrera is having an amazing year. He's got to be right in the MVP mix in the AL. Full transcript.

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Short of trading for Carlos Zambrano, the Rays seem to be almost out of ways to make themselves the fall guys in some of baseball's strangest stories. Beaten in a perfect game by the guy previously famous only for calling out Alex Rodriguez? Yep, that was the Rays. No-hit by a guy who threw 149 pitches and walked eight batters? Right again. Involved in a dugout confrontation after a player gave Hanley Ramirez a run for his money as the biggest loafer in the state of Florida? You guessed it.

All of that and Joe Maddon's team is still just three games behind the Yankees in the race for the AL East and the best record in baseball (although there are teams between them and the Bronx Bombers in both cases). Talk about knowing how to make your losses count.

Evan Longoria says that the confrontation between him and B.J. Upton after the latter appeared to jog after a ball to center (at least he didn't kick it) is over and done with. But how bad was Upton's sin?

whitesugarshaq

Tickets to the game $180, new glove for the boy $65, hotdogs and drinks $15, watching the outfielder on your favorite team jog to the ball. . . priceless!

-- whitesugarshaq
stoshws6

I love the Rays... but we have fallen so hard in the last few weeks, its so frustrating! We went from the #1 team in Baseball, to not even being a .500 team in the moth of June. I agree BJ sucks and I think Jennings would bring alot more hustle to the club!

-- stoshws6

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As befitting a profession in which one must hurl a ball at ludicrous speeds toward gentlemen who could potentially send it hurtling back at even more ludicrous speeds, pitchers in major league baseball can be a bit emotional.

Witness Roger Clemens throwing a bat at Mike Piazza, or Carlos Zambrano destroying a water cooler, or Francisco Rodriguez pointing to the sky after a big strikeout. Or, if you want a more recent example, consider that of Matt "Big Game" Garza.

Garza has seen Evan Longoria's tower buzzed before, so when Joba Chamberlain threw at the talented third baseman, Garza felt he had to respond. Down went Mark Teixeira in the next inning, and both benches were warned. Significantly, Garza admitted to throwing at Teixeira on purpose, which is either refreshing or dumb, depending on your temperament and affiliation.

Beanball wars aren't a new thing in baseball, but they're usually couched in some semblance of denial ("My hand slipped"/"It just got away from me"/"I was distracted by a wave of ennui"). Garza's straightforwardness may be bold or dumb, but one thing is for certain: it'll cost him some spending money.

jasonbye

Overall, I love the affect this has on the AL East. We need to see more blood boiling rivalry.

-- jasonbye
rex_aau_coach

IT IS NOT COOL TO THROW AT SOMEONE'S DOME PIECE...

-- rex_aau_coach
yankeejoe225

What a baby. If you he was going to throw in retaliation, he had ample opportunity to hit Jeter at the top of the inning. That pitch barely grazed Teixeira. If that was retaliation, perhaps that is the reason that the Rays are floundering in third place and look hapless, much like last night.

-- yankeejoe225

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