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There's a new No. 1

The Royals, Mets and Cardinals all have legitimate cases to be our No. 1 team for the first time this season. Which team gets the nod?

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Law: Scouting Vandy's top draft prospects

Keith Law passes along his scouting notes on Vanderbilt University starter Carson Fulmer and shortstop Dansby Swanson and has more MLB draft buzz.

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Will the Nationals get better? (1:56)

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2hHoward Bryant

In MLB, the bigger, the better

In ESPN's Fight for Perfection issue, Howard Bryant writes that today's colossal athletes invite awe. But what is
 gained in size will come with a loss of fan connection.

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1hTommy Rancel

Updated Top 10 fantasy prospects for 2015

Rafael Montero and Severino Gonzalez move to the top of Tommy Rancel's updated top 10 prospects list, as they both draw major league starting nods this week.

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3hKeith Law

Scouting Vandy's early-round draft prospects

Keith Law passes along his scouting notes on Vanderbilt University starter Carson Fulmer and shortstop Dansby Swanson and has more MLB draft buzz.

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14hDavid Schoenfield

The passion of the Kansas City Royals

I threw this question out there for a Twitter question of the week: Would you want your team to play with the same passion as the Royals?

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Dodgers place Yasiel Puig on DL (2:05)

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OTD: Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king
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On April 27, 1983, Nolan Ryan passed Walter Johnson on the all-time strikeout list with 3,509 strikeouts -- and Ryan was still 10 years from retirement. He would end his career with 5,714 K's, still good for most in MLB history.

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Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

4/27 vs. TOR: Betts CF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Ramirez LF, Sandoval 3B, Nava 1B, Holt RF, Bogaerts SS, Hanigan C, Kelly RHP

ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

Do you have a case of the Mondays? Check out today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover for some #MondayMotivation from The Great Bambino.

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Ichiro breaks record, cuddles base
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Marlins OF Ichiro Suzuki, 41, became the leader in runs scored by a Japanese-born baseball player (1,968) on Sunday. He celebrated by getting personal with home plate.

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How to replace Adam Wainwright
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Hey, Wainwright fantasy owners, need to hear some good news? There are options to replace your fallen ace. Take a look at SPs Jimmy Nelson (Brewers) and Drew Hutchison (Blue Jays). More Waino replacements (Insider)

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No strong DH opinion for Jake Arrieta
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Said the Cubs pitcher, who's 0-for-10 on the year: "It's part of the game, and we have to put work into it. I think a lot of people want to see the DH implemented around the league. I wouldn't care one way or another."

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ICYMI: Watch this Alex Gordon catch
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The Royals outfielder had a close encounter with White Sox fans in the 6th inning of Chicago's 5-3 win. We're not sure how he held on to this one.

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Hamilton trade: The fantasy impact
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Josh Hamilton is available in 96.4% of ESPN Fantasy leagues. Which Hamilton will you get: his 28.4 HRs per year with Texas (2008-12) or his 15.5 HRs per year with the Angels the last 2 seasons. Karabell explores (Insider)

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Kluber winless in April

Only three defending Cy Young-winning starting pitchers have gone winless through April. The reigning AL ace Corey Kluber needs a win tonight to avoid becoming the fourth.

Yankees-Mets feud... over Twitter

The official Mets Twitter account tweeted this in the Subway Series finale Sunday: "NY (AL) grabs a run in the 5th. We trail 6-4." The Yankees' Twitter account was not pleased with being referred to as NY (AL) and responded: "Yankees. We are the YANKEES." But the Mets, see below, had the last barb.

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Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

We know the NFL's power vs MLB, but here's hoping final Yankees-Mets game Sept. 20 overshadows Giants' home opener vs Atlanta

Marlins owner endorses manager

After a 3-11 start, Mike Redmond faced rumors of being on the hot seat. However, after a five-game winning streak, owner Jeffrey Loria offered support of his manager: "He's the manager. Period. All teams go through bad moments. Ours came early." (via CBS Sports)

A-Rod needs one more to tie Mays
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Next up for the Yankees is the Rays, and Alex Rodriguez doesn't have too many at-bats against their projected starters. But he did homer off tonight's hurler Nathan Karns earlier this season, and he has 49 long balls against the Rays in his career.

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BBTN's Power Rankings
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BBTN's Karl Ravech's and Aaron Boone's top 5 teams are all the same, they're just in different places on the list. Which two AL teams and three NL teams are sticking out the most so far this season?

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Wade Miley: 'I know I'm better than this'
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The Red Sox LHP gave up 7 runs (6 earned) in just 2 1/3 innings yesterday in Baltimore, and the BoSox lost 18-7. Said Miley: "I didn't give us a chance at all. And it's so hard for an offense to keep going when a starter goes out in the third inning and gives up seven runs."

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Joe Maddon keeping faith in young talent
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Addison Russell has 12 strikeouts in 22 at-bats, but the Cubs manager isn't fazed: "I think once Addison really gets his feet on the ground, heads up. ... The young players, they're a little more advanced than most."

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Frank Catalanotto turns 41 today. ... Brian Giles is 55. ... Eric Hillman is 49. ... Orber Moreno is 38.