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Ventura drills Lawrie, gets ejected in loss

A night after Oakland's Brett Lawrie riled the Royals with a hard slide, Yordano Ventura plunked Lawrie with a 99 mph fastball in the left elbow and got tossed from Kansas City's 5-0 loss.

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Sport Science: Tripling Your Betts

Several individual plays were considered for Play of the Week, but instead the Sport Science team recognized a series of plays by Boston's Mookie Betts and called it our Performance of the Week.


BBTN's Web Gems

Does Braves SS Andrelton Simmons' over-the-shoulder catch beat Colorado 3B Nolan Arenado's reigning Web Gem? You be the judge.


Minor league teams try speedup rules

The Bridgeport Bluefish and Long Island Ducks radically tried to accelerate their game Saturday: Batters got walked on ball 3, and you struck out if you hit a foul ball with two strikes. The exhibition game lasted 2 hours, 15 minutes.

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Elias: Most Ks in 1st 5 career games vs. Marlins: R. Johnson 49 Nomo 47 Schilling 44 Wood 44 Peavy 43 JACOB DeGROM 42 Billingsley 42

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Elias: Jacob deGrom's 2.48 ERA thru 25 starts is third-lowest in #Mets history, trailing only Jerry Koosman (2.21) and Matt Harvey (2.37).

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Elias: Jacob deGrom's 2.48 ERA thru 25 starts is third-lowest in #Mets history, trailling only Jerry Koosman (2.21) and Matt Harvey (2.37).

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Jordan Zimmermann off to a slow start in his walk year. For inspiration, how about 2008 Sabathia? 13.50 ERA after four starts. Got 7/$161m

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So far, Shin-Shoo Choo, hitting .138 with 1 HR/2BB in 9 games, has been among the worst free agent signings of recent yrs. 7 years, $130m

Fan catches ball, chugs beer

Catching a baseball in your beer cup. That's pretty impressive. Proceeding to chug that same beer with the ball still in the cup? That's something else entirely.


King Felix reigns over Texas

Felix Hernandez was at his best Saturday night, giving up just 2 hits and striking out 12 batters in the Mariners' win over the Rangers. Box score