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Taylor: Hamilton's worth proved only by actions

Troubled outfielder Josh Hamilton has an opportunity to be productive for the Texas Rangers and mend fences with their fans. He will be judged on all that only through his actions and hard work.

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23hKeith Law

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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Braves double up Nationals (2:19)

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Astros win fourth straight (1:00)

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21hHoward 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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18hTommy 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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23hKeith 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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Rob Manfred: Rose situation hasn't changed

The MLB commissioner's stance on Pete Rose is the same, despite Rose's new gig: "The FOX hiring was a FOX decision. The ban never applied to a job like that. He had every right to take the job and FOX had every right to hire him." (via Mike & Mike)

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Bumgarner disagrees with DH debate

Madison Bumgarner doesn't want the DH adopted in the NL, despite Adam Wainwright's Achilles injury: "What if he got hurt pitching? Should we say we can't pitch anymore? I hate what happened to him. ... But I don't think it was because he was hitting. What if he gets hurt getting out of his truck? You tell him not to drive anymore?"

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Doug Padilla @ESPNChiSox

It's after 10 a.m. EST. Not impossible to have a game at 1 p.m., but at this point, that option seems less & less probable.

Decision on O's game coming today

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told Mike & Mike: "We'll make the decision at some point this morning." Factors to consider in the decision? "First and foremost, we worry about the fans."

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Cubs prospect hit in head then homers

Catcher Kyle Schwarber, taken in the first round in the 2014 amateur draft, was hit in the head with a bat while catching Monday night. He walked off the field under his own power and hit a homer to lead off the bottom of the inning. (via MLB's website)

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Jed Lowrie to have MRI on right thumb

The Astros infielder was injured sliding into home Monday and is going back to Houston today for an MRI. Said Lowrie: "It's swollen and it doesn't feel good, but I'm not going to overreact until I get an MRI."

A-Rod's week ahead

Alex Rodriguez is one home run from tying Willie Mays' 660 (good for 4th all-time). Could it come against this week's scheduled starters? Of the six hits A-Rod has against the five pitchers, though, none of them have been home runs.

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OTD: Billy Martin hired by Yanks ... Again

On this date in 1985, Martin began his fourth tour as Yankees manager. As George Steinbrenner told George Costanza: "You know, as painful as it is, I had to let a few people go over the years. Yogi Berra, Lou Piniella, Bucky Dent, Billy Martin, Dallas Green, Dick Howser, Bill Virdon, Billy Martin, Stump Merrill, Billy Martin..." Well, you get the idea.

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BBTN's Web Gem from Monday

Giants RF Justin Maxwell robbed a base hit from the Dodgers with a diving catch, but is it good enough to beat Royals LF Alex Gordon's diving catch that found him in the stands?

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Manfred: 'Prudent' to wait on decision

Said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on O's postponed game: "We'll make a decision at some point this morning. ... It just did not make sense last night to try to make a decision on today's game. The situation was so fluid, it was developing as we were talking." (via Mike & Mike)

Eduardo Perez @PerezEd

#bluejays Devon Travis hit his sixth home run of the season on Monday. Travis also now has 18 RBI, tied for second-most in MLB this season.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

MLB leaders in errors: 1. Washington 22; 2. Oakland 20; 3. Milwaukee 19; 4. Philadelphia 17; 4. Texas 17.