A look inside new Top 200 Draft Prospects list

With less than two weeks remaining, rankings shift to highlight premier talent

A look inside new Top 200 Draft Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com has just unveiled an updated and expanded First-Year Player Draft Top 200 Prospects list. While Lake Mary (Fla.) High shortstop Brendan Rodgers remains the top-rated talent, much has changed since our previous installment last month.

Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi has made the biggest move up the list, going from No. 63 in April to No. 8 with less than two weeks remaining before the Draft. The Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Benintendi is one of two NCAA Division I players with at least 15 homers and 20 stolen bases. The other is North Florida outfielder Donnie Dewees, who is also trending upward from No. 51 to 35.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Vandy shortstop Swanson headlines latest mock draft

Vandy shortstop Swanson headlines latest mock draft

The First-Year Player Draft is rapidly approaching, with just 10 days before the three-day event begins on June 8 and the world hears who the D-backs will take at No. 1 overall.

Last week, Jim Callis took a crack at predicting the first 26 picks. Now it's time for us to up the ante as the clock is ticking, so we're expanding out to 36 picks, the entirety of what is officially called the first round.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka to be activated for Wednesday's start

Ace right-hander set to return from right wrist tendinitis, forearm strain in Seattle

Tanaka to be activated for Wednesday's start

OAKLAND -- Ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will be activated from the disabled list to start the Yankees' game against the Mariners on Wednesday in Seattle, manager Joe Girardi said on Friday.

Tanaka made two Minor League rehab starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and has joined the team in California. Girardi said the Yankees expect Tanaka to be ready to throw approximately 80 pitches.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

deGrom gives toddler first haircut for charity

deGrom gives toddler first haircut for charity

NEW YORK -- Seventeen-month-old Zach Lax sat in his mother's arms, silently fiddling with his Mets cap. His father, Jeff, paced in the little room underneath Citi Field.

"This might not go so well," Jeff said. "It's his first haircut, after all."

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Alden Woods is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey has 'pillow arm' on 'The Daily Show'

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Harvey has 'pillow arm' on 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart's guest on Thursday night's episode of "The Daily Show" was someone that he, a noted Mets fan, was clearly thrilled to speak with: Matt Harvey. Or, as Stewart described him, "the most exciting pitcher in the game today."

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Today's starting lineups: May 29

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Three Royals homer to take opener vs. Cubs

Three Royals homer to take opener vs. Cubs

CHICAGO -- Lorenzo Cain hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the eighth, and Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez each smacked solo homers to power the Royals to a 8-4 victory Friday over the Cubs, who were playing their first Interleague series.

Cain connected off Pedro Strop, driving in Mike Moustakas, who had walked to lead off the eighth. Two more Royals runs scored that inning on an error by center fielder Dexter Fowler, who dropped Omar Infante's fly ball.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Cueto not ready, Reds turn to rookies

Lorenzen to face Nationals in place of Marquis, who moves to 'pen

With Cueto not ready, Reds turn to rookies

CINCINNATI -- In the state of flux that is the Reds' rotation lately, ace Johnny Cueto isn't quite ready to resume starting yet, Jason Marquis won't be starting for the time being and three rookies will be part of the mix.

Cueto, who missed one start with stiffness in his right elbow, has played catch each of the last three days without issues. There had been a chance he might start on Sunday against the Nationals, but that won't happen.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball brings Byrd, inspirational teen together

Former big league pitcher's life changed when he took in youth from poor neighborhood

Baseball brings Byrd, inspirational teen together

Alpharetta, Ga., is a leafy, affluent community north of Atlanta. The median family income, according to the 2010 census, is over $110,000. The population is 72 percent white, 11.2 percent African-American.

Former big league pitcher Paul Byrd lives there.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Entourage's Ferrara: Harvey true Dark Knight

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Entourage's Ferrara: Harvey true Dark Knight

National Jersey Day is such a big deal that it's actually two holidays. To recognize the second installment of this glorious day in fashion, MLB and Majestic enlisted the services of professional jersey-wearer Jerry Ferrara.

You probably recognize Ferrara as Turtle, the typically-jersey-clad member of Vinny Chase's entourage on, well, "Entourage."

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Wieters set to debut for O's next Friday

Catcher will complete rehab assignment during the week before '15 debut

Wieters set to debut for O's next Friday

BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is slated to make his season debut next Friday in Cleveland, as the three-time American League All-Star backstop makes his first Major League appearance in more than a year.

Wieters, who has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery last June, started his rehab assignment earlier this week and has been catching every other day. That will also be the plan, at least initially, when he rejoins Baltimore as Wieters works through the last bit of soreness on days between starts.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shortstop Fox among top international prospects

Seventeen-year-old shortstop known for strong work ethic, defense

Shortstop Fox among top international prospects

Lucius Fox is redefining island time in the Bahamas. The teenage infielder starts his day at the gym near his Nassau home at 6 a.m. sharp, and he's seated in class at The Leadership Academy by 7 a.m.

School ends each day at 12:30 p.m., and Fox is on the field at nearby Maximum Development Sports Academy 30 minutes later for five hours of training.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adams has surgery, may miss four months

Cardinals plan on going with Reynolds at first before exploring other options

Adams has surgery, may miss four months

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams underwent surgery on Friday to repair what team orthopedist Dr. David King found to be a full tear of Adams' right quadriceps muscle. Because the injury was more severe than initially evident on an MRI, Adams is expected to need approximately four months to recover.

The Cardinals had initially estimated a three- to four-month recovery timetable.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers open doors to 'Selig Experience'

Miller Park multimedia exhibit honors feats of former owner, Commissioner

Brewers open doors to 'Selig Experience'

MILWAUKEE -- Part history lesson, part homage to the man who brought Major League Baseball back to Milwaukee, the "Selig Experience" opened at Miller Park on Thursday with a pair of Allan H. "Bud" Seligs in attendance -- one in the flesh, another in hologram.

And while he's no expert on the technology that makes the latter work, Hall of Famer Robin Yount offered a glowing review.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Paxton to DL with strained tendon in finger

Paxton to DL with strained tendon in finger

SEATTLE -- The Mariners' starting rotation has suffered another blow.

Left-hander James Paxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday due to a strained tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand, an injury sustained during Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Indians.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

Base to bass: Hall of Famers are friends, and Big Unit rocks as a photographer

On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

AUSTIN, Texas -- Amid the lights, video boards, shooting sparklers and other elaborate props that are commonplace on stage at a rock concert stands a quiet and very tall figure, dressed in blue jeans and an unassuming T-shirt, holding a camera.

He needs to be close to action, but he also has to stay out of the way of the main attraction, all the while capturing the poignant moments that will eventually document this particular moment in the band's history.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rios joins team at Wrigley, will be activated Saturday

Rios joins team at Wrigley, will be activated Saturday

CHICAGO -- Royals outfielder Alex Rios ended his rehab stint with Triple-A Omaha and rejoined the team on Friday, but he was not activated.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Rios would be activated for Saturday's game.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros expect Feldman to be out 6 weeks

Right-hander placed on disabled list after having surgery on torn meniscus

Astros expect Feldman to be out 6 weeks

HOUSTON -- The Astros placed right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman on the 15-day disabled list Friday after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn right medial meniscus earlier in the day. He's expected to be out about six weeks, the club said.

Houston also recalled Michael Feliz from Double-A Corpus Christi.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heisman hopeful catches Crawford's double

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Heisman hopeful catches Crawford's double

The ball that Brandon Crawford thwacked in the eighth inning of Thursday's Braves-Giants game bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double, scored a run that put San Francisco up 7-0 and ended up in hands of potential Heisman Trophy winner. Because in the stands at AT&T Park was Jared Goff, quarterback for the California Golden Bears.

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A timeline of Wale-Bryce Harper bromance

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A timeline of Wale-Bryce Harper bromance

The year was 2011. "Moneyball" was still in theaters, Herman Cain was a presidential candidate and Bryce Harper had just turned 19 after humoring old fashioned baseball scouts by paying his dues in the Minors. Wale had just released his second studio album "Ambition," his first as a memeber of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group.

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Soft-tossing Astros finding unique success

Statcast: Two Houston pitchers among top five in limiting exit velocity

Soft-tossing Astros finding unique success

When Astros rookie Lance McCullers made his Major League debut on May 18, it took him all of two pitches to do something no other Houston starter has done all season long, before or since: throw a pitch harder than 94 mph. More than 14,000 pitches across baseball have come to the plate that fast so far this season; eight pitchers have done it more than 300 times by themselves. Other than a few particularly hard heaters from reliever Josh Fields, no Astro -- and certainly no one in the rotation -- had crossed the threshold.

In a sport that's always trying to find the next flame-throwing big thing -- average fastball velocity has increased slightly each year since 2008 -- the Astros have taken a completely different approach. They throw their fastballs softer than any team in baseball, with a Statcast™ perceived velocity of just 90.12 mph through Memorial Day. You might assume it's a just a lack of talent on a team coming off six consecutive losing seasons. However, it might actually be a concerted effort to look for something a little different than the traditional big heat -- and it's working.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Burns provides spark in increased role for A's

Oakland banking on center fielder to boost club in Crisp's absence

Burns provides spark in increased role for A's

OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's need a jolt. The roster was revamped in the offseason, with plenty of new faces joining the likes of catcher Stephen Vogt, second baseman Eric Sogard and right fielder Josh Reddick, who were among the few regular position players to return from 2014.

The A's have also been beset with injuries in the opening weeks of this season, leaving a team that has been a contender of late in the American League West at the bottom of the division looking up.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

5 questions Bucs have answered on hot streak

Pittsburgh soaring into NL Central contention brings clarity to preseason wonders

5 questions Bucs have answered on hot streak

The Pirates have won seven straight games to join a three-team party in the National League Central, a division in which three clubs -- the Cardinals, Cubs and Bucs -- are separated by six games.

All three teams began this season with important questions. All had high expectations, too. After winning back-to-back NL Wild Card spots, the Pirates said they were focused on "the next step." In other words, winning the NL Central.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

5 deserving All-Stars not among ballot leaders

First update is out, and these players deserve more love from fans

5 deserving All-Stars not among ballot leaders

Fan voting is the backbone of the All-Star Game. No matter what postseason implications have been thrust upon it, the Midsummer Classic remains at heart an exhibition for the fans, and as far as the starting lineups are concerned, by the fans. They have every right to choose the players they want to see featured, which they began to do on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Of course, that doesn't mean the fans are infallible. And now that we've seen the first American League and National League voting updates, we can see several names notable in their absence from the top five at their position (top 15 for outfielders).

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodriguez baffles Rangers in sparkling MLB debut

Rodriguez baffles Rangers in sparkling MLB debut

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez made a terrific Major League debut, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.

Rodriguez beat Rangers starter Nick Martinez, who suffered his first loss of the season. Martinez, who entered the game third in the league with a 1.96 ERA, allowed two runs in seven innings and is now 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 10 starts.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

ASG debate: Rizzo or A-Gone at first in NL?

ASG debate: Rizzo or A-Gone at first in NL?

*** We will be doing daily ASG debates until 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game balloting ends on July 2. We will frequently be pitting one player against another and have a writer make a case for one of them, but that doesn't mean there aren't other great candidates for that position. In fact, your comments could spark a new debate for us to tackle. So let us know what you think! ***

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was asked the other day if he'd ever seen a hitter with as effective of a two-strike approach as Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Petco Park will host NCAA hoops in December

San Diego State, University of San Diego to match up at ballpark on Dec. 5

Petco Park will host NCAA hoops in December

College basketball is coming to Petco Park. The Padres announced Friday that their home stadium will play host to a game between San Diego State and the University of San Diego on Dec. 5. It will be the first college basketball game in the 11-year history of the stadium.

The outdoor court will be built on the infield near home plate, and a capacity crowd for basketball will be nearly 20,000 fans. Bleacher seating will be erected on both open sides of the court.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Relive chaos of Velarde's unassisted triple play

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Relive chaos of Velarde's unassisted triple play

Life is randomness and chaos, with our simple animal brains trying to make some sense of order in it. It's probably why sports exist -- take the weirdness of existence, add a ball and a handful of rules, and boom, you've got something that resembles sense, of humans being in control. 

The unassisted triple play is the best example of that. For it is the purest expression of randomness -- the ball has to be hit just right to a fielder positioned just so with the runners in just the right spot, unable to avoid the tag or get back to the bag.

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