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Mark Feinsand

Who might bid on Harper after 2018?

Who might bid on Harper after 2018?

Having already agreed to a contract for 2018, Bryce Harper can focus exclusively on baseball for the next 17 months or so. Then the real fun begins.

Harper will earn $21.65 million next season, his final year before he heads to free agency. That's the highest salary in history for an arbitration-eligible player, which is not shocking given Harper's résumé and the fact that he's off to another stellar start in 2017.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Trout's stunner highlights Statcast's extreme HRs

Trout's stunner highlights Statcast's extreme HRs

Everybody knows the incredible data being captured by Statcast™ is slowly but surely changing the way we watch baseball -- and even changing baseball itself. Here at MLB Advanced Media, people pore over the data day and night trying to find new insights. I have said before that it's a bit like the control room at NASA for space flight.

But it's not all slide rules and number-crunching and space talk for the Statcast™ gurus. They like to let their hair down and have some fun, too. And that's how we get a list like this, something we call "extreme home runs."

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Joe Posnanski is an executive columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arrieta returns to site of no-hitter on MLB.TV

Arrieta returns to site of no-hitter on MLB.TV

The last time Jake Arrieta pitched at Dodger Stadium in the regular season, on Aug. 30, 2015, he carved his way through the Dodgers' lineup in a near-perfect performance. Arrieta's no-hitter that night served as the highlight of his superhuman second half, and all but cemented his status as the eventual National League Cy Young Award winner.

The last time Arrieta pitched at Dodger Stadium, period, Los Angeles tagged him for four runs in five innings in Game 3 of last year's National League Championship Series. So consider it a checkered history.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

In honor and appreciation of U.S. military and their families, Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced a special MLB.TV Memorial Day Weekend sale to offer 50 percent off the yearly and single-team subscription price between now and Monday night.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays welcome back Donaldson, Tulo

Blue Jays welcome back Donaldson, Tulo

Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com TORONTO -- Don't look now but the Blue Jays' everyday lineup is intact and despite the worst start in franchise history the club has given itself a chance in the American League East.

Following a 2-11 start to the year, prolonged absences from two of the club's best hitters was supposed to derail the season. Instead, when Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki returned from disabled list on Friday night, Toronto found itself just 4-1/2 games back of a second Wild Card spot.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Astros have most dangerous 'pen again

Houston one of two teams boasting five relievers with 30 percent whiff rate

Astros have most dangerous 'pen again

It's really, really hard to pitch in Houston's Minute Maid Park. Despite a deep center field, the short porches in both left field and right field can turn relatively routine fly balls into home runs. Just look at Wednesday night, when Jose Iglesias and Alex Bregman each had 348-foot flies that would never leave any other park but turn into dingers in Houston. If it's not quite Coors Field, it might be closer than you'd think.

That being the case, you'd understand if the Astros had a tough time putting together an effective pitching staff, especially in the bullpen. And even if they did, you'd understand if they had a hard time keeping it together for multiple years, given how volatile relievers can be from one year to the next … yet that's exactly what Houston has done. The Astros have the Majors' deepest bullpen, and for the second year in a row, they may just have baseball's best bullpen.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giolito's no-no provides big confidence boost

White Sox No. 2 prospect feels good about delivery after 7-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte

Giolito's no-no provides big confidence boost

CHICAGO -- After a slow start to his first season in the White Sox organization, Lucas Giolito was looking for that moment on the mound when everything clicked.

That moment arrived on Thursday night in Game 1 of a doubleheader for Triple-A Charlotte, as the big right-hander hurlerd a seven-inning no-hitter against Syracuse. Giolito struck out three and walked three, picking up eight groundouts, against the team he pitched for last season before he was acquired from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers-White Sox opener postponed; Game 2 on

Doubleheader now slated for Saturday

The first game of the White Sox and Tigers' scheduled doubleheader tonight at Guaranteed Rate Field has been postponed due to the weather forecast, the White Sox announced. The second game will be played as scheduled at 7:10 p.m. CT.

Mike Pelfrey will get the start for the White Sox tonight opposite Matthew Boyd. Pelfrey was originally scheduled to start Game 1 against the Tigers' Buck Farmer. Chicago had also added Tyler Danish from Triple-A as the 26th man earlier on Friday in order to have him start Game 2.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Chisenhall out, Tribe activates Jackson

With Chisenhall out, Tribe activates Jackson

CLEVELAND -- The Indians on Friday activated outfielder Austin Jackson from the 10-day disabled list. Jackson took the roster spot that was vacated when Lonnie Chisenhall was placed on the seven-day concussion DL on Thursday.

Jackson missed the previous 20 games with a hyperextended left big toe that he sustained while beating out an infield hit on May 1 against the Tigers. He played three rehab games for Triple-A Columbus, going 4-for-10 with a homer, two RBIs, two runs scored and a strikeout.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: May 26

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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Lasorda has surgery to replace pacemaker

Lasorda has surgery to replace pacemaker

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Hall of Fame former manager Tom Lasorda underwent surgery to replace a pacemaker, the club announced on Friday.

"Tommy Lasorda underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker yesterday. He's doing well and looking forward to returning to Dodger Stadium," the club announced on its Twitter account.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

10 things to know for Memorial Day weekend

10 things to know for Memorial Day weekend

There will be picnics and barbecues and beach visits and pool parties aplenty to mark the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day Weekend. And yes, of course, there will be baseball. And lots of it.

Here are 10 things to know as MLB accompanies you on your long weekend.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. 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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Hall order: Verlander's goal Cooperstown

Hall order: Verlander's goal Cooperstown

PHOENIX -- Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander is one of the best and the brightest of this generation's starting pitchers. He still "likes" the win as a statistic, is aiming at eventual induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and thinks he has a shot at 300 wins to ensure his election.

"It's not going to happen much anymore, but I still have a chance," Verlander said in a recent interview with MLB.com. "I wouldn't have thought that a couple of years ago because of injuries. I'm healthy now, feel good and think I can make a run at it."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Correa's #ASGWorthy homer ignites big frame

Astros get to Verlander for three long balls in fourth

Correa's #ASGWorthy homer ignites big frame

HOUSTON -- The fourth inning Thursday against Detroit's Justin Verlander was all Houston seemed to need, starting with a game-changing, seven-pitch walk from Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.

In the next at-bat after Altuve's free base, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa -- who returned to the starting lineup after two days rest while battling a sinus-induced illness -- hit a 379-foot, two-run home run off a sign above Minute Maid Park's Crawford Boxes.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball

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R.B.I. Baseball 2017 is here, and it can be yours today.

The Corey Seager-adorned game (or Kevin Pillar if you're in Canada) is available to purchase in North America at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and MLB.com, among other participating outlets. Globally, it's accessible as a digital download on the Xbox Marketplace, PlayStation Store and the App Store on iPhone and iPad.

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Jim Callis

Mock draft: Will Twins make Wright top pick?

Mock draft: Will Twins make Wright top pick?

The most famous player in this Draft is California high school right-hander Hunter Greene, who can reach 102 mph with his fastball and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated last month. But he probably won't be the No. 1 overall pick by the Twins when the Draft kicks off 17 days from now.

The most versatile player in the Draft is Louisville first baseman/left-hander Brendan McKay, who could be a top-five selection as either a hitter or a pitcher. While he has generated more 1-1 buzz than any player this spring, he no longer looks like the favorite to head to Minnesota.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast looks at hardest-hitting All-Stars

Statcast looks at hardest-hitting All-Stars

There are lots of different ways to fill out the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, but from a Statcast™ perspective, hard-hit rate is as good as any.

Statcast™ shows that when it comes to exit velocity, 95 mph -- and not 100 mph -- is the most sensible cutoff point to determine whether a ball is "hard hit." Since the start of 2016, Major Leaguers have a .541 batting average and 1.076 slugging percentage on balls hit 95 mph or harder, compared with a .222 average and .265 slugging percentage below 95 mph.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball's hottest team? It resides in the desert

Baseball's hottest team? It resides in the desert

MILWAUKEE -- Gregor Blanco led off the first inning with a home run, Chris Owings did the same in the second and Robbie Ray was brilliant for seven innings, as the surging D-backs won for the ninth time in 10 games by beating the suddenly struggling Brewers, 4-0, at Miller Park on Thursday night.

Ray, the 25-year-old left-hander, allowed two singles in seven scoreless innings to win his second straight start. He struck out nine batters and walked none while lowering his road ERA to 0.81 in 33 1/3 innings. Only Minnesota's Ervin Santana (0.31) and Atlanta's Julio Teheran (0.71) have been better away from home this season.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. She covered the D-backs on Thursday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets tab prospect Pill for pitching help

Montero optioned to Triple-A; Lugo moved to 60-day DL

Mets tab prospect Pill for pitching help

NEW YORK -- A day after Rafael Montero lasted only three innings in a 4-3 loss to the Padres, the Mets are tapping a measure of pitching depth.

Right-hander Tyler Pill was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, the team announced. In corresponding moves, Montero was optioned top Las Vegas and Seth Lugo was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Pill on the 40-man roster.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Swing and mist: Red Sox K 20 in rain, KO Texas

Swing and mist: Red Sox K 20 in rain, KO Texas

BOSTON -- The Rangers arrived in Boston as the hottest team in the Major Leagues. They left after being swept by the Red Sox, culminating with a 6-2 defeat that included 20 strikeouts in Thursday's soggy finale of a three-game series.

Five Red Sox pitchers combined for the 20 K's, tying a Major League record for a 9-inning game. Of the six times it has happened, the Red Sox have accounted for half of them. Roger Clemens set an MLB record with 20 K's in 1986, and he tied his own record in '96, accounting for the other two times. The Rangers also tied a franchise record by striking out 20 times.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Kimbrel's odd 4-K frame gives Sox 20-K mark

Boston ties MLB 9-inning strikeout record after replay official says 1st K of 9th not reviewable

Kimbrel's odd 4-K frame gives Sox 20-K mark

BOSTON -- The 20-strikeout performance by the Red Sox to tie a Major League record for a nine-inning game was aided by a confusing sequence in the late stages of Thursday's 6-2 win over the Rangers.

It's the sixth time since at least 1913 that a team has struck out 20 in a nine-inning game. That fateful final frame opened with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel striking out Nomar Mazara swinging. That was the one thing everyone could agree on.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maeda a dual threat as Dodgers top Cards

Maeda a dual threat as Dodgers top Cards

LOS ANGELES -- Activated off the disabled list to be the starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda's two-run RBI single in the fourth inning put the Dodgers on top for good in a 7-3 series-clinching win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Maeda's five-inning, 78-pitch night was backed by Chase Utley's first home run of the season and Chris Taylor's three hits and RBI. Hyun-Jin Ryu earned a four-inning save in his first Major League relief appearance, allowing two hits.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Bryant clears fence; did fan lend a glove?

Bochy, Giants considered challenge after disputed catch in Wrigley bleachers

Bryant clears fence; did fan lend a glove?

CHICAGO -- Ultimately, nobody disputed that Kris Bryant belted a first-inning home run Thursday afternoon to propel the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Giants.

Initially, however, the Giants would have appreciated a chance to discuss the matter. But technology stepped in -- or, as was the case, tuned out.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Solo shots secure Cubs' series win vs. Giants

Solo shots secure Cubs' series win vs. Giants

CHICAGO -- The Cubs picked up the home run pace on Thursday as Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each hit solo shots to post a 5-1 victory over the Giants and Jeff Samardzija for their seventh win in the past nine games.

Bryant launched his 11th homer with two outs in the first, and Heyward and Zobrist led off the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to hand the Giants their 12th loss in the past 14 games at Wrigley Field, which includes postseason play. Chicago now has 26 home runs in the past 14 games, second-most in the National League behind the D-backs (28).

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruz's 3-run HR in DC halts Mariners' slide

Cruz's 3-run HR in DC halts Mariners' slide

WASHINGTON -- The Mariners had not scored more than one run in any game since May 18, so scoring four runs Thursday afternoon qualified as an offensive outburst. Nelson Cruz hammered a go-ahead three-run homer and Robinson Cano added a run-scoring single, helping Seattle snap a five-game skid with a 4-2 victory against the Nationals at Nationals Park.

It was exactly what Mariners manager Scott Servais, who was ejected during the sixth inning, asked for after his postgame comments Wednesday night, prompting his team to pick up its intensity. In that sixth, Jean Segura and Cano collected hits off left-hander Gio Gonzalez, setting the stage for Cruz's homer against right-hander Jacob Turner.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington, who covered the Mariners on Thursday.

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Joseph homers, hits walk-off single to lift Phils

Joseph homers, hits walk-off single to lift Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Tommy Joseph continues to be one of the hottest hitters on the planet.

The Phillies first baseman ripped a single to center field in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Michael Saunders from second base in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Joseph, who also homered in the seventh, entered the game with a 1.046 OPS in May, which is 17th out of 252 hitters in baseball. He had a .476 OPS in April.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies on Thursday.

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Did you know? A look at Boston's 20-K effort

Did you know? A look at Boston's 20-K effort

The Boston pitching staff racked up 20 strikeouts as the Red Sox notched their fourth consecutive victory Thursday night with a 6-2 win over the Rangers at Fenway Park. The performance tied a franchise and Major League record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game, which has happened six times since at least 1913.

Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz led the way with 11 strikeouts in six innings, while closer Craig Kimbrel fanned four batters in a single frame for the second time in his career. Relievers Heath Hembree and Robby Scott combined to strike out the side in a perfect seventh, and righty Matt Barnes added two more punchouts in a clean eighth.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun headed back to DL with calf injury

Pina exits in second inning after HBP, has bruised elbow

Braun headed back to DL with calf injury

MILWAUKEE -- The no-longer-first-place Brewers are facing their first big dose of adversity.

Ryan Braun's 10th anniversary celebration was an abbreviated affair, as he suffered a recurrence of a left calf injury in the early innings of Thursday's 4-0 loss to the D-backs and followed catcher Manny Pina to Miller Park's training room.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Lamet's 8 K's propel Padres to series victory

Lamet's 8 K's propel Padres to series victory

NEW YORK -- All it took was a trip across the country for the Padres to cure their losing ways.

Behind Dinelson Lamet's five strong innings and eight strikeouts in his Major League debut, the Padres scored a 4-3 win over the Mets on Thursday night at Citi Field -- their first series win of any kind in May. The Padres have suddenly won three of four, with a trip to Washington on the horizon this weekend.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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