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“We all know why we’re here,” Pirates first baseman Will Craig said to start his Zoom session with reporters last Friday. I have been on a lot of Zooms with baseball players these past 14 months and I have yet to hear another one start so ominously.Toronto Blue Jays

A sore muscle in his side is the only thing that's managed to slow down deGrom this season. He leads the majors with a 0.71 ERA and 0.57 WHIP over eight starts. If he keeps pitching this well, he'll enter the MVP conversation.Chicago Cubs

David Robertson, who last pitched in the major leagues for Philadelphia in 2019, struck out two in a hitless ninth around a walk for his second save of the tournament. He retired pinch hitter Alexander Palma, a Milwaukee prospect, on a grounder to Frazier for the final out.

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CINCINNATI -- The series finale between the Phillies and the Reds scheduled for Wednesday -- billed as Cincinnati's "Second Opening Day" -- was postponed because of rain.New York Yankees

Given Yelich's struggles in 2020 when he hit .205 with a strikeout rate that skyrocketed from 20.3% to 30.8% and his health issues and lack of power in 2021, it's reasonable to ask: Will we see MVP-caliber Yelich the rest of the season?Milwaukee Brewers

In a year of depressed offense, the Red Sox have adapted to the new normal far better than their counterparts. Even including a recent slump, the Red Sox rank fifth in runs per game (4.93) and third in batting average (.257) and OPS (.755).

That would actually be the best-case scenario. If the problem isn’t health, if this is just a slump, Betts will come out of his funk. He’s too good to not.

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