Cardinals-Royals Preview (The Associated Press)

Chris Young entered the Kansas City Royals' rotation on a fill-in basis, and while he maintains his endurance was at first lacking, success came immediately. The Royals (26-14) have won five of six after sweeping a two-game home set against Cincinnati with Wednesday's 7-1 victory. The right-hander allowed four hits and his first earned run as a starter with a season-high 91 pitches over 5 2-3 innings as he occupies the injured Jason Vargas' spot in the rotation.

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Brewers-Braves Preview (The Associated Press)

The Atlanta Braves are capitalizing on strong efforts on the mound, while an infraction on it proved costly for the Milwaukee Brewers. After an ejection for an illegal substance led to a big inning for the Braves, they look to Alex Wood to deliver another impressive performance against the NL-worst Brewers on Friday night. Atlanta (20-20) has a 3.97 ERA on the season, but the staff has a 1.83 mark while winning five of the last six games.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on May 21, 2015 at 11:44 pm



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Smith regrets oversight with rosin, sunscreen on arm (The Associated Press)

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith wanted to grip the ball better, so he followed a common practice of using rosin and sunscreen on his pitching hand. ''It was chilly and kind of windy,'' Smith said. ''I had rosin and sunscreen on my arm.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on May 21, 2015 at 11:05 pm



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Baseball standings (Reuters)

May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the MLB on Thursday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Tampa Bay 23 19 .548 - 2. NY Yankees 22 19 .537 0 1/2 3. Baltimore 18 20 .474 3 4. Boston 19 22 .463 3 1/2 5. Toronto 19 24 .442 4 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Kansas City 26 14 .650 - 2. Detroit 25 17 .595 2 3. Minnesota 23 17 .575 3 4. Chicago White Sox 18 20 .474 7 5. Cleveland 17 23 .425 9 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Houston 27 15 .643 - 2. LA Angels 21 20 .512 5 1/2 3. Seattle 18 22 .450 8 4. Texas 18 23 .439 8 1/2 5. Oakland 14 29 . ...

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Baseball results (Reuters)

May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the MLB games on Thursday (home team in CAPS) Arizona 7 MIAMI 6 BALTIMORE 5 Seattle 4 DETROIT 6 Houston 5 (11 innings) NY METS 5 St. Louis 0 COLORADO 7 Philadelphia 3 SAN FRANCISCO 4 LA Dodgers 0 TORONTO 8 LA Angels 4 Texas 3 BOSTON 1 ATLANTA 10 Milwaukee 1 TAMPA BAY 3 Oakland 0 Cleveland 5 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2 Chicago Cubs 3 SAN DIEGO 0

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Braves take advantage of Smith's ejection to beat Brewers (The Associated Press)

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't regret calling out Milwaukee reliever Will Smith for breaking a rule that some pitchers might break every night. ''It was about as plain as it could be,'' Gonzalez said. You could see it in the dugout.'' Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Smith's seventh-inning ejection for using rosin and sunscreen illegally in a 10-1 victory Thursday night.

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Cardinals-Royals Preview (The Associated Press)

Chris Young entered the Kansas City Royals' rotation on a fill-in basis, and while he maintains his endurance was at first lacking, success came immediately. The Royals (26-14) have won five of six after sweeping a two-game home set against Cincinnati with Wednesday's 7-1 victory. The right-hander allowed four hits and his first earned run as a starter with a season-high 91 pitches over 5 2-3 innings as he occupies the injured Jason Vargas' spot in the rotation.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on May 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm



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Mets-Pirates Preview (The Associated Press)

Though Noah Syndergaard is receiving plenty of attention during his first month in the majors, Gerrit Cole is further along in his rise to the ranks of baseball's top pitchers. Syndergaard will try to make his case to stay up with the New York Mets on Friday night, while Cole looks to move into a tie for the major league lead with his sixth victory for the host Pittsburgh Pirates. ''It'll be exciting,'' Syndergaard said.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on May 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm



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Jacob deGrom completely dominates the Cardinals over eight innings (Big League Stew)

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom turned in one of the best starts of the season Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals. deGrom completely dominated the club over eight innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 11.  The start was so good, that only Corey Kluber has been better this year. Jacob deGrom's Game Score of 91 is the second best this season behind Corey Kluber's 98. It's the 65th over 90 in the last five seasons. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 21, 2015 To make things more impressive, the one hit deGrom allowed came in the first inning. After striking out Kolten Wong to open the game, deGrom gave up a single against Matt Carpenter. He then proceeded to set down the next 23 hitters he faced.  [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] By the end of the eighth inning, deGrom had thrown 104 pitches. While he probably could have come out for the ninth, manager Terry Collins opted to turn to Jeurys Familia. It's worth noting that deGrom has not exceeded 105 pitches this season, so that may have been the reason he was pulled. Last year, however, deGrom exceeded 110 pitches in five of his 22 starts, so he's shown that stamina before. After a couple rough starts in late April, deGrom seems to be rounding into form. His strikeout rate is slightly down, but he's still nearly punched out a batter per inning. deGrom posted a strong walk rate last season, but seems to have an even better grasp on his control in 2015. He's been hurt a bit by the long ball, but that could be small sample randomness. deGrom did a fine job limiting home runs last season, so that's certainly possible. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] For the Mets, it must be a welcome sign. deGrom emerged as the team's surprise ace while Matt Harvey recovered from Tommy John surgery last season. With both players living up to expectations, the team's strong start might be for real. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on May 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm



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Rejuvenated Burnett off to spectacular start in final season (The Associated Press)

The fire is still there, churning away somewhere inside A.J. Burnett's well-tattooed and teenage-thin body. There is an air of serenity surrounding Burnett these days. The 38-year-old is 3-1 heading into a showdown with New York Mets resurgent ace Matt Harvey on Saturday, and his 1.38 is second in the majors.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on May 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm



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