Nude Matt Harvey to flaunt curves in ESPN Magazine’s ‘Body’ issue (Big League Stew)

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey hasn't shown Major League Baseball everything yet. But once ESPN the Magazine's "Body Issue" publishes on July 12 , we will get to see more of him than at any other point. Harvey and 20 other athletes from across the sports spectrum, including slugger Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, will appear nude in the annual curiosity. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player also are among the other models. For those who can't wait, Big League Stew has procured an artist's rendering of what Matt Harvey might look like when he's not wearing clothes. Because this is a family website, certain bodily areas have been sensored. For the kids. Harvey is not the first Mets player to do this; In 2011, Jose Reyes appeared in "The Body Issue," which famously strips down pro athletes to their God-given assets. Slugger Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays stripped down for the 2012 issue , and was the only ballplayer to do so.

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Rebuilding project finally comes together for Jays (The Associated Press)

TORONTO (AP) -- Riding their longest winning streak in almost 15 years, the Toronto Blue Jays are getting ready to welcome four-time All-Star Jose Reyes back to the lineup.

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Tom Verducci: Forty percent of MLB’s attendance drop can be attributed to the Miami Marlins (Big League Stew)

In his latest column for SI.com , Tom Verducci notes that Major League Baseball's attendance is down 2.9 this season, which is fairly significant number. However, as he also reveals, those numbers are a bit skewed by a certain organization in the National League East. I'll give you one guess. Baseball attendance is down 2.9 percent, but the Miami Marlins alone account for 40 percent of the decline in tickets sold, and the weather in many places has been brutal. If you guessed anyone but the Marlins, I would have to question why you clicked on a story without reading the headline first. Honestly, you shouldn't even have to read the headline to figure this one out. According to Deadspin , the Marlins sold an average of 27,000 tickets per game in 2012, but that number is all the way down to 17,893 this season. That's over 9,000 less sold tickets on a nightly basis. But again, it shouldn't come as any real surprise after owner Jeffrey Loria oversaw a firesale that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and others to the Toronto Blue Jays. Marlins fans have been burned before and they've been burned again, and it's difficult to imagine they'll ever come back in anything resembling full force anytime soon. At least not under Loria's ownership. In fact, if there's any surprise it might be that they're at least topping 15,000 tickets sold per game, but I guess a new stadium can still make up some of the difference.

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Dickey leads Reyes-less Blue Jays over Royals 3-2 (The Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- After finding out Jose Reyes likely will be sidelined until the All-Star break, R.A. Dickey won his first game for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Reyes injury overshadows Jays’ win over Royals (The SportsXchange)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Toronto Blue Jays won, defeating the Kansas City Royals 8-4, but the Friday night victory could be extremely costly with an ankle injury to Jose Reyes that will sideline him at least a month and possibly three months or longer.

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Blue Jays 8, Royals 4 (The SportsXchange)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Toronto Blue Jays won, defeating the Kansas City Royals 8-4, but the Friday night victory could be extremely costly with an injury to Jose Reyes.

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WBC players look to sustain success (The Associated Press)

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Jose Reyes bounced around the clubhouse exuding his usual energy and joked with a few teammates before putting on his Toronto Blue Jays' uniform.

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Cano, Reyes, Rodney and Wright make all-WBC team (The Associated Press)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes and Fernando Rodney of the champion Dominican Republic have been chosen to the all-World Baseball Classic team.

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Dominicans beat U.S. to advance to WBC semi-finals (Reuters)

(Reuters) - Dominican Republic scored a pair of ninth-inning runs off one of Major League Baseball's most dominant relievers to beat the United States 3-1 on Thursday and clinch a semi-finals berth in the World Baseball Classic. Craig Kimbrel had been nearly untouchable for the Atlanta Braves in 2012 but with the game on the line, the hard-throwing closer yielded a pinch-hit, run-scoring single by Erick Aybar and another RBI-single to Jose Reyes. The victory sent the undefeated Dominicans into delirium and the U.S. team into an elimination game on Friday against Puerto Rico. ...

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Baseball-Dominicans beat U.S. to advance to WBC semi-finals (Reuters)

March 14 (Reuters) - Dominican Republic scored a pair of ninth-inning runs off one of Major League Baseball's most dominant relievers to beat the United States 3-1 on Thursday and clinch a semi-finals berth in the World Baseball Classic. Craig Kimbrel had been nearly untouchable for the Atlanta Braves in 2012 but with the game on the line, the hard-throwing closer yielded a pinch-hit, run-scoring single by Erick Aybar and another RBI-single to Jose Reyes. The victory sent the undefeated Dominicans into delirium and the U.S. team into an elimination game on Friday against Puerto Rico. ...

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