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Video: Giancarlo Stanton smokes an absolute bomb to left off Mets starter Bartolo Colon

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Check out this first-inning, game-tying, two-run no-doubter from Giancarlo Stanton …

Stanton is currently sporting a .980 OPS with six home runs and 20 RBI in 22 games this season.

Gregory Polanco returns to Pirates’ lineup Wednesday

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Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was held out the starting lineup both Monday and Tuesday after tweaking a muscle in his groin over the weekend, but he was able to pinch hit on Tuesday night and he is leading off for the Bucs in Wednesday night’s game against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks.

The groin problem was obviously pretty minor.

Polanco, 23, is batting .284/.303/.419 with a homer, seven doubles, and seven stolen bases in 19 games this season for Pittsburgh. He was a consensus top-25 prospect heading into the 2014 season but posted a disappointing .650 OPS in 89 games as a rookie.

Video: Gary Thorne does his best Masters voice

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Camden Yards took on the calm feel of a golf event during Wednesday’s zero-crowd game between the White Sox and Orioles. And so Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne took the cue

Thorne has called college football, college hockey, NHL, and obviously Major League Baseball games, but he has never broadcasted golf in his long, decorated career. Cool to hear him try out the whisper.

Kenley Jansen to begin rehab assignment Friday

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Kenley Jansen crossed the final hurdle of his throwing program on Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, throwing a 20-pitch simulated inning, and has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News says Jansen touched 96 mph with his fastball in Tuesday’s simulated frame — a pretty good indication that the hard-throwing righty is nearly back to full strength.

Jansen has been on the shelf all April following February foot surgery. He’ll make five or six appearances in the minors before joining the Dodgers’ bullpen.

This comes with good timing, as veteran reliever Joel Peralta — the Dodgers’ primary fill-in at closer for the past three weeks — landed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder soreness.

Archie Bradley leaves game after taking liner to face

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Frightening moment at Chase Field in Arizona …

Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley had to leave his start Tuesday night against the visiting Rockies after taking a Carlos Gonzalez line drive off the right side of his face in the top of the second inning.

Bradley dropped to the ground immediately, but he was eventually able to get back to his feet and walk off the field under his own power. There was some obvious swelling developing in his right cheek, but it seems as though he may have avoided a serious head injury. We’ll have updates as they come.

According to MLB’s Gameday data, the line drive that struck Bradley left CarGo’s bat at 115 mph. Yikes.

Bradley entered Tuesday’s outing with a 1.45 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in his first 18 2/3 major league innings.

The 22-year-old right-hander was a consensus top-25 prospect entering the 2015 regular season.