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Outfielder Curtis Granderson on Hats and Playing for the Mets 0

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Heading into the 2014 season, the New York Mets set a lofty goal: 90 wins. The Mets haven’t had a 90-win season since 2006, which was also the last time they made the postseason. To reach that milestone in 2014, the Amazins’ are counting on new centerfielder Curtis Granderson.

Granderson spent the last four seasons with the Yankees after breaking into the bigs with the Tigers in 2004. On one hand, the move from the Bronx to Queens is an easy one: Granderson gets to stay in New York while playing for a new team. But it’s also going to be tough. It's his first time in the National League, and the Mets have struggled the past five seasons to find any sense of on-field identity. A lot has to come together for the Mets to hit 90 wins this season – and Granderson is ready to contribute. (But he might be headed to the DL: Granderson left yesterday’s game against the Diamondbacks with injuries to his knee, rib cage, and forearm.)

Granderson stopped by the Lids store in Times Square recently to talk about New Era’s “Home of the Authentic” campaign. SI Kids caught up with Granderson — a Sports Illustrated Kids reader from way back! — at the event to talk about hats, the differences between playing at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, and how the Mets can reach their 90-win goal this season.
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Crazy Game of the Week: Reds and Pirates Hit 10 HRs Before Rain Suspends Play 0

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The Reds and Pirates opened up a three-game series last night in Cincinnati with their own personal home run derby. The teams combined for 10 dingers, the most ever hit in one game at Great American Ball Park and the most in an MLB game since 2006. (The Pirates hit three back-to-back jacks.)

But here's the thing: The game hasn't ended. It rained all night, and at the end of the 6th inning officials suspended the game with the score tied, 7-7. It'll be picked up at the top of the 7th at 5:30 p.m. today. So the Reds and Pirates could add even more homers to the box score.

The season's still young, but this is easily the craziest game of the 2014 campaign. Get ready for the final innings by watching all 10 home runs:
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Ace Pitchers Break Out the Lumber 0

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It was a big weekend for pitchers who stepped into the batter's box. Well, for two pitchers, anyway. And for very different reasons.

The first big bottom-of-the-order hit came in San Francisco. On Friday night, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner stepped to the plate in the 4th inning with two outs and the bases loaded. On the first pitch he saw from Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, Bumgarner jacked a grand slam (and his third career home run) deep over the left field wall:
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MLB Preview 2014: National League Scouting Report 1

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The 2014 Major League Baseball season is underway — and we have everything you need to know! Jump into all the action with our in-depth write-ups and bold predictions for all 30 MLB teams.

Today we look at the National League. (Yesterday we focused on the American League.) Click the links below to check out scouting reports on each division!
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MLB Preview 2014: American League Scouting Report 0

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The 2014 Major League Baseball season is underway — and we have everything you need to know! Jump into all the action with our in-depth write-ups and bold predictions for all 30 MLB teams.

First up: the American League. Click the links below to check out scouting reports on each division. And come back tomorrow for our look at the National League!
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Batkid Makes AT&T Park Safe for Baseball! 1

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Back in November, 5-year-old Miles Scott had the experience of a lifetime. When Miles was a baby, he was diagnosed with leukemia. While he was going through chemotherapy, Miles dreamt of beating his disease and becoming Batman — er, Batkid. So when his cancer went into remission, the Make-a-Wish Foundation swooped in to make Miles' dream a reality. The organization partnered with San Francisco to bring Batman to town and seek out Miles' help to save the city. Making Miles' wish come true made headlines all over the world — and made Miles one happy kid.

Yesterday, the story of Batkid continued at AT&T Park. It was the Giants home opener, and the team enlisted Batkid's help in getting the season started right. With Batman by his side, Batkid threw out the ceremonial first pitch — after he made a superhero-caliber entrance:
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Core Four Joins Derek Jeter for the Captain's Last Opening Day 0

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Yesterday was Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, which might as well be a national holiday for baseball fans (especially in New York). But this season's first game at the legendary ballpark was a little more special.

Yankees captain Derek Jeter is calling it a career at the end of the 2014 campaign. And that means yesterday was Jeter's last Opening Day as a player. More than 48,000 people packed the House that George Built to be part of history — including some very special guests. Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada took the field with Jeter to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, and Jeter made up the Yanks' Core Four that led the team to five World Series titles (1996, 1998-2000, 2009).
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