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New York's newest pinstripe sensation

Perhaps this was coming all along for Yangervis Solarte. Plenty of folks who knew [Solarte] before he became the newest Yankee sensation with his terrific first week in the majors say he could always hit. "Oh, man, yes," said Francisco Cervelli, who played against Solarte in their native Venezuela. Dellin Betances remembers it from playing against Solarte in the minors, and Roger Cedeno, the former Met outfielder and Solarte's uncle, can recall Solarte as a kid playing baseball around the house, in love with the game. ... The utility player with the unforgettable first name -- the melding of the names of his mother, Yanmili, and his father, Gervis -- had been remarkable over the first eight games after unexpectedly making the Yanks with a torrid spring. "He's making me so proud," Cedeno said. (New York Daily News) Comment

Desperate Lions trading up for Watkins

If the Detroit Lions really do want to land the best receiver in the draft, widely considered to be Clemson's Sammy Watkins, they'll likely have to trade up to get him. And the growing sense in league circles is that's the all-in sort of move the Lions, a team desperate to reverse its downtrodden luck, could be willing to make. Watkins is the best pass catcher to come out of college in the last few years, a game-changer who unlike most rookies should have an immediate and long-standing impact. He's explosive, has reliable hands, can play anywhere on the field and most importantly is the type of talent who fits both the Lions' current window of opportunity and could help bridge the gap from Calvin Johnson to the future. The Lions have done a ton of homework on Watkins already. (Detroit Free Press) Comment

LeBron conceding MVP race?

Having won two consecutive MVPs, and four in the last five years, LeBron James knows a thing or two about the award and what it takes to win it. According to James, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder has done the most to deserve the award. All but conceding the race to Durant, James said on Wednesday in Memphis that "it would be great" if Durant won the award. "I think K.D. has had one heck of a season, and if he was rewarded with the MVP, it would be great," James said. "It would be awesome for him, for his family. It would be a great thing for him. He has played MVP-type basketball." James went on to say that Durant has been "the most consistent basketball player as far as MVP this year. He has put up some great numbers." Durant is averaging 32.0 points per game this season to go along with 7.6 rebounds. (Miami Herald) Comment

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Jayson Werth rounds the bases after smacking a grand slam in the 8th inning to put the Nationals up 10-7 over the Marlins. (Alex Brandon/AP)

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The Blue Jackets clinch their second playoff spot after knocking off the Stars.

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SI Vault: Arnold Palmer
  • 1960 -- Arnold Palmer scores birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to beat Ken Venturi by one stroke and win his second Masters title.
  • 1993 -- Pittsburgh Penguins win an NHL-record 17th straight game.
  • 2005 -- Tiger Woods wins his fourth Masters title, beating Chris DiMarco in a sudden-death playoff.
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