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"It's no surprise what I make, but it is a surprise for people that didn't know about all those taxes that got taken out."

— Pirates star Andrew McCutchen, laughing off a photo of his pay stub that was leaked online. He makes $10 million a year; on his stub, he grossed $820,569.88 but had deductions of $393,561.39, most of that in federal income tax.



First-inning runs scored off Baltimore's Ubaldo Jimenez in eight starts this year, after Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single off him Friday.


RBI in May for Boston's Hanley Ramirez, after he ended April with a major league-leading 22 RBI.


Will Smith

LHP, Milwaukee

The reliever was suspended eight games for having a foreign substance — rosin and sunscreen — on his right arm Thursday at Atlanta. Smith plans to appeal. It's widely acknowledged pitchers use such practices to grip the ball better even though it's against the rules. "It was so blatant," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.