Joakim Noah is the ultimate troll (1:46)
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28mDavid Schoenfield

Cubs' rotation has stolen spotlight from Mets

The Cubs are getting stellar starting pitching beyond just Jake Arrieta, while the youthful Mets staff has run into a few problems in 2016.

White Sox follow formula in win

First baseman Todd Frazier, 2B Brett Lawrie and 3B Tyler Saladino all hit home runs in the White Sox's 9-6 win on Wednesday. It was the 12th time in team history that each of Chicago's starting “basemen” have homered in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau reports. The ChiSox have won all 12 of those games.

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Cubs infield an All-Star-worthy group

As it stands, Chicago's entire infield is still in line to start for the NL in the All-Star game. The group has been among the best in baseball offensively, as they showed against the Reds on Wednesday.

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Wednesday's longest home runs

Miguel Cabrera cracks the list yet again, as his 451-foot blast on Wednesday was his fourth homer of at least 450 feet this season. Jake Lamb's 442-foot shot was his ninth home run in June.

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4hJesse Rogers

Joe Maddon on Mets: 'Last year is last year'

As they enter New York to face the Mets for the first time since being swept in last year's NLCS, the Cubs aren't dwelling on the past.

Little kid overjoyed to find Kris Bryant baseball card (0:43)
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23hDan Szymborski

Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.

Kruk: Far more important series for Mets than Cubs (1:57)
Windhorst: Noah deal makes sense for Knicks (1:19)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Fun with Todd Frazier facts! He hit his 22nd home run and is on pace for 46. He's also hitting .202 with just six doubles. Only one player -- Mark Reynolds -- has hit 30-plus HRs while batting under .200. And the fewest doubles for a 40-homer guy was Harmon Killebrew's 11. It's shaping up as an all-time oddball season for Frazier.

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15hJim Bowden

MLB trade deadline preview: Buyers and sellers

The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve and non-contenders to acquire future assets. Jim Bowden breaks down each team's objective.

Frazier jacks a solo shot to left (0:24)