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Can anyone catch the six division leaders?

Every divisional leader is at least five games up in their division. Can they all hold on to their leads the rest of the way?

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs not quite ready to announce start date for Adam Warren. Will be early next week, Also Dexter Fowler won't come off the DL on Monday though he's eligible. No setback, just not ready.

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Buddy Ryan remembered by former players

Buddy Ryan was remembered not just as a defensive master who won two Super Bowls and spawned a legacy carried on by players and twin sons now coaching in the NFL.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The tarp is on the field in NY as rain is expected in the area. Jason Heyward returns to the lineup after getting two days off in a row. Albert Almora Jr. bats ninth for the Cubs with Jason Hammel on the mound.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Best NHL signings today so far today: 1. Victor Hedman, TB (8-years, $7.875 million per season) 2. Dan Hamhuis, Stars (2-years, $3.75 million per) 3. Brian Campbell, Blackhawks (1-year, $2 million)

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5hScott Burnside

Free-agency winners and losers ... so far

Milan Lucic will plug a big hole in Edmonton, Kyle Okposo could be a playoff key for Buffalo and Chicago's reunion with Brian Campbell might pay off. But the Rangers are losing relevance.

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Cubs in midst of their first slump

Only four teams have a lower win percentage than Chicago does since June 20. The Cubs were 47-20 before then.

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Tim Anderson finally draws a walk

The White Sox's rookie shortstop has displayed his ability since his call-up, but he's also showed his eagerness at the plate. He entered the day with 27 strikeouts and no walks in 82 plate appearances. That streak is now over. Five things we learned Thursday

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

As first reported by Pierre LeBrun, Brian Campbell headed back to Chicago on one-year deal worth around $2 million. Great low-risk signing by the Blackhawks. He immediately plugs into their top four and fills a major need at a cheap price.

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Kris Bryant sad to see June end

Bryant slugged 11 home runs in June. He's the first Cub to reach that number in a month since Alfonso Soriano in June 2007, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Division leaders with comfy cushions

Entering July 1, all six division leaders have at least a five-game lead over the rest of the teams in their respective divisions.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Since divisional play started in 1969, there's never been a season in which every division leader had at least a five-game lead heading into July - until now. The O's, Indians, Rangers, Nats, Cubs, and Giants all have a cushion of five-plus games.

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How good is Darius Slay?

The Lions' top cornerback has made a name for himself the past two years. Is he now the best corner in the NFC North? Dan Graziano explores.

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.