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Small chance Dodgers trade Julio Urias

Urias is currently back in the minors, but we saw enough from him to know he'll be a key part of the 2017 rotation. The Dodgers are still loaded with prospects if they want to make a big deal, writes David Schoenfield. Untouchable players for all 30 teams

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Could Seager earn #MLBRank spot?

Entering this season, Corey Seager had the eighth-most projected WAR among position players for the future, notes Dan Szymborski. But thanks to his .306/.363/.525 production so far this season, he's on target to eclipse that projection. #MLBRank: Future top 100 candidates

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Tim Lincecum to stay in Angels rotation?

Lincecum himself suggested he would be OK with moving to the bullpen to figure out what's been going wrong, but manager Mike Scioscia believes his best option is to stay in the rotation. "His upside as a major league starter is very real," Scioscia said. Los Angeles Daily News

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Fewer wins, higher finish for Clippers?

That's what ESPN's expert panel predicts in our ninth annual Summer Forecast. They'll pass the Thunder and finish third in the conference while still second in the Pacific Division. Forecast: 2016-17 West standings

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Pujols, Angels follow winning formula

Albert Pujols drove in four runs in the Angels' win on Monday. It was Pujols's 64th career game with at least four RBIs, and his teams are 60-4 in those games (.938), the Elias Sports Bureau reports. The only player with at least 60 four-RBI games whose teams had a better record in those contests was Joe DiMaggio (60-2-1 in 63 games, .968).

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' four-man rotation continues with Bud Norris (Tues,) and Brandon McCarthy (Wed.) facing the Rays. The Dodgers are taking advantage of off days Monday, Thursday and Monday of next week to go with four starters until 8/6 against Boston.

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Will Jared Goff start in Week 1?

The No. 1 overall pick is more talented than Case Keenum, but he's far from a lock to win the job by opening day. As John Clayton points out, Jeff Fisher has a history of patience with young QBs. QB battles

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman vs Cubs potential Oct opponents: Washington - 12 APP since 2012, 1 run, 26 K, 15.1 IP SF - 5 APP last 2 years, 10 K, 6.2 IP, 2 R & BS last Sept LA - 9 APP in career, 0 runs, 17 K, 5 hits, 9 IP

Pujols plates two with single (0:41)
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Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. We're all better for it.

Lineup: Angels (43-55) at Royals (48-49)

  • 1. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
  • 2. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 3. Mike Trout, CF (R)
  • 4. Albert Pujols, DH (R)
  • 5. Daniel Nava, LF (S)
  • 6. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 7. Ji-Man Choi, 1B (S)
  • 8. Carlos Perez, C (R)
  • 9. Johnny Giavotella, 2B (R)
  • SP: Hector Santiago, LHP
  • Daily notes

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Rams need Quinn back at his best

Defensive end Robert Quinn missed half of last season following back surgery. He'll also return with something of a new attitude, determined to remind doubters what he can do when healthy. Injury questions

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFLPA was upset last year when the Rams faced no discipline after QB Case Keenum was allowed to play despite apparent concussion symptoms. It speaks well of both sides that the league and the union jointly announced new protocol that establishes fines and potential loss of draft picks for teams that fail to follow the game-day concussion protocol.