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6hDan Arritt, Special to ESPN.com

Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 2, Padres 1

Behind another sharp outing from Zack Greinke, the Dodgers secured home-field advantage for the NLDS beginning Friday against the Mets.

This ASU running back is a bulldozer (0:26)
Arizona State gets road upset over UCLA (1:19)
Greinke, Dodgers edge Padres (0:44)

Greinke gets L.A. home-field advantage

Zack Greinke struck out eight and walked one over eight IP as the Dodgers beats the Padres 2-1 to solidify home-field advantage for the NLDS vs. the Mets that begins Friday. Box score

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7hBaxter Holmes

Mentoring Mamba shares what he knows

While a generational divide no doubt exists between Kobe and a fledgling trio the Lakers hope will be their future core, he aims to bridge the gap.

ASU QB takes it to the house (0:15)

Kobe Bryant: 'I'm definitely playing'

Lakers coach Byron Scott said earlier this week that he wasn't sure if Kobe Bryant would play in the team's preseason opener, but the superstar has other ideas. "I feel great," Bryant said. "It's just getting the sea legs under me. Getting up and down. ... I'm feeling in great shape. I feel strong, feel healthy."

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Still so much baseball left

The Astros still have a teeny bit of breathing room. They can afford to lose one more game, as long as the Angels lose tomorrow, too. The Halos, on the other hand, need the Astros to lose both weekend games in order to clinch the wild-card spot.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers open preseason play Sunday again Utah. "I'm definitely playing," Kobe Bryant says.

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Arizona State vs. (7) UCLA

Freshman phenom Josh Rosen hopes to extend Jim Mora's fantastic 14-2 record vs. the Pac-12 South. But don't count out the Sun Devils, who have won 2 of the last 3 against AP-ranked teams on the road. Follow live

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers' last scheduled two-a-day of practice during training camp. Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) and Larry Nance Jr (back spasms) sidelined today and Nance is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Utah, the Lakers say. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace are practicing today.

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11hJean-Jacques Taylor

Taylor: Angels keep Rangers' hopes of clinching on ice

On the cusp of clinching the AL West, the Rangers blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning against an Angels team that couldn't afford to lose if it's going to stay in the AL wild-card race.


Rangers so close to victory, then lose

At one point in the 8th inning, the Rangers had a win probability (according to Fangraphs) of 99 percent. A crazy Angels 5-run rally in the 9th and a foiled Elvis Andrus steal attempt for the final out, and the Rangers were 11-10 losers. Stats on wild comeback

Angels cash in on wild ninth inning (1:04)