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6hBradford Doolittle

Better late than never, Cubs' offense busts out again

Addison Russell's slam erased any chance Aroldis Chapman would get a save in his Chicago debut, as the Cubs' offense came alive to rout the White Sox.

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Sale set to return for White Sox (1:25)
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Miguel Sano is not happy with his bat (0:16)
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Closers best at cleaning up their own messes

Which closers are best at getting themselves out of a jam, even though they might have gotten themselves into one? Introducing the relief pitching 'heart-attack index.'

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Sale's suspension a strange saga (1:32)
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23hJim Bowden

What would it take to trade for Chris Sale?

Jim Bowden looks at what five teams -- the Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers -- would have to part with to land White Sox ace Chris Sale.

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White Sox fan takes hilarious stance on uncomfortable throwbacks (0:22)
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MLB Trade Deadline 2016

As the Aug. 1 MLB trade deadline approaches, stay up to date on all the latest moves, rumors and expert analysis.

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Vote now: How does your MLB team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite MLB team stack up? Vote now!

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BBTN: Chapman Controversy, Trade Market Developments

Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the controversy surrounding Aroldis Chapman's press conference, the developing trade market and much more. Plus, Brendan Kennedy with an update on the Blue Jays and Paul Hoynes checks in on the Indians' status.

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2dDoug Glanville

Why hasn't the slide rule increased double plays?

A close play at second base to start a double play no longer involves the take-out slide. It is a free pass to convert, and yet conversions are not increasing in percentage.

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Bryce Harper is mired in an 0-for-17 slump, dropping his batting average to .237 this season

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Bryce Harper has a .208 BA in hitter's counts (2nd-worst in MLB. He's 1 for his last 25 against fastballs. 578 BA on line drives-.793 in '15

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Evan Longoria: 23rd HR; his most through 100 team games in career...Jay Bruce (CIN): HR in 5 straight games (ties franchise record)

Chapman dazzles in his debut with Cubs

Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning as the Cubs rolled to an 8-1 win over the White Sox.

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Rock, paper, scissors ... water jug to head

Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler decide to battle it out in a game of rock, paper, scissors in which the loser gets hit in the head by a water jug.

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Sano strikes out, snaps his bat in half

After striking out in the eighth inning in the Twins' loss to the Braves, Miguel Sano channels his inner Bo Jackson and snaps his bat over his knee.

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Sale's suspension a strange saga

It has been a bizarre week for Chris Sale and the White Sox. When news broke on Saturday that he was scratched from his start, few could have predicted what precipitated it.

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Pirates fan sacrifices body to make catch

This Pirates fan makes a fine catch by going all out to grab a foul ball, while his momentum takes him backward.

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Chapman happy to be with Cubs

After recording a perfect ninth inning in his debut with the Cubs, Aroldis Chapman expresses his happiness over Chicago acquiring him in a trade.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel discuss Aroldis Chapman's debut in the Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox on Wednesday night. The new Cubs closer was over 100 mph on every fastball he threw.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Aroldis Chapman discusses his debut with the Cubs ending with a question about his early relationship with Chicago reporters.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch new Cubs pitcher Aroldis Chapman discuss his debut performance with the Cubs on Wednesday. At first he refused to speak with reporters due to an awkward press conference on Tuesday afternoon but he changed his mind. Catcher Miguel Montero translated for Chapman.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Aroldis Chapman turned down a request from reporters to speak after making his Cubs debut. He did speak with Pedro Gomez on the field but refused to speak in the Cubs clubhouse.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Luis Severino looked very good in his two scoreless innings of relief during the Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Astros. Severino, who began the year as a starter, could be part of the solution in replacing Aroldis Chapman. Severino could become a setup man. Long-term, though, Severino is supposed to be a future starter, which presents the same issues the Yankees have had in the recent past with guys like Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes.

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Fastest pitch by Cubs reliever in '16: 98 MPH. Aroldis Chapman in the 9th: 101, 101, 102, 101, 102, 101, 103, 101, 101, 100, 100, 102, 103.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs manager Joe Maddon discuss Aroldis Chapman's debut where only his slider dipped below 100 mph.

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This baseball has a mind of its own

Jedd Gyorko's ground ball somehow spun fair after looking like a clear foul ball, leading to Gyorko being thrown out at first base.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman threw 13 heaters in his Cubs debut at Wrigley: 101, 101, 102, 101, 102, 101, 103, 101, 101, 100, 100, 102 & 103. Vroom!