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Willson Contreras helps end Cubs' skid

After driving in three runs in the Cubs' win over the Marlins to end a four-game losing streak, rookie catcher Willson Contreras is earning touts beyond his top prospect rep.

What concerns do the Cubs have? (1:50)
Will Teheran be on the move? (1:45)
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10hKen Woolums, ESPN Stats & Information

Indians proving that Cleveland rocks

The Cavaliers won the NBA title and now the Indians can't lose. We look at their recent streak and their season outlook.

The Rays are HR-robbing machines (0:57)
Baez dives, flips and sticks the landing... in the stands (0:40)
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1dKen Woolums, ESPN Stats & Information

Zack Greinke is not what he used to be

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not getting what they need from their ace. What is different between this year and last for Zack Greinke? We take a look.

Greinke steals second with ease (0:20)
Conforto shows off his arm strength (0:24)
Tigers walk off on wild pitch (0:39)
Williamson wallops solo shot (0:27)
Are the Cubs still the best team in baseball? (2:27)
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2dEno Sarris

Identifying why Travis Shaw struggles on the road

Eno Sarris identifies why Travis Shaw has struggled to hit in road games, referring to spray charts, data comps and even speaking with the Red Sox third baseman, and offers up a solution.

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Who wants Jose Reyes?

Shortstop Jose Reyes likely will become a free agent on Saturday. So is any team interested in bringing the embattled former All-Star aboard? The answer is yes, writes Jim Bowden.

3dJim Bowden

Which teams are interested in Jose Reyes?

Jim Bowden offers up the latest on Jose Reyes, combining what he's hearing with a little speculation as to where the veteran shortstop could end up.

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.


Mookie Betts knows drama

Down to his team's last out, Betts crushed a 98-mph fastball for a two-run home run to tie the game for the Red Sox in the ninth.


He gon' cry in the car

Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings and Taylor Motter both rob Baltimore of home runs, causing Adam Jones to sarcastically sob.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

More on Jackie Bradley Jr. calling Mookie Betts' shot: "I hate to take a lot of credit," Bradley said, "but I called it. In that situation, it was big. It was a big swing from a big-time player. You have 'The Playmaker' at the plate. It was just something that I was feeling." If the ball hadn't gone over the fence, "I would have probably cried," Betts said.

Baez dives into stands for absurd grab

If the Chicago Bears are looking for an extra wide receiver, they might want to contact Javier Baez after the baseball season is over.


Davis saves the day with incredible catch

Rajai Davis bobbled the ball at the warning track, somehow hung onto it for the out, then sent it back to the infield for the game-ending double play.


Taillon's spikes get in the way

Pittsburgh pitcher Jameson Taillon tripped on his own spikes and fell off the mound, getting called for a balk and giving up a run. Not ideal.


Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

Adam Lind hits three-run walk off homer to rally Mariners to 4-3 victory over Cardinals. The large group of Cardinal fans here went silent as Seattle players and fans celebrated.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

So, Jackie Bradley Jr. says he called the game-tying homer from Mookie Betts -- "The Playmaker," Bradley calls him. Rick Porcello, who was standing next to Bradley in the dugout corroborates story.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon discusses his latest young phenom as rookie Willson Contreras hit a HR and go ahead RBI single in the Cubs 5-4 win over Miami on Friday night. Both hits went to right field.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Postgame in the Orioles clubhouse, Manny Machado answered questions with a Manny garden gnome (a July giveaway) standing guard in the top cubby of his locker. When asked about how his gnome compares to the Buck Showalter gnome, Machado - who was all smiles after homering in the O's 6-3 win - has this to say: "I think mine's better. I think I'm better looking."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs rookie Willson Contreras discusses his HR and game winning hit in the Cubs 5-4 win over the Marlins on Friday. Contreras has 3 HR's and 8 RBI's after a week in the big leagues.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado on what it was like coming back from his four-game suspension: "It felt good. I wasn't sitting at home and just drinking some beer and not doing anything. I was in here working, working out in the cage, doing what I needed to do to stay fresh. I knew it wasn't a vacation at the end of the day. I had to come in here and help this team in whatever way I can."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said Anthony Rizzo is likely to play on Saturday against the Marlins while Ben Zobrist probably won't. Zobrist got hit by a pitch on the back of his left foot. X-rays were negative. Just a bruise.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz downplayed the elbow tightness he has dealt with of late, noting it did not inhibit him in the opening four innings as he breezed on Friday.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says there is no issue with Steven Matz's elbow as far as the manager knows.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pirates' Clint Hurdle wins his 1,000th game as a manager, with his team's 8-6 victory over the Dodgers.

Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

First Cardinals-Mariners game in Seattle since 2002 is filled with St. Louis fans.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Pirates 8, Dodgers 6, Final. Ends the Dodgers' six-game win streak.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

A refreshed Manny Machado - who hadn't played since Saturday thanks to a four-game suspension - helped the Orioles to a 6-3 win in the series opener against Tampa Bay. Machado went 2-for-4 with with a homer. It was his 18th bomb of the season, tied for sixth most in the AL.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Corey Seager tied a career Friday high with four hits.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks is the first pitcher since at least 1900 to pitch at least five innings and give up just one hit and that hit was a grand slam. It came from Justin Bour of the Marlins in the first inning on Friday night. Hendricks threw four more innings before departing but only gave up that one hit, (Elias)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

An electric sellout crowd at Camden Yards (the 2nd of the season) just got vertical when Manny Machado crushed an opposite field solo shot to extend the Orioles' lead to 6-3 in the eighth. In his first game back from suspension, Machado is 2-for-4.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

You could almost see David Price's dreadful outing coming. He's never had much success vs. Rangers (5.15 ERA in 11 starts entering tonight) or in Texas (6.54 in six starts, not including rocky Game 4 of 2015 ALDS. "This is a very good offensive team that he's going up against," John Farrell said pregame. "If you don't make pitches, this ballpark can play small at times."