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Schoenfield: Why Gomez deal makes Astros favorites in AL West

Sure, there's some risk. But by acquiring Carlos Gomez along with Mike Fiers, the Astros improved their AL West chances and brought even more swagger to Houston.

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Wilmer Flores moving on from trade drama

Wilmer Flores spoke to reporters following the New York Mets' loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday, reflecting on the events of the night before.

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MJ backboard, Mantle card sold at auction

The backboard, hoop, net and stand that was the recipient of Michael Jordan's last shot with the Chicago Bulls sold for $41,825 by Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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Starlin Castro back in the trade mix?

Just when Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro thought he was safe comes word the team is "aggressively" shopping the three-time All-Star.

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Olney on Mets' collapsed Car-Go deal

ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney shares his takes on the fallout of a collapsed deal to acquire Carlos Gomez by the Mets. Plus, the Rangers' acquisition of Cole Hamels and the Nationals' acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon.

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Sarris: Closers-in-waiting to target in fantasy

Looking at the factors that determine when a closer will lose his job, Eno Sarris identifies 10 such players in MLB, as well as which of their teammates will ascend to the role.

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Final: Astros 3, Angels 0

Houston put two baserunners on in the bottom of the 9th with the score 0-0, but a single RBI wouldn't suffice for Jason Castro. It was clear his 3-run HR was headed out the minute it jumped off his bat, and Houston has now won 3 straight. Box score

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Rosario robbed of cycle

Twins OF Eddie Rosario took care of the hard parts early, tallying a double, triple and HR by the fifth inning. But a split-second grab by Brad Miller denied Rosario the single. The Twins lead the Mariners 9-5. Follow live

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Red Sox rough up Sale, snap streak

Chicago's 7-game win streak came to an end as Chris Sale gave up 7 runs over 5 innings in Boston's 8-2 win.

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Final: Cardinals 9, Rockies 8

St. Louis entered the bottom of the 9th down 2 runs, but Jhonny Peralta tied it up with a 2-run single and Greg Garcia walked to score the winning run and help St. Louis avoid a third straight loss. Box score

Kung Fu Panda injured on strikeout

Pablo Sandoval's strikeout ended the 4th inning and his day, as Boston's 3B left the game after getting hit on the wrist swinging at a 3rd strike. It was the 2nd straight game Sandoval departed early.

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Rizzo's career first has Cubs in front

A 3-run HR from Anthony Rizzo, his 18th shot of the year, put Chicago up 3-2 on the Brewers in the 8th. It's the first go-ahead homer of his career with his team trailing in the 8th inning or later. Follow live

A night of symmetry for Yankees, Rangers

New York and Texas both have 10 hits. And after Rangers 1B Prince Fielder grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Robinson Chirinos, it's tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the 8th. Mark Teixeira has 2 HRs on the night for New York, tying him with Johnny Bench for 60th in MLB history. Follow live

Final: Reds 15, Pirates 5

Brandon Phillips had a career day to lead the Reds to a double-digit victory. Cincinnati's leadoff man homered twice and drove in a career-high 7 RBIs to power the Reds to their 3rd consecutive win. Box score

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Final: Red Sox 8, White Sox 2

Boston tagged Chris Sale for a career-high 12 hits and chased Chicago's starter with 7 runs through 5 innings to avoid a sweep. Box score

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Trout can't break scoreless tie

Mike Trout came to the plate in the 7th with the go-ahead run on and 2 outs, but he struck out to keep the game 0-0. It was the 10th time in his career that Trout came to the plate in a tie game with 2 outs and RISP in the 8th inning or later. He has 0 RBI in such instances. Follow live

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Final: Tigers 9, Orioles 8

Detroit jumped out to a 9-2 lead behind Yoenis Cespedes (3-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs) and J.D. Martinez (2-for-5, 3 RBIs) before holding off the Baltimore rally and escaping with a 1-run victory. Box score

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Phillies capture 6th win in 7 games

Dominic Brown hit his first home run of the season and Carlos Ruiz added 2 RBIs to help starter Aaron Harang snap his 8-start losing skid with a 4-1 win over the Braves.

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MLB trades could keep coming

The day before the deadline saw big moves, but there's still work to be done. Tim Kurkjian discusses where Justin Upton could end up, what the Yankees need to do and if the Cubs will trade Starlin Castro.

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Cleveland, Oakland off to quick start

Carlos Santana went deep, his 16th homer of the season, on the way to a 3-run Indians first. But the Athletics got one back on Josh Reddick's 58th RBI of the season. Follow live

Mark Teixeira has had enough of this tie

Make it two #TexMessages on the night from the Yankees 1B. His second HR (and 26th of the season) was a solo shot that broke a 5-5 tie with the Rangers in the top of the 7th. Follow live

Soria gives Pirates needed bullpen boost

The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their relievers by trading for Joakim Soria. But he'll probably be more valuable to them as a setup man than a closer, Keith Law writes. Eyes on postseason (Insider)

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