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Kurkjian: The magical night Ripken passed Gehrig

Twenty years ago this weekend, Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 2,131st straight game to become the all-time iron man on one of MLB's most unforgettable nights.

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Bowden: Possible playoff race X-factors

Marcus Stroman and Adam Wainwright are just two of the players that could be X-factors for teams over the final weeks of the season. Who else makes the list?

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Stats & Info: Nats' Harper walks into history

The bat never left Bryce Harper's shoulder Thursday night, but he still scored four runs after walking four times in the Nationals' victory over the Braves.

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Saxon: Dodgers' Seager delivers in MLB debut

Corey Seager's stellar big-league debut for the Dodgers -- two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored -- was overshadowed by a frustrating loss to the Padres.

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Grantland: A Dayton with destiny

Few thought the 2015 Royals could replicate last season's Cinderella run, but K.C. has made a mockery of the doubters on its way to the AL's best record.


Schoenfield: Three future stars in AL rookie race

All the rookie buzz this season seems to have centered on the young sluggers in the National League. But Miguel Sano, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor are making noise, too.

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Saxon: Kershaw's gem completes Giant sweep

Clayton Kershaw carved up the rival Giants, striking out 15 in a complete-game victory that stretched the Dodgers' NL West lead to a stunning 6 1/2 games.

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Zimmerman's blasts drive Nats past Cards

Ryan Zimmerman clubbed two home runs and a go-ahead RBI double as the Nationals prevailed in St. Louis. Max Scherzer struck out 10 through six innings.

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Cubs extend early lead vs. Diamondbacks

Addison Russell belted a 1-0 pitch into the stands to lead off the second inning, extending Chicago's lead to 4-0. The dinger marked Russell's 11th of this season. Follow live

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The Yankees CC Sabathia is throwing a simulated game at the Stadium right now. Sabathia has been on the disabled list since Aug. 24 with a bad right knee. There was some thought Sabathia may not return this season, but Sabathia is giving it a try.

OTD: LHP with no right hand tosses no-no

On Sept. 4, 1993, Yankees LHP Jim Abbott -- who was born without his right hand and played 10 seasons in the majors -- struck out three in a no-hitter vs. the Indians.

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Rookies show patience to put Cubs up

The Cubs found themselves with the bases loaded vs. D-backs RHP Zack Godley, and back-to-back walks from Kris Bryant and Javier Baez put the Cubs up 2-0 in the bottom of the first. David Ross' sac fly made it 3-0 before the inning was done. Follow live

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Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber is expected to miss 3-5 days with a rib cage strain. Since Aug. 1st, he leads the team with 10 HR, 26 RBI, 29 R.

Astros activate George Springer

Houston gets back its star second-year outfielder after a fractured wrist sidelined him for more than two months. Springer's .822 OPS ranks second for AL-West-leading Houston.

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SportsCenter's not top plays

It's been a fun week of mascot fails, baseball gaffes and tennis whiffs.


Cain shows off muscle after homer

Royals OF Lorenzo Cain muscled a three-run HR Thursday night, then marveled at his bicep in the dugout.


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#Astros officially activate OF George Springer from the 15-day DL and recall RHP Michael Feliz from Double A Corpus Christi.

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The Yankees made a procedural move today by placing first baseman Mark Teixeira on the DL. It is retroactive to Aug. 27 and will have no impact on when/if Teixeira returns from his bruised right shin. GM Brian Cashman said in a text the Yankees needed to put Teixeira on the DL in order to bring back reliever Nick Rumbelow. If Teixeira returns, it will be in the middle of September, at the earliest.

Kyle Schwarber out 3-5 days

The Cubs rookie will be sidelined after an MRI revealed a right rib cage strain. Schwarber initially felt the injury Wednesday and was a late scratch that night. He's hitting .270 with 13 HRs this season.

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Dodgers’ Corey Seager (2-for-4): 2nd player this season with multiple hits, runs and RBI in his major league debut, joining Joey Gallo

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Crazy Stat of Day: Last night, Bryce Harper saw 20 pitches and didn't swing once. However…he scored 4 times.

Car-Go is Car-Gone vs. Giants

Carlos Gonzalez homered twice for the second straight night and added four RBIs as the Rockies beat the reeling Giants 11-3.