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Gomez on move after all, shipped to Astros

The Houston Astros made a major statement in their push for a postseason berth Thursday, acquiring outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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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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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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Brandon Phillips tonight: 2 homers, 7 RBI

Phillips just clubbed his second shot of the evening to give the Reds a 14-2 lead over the Pirates. Oh, and Phillips' spot is guaranteed to bat at least once more. Follow live

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Reds willing to deal Bruce for Wheeler

Cincinnati would trade RF Jay Bruce to the Mets for RHP Zack Wheeler now, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney. Wheeler was due to be sent with Wilmer Flores to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez before the deal fell apart late Thursday.

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Young aces struggled tonight

  • Cardinals' Carlos Martinez, entered tonight with a 2.34 ERA, allowed 10 hits and 5 runs.
  • Braves' Shelby Miller, entered tonight with a 2.27 ERA, allowed a career-high 11 hits.

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Ryan Rua hits inside-the-park HR

The Rangers OF didn't take CC Sabathia deep but it'll still count as a homer as Rua scampered around the bases to tie the game at 5 in the fourth. Follow live

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Sandoval out of game after being struck by Sale pitch in the wrist/forearm area while swinging at third strike

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Gerardo Parra extends his hitting streak to 14 games, longest active streak Entering today, Parra is batting .432 in July, best in MLB

Good luck getting Joey Votto out

With tonight's 2-for-2, two-walk performance, Reds 1B Joey Votto has reached base in 40 of his last 58 plate appearances (69%). Yes, you read that correctly. Follow live

Hicks brings the sizzle for minnesota

In the top of the third CF Aaron Hicks, now 2-for-2 today, put on a show for fans as he helped the Twins gain a 6-2 lead over the Mariners with their third HR of the evening. Follow live

Rockies' rally leads to lead

An early 4-1 Cardinals lead is no more thanks to an RBI single by Corey Dickerson. St. Louis SP Carlos Martinez, who entered tonight with a 0.69 July ERA, has surrendered 5 earned runs on 10 hits through 5 innings. Follow live

Burnett's rennaisance takes step back

Pirates SP A.J. Burnett's All-Star season had a hiccup tonight as the Reds tagged him for 10 hits and eight runs in less than five innings. Cincinnati leads 9-1 in the fifth. Follow live

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Turnover leads to half-court winner

His coach (or someone on the bench) screamed to foul. But a player on this AAU basketball team came up with the loose ball and put in a miracle off the glass.

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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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Nothing like helping your own cause

Rockies SP Chris Rusin's first career HR, a 2-run shot, came at a perfect time -- with his team down 4-2 to the Cardinals. And now things are all knotted up in the 4th in St. Louis. Follow live

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Josh Hamilton takes CC Sabathia deep

The Rangers DH pulled an off-speed pitch from the lefty over the right-field fence to knot the game at 3 after an inning. Follow live