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How Chris Sale became Chicago's other ace

On the other side of Chicago, Chris Sale is 9-0 and better than ever. But to get from the best starter on a bad team to a Cy Young candidate on a contender, he had to change his entire mindset.

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Cardinals walk off with win over Cubs

Randal Grichuck sealed the victory with a home run in the ninth after Matt Adams tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh, and the Cardinals knocked off the Cubs.

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The secret to Bradley's hitting success (2:06)
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21hEddie Matz

Daniel Murphy: Best. Plan B. Ever.

As crucial as Daniel Murphy has been to the Nationals' early success, it's easy to forget that a guy hitting .387 wasn't their first choice at second.

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When a home run deserves two celebrations (0:23)
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Stanton needs to commit to process to break slump (1:10)
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Pujols ties Palmeiro with 569th home run (0:24)
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Cubs still on top, but who is No. 2?

Despite an up-and-down week, the Cubs remain firmly on top of the Power Rankings for the eighth straight week. But there's a new team behind them at No. 2.

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1dJerry Crasnick

The Braves' 2016 to-do list

The Braves have plenty of items on this season's to-do list, but winning lots of games isn't one of them. Jerry Crasnick lays out the six biggest considerations.

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2dEric Longenhagen

Draft needs, possible fits for NL West teams

Eric Longenhagen takes a comprehensive look at each NL West organization's strengths/weaknesses heading into the 2016 draft and possible draft fits.

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On this date: Shawn Green's historic four-homer day (1:28)
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Yankees surge toward mediocrity

The Yankees capped a successful road trip with a four-game sweep of the A's and now find themselves climbing back up the AL East standings.

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Enormous blow for Red Sox, who announce reliever Carson Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery today and therefore will miss remainder of the season.

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Yoenis C├ęspedes: 15th HR of season--has 32 HR in 97 games with Mets. 32 HR since Aug. 1 matches Chris Davis and Khris Davis for most in MLB

Kershaw throws shutout versus Reds

Clayton Kershaw went the full nine innings, sitting down the last 17 batters in a row, in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds.

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Cubs: 4-8 in last 12 games after starting season 25-6..Clayton Kershaw & Johnny Cueto both tossed shutouts in 1-0 wins.

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Salvador Perez: 1st career 5-hit game..Ichiro Suzuki (MIA): 4-5, now 10-for-13 in last 3 games; 40 hits away from 3,000 in MLB

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Todd Frazier (CWS): 14th HR of the season (takes sole possession of AL Lead)..Albert Pujols 569th career HR; ties Rafael Palmeiro for 12th

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Clayton Kershaw & Johnny Cueto are the 1st pitchers to both toss 1-0 shutouts on the same day since Greg Maddux & Kerry Wood in '01. (via Elias Sports Bureau)

Grichuk beats Cubs with walk-off homer

Randal Grichuk broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth when he took reliever Adam Warren deep for a walk-off win in St. Louis.

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Vogelsong hit in head with pitch

Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong had to be carted off the field after being struck in the head by a pitch from Rockies SP Jordan Lyles.

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Pujols ties Palmeiro with 569th home run

Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the third inning to tie Rafael Palmeiro for 12th on the all-time list with 569 home runs.

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