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Yankees drop Mark Teixeira down to No. 7 in lineup

The Yankees have juggled their batting order, moving Mark Teixeira to No. 7, a spot he last hit from four years ago.

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Griffey: 'It is what it is' with A-Rod's accomplishments (0:41)
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Closeout Sale: White Sox ace much more efficient

Chris Sale has taken a different approach to getting outs this season. He's made adjustments and gotten help from his defense, as Stats & Info notes.

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Cardinals' hot streak was 'inevitable' (0:41)
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Carew: Rose over Suzuki as career hit king

Rod Carew will gladly welcome Ichiro Suzuki into the Hall of Fame fraternity when the time comes. But baseball has only one career hit leader in Carew's estimation, and his name is Pete Rose.

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Kurkjian: Red Sox best positioned to win AL East (1:04)
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MLB Trade Deadline 2016

As the Aug. 1 MLB trade deadline approaches, stay up to date on all the latest moves, rumors and expert analysis.

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Ranking MLB trade options at each position

Jim Bowden ranks the trade options at each position, finding a strong supply of relievers and outfielders but not starting pitchers and infielders.

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Weak schedule has benefitted the Cubs

The Cubs have done their part in putting up the second-best record in MLB. But as Jeff Sullivan details, their schedule has been extremely kind to this point, while the Rangers' has been unkind.

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#MLBRank, Nos. 30-21: Mix of then and now

Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout were two of five active players to appear from Nos. 30 to 21 in our #MLBRank survey. But where did they land among all-timers like Jackie Robinson and Jimmie Foxx?

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

An MRI revealed no structural damage or cartilage issues in Mookie Betts' right knee. There is, however, some swelling, which accounts for him being out of the Red Sox's lineup Saturday night. John Farrell classified it as "a short-term situation."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Johnny Cueto is probably done after requiring 117 pitches to get through six innings. He's gotten better as this game has gone along, at one point striking out five in a row. San Francisco 1, New York 1.

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Perception of some in industry is that Red Sox have the most prospect firepower to make a Chris Sale type trade, if they want.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Cubs' Joe Maddon discussing how his bullpen is coming together given recent developments.

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Willie Weinbaum ESPN 

The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy receives the Spink Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon in Cooperstown. He said his first mitt, bought with S & H green stamps, was a Tito Francona (father of the current manager of the Indians) model. And that he expects his soon-to-be-born grandchild will sit in an obstructed view seat at Fenway, just as his grandfather did in 1912.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Mac Williamson atones for his error, drilling an Ivan Nova pitch into the left-field bullpen. His solo homer ties the Yankees-Giants game at 1-1 in the fifth inning.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says veteran reliever Joe Nathan will join the club on Sunday. A corresponding roster move will be announced then.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Don't hold your breath if you were hoping the Detroit Tigers might engage in big-game hunting at the trade deadline. GM Al Avila said standing pat remains "the most realistic option." "It might not be the sexiest thing, but it is what it is." Views the return of pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris as the big acquisitions. Also optimistic that J.D. Martinez will be back in time to make an impact in potential playoff race

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees No. 7 hitter Mark Teixeira lines a single to right, and Didi Gregorious scores from first due to an error from Mac Williamson. New York 1, San Francisco 0, fourth inning.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers GM Al Avila said there have not been any discussions yet about contract extension for manager Brad Ausmus. Ausmus does have a fourth option year in his contract. Avila expressed confidence in him but said any discussions are unlikely to commence until after the season ends.

Griffey hopes Ortiz doesn't retire

Ken Griffey Jr. remembers a young David Ortiz from his "Thin Papi" days.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

With storms in the area, the roof is closed at Miller Park. And with no air conditioning in the stadium, the Cubs-Brewers game promises to be a sultry affair.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants righty Johnny Cueto is so much fun to watch on the mound -- especially when he's switching things up by quick-pitching out of the windup.

Griffey: 'It is what it is' with A-Rod

Ken Griffey Jr. can't help but marvel at what Alex Rodriguez has been able to do.

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Ken Griffey Jr.'s electrifying career

Before he gets enshrined in Cooperstown, soak in some of the best highlights of his 22-year journey.

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Nelson Cruz has monster day

This grand slam helped give Cruz his fourth career game with at least 7 RBIs. The only active player with more is Alex Rodriguez.

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Giants, Rangers breaking down

The San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers lead the NL West and AL West divisions, respectively, but they've played like cellar-dwellers so far in the second half.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda discusses his progress as he works back from a stress fracture in his lower back. He started doing dry swings today and has not yet faced pitching.

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