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Five things we learned Saturday: Indians pulling away from Royals

We're quickly finding out that Cleveland is a real contender in the AL Central because their pitching has been far better than Kansas City's.

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An early list of potential All-Star snubs

Picking the All-Star teams is always hard. Here's a list of players who should be considered but may be left behind because of a ballot crunch.

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Crasnick: Cubs could use one more reliever (0:59)
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Andrew McCutchen finally has his kind of game

The Pirates centerfielder has gone through a miserable slump, but he showed signs of a breakout. Stats & Info diagnoses what his issues have been.

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Where do Cubs go without pitching and defense?

When John Lackey and the defense struggled to get the job done against the Marlins, the Cubs got a sense of how tough things can get when everything isn't going their way.

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Hey Altuve, if you want a cycle don't trip over second! (1:06)
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Happy 42nd birthday Derek Jeter (1:58)
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Michael Pineda might be better than his stats

Although Saturday's start was against a lineup with minimal offensive power, Michael Pineda looked more like the pitcher the Yankees hope he can be.

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At 34, Tigers' Kinsler is powering up

Speedy and spry, yet still able to hit for power, Ian Kinsler is causing a lot of problems for opponents and making a case that he's the Tigers' MVP.

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Is Reyes the boost the Mets need? (1:33)
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Kurkjian: Indians are for real (1:09)
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What concerns do the Cubs have? (1:50)
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Will Teheran be on the move? (1:45)
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Indians proving that Cleveland rocks

The Cavaliers won the NBA title and now the Indians can't lose. We look at their recent streak and their season outlook.

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The Rays are HR-robbing machines (0:57)
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Baez dives, flips and sticks the landing... in the stands (0:40)
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Which teams are interested in Jose Reyes?

Jim Bowden offers up the latest on Jose Reyes, combining what he's hearing with a little speculation as to where the veteran shortstop could end up.

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon is starting rookie Willson Contreras in left field for the second consecutive game after he reached base 3 more times on Saturday against the Marlins. He has a .500 OBP over the course of his first week in the big leagues.

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Cleveland is the only AL team with an 8-game win streak this year. Indians have 3 complete games in their last 4 outings

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Cavaliers and Indians are a combined 10-0 since June 16th. Indians next 3 opponents are Det, ATL, & Tor. Cavs 3 EC opponents.

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Clayton Kershaw enters Tonight's game against the Pirates on ESPN with 141 strikeouts on the season and 7 walks.

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Mets have scored 3 runs in 5 Jacob deGrom starts this month..Astros won their 7th straight game..Indians improve to 8-0 against the Tigers

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White Sox: 3rd team to lose despite hitting 7 home runs in a game. Teams to hit 7 home runs in a game are now 84-3 all-time #elias

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Albert Pujols hit his 574th career HR, passing Harmon Killebrew for sole possession of 11th on the all-time list

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

As a former GM here is why Braves GM John Coppolella says he doesn't expect to trade Julio Teheran: 1. He doesn't want the player to be thinking about the possibility which could disrupt his performances. 2. He wants the leverage in trade negotiations that not only he doesn't have to trade him but is not inclined unless he is totally overwhelmed and wins the deal. 3. If he doesn't get what he wants in trade offers and holds on to the player, he's prepared the fan base for no deal. However, in their rebuilding process trading him is probably the best move based on where they are and the low inventory of quality starting pitching on the present trade market.....which should allow for a strong rebuilding trade just like the Shelby Miller trade they made in the off-season. Bottom line: ignore his comment.

An early list of potential All-Star snubs

Buster Olney offers up a list of players who should be considered for the AL and NL All-Star teams, but may be left behind because of a ballot crunch. Squeezed out? (Insider)

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Don't you dare run on Bryce Harper

Talking to you, Ryan Braun. Bryce Harper isn't interested in your scoring aspirations.

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Happy birthday to the captain

On Derek Jeter's 42nd birthday, check out five of the best moments from his illustrious 20-year career with the New York Yankees.

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No harm, no foul, but no cycle

A triple away from a cycle, Jose Altuve tripped over second base trying to get to third and had himself a nice laugh.

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Deep to the warning track ... with fries

A fan dropped a bucket of fries on the field, and Yankees LF Brett Gardner ran down the slices of spuds.

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Why is Bryce Harper struggling?

Tim Kurkjian is not concerned about Harper's trouble with the curve.

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When pro wrestling meets baseball

A ballpark security worker upended and tackled a fan who ran on to the field in the Mariners-Cardinals game.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Kenta Maeda made a cool $1 million Saturday despite losing to the Pirates. An incentive in his contract, one of many, triggered the bonus after his 15th start. Maeda did pitch well outside of two home runs by Andrew McCutchen. The Dodgers lost 6-1 to Pittsburgh.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Wright allowed three hits with his fastball (Moreland's two-run single, Beltre's RBI single, Andrus' three-run triple), which matches his season-high. He also gave up three hits on his fastball June 10 at Minnesota. Including tonight, he has thrown 263 fastballs (16.2 percent of his pitches) and allowed 15 hits, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Wright allowed a season-high eight runs, five in the fifth inning. But thanks to errors by Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez, only three of the runs were earned, leaving his ERA at 2.18, which still leads the American League.

Johnson's 11th inning HR a winner for Mets

After entering the 11th inning scoreless, Kelly Johnson hit a drive to right that just got over the wall to put the Mets ahead for good over the Braves.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Former knuckleballer Tom Candiotti was one of the first to tell Steven Wright to throw his knuckler when he's ahead or even in counts, his fastball when he's behind. It's a formula that has worked for Wright. There, though, Mitch Moreland pounced on a 2-0 fastball for a two-run single that gave Rangers a 3-1 lead through four innings.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Pirates 6, Dodgers 1, Final. Dodgers have now lost two consecutive after a six-game win streak.