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Rogers: Arrieta nearing elite status

While many around baseball rave about Jake Arrieta's stuff, the right-hander said gaining control of his pitches has made him a Cy Young candidate.

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Maddon: 'It's about keeping the group together' (0:34)
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Kahrl: Rangers' romp a sign of things to come

The takeaway from Texas' sweep of Baltimore, on the back of Derek Holland's Sunday gem? These are not April's Rangers, or July's. This is a team with the talent to beat anybody in a short series.

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Yankees, Braves observe moment of silence for deceased fan (0:43)
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David Ortiz leaves his mark on the Mets

David Ortiz's two-run home run off Noah Syndergaard ended an impressive display of power this weekend against the Mets.

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Mittler: Nothing wrong with the two-wild-card format

Doug Mittler takes aim at critics of MLB's current playoff format, determining that their primary argument -- that mediocre teams can qualify for it -- is really nothing new in MLB.

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Matthews on fan falling: 'Horrible scene' (2:52)
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Encarnacion staying hot (1:34)
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Kurkjian: Kershaw's the best pitcher in baseball (1:00)
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White Sox mum on a Carlos Rodon innings limit

The White Sox want lefty Carlos Rodon to get more experience this season, but not at the expense of putting a lot of mileage on his arm.

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Wade Miley with filthy grab on the mound

The Red Sox LHP made a behind-the-back, no-look grab vs. the Mets today for an out. We bet he practices that in his spare time.

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Kris Bryant drills home run to left field

The Cubs 3B smashed a line drive into the bleachers to put his team up 2-0 in the top of the first vs. the Dodgers -- a lead that still stands in the top of the second on ESPN.

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Jesse Chavez gets a hit, fails on basepath

The 32-year-old A's pitcher recorded his first career hit, but then it all went downhill after he tripped over second base.

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Alex Wood has the shadows working him theoretically, but so far, just one swing-and-miss from the Cubs so far.

Kris Bryant gives Jake Arrieta early lead

The Cubs rookie took Dodgers LHP Alex Wood deep to left to put the Cubs up 2-0 in the first. Arrieta -- who's 5-0 in August -- takes the mound for Chicago in the bottom of the first. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Getting ready to start … Cubs at Dodgers… Kyle Schwarber just took out the lineup card for the Cubs. Can't remember seeing a rookie do that.

Cards take down Giants, take series

Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds all homered in the Cardinals' 7-5 win over the Giants.

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Watch: Dodgers looking to sweep Cubs

Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (9-8, 3.70) is facing a Cubs team that's lost four straight, but he's up against Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta, who's won all five of his August starts while giving up just 2 ER. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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White Sox walk off against Mariners

Tyler Saladino's 11th-inning single scored Alexei Ramirez, giving Chicago the 6-5 win over Seattle as they split the four-game series.

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Cardinals win rubber match vs. Giants

Yadier Molina went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the Cards' 7-5 win as they hold a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central. With the Giants' loss, they fall to four games back of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. Box score

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Holland throws gem against Orioles

Derek Holland tossed a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in Texas' 6-0 win over Baltimore to complete a three-game sweep.

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Santana shines, Twins hold off Astros

Ervin Santana fanned 10 batters over seven scoreless innings, while Minnesota survived a five-run ninth inning from Houston to win 7-5.

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A moment of silence for deceased fan

Before the start of the Yankees-Braves game, there was a moment of silence at Turner Field for fan Greg Murrey, who passed away Saturday after falling from the upper deck. The Yankees went on to defeat the Braves 20-6.

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Bombers blow out Braves 20-6 in Atlanta

The Yankees scored 20 runs on 21 hits to sweep the Braves and became the third team since 2000 to score 20-plus runs twice in the same season. Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each homered and drove in four to help the Yanks maintain their standing in the wild card and AL East. Box score

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