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Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

MLB is investigating how it might safeguard fans from flying balls and bats, but the solution is more difficult than just extending a net in every ballpark.

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Rubin: How Wilmer Flores became a cult hero

Wilmer Flores wanted to stay a Met. He wanted it so bad he cried on the field when he thought he'd been traded. One month later, he's thrilled to still be a part of the team -- and fans adore him for it.

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Let's Do This: Mashing Mets (0:55)
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Best pitching duel in the NLCS? (0:52)
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Bumgarner hitting away competition (1:42)
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Torres' Messi-inspired flicker for the 1-3-1 putout (0:45)
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Adam Jones injured in Orioles' loss (1:02)
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Dodgers in trouble? (1:49)
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Bautista completely blows his assignment (0:36)
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Looking at the Nationals' disappointing season (2:12)

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ICYMI: A Little League homer in the bigs

Not often do you see a single to right field turn into a trip around the bases, but Jose Bautista made it possible Thursday with a huge flub in right field.

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Nice catch, kid

A young Rangers fan can't help but jump around in celebration after snagging a foul ball.

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Mariners fell behind in AL West race

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian expands on why the Mariners fired GM Jack Zduriencik: "In the end they were supposed to contend and make the playoffs this year." Seattle is 10 games under .500 and 4th in the AL West.

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Nats lose Denard Span for rest of season

Span will undergo surgery on his left hip Tuesday. He was hitting .301 with 74 hits and 22 RBIs this season. (Via MLB's website)

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Zduriencik's poor draft legacy

Jack Zduriencik had 3 top-5 MLB draft picks during his tenure, but none has made a major impact. C Mike Zunino has a .174 BA and was reportedly demoted today. 2B Dustin Ackley, with a career OPS+ of 92, was traded to the Yankees last month, and P Danny Hultzen has yet to reach the majors.

Mariners fire GM Jack Zduriencik

The Mariners are 59-69 this season, fourth in the AL West. Zduriencik had been the team's GM since 2008. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle GM responsibilities for rest of the 2015 season. Story

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Woman hit by foul ball sues Red Sox owner

Stephanie Taubin says she was hit by a foul ball while sitting in Fenway Park's EMC Club behind home plate on June 17, 2014. The ball came through an area usually protected by glass that had been removed for repairs.

Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

Too often are fans at baseball games hit by a foul ball or broken bat. But increasing safety measures is more complicated than simply extending the nets, writes Jayson Stark. An engineering challenge

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The Kid's still got it! Former Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. recreates his 1989 rookie card for a new Macklemore music video. (via @jkoephoto/Upper Deck)

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Madison Bumgarner struck out 11 batters via breaking balls yesterday, tied for the most in a game this season (Kershaw, Archer, McHugh)

That's the way to use your feet

A line drive ricocheted off Mets RHP Carlos Torres perfectly to 1B Daniel Murphy -- who flipped it back to Torres for the out. The good ol' 1-3-1.

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Mariners relieved GM Jack Zduriencik of his duties Since Zduriencik's 1st season w/ Mariners (2009), M's have 5th-lowest win pct in MLB

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#Mariners relieve Jack Zduriencik of GM duties. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle GM responsibilities for remainder of the 2015 season.

Reds owner: Manager's job safe for now

Despite losing 11 of 12 entering Thursday, Bob Castellini said he wouldn't fire Bryan Price before the season is over: "You look at everything after the season. But that's not something we're going to get into now. Bryan's our manager."

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