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Angels have to consider trading Mike Trout

They probably won't, but with Garrett Richards needing Tommy John surgery, the Angels should think about trading former MVP Mike Trout. Which teams might have enough to get it done?

1hChristina Kahrl

Angels' uphill climb just got even tougher

Angels GM Billy Eppler is up against big expectations with many obstacles in the way of winning -- and now his pitching staff appears to be crumbling.

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Cubs rough up Scherzer, hold off Nationals

Think facing a Cy Young winner would slow the Cubs? Think again. Chicago took Max Scherzer deep four times and improved to 22-6 this season.

Lackey gets 11 K's including his 2000th career strikeout (0:33)
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6hJayson Stark

Offseason checks spark leap in MLB drug testing

MLB officials say there are several explanations for the recent wave of positive drug tests, but one reason is that there's been an increase in the frequency of testing.

Sox rotation on display vs. Yanks (2:07)
Let's celebrate Willie Mays' birthday with 'The Catch' (0:20)
Fowler: I got thrown out for asking a question (1:21)
How can Yankees turn season around? (1:18)
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Ben Zobrist settling in and heating up

After choosing to be a Cub, Ben Zobrist is enjoying himself, and not just because he homered in the Cubs' series-opening win over the Nationals.

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Is Kevin Gausman becoming the ace the O's need?

Blanking the Yankees through eight innings was just the latest good spin for Kevin Gausman, as he gets closer to turning into the No. 1 starter the Orioles have always envisioned.

Cotton candy guy makes great grab at Astros game (0:22)
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16hESPN Stats & Information

Another day, another non-no-hitter for Padres

Colin Rea gave it a good run, but like 7,518 previous attempts by the Pads, he came up short in a no-hit bid. Stats & Info breaks it down.

Arrieta's stats are ludicrous, and Dallas Braden can't even handle it (2:51)
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Ian Kinsler's case for Cooperstown

The Tigers' second baseman might never have been "the guy" at the keystone in his time, but David Schoenfield points out that Ian Kinsler has put up numbers that rival some Hall of Famers' stats.

19hKatie Strang

Tigers again are no match for Indians

After suffering their second three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians, the Tigers can do little more than shrug it off and move on.

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Houston's short-term gain and long-term pain

The moves to win in 2015 instead of continuing their methodic, rebuilding process have hurt the Astros in 2016 and may have set them back for years to come.

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8hBuster Olney

Cubs already looking like the 1998 Yankees

The 2016 Cubs, like the 1998 Yankees, are making their at-bats count and feasting on weak opponents, and they haven't necessarily hit full stride yet.

Altuve hits HR onto train tracks, celebrates with Skittles (0:23)
Lincecum on the move? (2:12)
Braden: Too much money involved to deter PED usage (1:49)
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1dMyles Thomas

Diary of Myles Thomas: 'Out of the Coal Mine'

Our 1927 Yankees protagonist, mediocre pitcher that he is, gets the call from the bullpen for his first action of the season. He describes the feeling: "As I wait to face my first batter of the year, it feels like I've climbed out of a mine shaft that opens directly onto the Griffith Stadium pitcher's mound."


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo had no doubts about his home run on Friday though it hugged the foul pole in right and needed to be reviewed. His was just one of four the Cubs hit in an 8-6 win over the Nationals on Friday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist is on fire collecting his 6th career multi homer game on Friday as he's gone deep four times in the last three games. He helped the Cubs to an 8-6 win.


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Yasiel Puig lives on the edge. Literally. [Credit: Yasiel Puig/Twitter]

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Cubs run differential now plus-98. That's the best by any team in the World Series era. Think about that. They're pretty good apparently

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter John Lackey struck out 11 in an 8-6 win over the Nationals on Friday. One of those 11 was his 2000th career strikeout.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite more rain today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't want to talk about how a potential washout on Friday might affect the weekend schedule: "Every time I start playing the 18th hole before I get there, I have a problem with the 16th hole."

David Payne Purdum @DavidPurdum

FanDuel, DraftKings, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL were invited to testify at Congressional hearing on daily fantasy. All declined, per source.

Pedro Gomez MLB 

If you saw my post, with video, from @cubs pitcher Jason Hammel catching passes before Friday's game, here are the NFL wide receiver gloves he uses. Grew up in Pittsburgh but a huge @Danmarino fan.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon reminds everyone Wrigley Field plays two different ways. On Friday it played small as the wind blew out for the first time this season in a Cubs 8-6 win over Washington.


Pedro Gomez MLB 

Joe Maddon on the summer temps and wind blowing out today at Wrigley, opposite of Thursday night, when temps were in the 40s: "It's amazing. We play in two different ballparks."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Rodriguez' hamstring pull is a "1-plus," according to Joe Girardi, which is more severe than CC Sabathia's groin pull. Girardi said he "hoped" A-Rod would return at the end of the 15-day DL period "but we'll have to see how he heals." A similar injury suffered by the Marlins Giancarlo Stanton in 2013 sidelined the then 24-year-old for five weeks. A-Rod turns 41 in July.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Cubs have destroyed some bad teams this year, but against the Pirates, Cardinals and Nationals: 7-1 W-L, while outscoring them 43-19.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Carlos Beltrán on the cancellation of the games in Puerto Rico: "This is something that will affect Puerto Rico. People were really looking forward to the series and to have the opportunity to attend Major League Baseball games in Puerto Rico. We all know that Puerto Rico is going through a very difficult time and this is basically just another low blow for the island. I don't what is the rate of people infected with the virus in Puerto Rico, compared with Florida, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and other places where the Zika virus has been found. But at the end of the day, MLB and the people who have made this decision must have their reasons."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi said CC Sabathia's groin pull, in his left (push off) leg, was diagnosed as a Grade 1, which normally means at least a three-week absence. "I think you would feel pretty fortunate if you could get him then," Girardi said. Ivan Nova will take over Sabathia's rotation spot beginning Monday night against the KC Royals.