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6hBuster Olney

Breaking down the (expanding) starting pitching, outfield markets

Buster Olney examines the trade market for starters and outfielders, listing which players could be available and which teams could be interested.

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7hDoug Glanville

Why hasn't the slide rule increased double plays?

A close play at second base to start a double play no longer involves the take-out slide. It is a free pass to convert, and yet conversions are not increasing in percentage.

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53mSarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

History does not favor the Giants

The Giants have lost eight of nine games to start the second half, a trend that historically has not boded well for a team's playoff chances.

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Bench-clearing brawl leads police to come on field (0:24)
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White Sox, Rangers, O's all walk off and much more (0:59)
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Viral Vault: The epic pizza throw in Boston (0:54)
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Vote now: How does your MLB team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite MLB team stack up? Vote now!

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4hESPN Stats & Information

Cubs, White Sox starters make their pitches

Kyle Hendricks' changeup has been a key to his success this season, while James Shields' fastball has helped him turn things around with the White Sox

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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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14hDavid Schoenfield

Aroldis Chapman makes Cubs the team to beat in NL

With Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs have the NL's best bullpen. It doesn't make them World Series locks, but they are now clear favorites to get there.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says new reliever Aroldis Chapman is available to pitch tonight against the White Sox if needed.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers CF Cameron Maybin (back) will not play tonight. Tyler Collins will man centerfield in his place. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated that Tigers are likely to give Maybin Wednesday off as well, particularly with an off day on Thursday, unless he comes in tomorrow feeling "brand new." Maybin said he's just trying to err on the side of caution to ensure he can contribute in final two months of the season: "I have to not be selfish and do what's best for the team."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Without Hyun Soo Kim, the Orioles were more like the rioles: They were missing O. In 11 games without Kim (hammy), the Birds averaged just 2.9 runs per contest. The good news? Kim, whose .410 OBP ranks 5th in the AL (min. 150 PA's) returns today. Here he is taking BP.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers RF J.D. Martinez, who begins his rehab assignment today with Triple-A Toledo, will serve as designated hitter for first two days of stint with MudHens. Possible that he could be playing OF by Friday, depending how he feels.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cubs pitcher Aroldis Chapman signs autographs before his first game.

Cashman couldn't pass on trade with Cubs

Yankees GM Brian Cashman details why he decided to trade Aroldis Chapman and how he balances rebuilding with winning now.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Clayton Richard was DFA on Tuesday to make room for Aroldis Chapman on the roster. The hope is Richard clears waivers and can be further stretched out in the minors.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets will wear a special patch on Saturday to honor Mike Piazza as the organization retires his No. 31. Here's the design, via ESPN's Darren Rovell.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pedro Martinez said if David Ortiz continues his otherworldly success through the second half of what Big Papi insists will be his final season, "I'll be the first to say, 'No, you're not leaving.' I'll lock the door."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pedro Martinez on struggling Red Sox ace David Price: "To be honest, I think he's going to be all right. It's just a matter of making the right adjustments."

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

A few pitching notes prior to Tuesday's game in Boston: Daniel Norris (oblique) will make injury rehab start for Double-A Erie on Thursday; Jordan Zimmermann (neck) will make one on Friday for Triple-A Toledo.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are still in the bullpen market, but balking at including Lucas Giolito, Trey Turner, Reynaldo Lopez in any deals, rival clubs report.

OTD: Ruth hits two HRs at Yankee Stadium

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 32nd and 33rd home runs of the season in a 15-1 Yankees romp over the the St. Louis Browns. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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