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White Sox welcome back Sale 'with open arms'

White Sox ace Chris Sale was warmly greeted by his teammates Thursday as he returned from suspension and prepared to take the mound against the crosstown Cubs.

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7hEno Sarris

How Rich Hill turned around his career

How did veteran lefty Rich Hill turn things around after years of injuries and poor performances? As Eno Sarris writes, tweaks to how and where he throws the ball have given his career new life.

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Locker Room Lawyer: The Chris Sale debate (4:41)
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11hDan McCarthy, ESPN Stats & Information

David Ortiz's retirement tour: One last trip to Anaheim

David Ortiz's first home run with the Red Sox was against the Angels. It wasn't his only memorable hit against the team. We look at some others.

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Harbaugh's first pitch, Chapman's debut and clubhouse antics (1:02)
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Piazza explains move into Italian soccer (1:17)
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Miguel Sano is not happy with his bat (0:16)
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Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight.com

Closers best at cleaning up their own messes

Which closers are best at getting themselves out of a jam, even though they might have gotten themselves into one? Introducing the relief pitching 'heart-attack index.'

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3hBuster Olney

How Chapman trade altered reliever market

The Cubs made the first big relief pitching splash has reset the reliever trade market, so what's next for other buyers looking to add bullpen talent?

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

What if Red Sox are done dealing? John Farrell: "We feel like this is a complete team when you look at balance from a position-player standpoint and the guys in our rotation. It's up to us to go out and execute and perform to our abilities."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Nimmo is returning to the Mets from Las Vegas. The move gives the team a lefty-hitting center fielder, which could lessen the need to use Michael Conforto at the position. The corresponding move is not yet clear, but Yoenis Cespedes is dealing with a balky quadriceps and Jose Reyes has an intercostal strain on his left side.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite knuckleballer Steven Wright's struggles to grip ball in sticky, humid or wet conditions, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he can't possibly consider scratching him from future starts in that type of weather. Nature of a five-man rotation doesn't allow for that type of manipulation with starting pitchers.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Led by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and GM Mike Hazen, the majority of Red Sox's baseball ops staff is with the team in Anaheim and holding meetings away to prepare for Monday's trade deadline. Team president Sam Kennedy and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon are at Angel Stadium, as well.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Rowengartner back on the mound for the Cubs! Watch actor Thomas Ian Nicholas reprise his role from 1993's "Rookie of the Year" as he throws out the first pitch at Wrigley Field. Check out how Miguel Montero plays along.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Stephen Piscotty narrated the end of his at-bat, and it didn't go well. But around that, Aledmys Diaz and Matt Holliday have HRed. 2-0 STL

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs manager Joe Maddon discuss Aroldis Chapman and the notion that everyone has to build a relationship with him including Maddon.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The market seems to be focused almost exclusively on pitching right now. The supply is picking up w/ a few teams in the middle pack willing to sell (CWS, KC, NYY, PIT). Not much action at all w/ position players outside of Reddick and Lucroy.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Brewers "reengaged" the Mets today regarding a trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, although no deal is considered close, Foxsports.com reported. Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that any initial proposal was dead on arrival.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Highly regarded Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario has been placed on the disabled list at Double-A Binghamton with what the organization initially labeled lower-body soreness. Rosario was hitting .354/.405/.525 in 26 games since a promotion from Class A St. Lucie.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeurys Familia told Terry Collins he wanted to pitch Thursday despite his recent workload. Familia reacts after suffering a second straight blown save in a 2-1 loss to the Rockies.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom reacts to tossing seven scoreless innings against the Rockies and again not getting much run support. He threw two times off a mound between starts to try to get back on track after lasting only 3 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Saturday.

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