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Harper hammers homer, but Nats need more

Bryce Harper hit a solo shot for his 32nd home run of the season, but the Nationals will need more than that to beat the Braves.

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Astros hammering Twins

The rout is on in Houston. Hank Conger blasted a grand slam in the fourth inning off Mike Pelfrey to give Collin McHugh and the Astros some breathing room against the Twins.

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Possible playoff race X factors

Jim Bowden identifies a player on each contender who could make an impact in the final weeks, including a few big-name starting pitchers.

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Most notable September call-ups

Keith Law has updated scouting reports and expectations for 10 players to watch in the coming weeks, including top Dodgers prospect Corey Seager.

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The Whammys' Elite Eight: What is MLB's best walk-up song?

From Frank Sinata to Fetty Wap, and hip-hop to classic rock, the MLB walk-up music tourney's Elite Eight spans genres and decades. Sound off on which song is best in our ‪#WalkupVote on Twitter.

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Stats & Info: Nats' Harper walks into history

The bat never left Bryce Harper's shoulder Thursday night, but he still scored four runs after walking four times in the Nationals' victory over the Braves.

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Saxon: Dodgers' Seager delivers in MLB debut

Corey Seager's stellar big-league debut for the Dodgers -- two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored -- was overshadowed by a frustrating loss to the Padres.

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Grantland: A Dayton with destiny

Few thought the 2015 Royals could replicate last season's Cinderella run, but K.C. has made a mockery of the doubters on its way to the AL's best record.


Schoenfield: Three future stars in AL rookie race

All the rookie buzz this season seems to have centered on the young sluggers in the National League. But Miguel Sano, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor are making noise, too.


Iglesias (finger) out at least 2 weeks

Tigers SS Jose Iglesias sustained a non-displaced chip fracture in his right middle finger, according to the Tigers. Iglesias will miss the next two weeks, after which he'll be re-evaluated.

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Yoenis Cespedes now has 11 homers and 28 RBIs in 31 games since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 31. ... Sean Gilmartin enters

Giants SS Crawford (calf) back in lineup

Brandon Crawford, who missed the past three games with a calf injury, returned to the lineup tonight against the Rockies. Colorado has a 2-0 lead in the 2nd. Follow live

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Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from the Yankees-Rays game in the fifth because of an upset stomach. Ellsbury has had a poor season overall. He is hitting .270 with seven homers, 30 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 84 games. He is making $21 million in the second season of a seven-year, $153 million contract.

Blue Jays get one on the board

After a throwing error by Orioles SS Manny Machado, Ryan Goins grounded in a fielder's choice to first and Chris Colabello scored. The Blue Jays trail 2-1 at the bottom of the fifth. Follow live

Marlins lead Mets after 3-run fourth

After three scoreless innings, the Marlins brought in the first runs from 1B Justin Bour's RBI single, J. T. Realmuto's sac fly and Miguel Rojas' RBI single in the opener of a three-game set. The Marlins are up 3-0 over the Mets in the bottom of the fourth. Follow live

A-rod extends his own record vs. Rays

Alex Rodriguez hit a second-inning, two-run homer vs. the Rays tonight. The homer marks the 681st of his career, his first since Aug. 20 and the 53rd of his career against the Rays. Follow live


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The next weather update from Great American Ball Park will be at 7:30 CT. This is the team's third game delayed by rain this year.

Yankees lead rays early

The Yankees started the first contest of a three-game weekend vs. the Rays with two runs in the second when Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to left. The Yanks are up 2-0 at the top of the third. Follow live

Orioles score first against Blue Jays

Orioles 1B Chris Davis homered to right then Ryan Flaherty doubled to deep right scoring Jimmy Paredes to put the first two runs on the board. The Orioles lead 2-0 in the bottom of the second. Follow live

Russell smacks two homers in Cubs' win

Addison Russell's pair of home runs, plus Anthony Rizzo's grand slam, powered the Cubs to a blowout, 14-5 win over the Diamondbacks.


OTD: LHP with no right hand tosses no-no

On Sept. 4, 1993, Yankees LHP Jim Abbott -- who was born without his right hand and played 10 seasons in the majors -- struck out three in a no-hitter vs. the Indians.

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Matt Harvey approaching innings limit

The Mets ace is near the 180-innings limit put in place following his Tommy John surgery. Pedro Gomez explains how the team plans to handle him -- and keep agent Scott Boras out of the decision.


Cubs' offense gets it done on all levels

The Cubs drew eight walks -- three of which came with the bases loaded -- and hit four HRs in the 14-5 win over the D-backs. Cubs rookie Addison Russell hit two HRs, good for the first multi-HR game of his career, and Anthony Rizzo hit his second career grand slam. Box score


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One note on Matt Harvey: He's 27th in the majors in innings but just 50th in total pitches thrown, so he's been fairly efficient. For example, he has 110 fewer pitches than Lance Lynn but 19 more innings. So maybe Harvey's 166 innings are more like 150 or so in actual workload.

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With CC Sabathia likely rejoining rotation, it means that Masahiro Tanaka will start first game of Blue Jays-Yankee series on Thursday.