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The best World Series matchups

Cubs vs. Yankees? Mets vs. Blue Jays? David Schoenfield breaks down the World Series matchups he'd most like to see. His top choice: Pirates vs. Royals.

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Bautista completely blows his assignment (0:36)
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Goldschmidt smashes a 482-foot homer (0:10)
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18hDoug Padilla

Chris Sale finds a way, but White Sox can't

Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale's junkyard-dog approach only fell flat because he got no offensive support in a 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

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Astros pitching leading playoff push (2:32)
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Kurkjian: Baseball's unwritten rules

Baseball's rollicking code of conduct, from the players who live by self-regulated standards that don't exist in print: The Unwritten Rules.

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Mike Trout no longer top player in fantasy baseball this season (1:49)
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Grantland: Hanley Ramirez and the fog of left field

Hanley Ramirez has been a disappointment so far in Boston and it's not a stretch to pin the blame for his struggles on his position switch from shortstop to left field. So what were the Red Sox thinking?

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Mark Saxon @markasaxon

Adrian Gonzalez said there is a "100 percent" chance he plays tomorrow. Yasiel Puig said he's not sure, hamstring worse than in Oakland

James Loney drops appeal, will sit vs. Twins

The Rays 1B played Tuesday and Wednesday after appealing the one-game suspension announced by MLB for making contact with the umpire in Saturday's game, but Loney will drop the appeal and serve his suspension tonight.

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Royals beat O's 5-3 to win 4-game series

Yordano Ventura struck out 11 over six IP, and 3B Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the Royals' win at home. They hold a 12.5-game lead in the AL Central. Box score

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Cubs no match for Madison Bumgarner

The LHP tossed six innings of 1-run ball and struck out 12 Cubs in the Giants' 9-1 win. With back-to-back wins, San Francisco is 2.5 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West and 5.5 games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card. Box score

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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 today with a huge flub in right field.

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Ventura reaches career-high in K's

Royals SP Yordano Ventura carved up the Orioles lineup today, striking out a career-best 11 in six innings. His Royals lead 4-1 in the 7th. Follow live

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Bumgarner gets K's early and often

Madison Bumgarner has struck out 11 Cubs through 5 innings. It's the third time this season he's had at least 10 K's in the first five innings of a game, tied with Francisco Liriano for most such games this season. Follow live

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Greinke's ERA dips to 1.61 in win

Zack Greinke continued to make his case for NL Cy Young today with seven shutout frames in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds. Greinke is the only qualified MLB starter with a sub-2.00 ERA.

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Giants surge ahead on Byrd's homer

Marlon Byrd capped off a 4-run third inning with a 3-run blast off the Cubs' Dan Haren to give San Francisco a 5-1 lead. Madison Bumgarner has struck out 9 over 4 innings for the Giants. Follow live

Little League home run in Texas

Not often do you see a single to right field turn into a trip around the bases, but Rangers OF Delino DeShields made it happen today when his hit slipped under the glove of Toronto RF Jose Bautista and rolled to the warning track, allowing DeShields to score. The Blue Jays lead 4-0 in the 7th. Follow live

OTD: Rickey Henderson the steals king

On Aug. 27, 1982, The Man of Steal swiped his 119th bag of the season to break Lou Brock's single-season steals record. Henderson would end up with 130 steals -- still good for most in one season.

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Kind of weird to see Bryant in right. He played there and in CF in college though. Not so much in left.

Hey Royals fans, put the umbrellas away

After more than a 90-minute delay, the Royals have taken the field for the start of their home game against the Orioles. Follow live

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Orioles-Royals in rain delay ... still

The game was scheduled for a 2:10 p.m. ET start, but the rain continues at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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@baltimoreorioles

#OsThrowback to 12-year old Jonathan Schoop at the Little League World Series as a member of Team Caribbean, the 2004 champions. #LLWS #tbt #Orioles

sfgiants @sfgiants

Welcome @indycar drivers Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Scott Dixon. All wearing #25 in honor of Justin Wilson. #SFGiants