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#MLBRank: Koufax, Joe D, Jackie too high? Maybe, but we're only human

As with all rankings -- whether it's the greatest baseball players or the greatest ice-cream flavors -- certain things don't always apply. Science. Math. Facts. Reason. Reality. All optional.

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Cardinals' hot streak was 'inevitable' (0:41)
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Kurkjian: Red Sox best positioned to win AL East (1:04)
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Kurkjian: Giants will try to get Chapman (0:48)
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2hSarah Langs

Closeout Sale: White Sox ace much more efficient

Chris Sale has taken a different approach to getting outs this season. He's made adjustments and gotten help from his defense, as Stats & Info notes.

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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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A's pitcher's dog has surfing skills (0:28)
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2dJim Bowden

Ranking MLB trade options at each position

Jim Bowden ranks the trade options at each position, finding a strong supply of relievers and outfielders but not starting pitchers and infielders.

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President Obama says the Royals need to work on their nicknames (1:04)
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Jeff Sullivan

Weak schedule has benefitted the Cubs

The Cubs have done their part in putting up the second-best record in MLB. But as Jeff Sullivan details, their schedule has been extremely kind to this point, while the Rangers' has been unkind.

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#MLBRank, Nos. 30-21: Mix of then and now

Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout were two of five active players to appear from Nos. 30 to 21 in our #MLBRank survey. But where did they land among all-timers like Jackie Robinson and Jimmie Foxx?

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A true Hall of 'Framer'

Mike Piazza, who will be called to Cooperstown on Sunday, was one of the great pitch-framing catchers of his time. Student of catching

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers positives despite the marathon loss in STL: Howie Kendrick hitting .404 on a 14-game hit streak; Corey Seager had 4 straight hits in his return from a stomach bug; Justin Turner has 3 HRs in his last 2 games, and 7 in his last 12; Grant Dayton had 2 scoreless IP in his big league debut; Adam Liberatore's scoreless streak now at 28 straight games; Bud Norris will still start at home Tuesday.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Schmidt was happy to see Philly kid Mike Piazza overcome the "politics" and reach the Hall of Fame.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers concerns on top of the 4-3 loss at St. Louis in 16 innings last night: Closer Kenley Jansen now has five blown saves (2 in last 3 outings); the offense had just 1 hit over the final 7 innings; starter Bud Norris had to absorb 1.1 IP, taking the loss; failure to move within 3 games of NL West-leading Giants.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants are starting Johnny Cueto against the Yankees on Saturday, pushing the right-hander up a day as they try to snap a six-game losing streak.

Fowler comes back with a bang

Playing his first game since June 18, Dexter Fowler didn't take long to re-acclimate himself, The Cubs' center fielder's first swing produced his eighth home run of the season.

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Shaughnessy wouldn't give Ortiz HOF vote

Dan Shaughnessy praises the DH but says he's going to stick to his philosophy of not voting for players with ties to PEDs into the Hall of Fame.

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Mike Piazza's legendary career

The top moments from arguably the best power-hitting catcher captivated the hearts of baseball fans.

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Ken Griffey Jr.'s electrifying career

Before he gets enshrined in Cooperstown, soak in some of the best highlights of his 22-year journey.

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Another three steals for Billy Hamilton

Hamilton stole another three bases on Friday, marking his third three-steal game in his last 12 games. The last player to steal three or more bases three times within a 12-game span was Rafael Furcal, who had three such games in September 2007 for the Dodgers, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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Daily MLB lineups for Saturday

The first pitch of a full day of action begins with Seattle-Toronto at 1:07 p.m. ET. All the lineups

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Friday night marathon game

Matt Adams put an end to a marathon with a walk-off home run in the 16th inning.

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Dan Shaughnessy amazed by Theo Epstein

And it's not only his success with the Cubs. His continued impact on the Red Sox since leaving the team following the 2011 season counts too.

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Kurkjian: Red Sox best positioned to win East

Tim Kurkjian thinks it'll go down to the week's final season but likes Boston more than the Orioles and Blue Jays.

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Jeurys Familia's saves streak continues

The Mets' closer doesn't make things easy, but that's the way he's gone about it throughout his streak. Nifty 50

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Ken Griffey Jr. went behind the scenes at the Hall of Fame on Friday. It was "pretty impressive -- and a little scary."

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Chris Bassitt's dog has surfing skills

The A's hosted Bark at the Park night, and Chris Bassitt's dog showed off its talents.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Piazza is putting the finishing touches on his speech as he prepares for his Hall of Fame induction Sunday.

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