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How Jackie Bradley Jr. turned struggles into a 29-game hitting streak

After two up-and-down seasons of failing to establish himself among the Red Sox's young core, Jackie Bradley Jr. has fans buzzing from Boston to South Carolina.

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1hMyles Thomas

Diary of Myles Thomas: The secret life of Sam Rice

Sam Rice's life before baseball involves a secret tragedy so terrible it seems impossible for one man to bear. And yet, somehow, he plays on. Our 1927 Yankees chronicler relays Rice's tale, one so heartbreaking it impacts all who hear it.

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Bryce Harper goes deep to bury slump

One of the major leagues' most controversial days off paid instant dividends on Thursday, as Bryce Harper connected for a monster blast to help power the Nationals past the Cardinals.

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Saxon: How the Dodgers found Julio Urias

Julio Urias, one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, is set to make his major league debut on Friday as a 19-year-old rookie. Here's a look at how the team scouted him.

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Rob Arthur

FiveThirtyEight: Hitting hard, or into hard luck

Diving into the data from MLB's Statcast gives you a view into who's been killing the ball, and who's been getting more than his share of breaks at the plate.

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Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

Friday Flashback: How did we go from the beginning of baseball to an official sock provider? Uni Watch offers a selective timeline of baseball's hosiery history.

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Jackie Bradley Jr.'s streak ends at 29

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. failed to extend his hitting streak beyond 29 games, going 0-for-4 against Jon Gray and getting left on deck in the ninth inning in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

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Does baseball have a beanball problem?

After getting thrown at repeatedly over the weekend, reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson spoke out against baseball's indulgence of pitching more than just a bit inside. Does he have a legitimate beef?

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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.

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Dodgers de Los Angeles suben a mexicano Julio Urías

Después de semanas de rumores y expectativas, los Dodgers de Los Angeles anunciaron la noticia más esperada por sus fanáticos en los últimos tiempos: El ascenso del súper prospecto mexicano Julio Urías desde las ligas menores al equipo grande.

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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's?

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2dMark Simon

Giants finding a way to win every close game

The offense hasn't been there, but the Giants are getting both great starting pitching and great defense. Stats & Info looks at their 14-game run.

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Quietly, Steven Matz looking like Mets' ace

Less thunder than Thor. Less drama than the Dark Knight. Less hair than deGrom. Fewer home run heroics than Bartolo. Still, Steven Matz has more wins than anyone on the vaunted Mets staff.

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The Big Three: Machado in same class as Trout, Harper

Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper. That's usually where the discussion goes in a debate of MLB's best players. But there's a new superstar in their midst, and his name is Manny Machado.

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Speed. Stealth. Deceit. Traits that @MLB players and #TMNT have in common.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores will not be active on Friday night for the Mets. He remains on a rehab assignment with the Binghamton Mets and will be in the lineup for a fourth straight game on Friday with the Double-A club. Flores had been eligible to be activated for the series opener against the Dodgers. He was hitless Wednesday and Thursday with the B-Mets. Flores is on the DL with a left hamstring strain. He nonetheless should be activated shortly.

107-year-old shows off moves at MLB game

Virginia McLaurin danced her way to fame at the White House -- and she boogeyed again at her first baseball game with the Nationals.

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Age is just a number. Virginia McLaurin is 107 and she just keeps dancing – this time at her very first MLB game: es.pn/1sfNe2U

Tough choices ahead for Blue Jays

Unless Toronto plays a lot better, the team's brass will have to decide whether the best big-picture play is to become sellers before the Aug. 1 deadline, writes Buster Olney. Sell or stay the course? (Insider)

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Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann slated to long-toss today to see how he's feeling with respect to Grade 1 groin strain suffered last weekend. If all goes well, he will throw a side session on Sunday, after which the Tigers will make a determination on whether to place him on the DL or not. In related news, Matt Boyd was held out of his start yesterday in Triple-A Toledo as Tigers mull options ...

Bradley Jr. bringing Sox suprising dose of energy

Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 29-game hitting streak ended Thursday night with an 0-for-4 performance against Colorado, but this season feels, in every respect, like the start of something big for him, writes Jerry Crasnick. Realizing potential

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Leading @MLB rookies in HRs, RBIs and SLG%. THAT's #ASGWorthy. @esurance #ASG ballot: mlb.com/vote

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

I've seen some people in Boston saying John Farrell messed up Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak by moving him to leadoff for a night. That's ludicrous. Bradley crushed two fly balls that were caught at the fence. He also came very close to getting a fifth at-bat in the 9th precisely because he was batting leadoff. Jon Gray and some bad luck ended Bradley's streak; not John Farrell.