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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lasorda on the greatness of Vin Scully

Longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda says baseball will be losing something special when Vin Scully retires.

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MLB lineups for Saturday

Mookie Betts is not in the lineup for the Red Sox as they look to avenge Friday's loss to the Twins at 7:10 p.m. ET. All the lineups

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Tough day for R.A. Dickey as he's out after 3+ innings, his shortest outing of the season, and leaves with bases loaded and down 5-1. He also had some bad luck: Two infield tricklers that went for hits, a bad throw by Justin Smoak on a double play ball, and a liner off Troy Tulowitzki's glove that should have been caught.

Nelson Cruz with 9th career grand slam

Cruz's 3rd-inning grand slam was calculated at 432 feet, his 10th home run this season of at least 425 feet which his the most in the AL. Follow live

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says 1B Mark Teixeira is hitting seventh because he wanted to move other guys up in the order. Girardi thinks it has been difficult for Teixeira because of all the injuries. "I gave him a heads up before," Girardi said of his conversation with Teixeira.

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Disappointed by high school draft picks in the past, then Mariners owner George Argyros at first wanted to take Mike Harkey over Griffey Jr.

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Nelson Cruz loves hitting against the Blue Jays and he crushes an R.A. Dickey knuckleball over the center-field fence for a grand slam. Dickey got himself in trouble by hitting two batters to load the bases.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira has not hit seventh since 2012, when he had two starts in that batting slot.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Corey Seager's streak of 7 consecutive hits, that ended in his 5th AB on Friday, was tied for second longest ever by an MLB rookie. Oddibe McDowell went 8 consecutive for TEX in 1985.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees lineup Saturday vs. Giants: Gardner LF Ellsbury CF Beltran DH McCann C Castro 2B Gregorius SS Teixeira 1B Headley 3B Hicks RF/Nova RHP

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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