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Javier Baez bashed Cubs to big win

Javier Baez smacked a two-run blast in the seventh inning as the Cubs romped in the late frames before Aroldis Chapman made his Cubs debut.

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Bowden: Should be 'a little concerned' about Cubs (1:34)
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Sale's suspension a strange saga (1:32)
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Closers best at cleaning up their own messes

Which closers are best at getting themselves out of a jam, even though they might have gotten themselves into one? Introducing the relief pitching 'heart-attack index.'

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What would it take to trade for Chris Sale?

Jim Bowden looks at what five teams -- the Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers -- would have to part with to land White Sox ace Chris Sale.

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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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Vote now: How does your MLB team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite MLB team stack up? Vote now!

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BBTN: Chapman Controversy, Trade Market Developments

Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the controversy surrounding Aroldis Chapman's press conference, the developing trade market and much more. Plus, Brendan Kennedy with an update on the Blue Jays and Paul Hoynes checks in on the Indians' status.

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Why hasn't the slide rule increased double plays?

A close play at second base to start a double play no longer involves the take-out slide. It is a free pass to convert, and yet conversions are not increasing in percentage.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs manager Joe Maddon discuss Aroldis Chapman's debut where only his slider dipped below 100 mph.

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This baseball has a mind of its own

Jedd Gyorko's ground ball somehow spun fair after looking like a clear foul ball, leading to Gyorko being thrown out at first base.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman threw 13 heaters in his Cubs debut at Wrigley: 101, 101, 102, 101, 102, 101, 103, 101, 101, 100, 100, 102 & 103. Vroom!

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes reacts after his go-ahead two-run homer against Adam Wainwright goes for naught in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeurys Familia reacts to his streak of 52 straight regular-season save conversions ending on Yadier Molina's RBI double.

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Pirates fan sacrifices body to make catch

This Pirates fan makes a fine catch by going all out to grab a foul ball, while his momentum takes him backwards.

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Sale's suspension a strange saga

It has been a bizarre week for Chris Sale and the White Sox. When news broke on Saturday that he was scratched from his start, few could have predicted what precipitated it.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Termina racha de 52 salvamentos al hijo en temporada regular para el dominicano Jeurys Familia, la tercera más larga en la historia. Desde 2015, Familia ha arruinado sólo cinco salvamentos en temporada regular, tres de ellos han sido contra los Cardenales.

Bryant's homer puts Cubs on the board

Kris Bryant's solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning tied the Cubs-White Sox at 1-1.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite a strong start from Dylan Bundy (five perfect innings before tiring), the Orioles lost 3-1 in the rubber match against the Rockies. It's just the second time this season that the O's - whose .698 home winning percentage is the best in baseball - have dropped a series at Camden Yards.

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Kris Bryant is the 12th player in MLB history with more than 25 HR in each of his first two seasons.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant broke up Anthony Ranaudo's no hitter with his 26th home run of the season in the sixth inning. It matches his total from all of last season. And it tied the game at 1-1.