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Five things we learned Wednesday: The Astros will catch the Rangers

Lance McCullers struck out another 10 batters as the Houston Astros inch closer to the American League West-leading Texas Rangers.

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Harbaugh's first pitch, Chapman's debut and clubhouse antics (1:02)
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Sale set to return for White Sox (1:25)
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27mDan McCarthy, ESPN Stats & Information

David Ortiz's retirement tour: One last trip to Anaheim

David Ortiz's first home run with the Red Sox was against the Angels. It wasn't his only memorable hit against the team. We look at some others.

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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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Sale's suspension a strange saga (1:32)
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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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White Sox fan takes hilarious stance on uncomfortable throwbacks (0:22)
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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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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Idea for one of Chris Sale's teammates: Hang a throwback jersey in his locker today, as he prepares to pitch. He'd laugh the loudest.

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Aroldis Chapman threw 13 fastballs in his @Cubs debut last night. 101 101 102 101 102 101 103 101 101 100 100 102 103 In summary: 

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Bryce Harper is mired in an 0-for-17 slump, dropping his batting average to .237 this season

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Bryce Harper has a .208 BA in hitter's counts (2nd-worst in MLB. He's 1 for his last 25 against fastballs. 578 BA on line drives-.793 in '15

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Evan Longoria: 23rd HR; his most through 100 team games in career...Jay Bruce (CIN): HR in 5 straight games (ties franchise record)

Chapman dazzles in his debut with Cubs

Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning as the Cubs rolled to an 8-1 win over the White Sox.

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Rock, paper, scissors ... water jug to head

Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler decide to battle it out in a game of rock, paper, scissors in which the loser gets hit in the head by a water jug.

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Sano strikes out, snaps his bat in half

After striking out in the eighth inning in the Twins' loss to the Braves, Miguel Sano channels his inner Bo Jackson and snaps his bat over his knee.

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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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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 backward.

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Chapman happy to be with Cubs

After recording a perfect ninth inning in his debut with the Cubs, Aroldis Chapman expresses his happiness over Chicago acquiring him in a trade.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel discuss Aroldis Chapman's debut in the Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox on Wednesday night. The new Cubs closer was over 100 mph on every fastball he threw.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Aroldis Chapman discusses his debut with the Cubs ending with a question about his early relationship with Chicago reporters.

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