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Matz: Nats plug Roark into rotation

With Stephen Strasburg on the shelf, the Washington Nationals have turned to Tanner Roark for a spot start to help overcome his absence.

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Most notable September call-ups

Keith Law has updated scouting reports and expectations for 10 players to watch in the coming weeks, including top Dodgers prospect Corey Seager.

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Bowden: Possible playoff race X-factors

George Springer, who is returning to action after being out for over two months, and Byron Buxton are just two players who could be X-factors for their teams over the final month of the season. Who else makes the list?

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The Whammys' Elite Eight: What is MLB's best walk-up song?

From Frank Sinata to Fetty Wap, and hip-hop to classic rock, the MLB walk-up music tourney's Elite Eight spans genres and decades. Sound off on which song is best in our ‪#WalkupVote on Twitter.

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Stats & Info: Nats' Harper walks into history

The bat never left Bryce Harper's shoulder Thursday night, but he still scored four runs after walking four times in the Nationals' victory over the Braves.

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Saxon: Dodgers' Seager delivers in MLB debut

Corey Seager's stellar big-league debut for the Dodgers -- two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored -- was overshadowed by a frustrating loss to the Padres.

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Grantland: A Dayton with destiny

Few thought the 2015 Royals could replicate last season's Cinderella run, but K.C. has made a mockery of the doubters on its way to the AL's best record.


Schoenfield: Three future stars in AL rookie race

All the rookie buzz this season seems to have centered on the young sluggers in the National League. But Miguel Sano, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor are making noise, too.

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Saxon: Kershaw's gem completes Giant sweep

Clayton Kershaw carved up the rival Giants, striking out 15 in a complete-game victory that stretched the Dodgers' NL West lead to a stunning 6 1/2 games.

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Zimmerman's blasts drive Nats past Cards

Ryan Zimmerman clubbed two home runs and a go-ahead RBI double as the Nationals prevailed in St. Louis. Max Scherzer struck out 10 through six innings.


Russell smacks two homers in Cubs' win

Addison Russell's pair of home runs, plus Anthony Rizzo's grand slam, powered the Cubs to a blowout, 14-5 win over the Diamondbacks.


OTD: LHP with no right hand tosses no-no

On Sept. 4, 1993, Yankees LHP Jim Abbott -- who was born without his right hand and played 10 seasons in the majors -- struck out three in a no-hitter vs. the Indians.

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Matt Harvey approaching innings limit

The Mets ace is near the 180-innings limit put in place following his Tommy John surgery. Pedro Gomez explains how the team plans to handle him -- and keep agent Scott Boras out of the decision.


Cubs' offense gets it done on all levels

The Cubs drew eight walks -- three of which came with the bases loaded -- and hit four HRs in the 14-5 win over the D-backs. Cubs rookie Addison Russell hit two HRs, good for the first multi-HR game of his career, and Anthony Rizzo hit his second career grand slam. Box score


David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

One note on Matt Harvey: He's 27th in the majors in innings but just 50th in total pitches thrown, so he's been fairly efficient. For example, he has 110 fewer pitches than Lance Lynn but 19 more innings. So maybe Harvey's 166 innings are more like 150 or so in actual workload.

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With CC Sabathia likely rejoining rotation, it means that Masahiro Tanaka will start first game of Blue Jays-Yankee series on Thursday.

Cubs take commanding lead in 5th

With the bases loaded once again vs. the D-backs, new Cub Austin Jackson hit an RBI single through the infield and Chris Coghlan became the eighth Cub to draw a walk as he put the Cubs up 8-2 -- and then Anthony Rizzo's second career grand slam happened to make it 12-2. Follow live

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Russell not missing much today. Even foul balls are smashed. 2 HR's already ...he's up with 2 on 1 out.

Diamondbacks cut into deficit

Phil Gosselin's double to left scored RF Ender Inciarte, who had earlier stolen second and third. The Diamondbacks now trail the Cubs 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Follow live

Addison Russell has two HRs -- so far

It's the Cubs SS's first career multi-HR game. He now has 2 career HRs vs. Arizona's Zack Godley, his most against any pitcher. The Cubs lead 6-1 in the fourth. Follow live


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

After throwing 60 pitches in a simulated game today, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said his knee felt good. Manager Joe Girardi said that the plan is for Sabathia to return to the rotation, possibly in the next week.

Diamondbacks put one on the board

Arizona 2B Chris Owings doubled to deep left-center scoring Welington Castillo in the fourth inning. The Diamondbacks trail the Cubs 4-1. Follow live

Baltimore Orioles @Orioles

The Orioles have placed RHP Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 31, with right shoulder tendinitis.