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A year after Detroit's deadline fire sale, Tigers feel ready to make a run

Sellers again? No way. After unloading at last year's deadline, the belief in the Tigers clubhouse is that this year's team is a true contender.

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Locker Room Lawyer: The Chris Sale debate (4:41)
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How Rich Hill turned around his career

How did veteran lefty Rich Hill turn things around after years of injuries and poor performances? As Eno Sarris writes, tweaks to how and where he throws the ball have given his career new life.

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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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Kurkjian doesn't see Angels winning protest (1:19)
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Harbaugh's first pitch, Chapman's debut and clubhouse antics (1:02)
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Piazza explains move into Italian soccer (1:17)
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Miguel Sano is not happy with his bat (0:16)
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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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White Sox fan takes hilarious stance on uncomfortable throwbacks (0:22)
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How Rich Hill turned around his career

How did veteran lefty Rich Hill turn things around after years of injuries and poor performances? As Eno Sarris writes, tweaks to how and where he throws the ball have given his career new life.

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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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John Kruk @JohnKruk_ESPN

One more question, if the Yankees decide to trade Andrew Miller who gets him and what team needs him the most?

Piazza explains move into ownership

Mike Piazza joined Mike & Mike to share why he decided to buy an Italian soccer team.

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How to spice up this trade deadline

All trade deadlines are not created equal, and this year's hasn't seen the torrent of All-Stars changing teams we had in 2015. Could that change?

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy is out of the lineup today against Arizona lefty Robbie Ray, but hold the hysteria. It's a day game after a night game and Lucroy is hitting .238 vs. left-handers this season, so it makes sense for Brewers manager Craig Counsell to rest him in favor of Martin Maldonado. There's a good chance Lucroy gets moved by Monday's deadline, but he's sitting today because it was a scheduled day off -- not because a trade is imminent.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy to the Dodgers in a potential Wade Davis trade. Said one MLB exec: "I don't think anyone is taking Ian Kennedy's entire contract." Kennedy is owed about $65 million through the 2020 season. It makes sense for the Royals to try, but the initial response to the idea from Davis suitors appears to be underwhelming.

Kurkjian doesn't see Angels winning protest

Tim Kurkjian would be stunned if Angels manager Mike Scioscia wins his protest of Wednesday's game against the Royals.

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Longoria on pace for new homer high

Evan Longoria hit his 23rd home run of the season on Wednesday -- his most through 100 team games in his career and tied for the fourth-most through 100 team games in Rays history, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

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Morrison leaves it all ... in the stands?

Rays first baseman Logan Morrison puts his body on the line by making an incredible catch while falling into the stands.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins is not confident Jose Reyes will be able to return to the lineup on Friday, which had been the hope. Reyes suffered a strained intercostal muscle on his left side on Tuesday. "He was pretty sore last night when he left here," Collins said.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says the day off for Yoenis Cespedes is more than a prudent day off. The balky right quadriceps muscle has flared up. "My leg's pretty sore tonight," Cespedes told Collins late Wednesday. Collins said it's possible Cespedes' absence could last beyond one day.

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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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Peter Bourjos probably bound for the DL, so I'd be surprised if the Phillies trade anyone but Jeremy Hellickson. Don't seem that motivated to move Jeanmar Gomez

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.