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41mDavid Schoenfield

Addition of Aroldis Chapman makes Cubs the team to beat in National League

With the addition of Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs have the NL's best bullpen. It doesn't make them World Series locks, but they are now clear favorites.

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Fan confidence in the Cubs was high last week. With Aroldis Chapman now in the Wrigley Field bullpen, will it go through the roof? Vote now!

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Boston's buying, and it's far from finished

Boston already landed starter Drew Pomeranz. But with the deadline looming, the Red Sox still need pitching -- and they're determined to get it.

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Forecast for Houston call-up Alex Bregman

Tommy Rancel breaks down the skills and opportunities for highly touted prospect Alex Bregman upon his promotion to the Astros.

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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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What to expect from David Dahl

The Rockies have called up David Dahl to help bolster their outfield and add some offensive production to the lineup. Tommy Rancel considers his skills and future in the big leagues.

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1dJim Caple

Caple: The 10 worst MLB uniforms ever

How bad were the throwback uniforms that Chris Sale carved up? Bad enough that the original articles have an honored place among MLB's all-time worst.

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Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets second baseman Neil Walker will sit for the second straight game as the Mets will go with Kelly Johnson at second base for their opener with the Cardinals on Monday night. Manager Terry Collins told Walker he would give him two days off when the team was in Miami. Walker is 4-for-45 in his last 13 games. "I just need to be more consistent in my approach," Walker said before batting practice on Monday.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

An example of deals the Royals are mulling: A team that asked about Wade Davis said it was told the Chapman package "wouldn't get it done"

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals had a rough trip to New York after Sunday Night Baseball. Their charter had mechanical issues so they had to call in another plane. Because of thunderstorms in St. Louis, the second plane couldn't land for quite a while to pick them up. Eventually, they boarded at around 3:15 a.m., endured wild turbulence and got to New York at 6:45 a.m. They got caught in rush-hour New York traffic, reaching their hotel after 8 a.m. Oh, and those thunderstorms are expected to reach Citi Field at about 6 p.m. ET tonight. So, there's that.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Teams talking with the Royals say they're "wide open to listening" on Edinson Volquez, Wade Davis, Kendrys Morales, etc. but want MLB-ready players back, not kids

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox lineup for Monday Night Baseball vs. Tigers.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Declaración en inglés y español de Aroldis Chapman tras canje de los Yankees de Nueva York a los Cachorros de Chicago.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin has been placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Las Vegas with shoulder soreness. Gilmartin is 9-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts) for the Pacific Coast League club this season.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees y Cubs hacen el canje oficial.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have called up Luis Severino. A top prospect, Severino was 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA before being sent down. He'll likely be in the bullpen with the impending trade of Aroldis Chapman.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees anuncian que subieron al lanzador dominicano Luis Severino de Triple A.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Two weeks after having minor surgery on his knee, Craig Kimbrel threw about 20 pitches off a mound, as expected. The plan is for him to repeat this exercise later in the week, and if all goes well, manager John Farrell said Red Sox can discuss the next step, probably a short minor-league rehab assignment.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Eye-opening note from Sarah Langs, of ESPN Stats & Info: Aroldis Chapman hasn't allowed a run vs. the Cardinals in almost 5 years. That's 25 straight scoreless appearances, 46 K's.

karl ravech @karlravechespn

On paper, the mlb game is now the Cubs and everyone else..but we all know fields are made of dirt and grass. This will be good..very good