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Mets aim to salvage series finale against Red Sox

Having lost the first two games of their series against the Red Sox, the Mets turn to rookie Noah Syndergaard to get them back on track.

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Rogers: Arrieta nearing elite status

While many around baseball rave about Jake Arrieta's stuff, the right-hander said gaining control of his pitches has made him a Cy Young candidate.

Fan falls from upper deck, loses life (0:22)
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41mDoug Mittler

Mittler: Nothing wrong with the two-wild-card format

Doug Mittler takes aim at critics of MLB's current playoff format, determining that their primary argument -- that mediocre teams can qualify for it -- is really nothing new in MLB.

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Top 5: Rising Rangers ready for stretch run?

Who's hot in August? Texas, because by beating Baltimore thanks to some unlikely heroes, the Rangers could have the late-game assets to win more tight games down the stretch.

Encarnacion staying hot (1:34)
Kurkjian: Kershaw's the best pitcher in baseball (1:00)
Hamels pitching well at key time for Rangers (0:57)
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19hDoug Padilla

White Sox mum on a Carlos Rodon innings limit

The White Sox want lefty Carlos Rodon to get more experience this season, but not at the expense of putting a lot of mileage on his arm.

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Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

MLB is investigating how it might safeguard fans from flying balls and bats, but the solution is more difficult than just extending a net in every ballpark.

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Ellsbury finishing August on power trip

Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury slugged HR No. 7 of the season in the second inning, a three-run shot to give New York a 3-0 lead over the Braves. Four of Ellsbury's seven home runs this season have come in August. Follow live

Early home lead for Cleveland

The Indians' Michael Brantley doubled to deep right to score Jason Kipnis in the first. Brantley later scored when Carlos Santana doubled to deep center and Brantley just beat the throw home. Follow live


Home run parade in Toronto

Josh Donaldson opened things up with the first home run in the 1st inning. Edwin Encarnacion added another solo dinger -- hitting in his 25th straight game with his 4th HR in his last 2 games. And Kevin Pillar went yard with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning. Toronto now is up 4-0 on Detroit in the third.

Stephen Strasburg roughed up in first

Justin Bour took the Nationals starter deep to center field for a three-run homer, his 14th this season. The Marlins lead 3-0 in D.C. Follow live

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Of 37 umps who've worked HP for at least 2 of his GS, Strasburg's 4.91 ERA w/Dale Scott is 5th worst. Scott behind plate today...3-0, Fish.

Moment of silence for Braves fan

Prior to today's game, the Braves lowered the American flag to half-staff in memory of Greg "Ace" Murrey, who fell to his death Saturday night during the Yankees-Braves game.



Out in the 'pen, they don't even need to look. They know #Stras is ready to roll. #Gametime!

Donaldson powering Jays in August

Josh Donaldson's 1st-inning HR put the Blue Jays up 2-0. He now has hit 11 HRs in August. Only the Mariners' Nelson Cruz (12) has more. Donaldson's 36 HRs this season are also second to Cruz and his 39. Follow live

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In wild card era, only 2 teams have come back from more than 5 games back on 8/30 to win division ('95 M's, '06 Twins). #Nats are 5.5 out.

Olney: How the Yankees can win the east

The Yankees hold the AL wild card's top spot but need a boost from Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner to win the AL East. With the older players wearing down, Buster Olney said: "Those two guys are going to have to lead this offense."


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The Blue Jays have scored 10+ runs in 21 games this season, 9 more than any other team & more than double the number they had last year.

Olney: Mets have a Matt Harvey problem

"Harvey has only a handful of innings remaining under the number prescribed by surgeons -- 180. Harvey has thrown 160 this season, with four weeks remaining in the regular season and the month of October to come. What happens next is unclear.” They have options (Insider)

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Happy Birthday to a World Series champion and a #Phillies great, Tug McGraw. #WeMissYou

Can the Rangers sustain their success?

"They can," ESPN's Buster Olney told SportsCenter. Texas leads the 2nd wild card spot after going 25-14 since the All-Star break. They are "gathering momentum as we head down the stretch," Olney said.


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Terry Collins said Juan Uribe doesn't like to play first base, and wanted to get him at the lineup.

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Juan Uribe started one game with Atlanta this season at 2B. Otherwise, he had not played there since 2011. 193 career starts there.

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This week’s Top 10: 1. St. Louis 2. Kansas City 3. Pittsburgh 4. Toronto 5. Houston 6. Dodgers 7. Cubs 8. Mets 9. Yankees 10. TEX Fire away.