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Kurkjian: The magical night Ripken passed Gehrig

Twenty years ago this weekend, Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 2,131st straight game to become the all-time iron man on one of MLB's most unforgettable nights.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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

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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.

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.

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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

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

Cubs extend early lead vs. Diamondbacks

Addison Russell belted a 1-0 pitch into the stands to lead off the second inning, extending Chicago's lead to 4-0. The dinger marked Russell's 11th of this season. Follow live

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees CC Sabathia is throwing a simulated game at the Stadium right now. Sabathia has been on the disabled list since Aug. 24 with a bad right knee. There was some thought Sabathia may not return this season, but Sabathia is giving it a try.

Rookies show patience to put Cubs up

The Cubs found themselves with the bases loaded vs. D-backs RHP Zack Godley, and back-to-back walks from Kris Bryant and Javier Baez put the Cubs up 2-0 in the bottom of the first. David Ross' sac fly made it 3-0 before the inning was done. Follow live

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber is expected to miss 3-5 days with a rib cage strain. Since Aug. 1st, he leads the team with 10 HR, 26 RBI, 29 R.

Astros activate George Springer

Houston gets back its star second-year outfielder after a fractured wrist sidelined him for more than two months. Springer's .822 OPS ranks second for AL-West-leading Houston.

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SportsCenter's not top plays

It's been a fun week of mascot fails, baseball gaffes and tennis whiffs.

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