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Javier Baez bashes Cubs into the lead

Javier Baez smacked a two-run blast in the seventh inning to give the Cubs a narrow lead. Can their restocked bullpen hold it?

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Bowden: Should be 'a little concerned' about Cubs (1:34)
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The wild ride to .500 for the Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have played at times like one of the best teams in baseball. They also have a few stretches they would like to forget.

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Sale's suspension a strange saga (1:32)
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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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What would it take to trade for Chris Sale?

Jim Bowden looks at what five teams -- the Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers -- would have to part with to land White Sox ace Chris Sale.

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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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Vote now: How does your MLB team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite MLB team stack up? Vote now!

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Melvin Upton brings lots of options to Blue Jays (2:02)
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BBTN: Chapman Controversy, Trade Market Developments

Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the controversy surrounding Aroldis Chapman's press conference, the developing trade market and much more. Plus, Brendan Kennedy with an update on the Blue Jays and Paul Hoynes checks in on the Indians' status.

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Why hasn't the slide rule increased double plays?

A close play at second base to start a double play no longer involves the take-out slide. It is a free pass to convert, and yet conversions are not increasing in percentage.

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Pirates fan sacrifices body to make catch

This Pirates fan makes a fine catch by going all out to grab a foul ball, while his momentum takes him backwards.

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Sale's suspension a strange saga

It has been a bizarre week for Chris Sale and the White Sox. When news broke on Saturday that he was scratched from his start, few could have predicted what precipitated it.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Termina racha de 52 salvamentos al hijo en temporada regular para el dominicano Jeurys Familia, la tercera más larga en la historia. Desde 2015, Familia ha arruinado sólo cinco salvamentos en temporada regular, tres de ellos han sido contra los Cardenales.

Bryant's homer puts Cubs on the board

Kris Bryant's solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning tied the Cubs-White Sox at 1-1.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite a strong start from Dylan Bundy (five perfect innings before tiring), the Orioles lost 3-1 in the rubber match against the Rockies. It's just the second time this season that the O's - whose .698 home winning percentage is the best in baseball - have dropped a series at Camden Yards.

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Kris Bryant is the 12th player in MLB history with more than 25 HR in each of his first two seasons.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant broke up Anthony Ranaudo's no hitter with his 26th home run of the season in the sixth inning. It matches his total from all of last season. And it tied the game at 1-1.

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No pitcher has homered for the lone run in a no-hitter, and it won't happen tonight. Kris Bryant homers off Anthony Ranaudo to tie the game.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Ranaudo just became the 2nd AL pitcher ever to HR at Wrigley Field. The other: Daniel Norris last Aug. 19.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Pretty epic battle between Adam Wainwright and Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh inning. Wainwright was riding a string of eight quality starts in his previous nine outings and he has regained manager Mike Matheny's trust late in games, so he was facing Cespedes even though his pitch count had gone over 110 with two runners on in the seventh inning. After Cespedes fouled off a good high fastball on 3-and-2, Wainwright hung a curveball on his 117th pitch and Cespedes hit it off the facing of the second deck for a two-run home run, his 22nd, that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs don't have a hit off White Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo through 4 innings as their offensive slump continues. Meanwhile Ranaudo's first major league hit is a home run off Jason Hammel. Sox lead 1-0 Top 5

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper is hitting .138 in his past 18 games with a lowly .527 OPS. One of the interesting stats from his season has been the inability to crush fastballs like last year: .219 average and .841 OPS versus .352 and 1.189 in 2015.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the biggest mysteries of 2016 is the decline of Jose Abreu. While everyone else is hitting more home runs and producing more offense, Abreu has just 11 home runs and his OPS is down 200 points from his 2014 season when he finished fourth in the MVP voting.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy was perfect through 5.1 innings (with 8 K's). Then came a walk. Then came a homer. Then came another homer. The Rockies lead 3-0, and Bundy's done after 5.2 and 89 pitches (standing O upon removal), but it looks like the O's might have something special with the 23-year old righty - assuming he can stay healthy.