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Kershaw falls short of high expectations

Clayton Kershaw wasn't his usual dominant self, and the Dodgers didn't provide much support, allowing Pirates starter Chad Kuhl to shine in his MLB debut.

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Stephen Strasburg injury is Nationals' nightmare

With Stephen Strasburg hurt again, you couldn't blame GM Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals if they're feeling a bit anxious about their $175 million investment.

Fernandez's slider gets the job done against the Cubs (0:48)
Gillaspie sends the Giants fans home happy (0:36)
Home is where the throw is (1:30)
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Early list of potential All-Star snubs

Picking the All-Star teams is always hard. Here is Buster Olney's list of players who should be considered but may be left behind because of a ballot crunch.

Reds honor Rose by retiring No. 14 (0:24)
Sale earns 13th win as White Sox top Blue Jays (1:05)
Happy 42nd birthday Derek Jeter (1:58)
Expect Nationals to upgrade bullpen around deadline (0:51)
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6hJim Bowden

How to fix the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Jim Bowden said it's not time for the Pirates to panic, because he knows what changes are necessary to make this team a real contender.

Crasnick: Cubs could use one more reliever (0:59)
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Michael Pineda might be better than his stats

Although Saturday's start was against a lineup with minimal offensive power, Michael Pineda looked more like the pitcher the Yankees hope he can be.

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Atlanta's best move might be keeping Teheran

Julio Teheran is a valuable trade chip, but if the Braves can't get a big enough return, they might better off holding onto the young righty.

Is Reyes the boost the Mets need? (1:33)
Kurkjian: Indians are for real (1:09)
Will Teheran be on the move? (1:45)
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Indians proving that Cleveland rocks

The Cavaliers won the NBA title and now the Indians can't lose. We look at their recent streak and their season outlook.

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.


Is it smart to pester Clayton Kershaw?

The Pirate Parrot drove a remote control car by the Dodgers' ace, who appeared visibly annoyed.


McCutchen slams bat, gets ejected

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was ejected in the seventh inning after slamming his bat to the ground in reaction to being caught looking on a strikeout.


Astros looking to stay hot in primetime

The Baseball Tonight crew previews the Monday Night Baseball matchup between the Astros and Angels.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw's two rough innings this season have been with Yasmani Grandal at behind the plate, but he's not going to let any of his catchers take the fall.


Kuhl: 'I won't be able to sleep tonight'

Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl describes how he's feeling after defeating Clayton Kershaw to pick up the victory in his major league debut.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Pirates 4, Dodgers 3, Final. Dodgers lose for just the second time with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

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Kershaw tonight: - Tied for shortest outing of season - 2nd most ER allowed in a game this season - Most BB allowed in a game this season

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen ejected for slamming his bat after called Strike 3. Seemed to have a beef, but the bat slam might have been a bit much.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Andrew McCutchen ejected from the game after disputing a couple of strike calls in his at-bat. He doesn't get that angry very often.

Turner gets thrown out at the plate after wild pitch

Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl throws a wild pitch and Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner goes for it only to be tagged out at the plate by Kuhl.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw done for the day as Trayce Thompson pinch hits. Kershaw: 4 runs and 9 hits, both second most in 16 starts this season.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Add Mike Bolsinger to the list of pitchers the Dodgers do not expect to use as a starter Wednesday at Milwaukee. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Ross Stripling and Chris Taylor were already eliminated from consideration Saturday. One pitcher not yet eliminated: minor-leaguer Brock Stewart, who started the season at Single-A and has a 1.78 ERA over three different levels.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw remembered how to intentionally walk somebody that last half inning. No small feat since he hasn't done it in over a year.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

You see the best pitcher on the planet taking the mound. The Pirates' Chris Stewart sees batting practice. Stewart is now 9-for-17 lifetime against Clayton Kershaw after that double, his second hit today.

How important is Strasburg to the Nationals?

With Stephen Strasburg heading to the disabled list with an upper-back strain, the Baseball Tonight crew examines his importance to the Nationals.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

For all those hoping to board the Lucas Giolito hype train, not so fast. Yes, the Nats' top prospect, who last threw June 22nd for Double-A Harrisburg, could slot in on Tuesday, when Washington - which placed Stephen Strasburg on the DL today - needs a spot starter. But # 9 prospect Austin Voth, who's no chopped liver either (2.99 ERA at Triple-A Syracuse) and last worked on June 23rd, probably makes more sense. The Nationals are expected to announce a roster move on Monday.