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6hJayson Stark

No aces to deal: Where are the starting pitchers at this trade deadline?

Contenders looking to add starting pitching at the trade deadline have a bigger problem than striking a deal. This year, there simply may be no top-shelf starters to be had. But why is that?

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6hJim Bowden

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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White Sox fan takes hilarious stance on uncomfortable throwbacks (0:22)
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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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White Sox looking to stay hot on Wednesday Night Baseball (2:18)
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Melvin Upton brings lots of options to Blue Jays (2:02)
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15hMark Saxon

Jedd Gyorko powering Cardinals' slugging surge

Led by the red-hot Jedd Gyorko, the St. Louis Cardinals continued to hit for power on Tuesday. But will all the home runs ultimately be enough?

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6hESPN Stats & Information

It's time for the Royals to sell

The Royals are three games under .500 for the first time this season. We look into why they should be sellers at the deadline.

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1dDoug Glanville

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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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, the promising third prospect acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, has undergone labrum surgery. Becerra was hitting .312/.341/.393 in 65 games with Class A St. Lucie.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres rookie Alex Dickerson is earning a long look down the stretch with home runs in four straight games (and the Padres have homered in 25 straight games, two shy of the MLB record of the 2002 Rangers). Dickerson is 26 and never had the plate discipline in the minors to tap into his power potential, but he could hit himself into the team's 2017 plans.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Among the relievers that the Giants have discussed: The Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez, Milwaukee's Jeremy Jeffress.

AJ Mass

It's time to consider Mets infielder Wilmer Flores for your fantasy team. Plus, updated top 250 rest-of-season rankings from AJ Mass. Flores rises in rest-of-season rankings

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Teams talking to the Phillies about Jeremy Hellickson say they're being told they don't have to trade him unless the return beats the draft pick.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs seem to be viewing Deadline Week now as a long-term shopping opportunity. Wouldn't be a surprise if they took a run at the Rays' starters

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Bryce Harper at the plate now a little like Giancarlo Stanton in slump two months ago: Sometime, it's as if he's falling away as he swings.

Hilarious spectator agrees with Sale

This White Sox fan has a great sense of humor about Chris Sale's objection to the team's uncomfortable throwback jerseys.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Unveiled: Logo to next year's MLB All-Star Game

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers P Drew VerHagen is having season-ending Thoracic Outlet surgery. He had previously tried the rehab and physical therapy route to avoid surgery but was shut down last week.