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Who is baseball's best manager?

ESPN surveyed 50 scouts, front-office executives, coaches and media analysts in a multitude of categories, and no manager ranked higher overall than the Giants' Bruce Bochy.

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GM's Office: Joe Maddon is players' choice (6:27)
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Thursday's power rankings

Among Thursday's highlights: Jose Fernandez wins in his first start 13 months after Tommy John surgery, and Scott Kazmir stifles Seattle.

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SweetSpot TV: The Non-Star team (3:13)
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Nationals getting what they wanted from Scherzer (1:04)

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Rays activate James Loney from DL

The 1B was out with a broken finger and said he's "ready to go" for tonight's gave vs. the Yankees. He was batting .275 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs before he went on the 15-day DL.

Scoreless through 1 in D.C.

With Yunel Escobar on second thanks to a ground-rule double, Giants RHP intentionally walked Bryce Harper -- but Clint Robinson flied out to strand the baserunners. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Headed to the bottom of the first inning on ESPN, Giants-Nationals. Span, Espinosa, Escobar, Harper 1-through-4, vs. Jake Peavy.

Watch: Giants at Nationals on ESPN

The Giants were swept in Miami earlier this week, so they're looking to get back on track in D.C. Jake Peavy is making his first start since April 17 (back strain) as Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the Nats. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Sox activate Shane Victorino from DL

The OF hadn't played in the majors since May 24 because of a calf strain, but he's activated for the weekend series vs. Houston. Boston also placed catcher Blake Swihart on the DL with a sprained toe.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mavs convinced DeAndre Jordan he was an underutilized gem. They painted a picture -- with stats, X's and O's, etc. -- of Dallas potential.

Doug Padilla @ESPNChiSox

Chris Sale to pitch Monday on an extra day of rest. Carlos Rodon to return to the rotation Sunday.

Aces wild in Giants-Nationals

Some big-name pitchers are lined up for a key 3-games series among NL contenders. The series starts at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

A-Rod, Yankees resolve bonus dispute

New York will donate $2.5 million to the MLB Urban Youth Foundation and $1 million to three other charities after the two sides "amicably" settled a potential dispute over a $6M bonus owed to Alex Rodriguez for tying WIllie Mays' home run total.

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A-Rod to get ball from 3,000th hit today

Zack Hample, the fan who caught Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit June 19, will present the ball to A-Rod today at 5:30 ET. In exchange, the Yankees will donate $150K to a charity that Hample has supported since 2009. Along with the donation, the Yanks will give Hample memorabilia, tickets and other perks.

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Final: Marlins 2, Cubs 1

Marlins RHP Tom Koehler and the bullpen held the Cubs to just 1 run as Miami took the first game of the series in Chicago. Miami 1B Justin Bour homered for the fourth straight game in the win -- all 4 games Miami has won. Box score

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Cubs strand tying run, still trail

Kris Bryant walked and stole second, but Miguel Montero and Chris Denorfia struck out to end the 8th inning. Chicago enters the 9th trailing Miami 2-1. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

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Andrew Marchand @AndrewMarchand

The A-Rod bonus agreement charity money will not count against the competitive balance tax so, in effect, the Yanks are saving $5.5M (1/2)