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White Sox fall to Cubs in Chris Sale's return

Chris Sale gave up six hits and two runs in six innings in his return from a five-game suspension. But the Cubs' John Lackey was slightly sharper and Aroldis Chapman closed the door as the Cubs got the W at Wrigley Field.

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Cold Hard Facts: Trade deadline looming (0:56)
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Ichiro doubles for hit 2,998 (0:21)
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Source: Mets' Lagares likely back to the DL

With a partially torn ligament in his left thumb that may require surgey, the New York Mets will call up Brandon Nimmo and likely put Juan Lagares on the disabled list, a source tells ESPN.

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How Rich Hill turned around his career

How did veteran lefty Rich Hill turn things around after years of injuries and poor performances? As Eno Sarris writes, tweaks to how and where he throws the ball have given his career new life.

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Locker Room Lawyer: The Chris Sale debate (4:41)
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14hDan McCarthy, ESPN Stats & Information

David Ortiz's retirement tour: One last trip to Anaheim

David Ortiz's first home run with the Red Sox was against the Angels. It wasn't his only memorable hit against the team. We look at some others.

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Kurkjian doesn't see Angels winning protest (1:19)
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Harbaugh's first pitch, Chapman's debut and clubhouse antics (1:02)
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Piazza explains move into Italian soccer (1:17)
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Miguel Sano is not happy with his bat (0:16)
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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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How Chapman trade altered reliever market

The Cubs made the first big relief pitching splash has reset the reliever trade market, so what's next for other buyers looking to add bullpen talent?

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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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Fan gets souvenir, smooch from d'Arnaud

Chase d'Arnaud couldn't reach a foul ball but got up close and personal with a fan in the first row.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman through translator Miguel Montero discuss his first save as a Cub. It was his first of more than three outs this season.

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Chapman finishes off White Sox

Aroldis Chapman struck out two over 1 1/3 innings to earn his first save with the Cubs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman discuss how the fans have treated him after his two days on the mound. Miguel Montero translates for him.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman's heat-wave parade on night 2 at Wrigley: 100, 103, 103, 100, 102, 102, 102, 103, 102, 100, 100, 99, 98, 98, 102. En fuego!

Ichiro doubles for hit No. 2,998

Ichiro Suzuki ripped a double to right field in the seventh inning for the 2,998th hit of his major league career.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants do what they usually do at trade deadlines make precision under the radar moves that end up being significant acquiring Eduardo Nunez from Twins (remember Marco Scutaro and Javier Looez trades in past deadlines?) He fills in at 3B at least until Duffy comes back and then gives them versatile player who can also play 2B & OF. He leads AL with 26 SB with 12 HR .300 AVG. Twins get LHP Adalberto Mejia in return who profiles just as 6th or 7th inning reliever or 5th starter.

Aybar makes impressive spinning catch

Erick Aybar went a long distance for this dizzying grab.

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Phils crush back-to-back homers in 1st

Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph gave the Phillies a quick lead on the Braves.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Aroldis Chapman is attempting his first, 4+ out save this season and ninth of his career as he ended the eighth inning by striking out Melky Cabrera with the tying run at third base and the Cubs leading the White Sox, 2-1. Chapman has struck out 3 of 4 batters he's faced as a newly acquired Cub.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey out pitched Chris Sale on Thursday night giving up just a first inning run over his six innings of work. At one point he retired 10 in a row while striking out four and walking just one in the outing. He left leading 2-1.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Trout and Alfredo Griffin, wearing Big Papi-style bling around their necks, join Albert Pujols in presenting David Ortiz with a portrait before the opener of his final series at Angel Stadium.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Hearing that Juan Lagares to the disabled list is the most likely roster move to clear the roster spot for Brandon Nimmo. That's bad news for Lagares. He appears headed for surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his left thumb.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

The Cubs showed their all-time single-season leaderboard for ERA+, headed by Mordecai Brown. He'll always be Three Finger to me.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

What if Red Sox are done dealing? John Farrell: "We feel like this is a complete team when you look at balance from a position-player standpoint and the guys in our rotation. It's up to us to go out and execute and perform to our abilities."