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Cueto makes Royals debut against Jays

Kansas City newcomer Johnny Cueto takes on the new-look Blue Jays in his first start since getting dealt by Cincinnati.

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Wilmer Flores moving on from trade drama

Wilmer Flores spoke to reporters following the New York Mets' loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday, reflecting on the events of the night before.

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MJ backboard, Mantle card sold at auction

The backboard, hoop, net and stand that was the recipient of Michael Jordan's last shot with the Chicago Bulls sold for $41,825 by Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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Sarris: Closers-in-waiting to target in fantasy

Looking at the factors that determine when a closer will lose his job, Eno Sarris identifies 10 such players in MLB, as well as which of their teammates will ascend to the role.

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Orioles come all the way back, take lead

Detroit looked to cruise through the night after an early 6-0 lead. But Manny Machado's 2-run HR has capped a furious Baltimore rally to put the O's in front 7-6 in the 6th. Follow live

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We welcome Evelyn Nicole Kennedy to the world! The Kennedy's fourth daughter was born earlier this evening. Mom and baby doing well.

Man collapses before Astros game

He was near the Houston dugout when he collapsed, and EMTs appeared to be giving him CPR at the scene. The team said in a statement that a fan was transported to the hospital and their "thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.'' Story

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DET's Jose Valdez making big league debut. So far this series, that makes a combined 16 pitchers in 15 innings. Yikes.

Quiet Padres a surprise at deadline

The July 31 deadline came and went, and the Padres shocked the baseball world by holding onto Justin Upton, James Shields and the rest of their trade chips. So Jayson Stark is wondering: What the heck happened?

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Orioles not going away quetly

The Tigers chased Wei-Yin Chen off after just 3 1/3 innings, his shortest career start. But Adam Jones' 100th career HR at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a 3-run shot, has helped knock Detroit's lead down to 6-5. Follow live

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Rangers lighting up Bumgarner early

Madison Bumgarner has given up 6 runs in just 2 innings, including 2-run homers from Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus. Texas leads the Giants 6-2 entering the 3rd. Follow live

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Little things mean big result for Royals

Two consecutive infield singles helped Kansas City turn two would-be outs into two runs, thanks in part to a throwing error by Toronto's Josh Donaldson. Kansas City has staked new pitcher Johnny Cueto to a 5-3 lead. Follow live

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Teixeira hits 10th career grand slam

The Yankees have been threatening the White Sox early and often, and Mark Teixeira made them pay with a 2nd-inning grand slam to open up a 6-0 lead. He now has 27 homers this season. Follow live

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Matt Harvey has a perfect-game bid through 5 IP vs Nationals 2nd-longest perfect-game bid of career (6 2/3 vs White Sox in 2013)

Rockies manager: Axford out as closer

Walt Weiss said before Colorado's game against St. Louis that John Axford will not be closing. In his last five appearances he has blown four saves, giving up 8 runs, 8 hits and 8 walks in 3 innings.

Matt Harvey rolling through Nationals

The Mets' starter has needed just 57 pitches to get through 5 perfect innings at Citi Field. Harvey has 6 strikeouts, the most he has recorded in a start since July 11. Follow live

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It’s a tie game in Toronto after Pillar’s RBI single. #Royals look to strike back in the 5th.