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Life after Jeter looking good for Yanks

Didi Gregorius doesn't have to be vintage Derek Jeter; he just has to be better than last year's version. He has been, and that's one reason the Yanks are firmly in first.

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AL wild-card predictions (1:07)
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Molly Knight: In Pursuit Of The Dream

Being a woman in the locker room with an unconventional career path didn't stop Molly Knight from building trust with players and the women around them for "The Best Team Money Can Buy."

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Cole talks proposing to Brandon Crawford's sister (1:46)
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Mets rolling behind Cespedes (1:09)
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The weird season of the Athletics (2:18)
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How MLB deflated potential equipment scandal

Remember The Great Glove Grapple of 1990? Probably not, because unlike the NFL with Deflategate, MLB took the air out of rampant mitt growth without creating controversy, Steve Wulf writes.

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Mets fans deserve standing ovation

It was largely the passion of Mets fans -- their declared frustration, their anger -- that drove their team's front office to make changes in Queens.

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What's gone wrong with the Angels? (2:23)
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Possum takes in Orioles-Athletics game (0:28)
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Waiver trade deadline candidates (2:31)
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Wilmer Flores' redemption (0:56)
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Who are the top shortstops in the game? (3:44)

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Lester will start on fri instead of sat. after the short outing yesterday. Hendricks sat now. Wada activated from DL and optioned to AAA

Yanks' Pineda (forearm) out all month

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says RHP Michael Pineda (on DL with strained forearm) will not be back in August. Pineda is 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA this season.

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Dave Dombrowski's teams just finished 1st in 4 straight seasons. Before that the #Tigers had finished 1st 4 times in previous 65 seasons

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Buzz in the industry in recent weeks is that Dombrowski could end up in Toronto as next president of the "BlueJays but didn't foresee this

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Mike Illitch's statement says he's "releasing" Dave Dombrowski "in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities."

Dave Dombrowski out as Tigers' GM

Assistant GM Al Avila was promoted to executive VP of baseball operations and GM today, taking over for the released Dombrowski, who took over in 2002. Under Dombrowski, the Tigers reached the playoffs five times, winning two AL pennants.

Aaron Sanchez suspended 3 games

The Blue Jays RHP received the suspension and an undisclosed fine for throwing at the Royals' Alcides Escobar with warnings in place during Sunday's game. The suspension is scheduled to begin tonight vs. the Twins.

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This is SportsCenter: Yasiel Puig

The Dodgers OF doesn't only have walk-up music during home games -- he also has it during staff meetings. Stan Verrett tried to follow suit. It didn't work so well.

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Remembering the Ryan-Ventura fight

Nolan Ryan's famous fight with Robin Ventura happened 22 years ago today. Did you know that the 46-year-old wasn't ejected for throwing these punches? Other fight facts

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The resurgent Mets

Pedro Gomez describes the domino effect that has overtaken the Mets with the acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.

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OTD: Watch Ryan pummel Ventura

On Aug. 4, 1993, Nolan Ryan showed why, even at 46 years old, it was never smart to test the flamethrower. Just ask then 26-year-old Robin Ventura.

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Happy 54th birthday, POTUS!

And may the White Sox beat the Rays tonight as a gift.

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Some interesting family dynamics

Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole is engaged -- to Amy Crawford, sister of Giants SS Brandon Crawford. Cole explains how Amy decides who to root for.

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Baseball's rain delay shenanigans

Human bowling. Giant slip and slides. Bill Murray running across the tarp. If you can dream it, it can be done during a rain delay.

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Astros GM: 'I couldn't be more excited'

Houston's 60-47 record has even surprised Jeff Luhnow: "We knew we were going to be a competitive team. Thought probably about .500, maybe have a chance to be in consideration for the wild card and start to really get some energy and excitement around Houston."

ICYMI: Inciarte fires rocket to second

Diamondbacks RF Ender Inciarte caught Yunel Escobar like a deer in headlights between first and second base and got him out with a barehanded grab and throw. Escobar didn't stand a chance.

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Braves lose Freddie Freeman again

Freeman's time off the DL lasted just 10 games. After leaving Monday's game with a right oblique injury, the Braves placed him on the DL today. He previously missed a month with a wrist injury, before being activated July 25.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

This is latest into a season that Mets & Yankees have each been in sole possession of 1st place in their division since end of 2006 season

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Rays (Chris Archer) at White Sox (Chris Sale), 8:10 ET. Sale, Archer are 2nd, 4th respectively in MLB in strikeouts (1: Kershaw, 3: Kluber).

Nationals reeling since start of July

Earlier this season, the Nats ranked in the top 10 in several key areas. But since?

  • Runs per game: Had been 8th; now, 28th
  • BA: Had been 9th; now, last
  • RBIs: Had been 9th; now, last

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New York state of mind in the standings

This is the latest into a season that the Mets and Yankees have each been in sole possession of 1st place in their divisions since the end of the 2006 season.

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