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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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Melvin Upton brings lots of options to Blue Jays (2:02)
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White Sox looking to stay hot on Wednesday Night Baseball (2:18)
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9hMark 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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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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23hDoug 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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17hSarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

History does not favor the Giants

The Giants have lost eight of nine games to start the second half, a trend that historically has not boded well for a team's playoff chances.

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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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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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Ice Bucket Challenge funds help gene discovery

The Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $100 million in contributions for the ALS Association, which contributed $1 million to a research project that identified a gene linked to ALS.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Dilson Herrera actually slept funny on the bus from Las Vegas to Fresno and was scratched from the PCL game on Tuesday for that reason. It was just a coincidence in timing that he was scratched nearly simultaneously with Jose Reyes' intercostal injury, I'm told.

Ortiz crushes 25th homer of the season

David Ortiz continues his final season in fine fashion with a three-run home run over the wall in right field at Fenway Park to increase his season HR tally to 25.

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Ichiro smacks hit No. 2,997

On the road to 3,000, Ichiro Suzuki records his 2,997th career hit with a single to left field on Tuesday.

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It's time for the Royals to be sellers

At three games under .500 (48-51), the defending champion Royals are at their low point on the season. Here's why they should be sellers at the deadline. Wave the white flag

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Rick Sutcliffe pulls a Chris Sale on his tie

Rick Sutcliffe pokes fun at Chris Sale by cutting his tie in half on the air during the Cubs-White Sox broadcast on ESPN.

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Gyorko earns title of 'Mr. Doubleheader'

For the second time in a week, Jedd Gyorko played both ends of a doubleheader and went deep in each game, crushing five home runs in the four games.

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Upton brings lots of options to Blue Jays

Alex Cora loves the trade that sent Melvin Upton Jr. to the Blue Jays due to how versatile he'll be for the Jays as they look to defend their American League East crown.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 3, Rays 2, Final. Bud Norris 6.1 scoreless innings, Kenley Jansen the save, Yasmani Grandal with a home run.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

With a home run Tuesday, the Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal has now reached base in 15 of his 17 games this month. He also has seven HRs in July and 14 on the season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Dilson Herrera was in Las Vegas' original lineup on Tuesday night at Fresno and was scratched. So it would seem that if Jose Reyes requires a DL stint for an intercostal strain suffered in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Herrera is the likely call-up.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

What a win for the Blue Jays as they score three runs in the bottom of the 12th. Pinch-hitter Darwin Barney had a big double in the rally and Jose Bautista a bases-loaded walk to force in one run. The winning then scored on a wild pitch. Crazy night at Rogers Centre.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Padres have homered in 24 games in a row, just three short of tying the 27 games of the 2002 Rangers. And now Matt Kemp's 12th-inning homer has given them a 6-4 lead over Toronto. Since 2009, only Nelson Cruz and Brian McCann have more extra-inning home runs than Kemp's seven.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about his offense's struggles the last couple of days with White Sox pitching.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez, who earned a four-out save last night, just earned his 29th save of the season as Tigers win 9-8, ending a roller-coaster of a game against Red Sox. Both Bruce Rondon and Shane Greene helped preserve the lead in the seventh and eight innings, respectively. Tigers take first two games of the series.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant discuss getting shut down by James Shields on Tuesday night in his team's 3-0 loss to the White Sox.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers starter Bud Norris gave his team a scoreless first inning against the Rays. When last seen, Norris was pitching late into the night Friday, picking up some relief innings in the Dodgers' eventual 16-inning defeat at St. Louis.