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White Sox scratch Sale after pregame 'incident'

The White Sox say Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday night after a non-physical pregame incident. The ace lefty was sent home from the ballpark.

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Closeout Sale: White Sox ace much more efficient

Chris Sale has taken a different approach to getting outs this season. He's made adjustments and gotten help from his defense, as Stats & Info notes.

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Carew: Rose over Suzuki as career hit king

Rod Carew will gladly welcome Ichiro Suzuki into the Hall of Fame fraternity when the time comes. But baseball has only one career hit leader in Carew's estimation, and his name is Pete Rose.

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GM: Tigers not buying or selling at trade deadline

The Detroit Tigers trust in their roster and in the players coming back from injuries to face the last part of the season, general manager Al Avila said on Saturday.

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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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Weak schedule has benefitted the Cubs

The Cubs have done their part in putting up the second-best record in MLB. But as Jeff Sullivan details, their schedule has been extremely kind to this point, while the Rangers' has been unkind.

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#MLBRank, Nos. 30-21: Mix of then and now

Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout were two of five active players to appear from Nos. 30 to 21 in our #MLBRank survey. But where did they land among all-timers like Jackie Robinson and Jimmie Foxx?

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Headed to extra innings here in the Bronx. Still Yankees 1, Giants 1.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

One caveat to consider on Tigers' trade deadline stance: the team also indicated they would not make any big splashes following the Winter Meetings. Then they went out and signed Justin Upton. Owner Mike Ilitch is always a phone call away. Conversely, if team goes off the rails in the next week or if rehab of Zimmermann/Norris takes an unexpected turn, unloading a piece may sound more enticing. Avila did leave the door open. He said standing pat was the team's most realistic option "sitting here right now."

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The White Sox scratched Chris Sale from Saturday night's start due to what the team called a "clubhouse incident": es.pn/2aiTRMr

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Assistant GM John Ricco believes the Mets will make a trade before the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline. "I would guess we'll do something," Ricco said. "…We're definitely looking at bullpen, trying to get some depth there and add to what we have already."

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

BREAKING: Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale scratched from tonight's start against the Detroit Tigers and sent home because of a pre-game clubhouse incident. According to a team-issued press release, the incident was "non-physical" in nature. Sale has been the subject of rampant trade speculation the past few days after GM Rick Hahn admitted he would be open-minded in listening to trade offers for club's ace.

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White Sox's statement on Chris Sale

Chris Sale scratched from tonight's start

The White Sox released a statement saying the scratch is "due to a clubhouse incident before the game. The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club."

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Ivan Nova needed 27 pitches to navigate through the first inning, but got much more economical from there. His final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 96 pitches. Andrew Miller is in. Yankees 1, Giants 1, eighth. New York is 0-for-8 w/ RISP.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

An MRI revealed no structural damage or cartilage issues in Mookie Betts' right knee. There is, however, some swelling, which accounts for him being out of the Red Sox's lineup Saturday night. John Farrell classified it as "a short-term situation."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Johnny Cueto is probably done after requiring 117 pitches to get through six innings. He's gotten better as this game has gone along, at one point striking out five in a row. San Francisco 1, New York 1.

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Perception of some in industry is that Red Sox have the most prospect firepower to make a Chris Sale type trade, if they want.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Cubs' Joe Maddon discussing how his bullpen is coming together given recent developments.

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The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy receives the Spink Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon in Cooperstown. He said his first mitt, bought with S & H green stamps, was a Tito Francona (father of the current manager of the Indians) model. And that he expects his soon-to-be-born grandchild will sit in an obstructed view seat at Fenway, just as his grandfather did in 1912.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Mac Williamson atones for his error, drilling an Ivan Nova pitch into the left-field bullpen. His solo homer ties the Yankees-Giants game at 1-1 in the fifth inning.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says veteran reliever Joe Nathan will join the club on Sunday. A corresponding roster move will be announced then.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Don't hold your breath if you were hoping the Detroit Tigers might engage in big-game hunting at the trade deadline. GM Al Avila said standing pat remains "the most realistic option." "It might not be the sexiest thing, but it is what it is." Views the return of pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris as the big acquisitions. Also optimistic that J.D. Martinez will be back in time to make an impact in potential playoff race