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AL West leaders face off

The Angels and Astros are in a virtual tie atop the AL West. David Schoenfield details nine reasons why you should watch tonight's matchup between the teams.

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White Sox knock out Porcello early

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello is out of the game after allowing 6 runs and 10 hits in 2-plus innings, with a couple of runners still on base. Craig Breslow is now in for Boston in the third. Follow live

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Joey Votto enters tonight's game having reached 37 times in his past 50 PAs. Last guy to reach 37 out of 50: Barry Bonds in 2004. (Elias)

Altuve aims to exted home hitting streak

Jose Altuve can run his home hitting streak to 18 games at Minute Maid Park with a hit in tonight’s game vs. the Angels. The streak would be the longest home hitting streak in Minute Maid by an Astro since it opened in 2000. It's scoreless in the second. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Marlins play flatulence noises in Nats' BP

The decision to play flatulence noises from the loudspeakers appears to be payback for the Nationals playing slow jams during visitor's batting practice at Nationals Park. But the Nats didn't seem to be distracted in BP as they just took a 2-1 lead in the fourth behind a Ian Desmond triple and a Michael Taylor sac fly. Follow live

Paul Pierce fails with first pitch

New Clipper Paul Pierce's pitch at the Dodgers game comes up well short of the target.

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Colon a concern for Mets

David Schoenfield says that New York needs help as it makes its playoff push: "I know everybody loves Bartolo Colon, but he's 0-5 in his past six starts with an ERA over 5 and just got knocked out in the third inning tonight. Maybe the Mets should consider a starting pitcher as much as a bat, because they can't really count on Steven Matz coming back to help."

Padres end Colon's night early

Bartolo Colon did not escape the 3rd, as San Diego took a 6-1 lead and forced a pitching change to Alex Torres. Colon's final line on the night: 2.1 IP, 10 hits, 6 ER, 2 HRs allowed and 1 K. But he did not walk anyone, so there's that! Follow live

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Tulo: "Wait, you mean the Rogers Centre is the Coors Field of the American League? Yes, I'm starting to like this trade, yes I am."

Tulo hits farthest homer since 2009

Troy Tulowitzki's third-inning HR off the Phillies' Jerome Williams was calculated at 460 feet, the longest HR he's hit since ESPN started tracking home runs in 2009. It is the seventh homer hit more than 450 feet at Rogers Centre this year, second to only Coors Field (10). Follow live

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Melky Cabrera continues multi-hit streak

The White Sox LF is already 2-for-2 over the first two innings, his 7th consecutive game with at least 2 hits. Chicago has raced out to a 5-0 lead over the struggling Red Sox. Follow live

Watch: Astros-Angels on ESPN

The two teams are tied for first place in the AL West after Houston's win last night. Los Angeles will not have Mike Trout in the starting lineup. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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It's not Bartolo Colon's night

Back-to-back homers from Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso have the Mets SP on the hook for 6 Padres runs, as San Diego has plated 2 runs in each inning so far. Follow live

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With that base hit, Ichiro becomes the 38th player ever to reach 2,900 hits in @MLB. Congratulations, Ichiro!

Tulo crushes homer to second deck

Troy Tulowitzki made his presence felt in his Blue Jays debut with a two-run blast in the third to snap an 0-for-21 streak, his longest career hitless streak. Toronto leads the Phillies 2-0. Follow live

Duda stops Ross' streak at 100

Padres SP Tyson Ross had made it through 99 innings without allowing a HR coming into tonight. He was safe through the 1st, but a solo shot from Lucas Duda has the Mets within 4-1. Ross' streak was the longest since Sid Fernandez (111 IP, 1992, via Elias). Follow live

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Another day, another Pedro ceremony

One day after retiring Pedro Martinez's No. 45, the Red Sox had another ceremony for the recently inducted Hall of Famer tonight, this time all in Spanish.

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White Sox take early lead on Red Sox

Chicago's offense keeps on clicking, as it scored 2 runs in the 1st inning on a leadoff HR from Adam Eaton and an Adam LaRoche single that plated Melky Cabrera. Follow live

The Mets have had better starts

New York can pull into first in the NL East tonight, but not at this rate. The Padres scored twice with 2 outs in the top of the 2nd to double their lead to 4-0. Follow live

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White Sox look for 7th straight win

Chicago has won its past six games by a combined score of 45-17, and it continues its series against the Red Sox, who are just 2-10 since the All-Star break. Follow live

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