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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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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


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


Miami Marlins @Marlins

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.


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


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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Padres waste no time vs. Mets

A wild throw on the first hit of the game was a bad omen for New York. Yangervis Solarte gave San Diego runners at the corners, and Matt Kemp tallied his 55th RBI of the year as the Padres lead 1-0 -- and continue to threaten. Follow live

Mets have first place in their sights

New York hasn't been in first in the NL East since June 19. But a win over the Padres and a Nationals loss to the Marlins would lift the Mets into a tie with Washington. Follow live

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Paul Pierce fails with first pitch

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


Kershaw scratched with sore hip

Clayton Kershaw will not start tonight's game against the A's because of soreness in his right hip. Mike Bolsinger will get the start in his place. Kershaw's next start will now be Friday against the Angels.

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Giants blank Brewers in series finale

The Giants erupted for five runs on six hits in the seventh of a scoreless game to take two out of three against the visiting Brewers. Box score