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Red Sox prospect steady against Yankees

After a bumpy start, Red Sox prospect Henry Owens has found a groove in his major league debut against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees.

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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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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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No help for Justin Verlander

Down 4-0, the Tigers had a chance to close in on the Royals with the bases loaded and one out, but Danny Duffy got out of the jam to continue his shutout performance through five. Follow live

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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DeSclafani piling up K's against Cards

Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani has struck out 7 through 5 innings, and Cincinnati's 3-run first has held up so far in a 3-2 game entering the 6th. Follow live

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Stark: Dombrowski-Red Sox 'natural fit'

Jayson Stark wonders if Boston will pursue Dave Dombrowski: "Larry Lucchino just stepped down over the last few days. Dave Dombrowski's worked with [Red Sox owner] John Henry with the Marlins."

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Red Sox take 2-1 lead in the Bronx

Masahiro Tanaka found some trouble in the fifth inning after allowing just one hit through four innings as the Red Sox plated two on a Blake Swihart single and a Jackie Bradley Jr. sac fly. Follow live

Nats knock out Corbin after 1 1/3 innings

Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin lasted just 4 outs, as he was pulled in the second inning after allowing 3 runs and 6 hits. However, reliever Josh Collmenter got Ryan Zimmerman to ground into an inning-ending double play. Washington leads 3-0 in the 3rd. Follow live

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Cutch gets first hit of the game for Pirates. BB and hit plus great play on D. Normal night for him. 3-0 Bot 4

Cubs extend lead in Pittsburgh

A Starlin Castro RBI double and David Ross RBI single in the third put the Cubs up 3-0 over the Pirates. The Cubs are looking for their sixth straight win as they battle for an NL wild card spot. Follow live

Tanaka Tuesday bad news so far for Sawx

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka has limited the visiting Red Sox to just one hit through four innings. Mark Teixeira's RBI single in the first stands as the game's lone run. Follow live

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Nationals jump out to quick lead in 1st

Yunel Escobar led off the game with a HR, and Washington added 2 more runs on RBIs from Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth for an early 3-0 lead over the Diamondbacks. They could have had more runs but Max Scherzer made the last out with the bases loaded. Follow live

Perez has Justin Verlander's number

Salvador Perez is 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs after hitting his team-high 16th HR this season in the fourth to put the Royals up 3-0 against the Tigers. He's now 17-37 (.459) with 13 RBI against Verlander in his career. That's his highest BA, RBIs and hits against any pitcher with at least 10 PA. Follow live

Donaldson, Tulo go deep for Blue Jays

First 3B Josh Donaldon's solo shot to left made it 1-0 in the first, then SS Troy Tulowitzki's solo homer made it 2-0 in the third vs. the Twins. Toronto is looking for its third straight win. Follow live

Kang drills Russell at home to save run

Cubs LF Chris Denorfia doubled to center in the second, and 2B Addison Russell tried to score on the hit -- but Andrew McCutchen slid to stop the ball and threw to SS Jung Ho Kang, who launched a perfect bouncing throw home to end the inning. The Cubs lead 1-0. Follow live

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Yunel Escobar with leadoff bomb to straightaway CF. Crowd: "N-A-T-S...Nats, Nats, Nats...whoo!!!" Nats 1, Dbacks 0

Rollins gets standing ovation in return

Jimmy Rollins led off the game for the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, but not before the former Phillie was given a lengthy ovation by the fans and his former teammates. Rollins, who struck out, spent the first 15 years of his career in Philadelphia. Follow live

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Reds race out to early lead over Cards

Cincinnati got RBI hits from Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd and Eugenio Suarez off John Lackey to open up a 3-0 edge over St. Louis in the first inning. Lackey hadn't allowed as many as 3 ERs in his previous 9 starts. Follow live

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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