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6hBradford Doolittle

Sale happy to be back after being 'on island'

White Sox ace Chris Sale said it was nice to return to the mound after his suspension, and he directed the spotlight toward his teammates for supporting him.

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7hWalter Villa, Special to ESPN.com

Dee Gordon goes hitless in return to Marlins lineup

Dee Gordon didn't do anything at the plate Thursday in his return from suspension, but he remains focused and has the support of Marlins teammates.

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Ichiro doubles for hit 2,998 (0:21)
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Cold Hard Facts: Trade deadline looming (0:56)
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9hAdam Rubin

Source: Mets' Lagares likely back to the DL

With a partially torn ligament in his left thumb that may require surgey, the New York Mets will call up Brandon Nimmo and likely put Juan Lagares on the disabled list, a source tells ESPN.

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18hEno Sarris

How Rich Hill turned around his career

How did veteran lefty Rich Hill turn things around after years of injuries and poor performances? As Eno Sarris writes, tweaks to how and where he throws the ball have given his career new life.

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Locker Room Lawyer: The Chris Sale debate (4:41)
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22hDan McCarthy, ESPN Stats & Information

David Ortiz's retirement tour: One last trip to Anaheim

David Ortiz's first home run with the Red Sox was against the Angels. It wasn't his only memorable hit against the team. We look at some others.

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Harbaugh's first pitch, Chapman's debut and clubhouse antics (1:02)
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15hBuster Olney

How Chapman trade altered reliever market

The Cubs made the first big relief pitching splash has reset the reliever trade market, so what's next for other buyers looking to add bullpen talent?

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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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Sources: The Marlins, who have been looking for rotation depth, have an agreement in place to acquire Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Fan gets souvenir, smooch from d'Arnaud

Chase d'Arnaud couldn't reach a foul ball but got up close and personal with a fan in the first row.

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Aybar makes impressive spinning catch

Erick Aybar went a long distance for this dizzying grab.

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Ichiro's road to 3,000 hits

With Ichiro Suzuki sitting two hits away from the milestone, here's a look at some of his most memorable hits.

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Bautista's bat flip an ‘NHL 17’ celebration

Thanks to the creators of the upcoming “NHL 17” game, Jose Bautista's iconic bat flip will live on in hockey goal celebration form. Iconic toss

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs starter John Lackey discuss their new revamped bullpen and the possibility of starters coming out of games earlier. He beat the Sox 3-1 with Aroldis Chapman getting the victory.

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Fan finds her groove after a hat catch

A woman at the Phillies-Diamondbacks game celebrates after making a grab over the railing.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman through translator Miguel Montero discuss his first save as a Cub. It was his first of more than three outs this season.

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Chapman finishes off White Sox

Aroldis Chapman struck out two over 1 1/3 innings to earn his first save with the Cubs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman discuss how the fans have treated him after his two days on the mound. Miguel Montero translates for him.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman's heat-wave parade on night 2 at Wrigley: 100, 103, 103, 100, 102, 102, 102, 103, 102, 100, 100, 99, 98, 98, 102. En fuego!

Ichiro doubles for hit No. 2,998

Ichiro Suzuki ripped a double to right field in the seventh inning for the 2,998th hit of his major league career.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants do what they usually do at trade deadlines make precision under the radar moves that end up being significant acquiring Eduardo Nunez from Twins (remember Marco Scutaro and Javier Looez trades in past deadlines?) He fills in at 3B at least until Duffy comes back and then gives them versatile player who can also play 2B & OF. He leads AL with 26 SB with 12 HR .300 AVG. Twins get LHP Adalberto Mejia in return who profiles just as 6th or 7th inning reliever or 5th starter.

Phils crush back-to-back homers in 1st

Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph gave the Phillies a quick lead on the Braves.

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