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Lester notches first career hit

Cubs lefty Jon Lester recorded his first hit while batting against the best-in-baseball Cardinals.

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Doug Mittler

Mittler: Relevant midseason MLB stat trends

Laying out some of the more interesting and relevant statistical trends around MLB at the midseason point, including a decrease in walks and sacrifice bunts and an increase in shifts.

Nats slugger Harper passes on Home Run Derby (2:22)
Richard Justice joins Olbermann (6:47)
Best walk-off home runs so far in 2015 (1:50)
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9hDavid Schoenfield

Blue Jays should trade for Jeff Samardzija

There might be bigger names out there, perhaps more effective starters, too, but the White Sox right-hander could be a solid option at the right price.

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Rancel: Top prospects from 2014 Futures Game

Tommy Rancel looks back at the 2014 MLB Futures Game and breaks down the top prospects still yet to reach the major leagues. He leads with Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.

Peter Hapak

The Body Issue

It's time for ESPN The Magazine's seventh annual celebration of athletes' bodies, where we admire the potential of the human form and stand in awe of those who push their physiques to profound frontiers.

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Sunday's power rankings

Gerrit Cole's MLB-best 12th win for the Pirates after some early trouble tops Sunday night's list of the best performances from around the league.


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If you missed it, Lester did one of those 'looks up into the sky pointing things' acting like he's been there before.

Watch: Scoreless through 2 in Chicago

Cubs LHP Jon Lester sent the Cardinals down in order in the top of the 2nd, and then he got his first career hit -- breaking an 0-for-66 regular-season drought -- to load the bases, but Addison Russell struck out to leave them stranded. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Johnson powering Braves to lead

Kelly Johnson, who had just 3 RBIs in his past 10 games, has matched that total through 2 innings in Milwaukee. Atlanta's 1B had a 2-run homer in the 1st and an RBI single in the 2nd to give the Braves a 4-1 advantage. Follow live


No Clayton Kershaw in the All-Star Game?

The reigning NL Cy Young winner and NL MVP was selected as one of five players for the "Final Vote," so he could still be named to the team. Said Kershaw: "I wasn't expecting it. ... I had no expectations one way or the other."

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Carrasco struggling in Cleveland

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning and Preston Tucker went yard in the 4th, giving Carrasco 5 earned runs on the day. That matches his season high. Follow live


Nats tie Reds on wild pitch

Anthony DeSclafani threw a wild pitch in the third inning to allow Matt den Dekker to slide home safe from third base. den Dekker is in the game to replace Denard Span, who left in the second with an unknown injury. Follow live

Watch: Quiet first inning in Chicago

Recently named All-Stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo both flied deep to left for Chicago, but Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter has been the only baserunner so far when he reached on a walk. It's scoreless in the 2nd. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

Everyone acts like a dominant starter is incapable of throwing a scoreless inning in relief in an All-Star Game. Seriously?

Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

I understand relievers are important. I'd just rather use an All-Star spot to reward a guy with 110 IP than 30 or 35.

Denard Span exits the game

The Nationals CF left after 2 innings due to an unknown injury. Matt den Dekker replaces him in center field, with Washington trailing 1-0 in the third inning. Follow live

Watch: Cardinals at Cubs on ESPN

After being swept in St. Louis in their last meeting, the Cubs are looking for revenge on their division rival as former Red Sox teammates John Lackey and Jon Lester face off on the mound. Between the two teams, 7 players were just named to the MLB All-Star Game. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Score one for the Reds

After a brief weather delay in D.C., Anthony DeSclafani got the scoring started with an RBI-double to left field to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Follow live

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

AL All-Star team pitching staff has 7 relievers/6 starters Of Ned Yost's 5 pitcher selections, 4 were relievers KC 2015 bullpen ERA: 2.03

Rays-Royals game postponed

The game was called off approximately an hour before first pitch due to heavy rainfall and tornado warnings. The Royals and Rays will play a day-night doubleheader tomorrow, with games scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET and 7:10 p.m. ET.