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Kris Bryant delivers fireworks for the 4th

By adding a second-inning grand slam to his first-inning two-run jack, rookie Kris Bryant powered an offensive outburst for the run-starved Cubs.

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Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper provide the fireworks, Avisail Garcia the glovework and Clay Buchholz the handiwork on Independence Day.

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Royals no longer dominating ASG vote

Less than a month ago, 8 Kansas City players were in line to start the All-Star Game for the AL. The latest fan voting update has five Royals starters. Tonight's selection show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Long-awaited debut set

Ervin Santana returns from an 80-game drug suspension for the Twins today against the Royals. The 32-year old went 14-10 with the Braves last season.

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Smoltz: Matt Harvey will be better

John Smoltz will be the first pitcher to make the Hall of Fame after having Tommy John surgery and he thinks the Mets ace will be fine. "You are going to be OK the next year (after the surgery), you are going to be great the second year. You are just going to be missing a little bit with your fine-tuned pitches, secondary pitches. ... But everything after 15 months gets better and better and better."

Independence Day Web Gems

Does Avisail Garcia's game-saving catch at the wall top Kevin Kiermaier's leaping over-the-head catch in center?


The hottest pitcher in baseball

Zack Greinke has pitched at least six scoreless innings while allowing four hits or fewer in four straight games. He’s the third player in baseball’s divisional era (since 1969) to do that, joining Hall-of-Famers Pedro Martinez and Gaylord Perry.

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If the Mets are willing to overpay for a hitter, why not ask around and see if some AL team would make a futures' bet on Zack Wheeler?

Final: Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 3

A.J. Pollock collected 2 hits and drove in 2 runs as the Diamondbacks are one win away from sweeping the Rockies.