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How would Dodgers fare without Kershaw?

ESPN Insider Tony Blengino examines what life could be like for the Dodgers if three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw undergoes season-ending back surgery.

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Ichiro smacks hit number 2,997 (0:25)
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Epstein on the Aroldis Chapman trade

Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein explains what he believes happened with miscommunication between Aroldis Chapman in regards to the message that was delivered by Chicago's front office prior to the club's decision to trade for him.

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11hDoug Glanville

Why hasn't the slide rule increased double plays?

A close play at second base to start a double play no longer involves the take-out slide. It is a free pass to convert, and yet conversions are not increasing in percentage.

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5hSarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

History does not favor the Giants

The Giants have lost eight of nine games to start the second half, a trend that historically has not boded well for a team's playoff chances.

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White Sox, Rangers, O's all walk off and much more (0:59)
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Viral Vault: The epic pizza throw in Boston (0:54)
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Vote now: How does your MLB team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite MLB team stack up? Vote now!

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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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19hDavid Schoenfield

Aroldis Chapman makes Cubs the team to beat in NL

With Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs have the NL's best bullpen. It doesn't make them World Series locks, but they are now clear favorites to get there.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Another fun Ichiro fact: He's 21st on the all-time steals list since 1900 after swiping his 507th career base. His success rate of 81 percent ranks sixth among players with at least 400 career steals (for whom we have complete caught stealing data). Quick and efficient.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles ace Chris Tillman tied a season-high by allowing six runs as Baltimore lost to Colorado 6-3 to snap a five-game winning streak. In each of his previous four starts, Tillman - who came in with a 14-2 record, a 3.18 ERA, and legit Cy Young buzz - had gone at least seven innings and allowed no more than one earned run.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kris Bryant struck out in the eighth against James Shields, leaving him 1 for 10 with seven strikeouts in three games against Shields, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Six of the seven Ks have come against changeups. He entered the game with a .065 average against change-ups, worst qualifying average in the majors.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals pulled their top pitching prospect, Alex Reyes, after three innings for Triple-A Memphis Tuesday. Such moves can raise eyebrows this time of year, but general manager John Mozeliak said the move was done as insurance if the Cardinals need a starter for Saturday's game in Miami. They plan on using lefty Tyler Lyons in that game, but might need to use Lyons in relief in the intervening days, in which case Reyes would make his major league debut vs. the Marlins.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Mariners fighting to stay in the playoff race and Wilhelmsen has come into the game and punched out McCutchen, Marte w/ runners on.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Ichiro records career hit No. 2,997 leading off the eighth inning for the Marlins. Ichiro's run to 3,000 has been remarkable, given he was 27 when he got his first MLB hit. The player who holds the oldest debut age to get to 3,000 hits is Wade Boggs, who hadn't even turned 24.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs may have to hit one out to score on White Sox starter James Shields. According to ESPN Stats & Info, with the Cubs now 0 for 3 tonight with runners in scoring position, opposing hitters are now 0 for their last 31 in those spots against Shields.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers put up four runs in the fifth inning against Steven Wright, chasing him from the game with out remaining in the frame. Robbie Ross Jr. in to pitch for Red Sox.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

How hot is Jedd Gyorko (Yes, you read that right)? Not only has he homered in six of his last nine games, his seven homers since July 18 are the most in the majors and they have come over just 32 at-bats. "I don't think people realize how good a player he is," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Rick Sutcliffe pulls a Chris Sale on his tie

Rick Sutcliffe pokes fun at Chris Sale by cutting his tie in half on the air during the Cubs-White Sox broadcast on ESPN.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Felix Hernandez has allowed 4+ ER in three straight games for the first time since September of 2012. With the Mariners on the fringes of the playoff race, they need King Felix to be an ace, but, sadly, those days are looking like something of the past.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz is a holdover from a bygone era of Red Sox pitchers, and Pedro Martinez thinks it has affected him. "I think he's missing [Jon] Lester, big-time. He's missing [John] Lackey. He's probably missing relating to someone who really understands him -- David Ross, Jason Varitek. I think he's mature enough to understand what to do, but some people just don't have the ability to understand what to do when the struggles come."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Clayton Kershaw, who says that watching the Dodgers step up in his absence has been inspiring.

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Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Noah Syndergaard threw 115 pitches in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals and though his fastball velocity was a match for his season average (98 mph), his 64 percent strike rate was his third-lowest of the season. In fact, Syndergaard's three lowest fastball strike rates have come in his last three starts. With regards to why Syndergaard has run up high pitch counts in both starts out of the All-Star Break, manager Terry Collins said "If we knew (why), we'd address it." Collins did note that Syndergaard was working with Dan Warthen on one pitch grip, but didn't specify which pitch.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Ortiz now has 997 career XBH with Red Sox. Only 2 BOS players have totaled 1000 career XBH, Yastrzemski has 1157 and Ted Williams 1117.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Boston's David Ortiz smokes a three-run shot to right to pull the Red Sox within a run, 4-3. Asked what he thought about Ortiz' final year, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had this to say this morning: "It's been amazing, really. Never seen anything like it. Might want to rethink that retirement thing."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz hits homer No. 25 of the season, No. 528 of the career, a three-run shot into the right-field bullpens against Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey to cut the Red Sox's deficit to 4-3 in the third inning at Fenway Park.

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets manager Terry Collins had no issue with Curtis Granderson's decision to try to take second base on Yoenis Cespedes' fly ball to center with no one out in the ninth inning. Granderson was thrown out by Tommy Pham and one out later, the Mets were on the losing end of a 3-2 score. "The guy needed to make a perfect throw and he did," Collins said. Collins also did not second-guess third base Tim Teufel for holding Jose Reyes at third on a Cespedes double earlier in the game. "Tim has a better angle on that play that anybody. It's his call."