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Yankees drop Mark Teixeira down to No. 7 in lineup

The Yankees have juggled their batting order, moving Mark Teixeira to No. 7, a spot he last hit from four years ago.

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Griffey: 'It is what it is' with A-Rod's accomplishments (0:41)
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Closeout Sale: White Sox ace much more efficient

Chris Sale has taken a different approach to getting outs this season. He's made adjustments and gotten help from his defense, as Stats & Info notes.

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Carew: Rose over Suzuki as career hit king

Rod Carew will gladly welcome Ichiro Suzuki into the Hall of Fame fraternity when the time comes. But baseball has only one career hit leader in Carew's estimation, and his name is Pete Rose.

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Kurkjian: Red Sox best positioned to win AL East (1:04)
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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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Ranking MLB trade options at each position

Jim Bowden ranks the trade options at each position, finding a strong supply of relievers and outfielders but not starting pitchers and infielders.

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Weak schedule has benefitted the Cubs

The Cubs have done their part in putting up the second-best record in MLB. But as Jeff Sullivan details, their schedule has been extremely kind to this point, while the Rangers' has been unkind.

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#MLBRank, Nos. 30-21: Mix of then and now

Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout were two of five active players to appear from Nos. 30 to 21 in our #MLBRank survey. But where did they land among all-timers like Jackie Robinson and Jimmie Foxx?

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Griffey hopes Ortiz doesn't retire

Ken Griffey Jr. remembers a young David Ortiz from his "Thin Papi" days.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

With storms in the area, the roof is closed at Miller Park. And with no air conditioning in the stadium, the Cubs-Brewers game promises to be a sultry affair.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants righty Johnny Cueto is so much fun to watch on the mound -- especially when he's switching things up by quick-pitching out of the windup.

Griffey: 'It is what it is' with A-Rod

Ken Griffey Jr. can't help but marvel at what Alex Rodriguez has been able to do.

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Ken Griffey Jr.'s electrifying career

Before he gets enshrined in Cooperstown, soak in some of the best highlights of his 22-year journey.

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Nelson Cruz has monster day

This grand slam helped give Cruz his fourth career game with at least 7 RBIs. The only active player with more is Alex Rodriguez.

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Giants, Rangers breaking down

The San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers lead the NL West and AL West divisions, respectively, but they've played like cellar-dwellers so far in the second half.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda discusses his progress as he works back from a stress fracture in his lower back. He started doing dry swings today and has not yet faced pitching.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers called RHP Ross Stripling back to the major leagues. He was sent down May 23. Left-handed Grant Dayton was optioned back to AAA OKC after pitching two scoreless innings in his big league debut Friday at St. Louis.

Dan Shaughnessy amazed by Theo Epstein

And it's not only his success with the Cubs. His continued impact on the Red Sox since leaving the team following the 2011 season counts too.

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Flashback: The bat throw at Piazza

During Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, Mike Piazza's bat shattered which led to a piece of it almost hitting Roger Clemens. The pitcher then threw it in the direction of Piazza.

Mike Piazza's legendary career

The top moments from arguably the best power-hitting catcher captivated the hearts of baseball fans.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants' decision to flip-flop Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija in the rotation has nothing to do with the team's losing streak and was decided into advance, according to the team.

Lasorda on the greatness of Vin Scully

Longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda says baseball will be losing something special when Vin Scully retires.

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MLB lineups for Saturday

Mookie Betts is not in the lineup for the Red Sox as they look to avenge Friday's loss to the Twins at 7:10 p.m. ET. All the lineups

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Tough day for R.A. Dickey as he's out after 3+ innings, his shortest outing of the season, and leaves with bases loaded and down 5-1. He also had some bad luck: Two infield tricklers that went for hits, a bad throw by Justin Smoak on a double play ball, and a liner off Troy Tulowitzki's glove that should have been caught.

Nelson Cruz with 9th career grand slam

Cruz's 3rd-inning grand slam was calculated at 432 feet, his 10th home run this season of at least 425 feet which his the most in the AL. Follow live

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says 1B Mark Teixeira is hitting seventh because he wanted to move other guys up in the order. Girardi thinks it has been difficult for Teixeira because of all the injuries. "I gave him a heads up before," Girardi said of his conversation with Teixeira.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Disappointed by high school draft picks in the past, then Mariners owner George Argyros at first wanted to take Mike Harkey over Griffey Jr.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Nelson Cruz loves hitting against the Blue Jays and he crushes an R.A. Dickey knuckleball over the center-field fence for a grand slam. Dickey got himself in trouble by hitting two batters to load the bases.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira has not hit seventh since 2012, when he had two starts in that batting slot.