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Another classic Yankees vs. Red Sox showdown

New York and Boston have traded scores, but a Yankees team in the thick of the AL East race needs this win. Can they get it?

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Big Papi belts 495th homer (0:24)
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How do the Yankees withstand Teixeira's absence? (0:54)
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9hJim Caple

How MLB walk-up music became a designated hit

The batter's box has become a jukebox, as each player strides to the plate accompanied by his own anthem. How did walk-up tunes become baseball's soundtrack? And does the music make a difference?

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How bad baserunning has hurt the Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have scored far fewer runs that their batting statistics suggest they should, and bad baserunning is a big reason why.

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Power Rankings: Cards, Jays all about quality

While the beat goes on for the Cardinals as they own the top spot in our rankings for the 14th consecutive week, the red-hot Blue Jays have quickly become a force.

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6hDavid Schoenfield

What do the Rockies do with Jose Reyes?

Jose Reyes is a liability defensively at shortstop, so the Colorado Rockies probably will look to deal him in the offseason if they can find a taker.

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Saxon: Giants-Dodgers series looks like a classic

Jake Peavy faces Brett Anderson on Monday night in the opener of a three-game set between bitter NL West rivals that will also see Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner take the Dodger Stadium mound. It is on!

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Rogers: Arrieta's first no-hitter just the start

Sunday was a night to let loose, celebrating a no-hitter against the Dodgers then a postgame pajama party for the flight home. But no one works harder than Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, and if you've watched him pitch, you know there are more special games ahead.

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6hTommy Rancel

Rancel: Twins' Berrios top prospect

With Major League Baseball rosters expanding to 40 players Sept. 1., Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios headlines this week's list of top 10 prospects.

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Kahrl: Whose pen is mightier?

Which contending team's bullpen is the best? We break down the relief corps of the 10 clubs -- five in each league -- currently leading in this season's hunt for October.

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Rubin: Cuddyer, surging since DL stint, boosts Mets

Michael Cuddyer, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, is healthy at last -- and finally making his mark on the Mets' offense.

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David Ortiz leaves his mark on the Mets

David Ortiz's two-run home run off Noah Syndergaard ended an impressive display of power this weekend against the Mets.

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Kahrl: Rangers' romp a sign of things to come

The takeaway from Texas' sweep of Baltimore, on the back of Derek Holland's Sunday gem? These are not April's Rangers, or July's. This is a team with the talent to beat anybody in a short series.

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22hDoug Kern

Kernels: It was one grand week

Grand slams were in vogue the last seven days. Our weekly review of interesting and unusual stats focuses heavily on the four-run home run

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9hDoug Mittler

Mittler: Nothing wrong with the two-wild-card format

Doug Mittler takes aim at critics of MLB's current playoff format, determining that their primary argument -- that mediocre teams can qualify for it -- is really nothing new in MLB.

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Collins believes the team was able to get 20 wins this month because of the energy that the acquisitions brought to the team.

Mets carry out victory over Phillies

The Mets grabbed their first 20-win calendar month in 15 years after beating the Phillies 3-2 at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon matched his season-high 9 K's tonight (the first was against the Orioles on May 5). Box score

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The Cubs make a good little pickup in Austin Jackson, who has hit .314 since the All-Star break. He not only provides center field depth behind Dexter Fowler but could emerge as the starting right fielder with Jorge Soler now on the DL with an oblique strain. Considering Soler's .148 average against offspeed pitches, I'd give Jackson the shot in right, even though he's never played there in the majors.

Cubs score 4, chase RHP Michael Lorenzen

After going down 3-1 to Cincinnati in the top of the frame, Chicago scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead at 5-3. Rookies Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant drove in all the runs. Follow live

Cardinals plate 3 in 4th to go ahead

RBI singles from Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong and Mark Reynolds put the Cards up 3-1 over the Nationals in the fourth. The Cards are looking to win their eighth game in nine tries. Follow live

Big Papi's homer the difference in Boston

David Ortiz smashed his 495th career HR over the Green Monster in the fourth to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead over the Yanks. However, he just got caught trying to take third on a wild pitch to end the sixth inning. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Reds take lead over Cubs in 5th

After a Joey Votto intentional walk found the Reds with the bases loaded, Brandon Phillips hit a 2-run single to put the Reds up 3-1 over the Cubs in the fifth. Follow live

Indians back on top

An RBI double from Ryan Raburn tied the Blue Jays 2-2, and Jerry Sands singled to left to score Raburn and put the Tribe up 3-2. The two are in the top of the eighth. Follow live

Cubs, Reds exchange runs

A solo HR from Dexter Fowler for his second hit of the game gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead over the Reds in the third inning, but the Reds answered back with a run in the fourth. Follow live

Gomes going to Kansas City in trade

Braves OF Jonny Gomes has been traded to the Royals, according to FOX Sports. Gomes is batting .221 with 7 HRs and 22 RBIs this season.

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Josh Donaldson: 29th go-ahead hit this season, extending his major-league lead. Anyone want to guess who ranks 2nd? (NL player)

Big Papi plants one over Green Monster

Jackie Bradley Jr. gunned down Greg Bird at home to get the Red Sox out of a jam in the fourth inning, and David Ortiz continued the momentum with a lead-off solo homer in the same frame. The Red Sox lead the visiting Yankees 3-2. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Mets put runs on the board

After four scoreless innings, the Mets strike first when Michael Conforto homered to left center, then Curtis Granderson homered to right, scoring Bartolo Colón. The Mets lead 3-0 over the Phillies at the top of the sixth inning. Follow live

Betts belts homer, Red Sox lead 2-1

Mookie Betts extended his hit streak to seven games with his 13th homer this season in the third inning. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Would love to know why the call in the Red Sox/Yankees game was not overturned. Seemed clear Bogaerts was out.