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8hJesse Rogers

Jason Heyward on his struggles: 'What can I do but keep working and stay the course?'

During a rough first season with the Cubs, Jason Heyward remains confident some of the line drives he's been hitting will start falling for hits.

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Bowden: Should be 'a little concerned' about Cubs (1:34)
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3hMarty Callinan, ESPN Stats & Information

The wild ride to .500 for the Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have played at times like one of the best teams in baseball. They also have a few stretches they would like to forget.

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Closers best at cleaning up their own messes

Which closers are best at getting themselves out of a jam, even though they might have gotten themselves into one? Introducing the relief pitching 'heart-attack index.'

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12hJim Bowden

What would it take to trade for Chris Sale?

Jim Bowden looks at what five teams -- the Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers -- would have to part with to land White Sox ace Chris Sale.

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White Sox fan takes hilarious stance on uncomfortable throwbacks (0:22)
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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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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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White Sox looking to stay hot on Wednesday Night Baseball (2:18)
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Melvin Upton brings lots of options to Blue Jays (2:02)
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BBTN: Chapman Controversy, Trade Market Developments

Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the controversy surrounding Aroldis Chapman's press conference, the developing trade market and much more. Plus, Brendan Kennedy with an update on the Blue Jays and Paul Hoynes checks in on the Indians' status.

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1dDoug 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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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the biggest mysteries of 2016 is the decline of Jose Abreu. While everyone else is hitting more home runs and producing more offense, Abreu has just 11 home runs and his OPS is down 200 points from his 2014 season when he finished fourth in the MVP voting.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy was perfect through 5.1 innings (with 8 K's). Then came a walk. Then came a homer. Then came another homer. The Rockies lead 3-0, and Bundy's done after 5.2 and 89 pitches (standing O upon removal), but it looks like the O's might have something special with the 23-year old righty - assuming he can stay healthy.

Rock, paper, scissors ... water jug to head

Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler decide to battle it out in a game of rock, paper, scissors where the loser gets hit in the head by a water jug.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Lull before the storm in terms of the trade deadline....keep in mind over the last 5 trade deadlines close to 80% of all trades were made in the last 3 days of the deadline....

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh throw out the first pitch at the Cubs/Sox game on Wednesday.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The next three games and four days could determine what Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto decides to do. They're three over .500. Win three and he may try and get Jay Bruce and pitching help; lose three and he may offer up Hisashi Iwakuma.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Seattle Mariners are among the teams that have expressed interest in Cincinnati's Jay Bruce, who is likely to be on the move by Monday's trade deadline. Seattle has received middling production from Seth Smith, Nori Aoki and Franklin Gutierrez at the corner outfield spots this season, and Bruce would provide a major upgrade in 2017. He has a $13 million club option next season.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Huge standing ovation at Camden Yards as Orioles slugger Chris Davis bunts down the 3B line to beat the Rockies' shift. Hard to tell what the fans were most happy about - the shift-busting strategy, or that fact that the single broke an 0-for-24 slump for Davis.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Birthday boy Alex Rodriguez on still being on a major league roster: "When I first started to play this game, as a a young lad, I never thought I'd be playing in the major leagues for so long; especially at 41," A-Rod said. "I'm representing all the senior citizens." Rodriguez will start the game on the bench Wednesday for the fifth straight time.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Is Jim Harbaugh just Cubs fan tonight ... or perhaps an advisor? He and Theo Epstein chatted before Tuesday's Cubs-White Sox game at Wrigley Field. Harbaugh will dust off his old QB's arm to throw out the first pitch.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Rodriguez on turning 41: "I'm getting old," Rodriguez said. "It makes you feel grateful, not a lot of 41-year-olds get to wear a baseball uniform every day. That's one. I definitely feel grateful for health, family, friends and just the opportunity to wear pinstripes."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Milwaukee Brewers' trade talks involving Jonathan Lucroy have gained momentum, and it's looking more and more as if they'll move him by Monday's deadline. Cleveland, Houston and Texas are all in the mix for Lucroy, and at least three other clubs have expressed interest. It's almost time for general manager David Stearns to ask for everyone's best offer and make his call.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals remain noncommittal about who will start for them Saturday in Miami, but they continue to call top prospect Alex Reyes' removal from a Triple-A start Tuesday as an emergency measure in case one of the in-house options is unavailable. The likeliest pitcher to start in an important game against the Marlins is reliever Tyler Lyons. "He's doing everything he can and needs to to earn that. We're still heavily considering him if all things work out right up to that point," Matheny said. The Cardinals envision Lyons as part of their rotation long-term, but they are carrying him in their bullpen because he is out of options.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Jay Bruce continues to hit home runs and his trade value continues to go up. His 25th home run proved to be the winning run in the Reds' 2-1 win over the slumping Giants. Bruce has always had a big home/road split, but he's hitting everywhere right now, which should make him an attractive option to the Dodgers, Mariners, Giants or Indians.