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It's a big week for Cubs

The Cubs could be getting hot at the right time. Starting tonight with Jon Lester taking on the Pirates, they'll play their next seven games against teams they're battling with in the NL wild-card race.

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How MLB deflated potential equipment scandal

Remember The Great Glove Grapple of 1990? Probably not, because unlike the NFL with Deflategate, MLB took the air out of rampant mitt growth without creating controversy, Steve Wulf writes.

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Mets push lead to double digits in Miami

Yoenis Cespedes hit his 3rd double of the game, driving in 2 more runs to bring his RBI total to 4 on the day. He then scored on a wild pitch to put the Mets up 10-0 in the 6th. It's the 2nd time New York has scored double-digit runs since the All-Star Break. They had 2 such games in the entire 1st half this year. Follow live

Cubs catcher showing off his cannon

David Ross picked off Pirates 3B Aramis Ramirez leading off first base in the second inning -- and that was the last out before the rain delay started.


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Dbacks rookie Zack Godley done after 6 shutout IP. 3 career starts, 3 quality starts, 2 scoreless outings. So much for that 5.14 AAA ERA.

Yeah, those clouds look angry

The Cubs and Pirates only got to the bottom of the second inning before rain came in and delayed the scoreless game in Pittsburgh at 7:46 p.m. ET. The series opener is still in a delay.


Flores paying off in New York

Mets SS Wilmer Flores, who was in tears last week when he thought he was traded to Milwaukee, has 3 extra-base hits and 3 RBIs in 4 games since the trade deadline. Flores had 1 extra-base hit and 2 RBIs in his previous 16 games.

Braves show life in Atlanta

After four Giants homers put the Braves in a 6-0 hole, Jace Peterson smoked a three-run shot to cut the deficit in half, and Nick Markakis added an RBI single. It's 6-4, Giants. Follow live

Padres regain lead in second inning

With two outs and no men on, the Padres strung together back-to-back walks, a Tyson Ross RBI single and an Alexi Amarista 2-run triple to go up over the Brewers 4-2. Follow live

McCullers doesn't get out of 1st inning

Adrian Beltre hit a 2-run triple and Shin-Soo Choo launched a 2-run homer to make quick work of Astros starter Lance McCullers, who recorded just one out before being pulled. McCullers allowed 7 hits and a career-high 6 runs in his brief outing. Texas leads 6-2 after the 1st inning. Follow live

Mets double lead, chase Koehler

RBI doubles from Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores in the 5th inning pushed New York's lead to 6-0 in Miami and ended Tom Koehler's outing after 4 1/3. Kelly Johnson knocked in Flores to make it 7-0 as they head to the bottom of the 5th. Follow live

Freddie Freeman exits early in Atlanta

The Braves 1B has left the game with a right oblique injury, per the team. He was 0-for-2. Chris Johnson has replaced him with the Braves trailing the Giants 6-0 in the sixth. Follow live

Yasiel Puig: This Is SportsCenter

The Dodgers' OF doesn't only have walk-up music during home games, he also has it during staff meetings. Stan Verrett tries to follow suit.


Padres, Brewers each score in 1st inning

Padres 3B Yangervis Solarte put San Diego on the board first with a solo HR, but Brewers 1B Adam Lind's RBI single tied it up in the bottom of the frame, and after Tyson Ross' throwing error on a pickoff attempt, the Brewers lead 2-1. Follow live

Pete Rose hopeful for HOF eligibility

"I'm the one who made the mistake. If I'm ever given a second chance, I'll be the happiest guy in the world," Rose told a crowd during a radio appearance with the Carmen & Jurko Show on ESPN 1000 this afternoon.

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Astros jump on Rangers early

Jose Altuve reached on an infield single to lead off the game and later scored on Carlos Correa's homer to give Houston the lead. Correa's blast was his 13th, the most among AL shortstops. Follow live

Giants smash fourth homer

The Giants have four homers in four innings and hold a 6-0 lead over the Braves after Brandon Crawford's second jack of the game -- a two-run shot to left field. Follow live

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Dbacks RF Inciarte throws out Nats Escobar at 2B on looping liner that dropped in front. Your basic 9-6 putout. Just like in Little League.

D-backs go back-to-back in the 4th

Welington Castillo followed David Peralta's 2-run homer with a solo shot to give Arizona a 4-0 advantage over the Nationals. Nick Ahmed homered earlier, giving Washington starter Doug Fister a career-high-tying three HRs allowed in the contest. Follow live