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Cardinals continue to fly high

The Cardinals continue to own baseball's best record as they look to pad their lead in the NL Central and finish off a successful 10-game road trip.

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Rogers: Arrieta nearing elite status

While many around baseball rave about Jake Arrieta's stuff, the right-hander said gaining control of his pitches has made him a Cy Young candidate.

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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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Top 5: Rising Rangers ready for stretch run?

Who's hot in August? Texas, because by beating Baltimore thanks to some unlikely heroes, the Rangers could have the late-game assets to win more tight games down the stretch.

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Encarnacion staying hot (1:34)
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White Sox mum on a Carlos Rodon innings limit

The White Sox want lefty Carlos Rodon to get more experience this season, but not at the expense of putting a lot of mileage on his arm.

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Rays use long ball to avoid sweep

Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier both hit solo home runs in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win over Kansas City.

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Nats score five unanswered, top Marlins

Stephen Strasburg tossed only four innings, but the Nationals offense came alive to score three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth en route to a 7-4 win vs. the Marlins. The good news: The Nats won the series. The bad news: The Mets also won and still hold a 5 1/2 game lead in the NL East. Box score

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Almonte's slam leads Indians past Angels

CF Abraham Almonte hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to solidify the Indians' 9-2 win over the Angels.

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Rockies blank Pirates 5-0 to avoid sweep

LHP Jorge De La Rosa struck out seven and walked just one over six innings of work. Pittsburgh falls to four games back of the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central but maintains a 5.5-game lead for the first NL wild-card spot. Box score

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Yanks offense comes out of hiding

The Yankees exploded for eight runs in the seventh on four singles and a pair of doubles. Seven straight Yankees hitters reached base safely with two outs in the frame. New York leads Atlanta 17-5. Follow live

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Terry Collins on Addison Reed trade: "Hopefully he's that seventh-inning guy we've been looking for."

Cardinals jump out to early lead

Matt Carpenter led off the game with a home run to center, and a Jason Heyward RBI triple and a Yadier Molina RBI single have the Cards up 3-0 over the Giants after a half inning in the rubber match. Follow live

Mets avoid sweep vs. Red Sox

Noah Syndergaard didn't have his best stuff at Citi Field, but the Mets' bats came through to salvage the series finale with a 5-4 win against the Red Sox. Jeurys Familia had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth but fanned Mookie Betts to pick up his 35th save. Box score

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Rays top Royals 3-2 in series finale

Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead HR in the sixth, and the Rays held on to avoid a sweep and snap a two-game slide vs. the Royals. Kansas City's three-game win streak ended, but it still holds a large lead in the AL Central. Box score

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FINAL: Blue Jays 9, Tigers 2

Four more Toronto HRs powered the Jays to a 3-game sweep of the Tigers. Toronto hit 11 HRs in the series, as 6 different players hit dingers. Edwin Encarnacion followed his 3-homer Saturday with another HR Sunday. Box score

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FINAL: Indians 9, Angels 2

The Indians swept the Angels, behind Josh Tomlin's strong outing (7 IP, 2 ER, 8 K). Carlos Santana and Abraham Almonte combined to go 5-of-8 with 7 RBI. L.A.'s Mike Trout went 4-for-4, missing a HR for the cycle. Box score

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Robinson rips homer to right

Clint Robinson's first career pinch-hit home run put the Nationals on top 7-4 against the Marlins. It's the the fifth pinch-hit homer this season for the Nat, who have scored five unanswered runs. Follow live

Red Sox knot score in the seventh

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pinch-hit, RBI ground rule double and Mookie Betts followed with his eighth triple this season to pull the Red Sox even with the Mets at 4. Follow live

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Strasburg done after 60 pitches. Not particularly sharp today, but conspicuous yank. Especially with P's spot due up 2nd next inning. #Nats

Stephen Strasburg lasts only 4 innings

The Nationals SP's difficult season continues as the Marlins roughed him up for four runs and seven hits. Strasburg's velocity was down today and he was pulled for Doug Fister despite throwing just 60 pitches. Follow live

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Juan Uribe comes up clutch for Mets

Uribe received a start at second base today for only the second time since 2011 and he's making it count. Uribe drove in the go ahead runs during the Mets' three-run 7th. They lead the Red Sox 4-2. Follow live

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David Ortiz hit 494th career HR, now in sole possession of 27th all-time in Major League history (breaks tie w/ Lou Gehrig & Fred McGriff)

Big Papi spoils it for Syndergaard

Mets SP Noah Syndergaard was so close to making it through six shutout innings. Enter David Ortiz. The Red Sox DH turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead with a two-run HR. If Boston can hold on, it will sweep the NL East leaders. Follow live

Yanks having a homer party in Atlanta

Chase Headley and Stephen Drew collected two-run HRs in the third inning, increasing the Yankees' lead to 7-0. Jacoby Ellsbury had a three-run shot in the previous frame for New York, who will need plenty of long balls if they hope to catch the red-hot Blue Jays in the AL East. Follow live