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Pirates trade closer Melancon, but not waving white flag

The wild card-chasing Pirates still have an above-average bullpen without closer Mark Melancon, who is a free agent after the season.

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Mariners get to Jake Arrieta, Cubs pen

The Cubs busted up Wade Miley's no-hit bid in the seventh, but the Mariners rallied in the eighth to chase Cubs ace Jake Arrieta as Aroldis Chapman blew a save opportunity.

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By the numbers: Padres' home run streak ends

The Padres' streak of consecutive games with home run ended at 25. ESPN Stats & Information provides the numbers you need to know.

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How Chapman trade altered reliever market

The Cubs made the first big relief pitching splash has reset the reliever trade market, so what's next for other buyers looking to add bullpen talent?


David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Padres and Braves are reportedly close to a deal of bad contracts, Matt Kemp for Hector Olivera. Kemp is on pace for 36 home runs and 100-plus RBIs, but has been barely above replacement-level value due to bad defense and a poor OBP. But at least the Braves dump Olivera, who has been on the suspended list for domestic violence. The Padres may just cut him.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The Braves and Padres close to trade that will send Matt Kemp to Braves and Hector Olivera to Padres but not yet done not yet pending medicals but will be soon

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig is expected to be in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday. Puig has been on the bench with a hamstring injury since last Thursday at Washington.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mets made no headway in their pursuit of Jonathan Lucroy today, and signs are pointing increasingly toward Cleveland as the destination for the veteran catcher. Lucroy has to sign off on a deal to the Indians because they're one of eight teams on his no-trade list. But Cleveland needs a catcher, and Lucroy would provide a major upgrade.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kris Bryant talks about his failed attempted steal at home in he seventh. After initially being called safe when he darted for the plate during a pick-off play at first, the call was overturned by replay.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles' approach to trading for pitching is vintage Dan Duquette. Always patient. Waiting for value. Can choose from half-dozen options Monday

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

As I reported earlier today there is traction on a trade that will send Matt Kemp and cash to the Braves but nothing done

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Cleveland Indians and New York Mets continue to be engaged with the Milwaukee Brewers on catcher Jonathan Lucroy with the Indians also trying to get Will Smith in a deal. Source tells me he will get traded but it may get complicated before they can pull trigger. Could be because of his limited no-trade clause to Indians

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Cubs starter Jake Arrieta assessing his outing on Saturday against Seattle.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says the Cubs will option Justin Grimm to Triple-A Iowa and add Brian Matusz to start in place of Kyle Hendricks Sunday night against Seattle.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Astros are in the mix for one of Tampa Bay Rays starting pitchers as the industry waits for Rays to decide whic young bats they want

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

So the Mets have acquired their righty-hitting outfielder in 34-year-old Justin Ruggiano, who hit .226/.321/.427 in 164 at-bats with Triple-A Round Rock this season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have signed Justin Ruggiano and he will start tonight. Jose Reyes to the DL, Terry Collins tells reporters.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Aroldis Chapman has blown his first save as a Cub. Leonys Martin's double into the gap plates two and puts the Mariners ahead 2-1 in the eighth.