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Can Nova give contending Yanks a lift?

With the Yankees in the heat of an AL East title chase, can Ivan Nova stymie the Red Sox in Fenway Park?

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How do the Yankees withstand Teixeira's absence? (0:54)
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8hJim 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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2hDavid Schoenfield

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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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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5hTommy 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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1dGordon Edes

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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20hDoug 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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8hDoug 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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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

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.

O's Machado gets first MLB start at SS

Manny Machado played shortstop in the minors, but manager Buck Showalter made the position change tonight vs. the Rays in an effort to shake up a club that has lost 10 of 11 games. "Sometimes you're in need of a little different look," Showalter said. Follow live

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Watch: Yankees at Red Sox on ESPN

In the opener of the three-game set, Yanks RHP Ivan Nova faces Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez as New York looks for its fourth win in a row and sits 1.5 games behind the first-place Jays in the AL East. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Jaguars' Julius Thomas to miss 4-5 weeks

The tight end needs surgery on a tendon in his finger, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Thomas will get a second opinion on Tuesday. Jacksonville signed the former Bronco to a 5-year, $46M contract this offseason.

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Austin Jackson .312 OBP w 8 HR for Mariners. Righty depth/insurance for Soler. Maddon to address media momentarily

Braves fan's death ruled accident

Gregory Murrey fell during the 7th inning of Saturday's game. The medical examiner ruled the death was caused by blunt force injuries to Murrey's head and torso. Murrey's family released a statement today, which read in part: "The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things -- watching the Braves."

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Edwin Encarnacion named AL Player of the Week. His stats would make for a decent month for most players: .391 BA, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 1.722 OPS

Mark Teixeira out for Red Sox series

Teixeira will head back to New York for more tests on a bone bruise on his right shin while the Yankees continue their road trip in Boston. Teixeira has started just one game since Aug. 17, when he fouled a ball off his leg. He leads the Yanks in homers (31), RBIs (79) and OPS (.905).

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Shelby Miller's start moved up

Miller will pitch tonight instead of Tuesday because Mike Foltynewicz (illness) was scratched from the 7:10 p.m. start vs. Miami. Miller is 0-10 in his last 18 starts despite a 3.24 ERA.

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The unluckiest MLB players of 2015

Atlanta's Shelby Miller has a 3.24 ERA in his last 18 starts -- but he's 0-10 thanks to atrocious run support. But he's not the only one in baseball who's down on his luck. Bad breaks

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Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Reed just spoke to New York media for first time, sounds very happy to be with Mets. Hoping to get in game tonight.

Curtis Granderson @cgrand3

Jerry brought us some luck yesterday as we picked up the W! Nice chatting with you before the game. #jerryspringer

Jake Arrieta on no-hitter: 'It was fun, man'

Arrieta talked to Buster Olney after throwing the first no-hitter of his career and the 14th in Cubs franchise history -- and he's interrupted only briefly by the congratulatory Powerade shower.

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