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2hDavid Schoenfield

Each team's most untouchable player at the trade deadline

From Mike Trout to Yoan Moncada, here are the players their teams should decline to trade as Monday's deadline approaches.

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2hDoug 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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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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Cubs, White Sox starters make their pitches

Kyle Hendricks' changeup has been a key to his success this season, while James Shields' fastball has helped him turn things around with the White Sox

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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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13hJim Bowden

Top MLB trade targets (plus best fits)

Jim Bowden has the latest on 16 players on the trade block, including which teams have expressed interest in Chris Sale and Jonathan Lucroy.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' four-man rotation continues with Bud Norris (Tues,) and Brandon McCarthy (Wed.) facing the Rays. The Dodgers are taking advantage of off days Monday, Thursday and Monday of next week to go with four starters until 8/6 against Boston.

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Aroldis Chapman expected to make Cubs debut; blew 1 save in 21 opps this season (Cubs bullpen has blown 10 saves in 29 opportunities)

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Steven Wright (BOS): 9-1 with a 2.78 ERA since May 25; all other Red Sox starters are 11-16 with a 5.32 ERA over that span

Sale apologizes for clubhouse incident

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has taken ownership for his actions, but says he was disappointed that the team put business ahead of winning.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman vs Cubs potential Oct opponents: Washington - 12 APP since 2012, 1 run, 26 K, 15.1 IP SF - 5 APP last 2 years, 10 K, 6.2 IP, 2 R & BS last Sept LA - 9 APP in career, 0 runs, 17 K, 5 hits, 9 IP

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Blue Jays need pitching more than another outfielder. But Melvin Upton gives them some OF insurance with Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders headed to free agency in November. He's also tied for 3rd among MLB left fielders with 9 Defensive Runs Saved, and he has 20 stolen bases this season. The Blue Jays have only 32 steals as a team, so Upton provides some speed they've been lacking on the roster.

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This Thursday night, 710 WOR-AM, the Mets flagship radio station, will rebroadcast the famous Piazza HR game, 1st game in NY after 9/11

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The Toronto Blue Jays are 2nd in the AL in defensive runs saved since May 24 behind only the Houston Astros. The expected acquisition of Melvin Upton Jr from the San Diego Padres will make that defense even better as Jose Bautista will probably be moved to DH, Edwin Encarnacion to 1B opening RF for Upton. Despite his low on-base percentage, he is on pace to join the 30/30 club. 30 Home Runs and 30 Stolen bases. The fact he's controlled past this year could indicate the Blue Jays are resigning themselves to losing Jose Bautista and/or Michael Saunders to free agency at season's end.