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Dee Gordon's return poses challenges for Don Mattingly, Marlins

As Dee Gordon returns from his suspension, Don Mattingly and the Marlins need to find a spot on a team that has been better than expected without him.

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Locker Room Lawyer: The Chris Sale debate (4:41)
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How Rich Hill turned around his career

How did veteran lefty Rich Hill turn things around after years of injuries and poor performances? As Eno Sarris writes, tweaks to how and where he throws the ball have given his career new life.

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David Ortiz's retirement tour: One last trip to Anaheim

David Ortiz's first home run with the Red Sox was against the Angels. It wasn't his only memorable hit against the team. We look at some others.

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Harbaugh's first pitch, Chapman's debut and clubhouse antics (1:02)
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Piazza explains move into Italian soccer (1:17)
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Closers best at cleaning up their own messes

Which closers are best at getting themselves out of a jam, even though they might have gotten themselves into one? Introducing the relief pitching 'heart-attack index.'

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How Rich Hill turned around his career

How did veteran lefty Rich Hill turn things around after years of injuries and poor performances? As Eno Sarris writes, tweaks to how and where he throws the ball have given his career new life.

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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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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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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Rain expected at Wrigley Field this afternoon but it should move out by game time as the Cubs and Sox play their 2016 finale.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It's no surprise Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to go with 8 righties in his lineup when his team takes on Chris Sale on Thursday night. Matt Szczur will start in left field while Ben Zobrist is in right. Anthony Rizzo is the lone lefty in the lineup as left handers are hitting just .189 off Sale this year. Righties are hitting .221.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants, Nationals, Cardinals and Indians continue to prioritize bullpen help as top trade targets while Orioles, Marlins, Rangers, Pirates doing the same with starting pitching

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

According to one GM the Dodgers are "in" on almost every part of the trade market from top starters Sale and Archer to top relievers Davis and Miller to top bats like Bruce and Cargo and will certainly be an interesting team to watch as the Monday deadline approaches.

John Kruk @JohnKruk_ESPN

One more question, if the Yankees decide to trade Andrew Miller who gets him and what team needs him the most?

Piazza explains move into ownership

Mike Piazza joined Mike & Mike to share why he decided to buy an Italian soccer team.

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How to spice up this trade deadline

All trade deadlines are not created equal, and this year's hasn't seen the torrent of All-Stars changing teams we had in 2015. Could that change?

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy is out of the lineup today against Arizona lefty Robbie Ray, but hold the hysteria. It's a day game after a night game and Lucroy is hitting .238 vs. left-handers this season, so it makes sense for Brewers manager Craig Counsell to rest him in favor of Martin Maldonado. There's a good chance Lucroy gets moved by Monday's deadline, but he's sitting today because it was a scheduled day off -- not because a trade is imminent.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy to the Dodgers in a potential Wade Davis trade. Said one MLB exec: "I don't think anyone is taking Ian Kennedy's entire contract." Kennedy is owed about $65 million through the 2020 season. It makes sense for the Royals to try, but the initial response to the idea from Davis suitors appears to be underwhelming.

Kurkjian doesn't see Angels winning protest

Tim Kurkjian would be stunned if Angels manager Mike Scioscia wins his protest of Wednesday's game against the Royals.

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Longoria on pace for new homer high

Evan Longoria hit his 23rd home run of the season on Wednesday -- his most through 100 team games in his career and tied for the fourth-most through 100 team games in Rays history, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

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