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18hScott Lauber

Boston's Price on early struggles: 'Unacceptable'

David Price says the quality of his performance sixteen starts into his first year with Boston is "unacceptable," and insisted he's healthy despite his fastball velocity falling to 92.4 mph.

Cubs having special season (1:06)
Indians have talent for postseason run (0:55)
Maddon: 'We were down to almost nothing' (0:53)
Yanks view A-Rod as part-time player (1:29)
Lindor steals home with genius baserunning (0:32)
Lenny Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts or I don't play' (0:44)
11hMark Saxon

Cardinals continue their strong road work

Chicago to Seattle and back to Kansas City -- the Cardinals navigated an unusual trip pretty well. Can they now start to iron out their blues at home?

Rizzo has a history of catches near tarps (0:58)
Are the Mets mishandling their pitching staff? (1:25)
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18hKeith Law

MLB Futures Game: Top prospects, who's missing

Keith Law highlights key names on the just-released 2016 MLB Futures Game rosters -- and key names NOT on a roster -- and has other relevant tidbits.

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The beginning of the end for Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is determined to prove people wrong, but with the Yankees benching him for a second consecutive game, he will need to find some magic beans to discover his past success.

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Kris Bryant drives Cubs with historic performance

Kris Bryant is the first in major league history to hit three home runs and two doubles in one game, which almost made us forget about the issues with Jake Arrieta and the bullpen.

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19hJim Bowden

Rookie Report: Top 10 rookies this season

Corey Seager and Nomar Mazara have been two of baseball's top rookies. Where do they rank halfway through the 2016 season?

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.


Matt Cassel was a little league celebrity

In 1994, ESPN's Paul Kuharsky interviewed the 12-year-old whose team advanced to the championship game. They met again recently to chat about old times.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran outfielder Chris Young underwent an MRI in Boston on Monday that revealed what John Farrell described as "a little bit more injury to the hamstring than the physical exam in the training room." Initially, Farrell said Young was diagnosed with a Grade 1 (mild) strain. Timetable on Young's return not yet clear, but won't be before the All-Star break.

L.A. crossing its fingers on Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw will return to Los Angeles Wednesday to have his lower-back stiffness further examined. The Dodgers have been a losing team this season in games not started by their ace.

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Miggy made his mark in Miami

The Marlins are in town to visit Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers this week. In his short time with the then-Florida Marlins, Cabrera did plenty of damage at the plate.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets issued this statement to ESPN's Darren Rovell on why Mike Piazza's NYPD helmet from the first game back after 9/11 (like the jersey) found its way outside the organization and to an auction house: "This item was sold in 2013. In April this year, we instituted a new process with internal controls to prevent something like this from happening again in the future."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Trade Deadline Preview: http://es.pn/29oKcRV

Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts'

Lenny Dykstra revealed how he blackmailed umpires to manipulate game outcomes.


Kanell: Sports has lost humility and class

Kris Bryant's humble reaction to his record-breaking performance has Kanell thinking players should exercise humility more often.


Melvin Upton Jr.'s master plan

  • Rob a homer
  • Double off a runner
  • Rule the world (probably)


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember all the uproar over the auctioning of the jersey Mike Piazza wore in the first game back in New York after 9/11? Well, now the same auction house is selling the "NYPD" helmet Piazza wore from that game. The announcement does say that 50 percent of the buyer's premium will be donated to the charity Tuesday's Children. Piazza's jersey from that Sept. 21, 2001 game eventually was purchased by some Mets minority owners before auction for $365,000 in May and will be displayed at museums.

Lucas Giolito shines in debut

The prospect's Nationals debut was cut short by rain, but he did pitch four shutout innings, allowing just one hit and two walks. Mother Nature intervenes

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