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2hDavid Schoenfield

Missing: 2015's star power. What's it going to take 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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How Oakland's 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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2hDan McCarthy, ESPN Stats & Information

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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Kurkjian doesn't see Angels winning protest (1:19)
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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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Miguel Sano is not happy with his bat (0:16)
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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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1dJim Bowden

What would it take to trade for Chris Sale?

Jim Bowden looks at what five teams -- the Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers -- would have to part with to land White Sox ace Chris Sale.

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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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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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Morrison leaves it all ... in the stands?

Rays first baseman Logan Morrison puts his body on the line by making an incredible catch while falling into the stands.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins is not confident Jose Reyes will be able to return to the lineup on Friday, which had been the hope. Reyes suffered a strained intercostal muscle on his left side on Tuesday. "He was pretty sore last night when he left here," Collins said.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says the day off for Yoenis Cespedes is more than a prudent day off. The balky right quadriceps muscle has flared up. "My leg's pretty sore tonight," Cespedes told Collins late Wednesday. Collins said it's possible Cespedes' absence could last beyond one day.

Sano strikes out, snaps his bat in half

After striking out in the eighth inning in the Twins' loss to the Braves, Miguel Sano channels his inner Bo Jackson and snaps his bat over his knee.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Peter Bourjos probably bound for the DL, so I'd be surprised if the Phillies trade anyone but Jeremy Hellickson. Don't seem that motivated to move Jeanmar Gomez

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Idea for one of Chris Sale's teammates: Hang a throwback jersey in his locker today, as he prepares to pitch. He'd laugh the loudest.

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Aroldis Chapman threw 13 fastballs in his @Cubs debut last night. 101 101 102 101 102 101 103 101 101 100 100 102 103 In summary: 

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Bryce Harper is mired in an 0-for-17 slump, dropping his batting average to .237 this season

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Bryce Harper has a .208 BA in hitter's counts (2nd-worst in MLB. He's 1 for his last 25 against fastballs. 578 BA on line drives-.793 in '15

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Evan Longoria: 23rd HR; his most through 100 team games in career...Jay Bruce (CIN): HR in 5 straight games (ties franchise record)