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Szymborski: Ranking deadline performances

Teams such as the Blue Jays and Royals fulfilled their short- and long-term goals -- while others, such as the Padres, Red Sox and seemingly all of the NL Central, stood pat.

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Back-to-back jacks for Blue Jays

With two pitches, Yordano Ventura gave up three runs, and Toronto increased the score to 5-1 over Kansas City. Josh Donaldson smashed a 96 MPH fastball to left for a 2-run HR (26th of the year). On the very next pitch, Jose Bautista connected for his 22nd dinger of the season. Follow live

Red Sox break it open, lead 5-0

Boston has gotten to Matt Moore, hanging 4 runs on the Rays starter in the second inning alone. Xander Bogaerts has 2 RBIs on the day. Follow live

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Second time around good for Toronto

Royals SP Yordano Ventura went through Toronto's lineup perfect the first time. But the Jays caught up to him in the fourth inning as RBI singles by Justin Smoak and Dioner Navarro gave them a 2-1 lead. Follow live

MLB trade deadline winners and losers

With the deadline behind us, Dave Schoenfield has all the details. The Royals emerged favorably. The Yankees? Not so much. Winners & losers


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Mike Napoli since All-Star break: .317 BA, OPS over 1.000. Told Chili Davis a few weeks ago he turned a corner. Nice buy for somebody, maybe

Padres steal spotlight -- with inactivity

Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets was the biggest trade deadline move Friday, while the Padres, widely expected to sell and sell a lot, flummoxed the baseball world by doing next to nothing. Deadline recap (Insider)


Red Sox host Rays

Boston GM Ben Cherington doesn't have a lot of faith in his team: "I think it's safe to say now at the end of July that we were wrong at the beginning of the season as to what this team could do." Can the Red Sox do anything this afternoon against the Rays? Follow live

Baseball slide, the next dance craze?

Kansas City's Kendrys Morales should have been out by a mile. But he sidestepped Russell Martin -- literally -- to score on an unconventional "slide."


MLB August trade candidates

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reminds you that Friday was the non-waiver trade deadline, meaning it's still possible to trade in August. At the top of Crasnick's candidate list: struggling Phillies 2B Chase Utley. Seven more possibilities

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Zobrist clubs first Royals homer

Trading for Ben Zobrist was one of Kansas City's biggest moves at the deadline. He just hit homer No. 1 for the Royals in the first inning off Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle. Follow live

ICYMI: Flores gets sweet redemption

Two nights after Wilmer Flores got teary-eyed when he thought he was headed to Milwaukee, the Mets 2B hit a solo home run in the 12th for his 3rd walk-off hit of the year.


Blue Jays go for series win vs. AL kings

Toronto seems revitalized by the trade deadline, as the acquisitions of SS Troy Tulowitzki, SP David Price and OF Ben Revere intersected with a couple wins against the Royals (61-41). Mark Buehrle tries to make it three straight vs. Kansas City. Follow live


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Clayton Kershaw: 29-inning scoreless streak Last pitcher w/ 30-inning scoreless streaks in 2 straight seasons: Brandon Webb 2006-07 (Elias)

Kershaw and Busch dominate July

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch won three straight Sprint Cup races this month, while Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw posted a 0.27 ERA and carries a 29-inning scoreless streak into his start tonight. Month-by-month


Could Utley be the next out of Philly?

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick said that the Phillies' Chase Utley is the "most interesting name to watch" at August's waiver deadline: "He could be a big lift for a team like, say, the Yankees, Angels or even the Cubs."