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3hAndrew Marchand

With Aroldis Chapman deal, Prince Hal Steinbrenner shows he can be as ruthless as King George

Here the New York Yankees are, post-Aroldis Chapman, and Prince Hal has a chance not just to be like his old man -- but to be better.

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5hDoug 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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57mSarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

History does not favor the Giants

The Giants have lost eight of nine games to start the second half, something that historically has not translated well for a team's playoff chances.

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Bench-clearing brawl leads police to come on field (0:24)
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White Sox, Rangers, O's all walk off and much more (0:59)
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Viral Vault: The epic pizza throw in Boston (0:54)
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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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2hESPN Stats & Information

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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12hDavid Schoenfield

Aroldis Chapman makes Cubs the team to beat in NL

With Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs have the NL's best bullpen. It doesn't make them World Series locks, but they are now clear favorites to get there.

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16hJim 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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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pedro Martinez said if David Ortiz continues his otherworldly success through the second half of what Big Papi insists will be his final season, "I'll be the first to say, 'No, you're not leaving.' I'll lock the door."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pedro Martinez on struggling Red Sox ace David Price: "To be honest, I think he's going to be all right. It's just a matter of making the right adjustments."

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

A few pitching notes prior to Tuesday's game in Boston: Daniel Norris (oblique) will make injury rehab start for Double-A Erie on Thursday; Jordan Zimmermann (neck) will make one on Friday for Triple-A Toledo.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are still in the bullpen market, but balking at including Lucas Giolito, Trey Turner, Reynaldo Lopez in any deals, rival clubs report.

OTD: Ruth hits two HRs at Yankee Stadium

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 32nd and 33rd home runs of the season in a 15-1 Yankees romp over the the St. Louis Browns. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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Bench-clearing brawl bring police on field

Double-A affiliates Frisco RoughRiders (Astros) and Corpus Christi Hooks (Rangers) needed some police intervention when things got heated.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The "loser" in the Melvin Upton trade may be Justin Smoak, if today's lineup is a sign. Upton is in left field, Michael Saunders in right, Edwin Encarnacion at first and Jose Bautista is the DH. Makes sense, as Upton should be a defensive upgrade over Bautista.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals put ex-closer Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation in his rotator cuff. Dean Kiekhefer has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take Rosenthal's spot.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Left-handed reliever Josh Smoker will be the 26th man for Game 2 of the doubleheader. Smoker, a former Nationals first-round pick, has a 4.73 ERA in 43 relief appearances with Las Vegas.

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Reyes are each expected to play in both games of today's doubleheader, barring any signs of fatigue. Cespedes has had no issues since returning from his quad injury. Collins also said lefty Josh Smoker will be the team's 26th man for Game 2 of the doubleheader "if he gets here." Smoker has a 4.73 ERA, but has 67 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas. As for the impact of yesterday's rainout on the starting rotation, Collins said picking a starter for Saturday has not been discussed.

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