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Dodgers ace Kershaw (back) sent to disabled list

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is going on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury, manager Dave Roberts said.

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Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.

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Was big win a big tease for the Yankees?

The Yankees rallied from four runs down entering the ninth for a 9-7 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. Will they finally build on a big game, or does another fizzle await?

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16mDavid Schoenfield

Cubs' rotation has stolen spotlight from Mets

Last year's NLCS was billed as a battle between the Mets' arms and the Cubs' bats, but it's Chicago's pitching that stands out as the teams meet again.

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5hJesse Rogers

Joe Maddon on Mets: 'Last year is last year'

As they enter New York to face the Mets for the first time since being swept in last year's NLCS, the Cubs aren't dwelling on the past.

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5hJim Caple

Not-so-Jolly Roger: Flagging Pirates look for a rest

Thanks to a brutal schedule, the Pirates have hit some rough seas in the past month. The Bucs are hoping a day off Thursday will help them avoid taking on any more water to their playoff hopes.

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Jose Altuve's season one for the ages

The season Jose Altuve is putting up for the Astros makes him not only an MVP candidate, it might make him the favorite while placing him among all-time great performers at second base.

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6hBuster Olney

Terms for possible Yanks reliever auction

Teams expect the Yankees to try to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but the price won't be cheap, especially for Miller.

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6hBuster Olney

Terms for possible Yanks reliever auction

Teams expect the Yankees to try to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but the price won't be cheap, especially for Miller.

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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.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Rivera, Travis Taijeron and Gabriel Ynoa will represent Las Vegas and the Mets organization in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Wally Backman will manage the Pacific Coast League team.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

No Bryce Harper in the lineup tonight. Wilson Ramos moves up to cleanup, though.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers acquire Bud Norris from Braves, according to multiple reports, with Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first. Norris is in line to start Friday in place of Clayton Kershaw after firing seven scoreless innings Sunday against the Mets. He is 3-7 with a 4.22 ERA this season.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Bud Norris carries a 4.22 ERA as he joins the Dodgers' rotation. 28 walks, 60 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Another angle on Marlins' closer choice: since the beginning of 2014, A.J. Ramos has 39 games of 4-plus outs, Fernando Rodney 7. Ramos provides greater flexibility in setup innings.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

I haven't forgotten that, during the preseason, the Marlins seemed to be trying anything to keep A.J. Ramos in a setup role rather than closing. (Remember Carter Capps?) If that trade happens, I'd bet Rodney still closes.

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

RHP Ryan Buchter likely next in line for Padres saves if/when Fernando Rodney dealt. Good Ks. Add now.

Coastal Carolina's off-field battle

Jaymie Thomas, the wife of Coastal Carolina's pitching coach, is grateful for the school's support during her cancer fight. The Chanticleers are playing Arizona for the College World Series title on ESPNU.

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Keith Law ESPN Senior Writer 

Heard the Padres and Marlins are nearing a deal for Fernando Rodney for a good A-ball prospect

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Make that a 13-game hit streak for Dodgers rookie Corey Seager. All-Star voting ends tonight. Sadly, the kid is not leading the voting at SS.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

"It was a great read and I thought he was safe." - Arizona coach Jay Johnson on play at home plate

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets make it official, promoting Seth Lugo and demoting Sean Gilmartin. Lugo will wear No. 67. Because he has been a starting pitcher, he can give the Mets' length if required.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Dodgers are 14-2 when Kershaw pitches this season. He leads NL in: 1.79 ERA 121 innings 145 K 0.727 WHIP 0.7 BB per 9 innings