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Cubs have righted the ship, but need their ace to climb on board

The Cubs aren't playing at their season-starting pace, but they have the look of dominance again -- especially if Jake Arietta returns to form.

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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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By the numbers: Padres' home run streak ends

The Padres' streak of consecutive games with home run ended at 25. ESPN Stats & Information provides the numbers you need to know.

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How Chapman trade altered reliever market

The Cubs made the first big relief pitching splash has reset the reliever trade market, so what's next for other buyers looking to add bullpen talent?

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

McCann a Georgia guy, with Braves getting ready to move into a new park; he could be a gate attraction, like Freeman.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

McCann under contract for $17m annually for 2017 and 2018. Yankees have their catcher in waiting in Gary Sanchez ready to go.

Jon Sciambi @BoogSciambi

Never got how Cano got rep that questions attitude/effort--leads MLB in games played since '07. Hard to be a dog IMO and play 156 every yr

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Context needed: the Braves generate a lot of ideas. And given that catching ATL need moving forward, they have asked NYY about Brian McCann.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Cubs manager Joe Maddon talking about his decision to give Anthony Rizzo the day off.

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Less for Lucroy

In most summers, Jonathan Lucroy would be one of the most attractive players in the trade market. So why are the Brewers having trouble finding a trade fit for him? Buster Olney explains (Insider)

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Nationals pull off historic triple play

The Nats turned the first 3-3-5 triple play in MLB history.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

With 50 hours to go until the trade deadline here is what we're monitoring: Red Sox- White Sox on Chris Sale talks; Nationals -Pirates on Melancon talks; Dodgers-Giants chase of Bruce/Reddick/relievers;Cubs pursuit of Rays starter; Mariners pursuit of Cozart; Indians/Mets pursuit of Lucroy; Rangers big move; Astros surprise move; Tigers standing pat; with the headliner of this trade deadline still looking like it's going to be a Chicago White Sox Fire Sale.....as in Chris.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is giving Anthony Rizzo the day off against Mariners lefty Wade Miley. Javier Baez will bat clean-up, the first time in his career he's starting a game in that lineup slot. Has been swinging well lately.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers wake up today one game out of first place in the NL West. Last time they were that close was 76 days ago (May 15).

Friday's Top 5 longest homers

The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez makes our list for the second time in just over a week with his MLB-best eighth homer of 440 feet or further Friday night. Jose Bautista's blast against the Orioles led the way.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Rangers and Padres had extensive talks about a Norris trade in spring training,and threads of that picked up now.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alineación de Marineros en Chicago

Fantasy rankings for Saturday

Jameson Taillon takes the hill in Miller Park to challenge the Brewers and their bloated 26 percent whiff rate against righties. Daily notes

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Reds, Dodgers still talking about Jay Bruce. But a source says that 3-way deal isn't going to happen. It was fun while it lasted!

Move, Baez -- get out the way!

The umpire had no problem shoving Javier Baez out of the way to make a call.

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How the Astros recovered

Scott Spratt writes that an unlucky April couldn't keep this team down. Best team in the AL (Insider)

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