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MLB Week 12 Power Rankings: Is Cubs' streak in jeopardy?

The Cubs showed they are human, but they are No. 1 for the 12th straight week. Still, the Giants are hot on their heels -- and could be poised to make Week 13 an unlucky one for Chicago.

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Despite a rough patch, it's been a special season for the Cubs. But will it be 1908 special? Let us know what you think in our weekly poll.

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Clayton Kershaw dealing with minor back discomfort (1:23)
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Corey Seager posting All-Star numbers as a rookie

During his first full season in the majors, Corey Seager is showing why is showing why he was baseball's top prospect. Will the Dodgers shortstop be rewarded with a trip to the Midsummer Classic?

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Stephen Strasburg injury is Nationals' nightmare

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Kershaw falls short of high expectations

Clayton Kershaw wasn't his usual dominant self, and the Dodgers didn't provide much support, allowing Pirates starter Chad Kuhl to shine in his MLB debut.

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Early list of potential All-Star snubs

Picking the All-Star teams is always hard. Here is Buster Olney's list of players who should be considered but may be left behind because of a ballot crunch.

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How to fix the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Jim Bowden said it's not time for the Pirates to panic, because he knows what changes are necessary to make this team a real contender.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

It comes in 4s. Over five innings today, Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir gave up 4 hits with 4 runs, 4 of them earned, with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Four scoreless innings for the Dodgers' Scott Kazmir after giving up four runs in the first. Retired 12 consecutive at one point to get there. Dodgers 5-4, T6. Joc Peterson now hitting for Kazmir.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

It took 32 innings, but the Dodgers finally have their first lead in a four-game series at Pittsburgh. All it took was a four-run fifth inning Monday to get it. Dodgers 5-4, B5.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox dig deep into their depth and call up infielder Mike Miller from Triple-A and option right-hander William Cuevas. Miller, who was batting .256 with a .624 OPS at Pawtucket added to 40-man roster. Sox needed another position player after they were forced over the weekend to option infielder Deven Marrero in favor of an extra pitcher (Cuevas).

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Taylor trying to Wally Pipp Corey Seager with the triple in his first AB with Dodgers.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Team president Randy Levine on suggestions that Yankees should become sellers at trade deadline: "I don't pay any attention to any of that. That's for you guys [with] nothing more important to write about that to write nonsense. When we decide to become sellers, if we decide to become sellers or if we decide to become buyers, you'll know. The difference is that most of you guys have never run anything and we have a lot of history here of knowing what we're doing. [We have] a lot of confidence in our baseball operations people. So, we'll see what happens. All the rest is just noise."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Kazmir's first-inning ERA rose to 9.00 for the Dodgers after giving up four in the opening inning to the Pirates.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees President Randy Levine on team possibly being sellers at trade deadline: "You guys obviously have nothing more important to write about than to write nonsense about that."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Trayce Thompson, who is still getting treatment for a lower back issue that forced him to miss a few games in late May, does not have a hit in his last 16 at-bats after hitting into a force out in the first inning. Thompson did say this weekend that his back is much improved.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are calling up 40 year old righty Joel Peralta who they signed recently. He pitched for Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay and is better against lefties than righties over the course of his 12 year big league career. Lefty Gerardo Concepcion is going down to Triple-A Iowa opening a spot for Peralta.

Rankings: Giants nipping on Cubs' heels

While the Cubs remain our No. 1 team for the 12th straight week, the Giants could be poised to make Week 13 an unlucky one for Chicago. Cubs' streak in jeopardy?

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