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Stephen Strasburg injury is Nationals' nightmare

With Stephen Strasburg hurt again, you couldn't blame GM Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals if they're feeling a bit anxious about their $175 million investment.

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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.

Reds honor Rose by retiring No. 14 (0:24)
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Clayton Kershaw, now more awesome than ever

Clayton Kershaw, who faces the Pirates on Sunday Night Baseball, is having his best season yet. Which also happens to make it one of the best seasons for a starting pitcher ever (8 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN: Dodgers at Pirates).

Fernandez, Marlins dominate Cubs (1:11)
Sale earns 13th win as White Sox top Blue Jays (1:05)
Happy 42nd birthday Derek Jeter (1:58)
Expect Nationals to upgrade bullpen around deadline (0:51)
Crasnick: Cubs could use one more reliever (0:59)
Hey Altuve, if you want a cycle don't trip over second! (1:06)
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Michael Pineda might be better than his stats

Although Saturday's start was against a lineup with minimal offensive power, Michael Pineda looked more like the pitcher the Yankees hope he can be.

Is Reyes the boost the Mets need? (1:33)
Kurkjian: Indians are for real (1:09)
What concerns do the Cubs have? (1:50)
Will Teheran be on the move? (1:45)
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Indians proving that Cleveland rocks

The Cavaliers won the NBA title and now the Indians can't lose. We look at their recent streak and their season outlook.

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Atlanta's best move might be keeping Teheran

Julio Teheran is a valuable trade chip, but if the Braves can't get a big enough return, they might better off holding onto the young righty.

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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.


Fernandez, Marlins dominate Cubs

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez struck out 13 Cubs over seven innings to record his 10th win of the season while Martin Prado knocked in three runs as Miami topped Chicago 6-1.


Kennedy pitches 7, strikes out 11

Kansas City's Ian Kennedy caps off an 11-strikeout performance against Houston by striking out the side in the seventh inning as the Royals beat the Astros 6-1.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Via Brooklyn Cyclones: José Reyes enjoying time with his teammates on his return to the Mets organization on a minor league contract. Was received with a huge ovation and chants of "José, José, José..."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant explains what happened on a botched DP attempt with men on first and third in a 1-1 game against the Marlins on Sunday. The Cubs eventually lost 6-1 after he decided to turn two instead of going home.


Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

MLB 2016, starting pitchers in quality starts (entering June 26): 1092 total quality starts, 1.97 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 593 (54.3%) resulted in a win. Of these, 183 pitched at least seven innings and allowed zero or one run. Only 82.5 percent of them earned a win.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

MLB 2016, starting pitchers in wins (entering June 26): 756 total wins, 2.06 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 593 (78.4 percent) were quality starts.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryce Brentz said his goal in his second big-league call-up and first since the end of the 2014 season was to "enjoy the moment." Hitting his first career homer will help considerably. Brentz cuts the Red Sox's deficit to 3-1, bottom of the sixth

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Justin Verlander had only given up 4 homers in a game once. Cleveland just hit 4 off of him ... in 1 inning. WATCH: es.pn/296JERM

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Orioles winning again, the Red Sox are in danger of slipping to four games off the pace in the AL East for the first time since April 12. They're trailing, 3-0, heading to the top of the sixth inning.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Nimmo reacts to going 0-for-4 in his MLB debut.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

For the first time in two months, the Orioles played an entire series with Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy both on the field. In related news, Baltimore swept its four-game set with division rival Tampa Bay, winning the finale 12-5. The O's, who outscored the Rays 31-14 in the series, are now a season-high 15 games over .500 and lead the AL East by 3.5 games over Boston.

Reds honor Rose by retiring his No. 14

The Reds officially retired No. 14, the uniform number worn by Pete Rose, in a pregame ceremony on Sunday.