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Why hitters are mashing home runs at near record pace

Baseballs are leaving the yard at historic rates. What's causing the home run rise and is it good for baseball? David Schoenfield investigates.

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Hamilton injury allows Rizzo to hit inside-the-park HR (1:09)
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Moya, Saltalamacchia go back-to-back for Tigers (0:48)
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Cubs having special season (1:06)
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Indians have talent for postseason run (0:55)
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Maddon: 'We were down to almost nothing' (0:53)
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Yanks view A-Rod as part-time player (1:29)
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Lindor steals home with genius baserunning (0:32)
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Lenny Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts or I don't play' (0:44)
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Cardinals continue their strong road work

Chicago to Seattle and back to Kansas City -- the Cardinals navigated an unusual trip pretty well. Can they now start to iron out their blues at home?

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Rizzo has a history of catches near tarps (0:58)
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Are the Mets mishandling their pitching staff? (1:25)
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Futures Game: Top prospects, who's missing

Keith Law highlights key names on the just-released 2016 MLB Futures Game rosters -- and key names NOT on a roster -- and has other relevant tidbits.

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The beginning of the end for Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is determined to prove people wrong, but with the Yankees benching him for a second consecutive game, he will need to find some magic beans to discover his past success.

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3hKeith Law

Futures Game: Top prospects, who's missing

Keith Law highlights key names on the just-released 2016 MLB Futures Game rosters -- and key names NOT on a roster -- and has other relevant tidbits.

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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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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers officially add Brock Stewart to the roster and the right-hander will start Wednesday's game in his major league debut. Enrique Hernandez goes to the DL with rib cage inflammation.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs infielder Javy Baez discusses his great day on defense and at the plate on Wednesday one day after hitting a grand slam to beat the Reds.,

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets officially announced the signing of their second-round pick Peter Alonso, a first baseman from the University of Florida. He will begin his pro career with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes is an absolute lock to start the All-Star Game. He's actually now the leading vote-getter among National League outfielders by more than 4,000 votes over the Cubs' Dexter Fowler.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

With just a day left in the voting, Buster Posey passed Yadier Molina by approximately 107,000 votes to start at catcher for the National League in the All-Star game. Molina is bidding for his eighth straight All-Star appearance. Posey is going for his fourth in five years.

Orioles continue scorching month

Mark Trumbo's home run in the fourth inning was the 55th by the Orioles this month. That ties the 1996 Athletics for the most homers ever in a June. The most homers in any month is 58 by the 1987 Orioles and the 1999 Mariners. Follow live

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Noah Syndergaard says the bone spur in his elbow is "pretty insignificant" and will manage just with treatment and medication.

Billy Hamilton injury allows inside-the-parker

Anthony Rizzo's fly ball started a nightmare series of events for the Reds.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks discusses his career high 117 pitches in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Reds.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs rookie Albert Almora discusses his first career home run, hit on Wednesday against the Reds.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras discusses his infield dance after taking a foul tip off his cup.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers sweep two-game series against the Marlins with Wednesday's 10-3 win. Home run power on display again, and a solid outing from young lefty Daniel Norris. Team now embarks on an 11-game road trip.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mets vs Nationals - Lineup for Wednesday Night Baseball

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

What a month for Arizona 3B Jake Lamb. Just hit one over CF fence. Nine homers in June, looks like 30-100 guy.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins acknowledged the Mets need to win on Wednesday night and avoid a sweep in D.C. He noted it would put a better taste in the team's mouth after a subpar road trip. It would mean trailing by four games instead of six games. And, Collins noted, the Mets will return home to face the Cubs for four games. And that will be no picnic.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Curtis Granderson will get his right calf wrapped and do some exercising pregame to allow the Mets to gauge whether he will be in the lineup on Wednesday night. Granderson has success against Max Scherzer, so the preference is he plays, as long as he is physically able. Otherwise, Brandon Nimmo and Alejandro De Aza would man the corner outfield spots.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs rookie C Willson Contreras is 2 for 2 throwing out runners in 4 starts while veteran Miguel Montero is 2 for 37 in 36 starts this season. Contreras has a cannon for an arm.