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The best World Series matchups

Cubs vs. Yankees? Mets vs. Blue Jays? David Schoenfield breaks down the World Series matchups he'd most like to see. His top choice: Pirates vs. Royals.

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Rancel: Braves' Hector Olivera tops prospect list

With September call-ups looming, Tommy Rancel provides his list of the top prospects in MLB. Braves third baseman Hector Olivera comes in at No. 1.

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Goldschmidt smashes a 482-foot homer (0:10)
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16hDoug Padilla

Chris Sale finds a way, but White Sox can't

Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale's junkyard-dog approach only fell flat because he got no offensive support in a 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

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Astros pitching leading playoff push (2:32)
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453dTim Kurkjian

Kurkjian: Baseball's unwritten rules

Baseball's rollicking code of conduct, from the players who live by self-regulated standards that don't exist in print: The Unwritten Rules.

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Mike Trout no longer top player in fantasy baseball this season (1:49)
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Grantland: Hanley Ramirez and the fog of left field

Hanley Ramirez has been a disappointment so far in Boston and it's not a stretch to pin the blame for his struggles on his position switch from shortstop to left field. So what were the Red Sox thinking?

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OTD: Rickey Henderson the steals king

On Aug. 27, 1982, The Man of Steal swiped his 119th bag of the season to break Lou Brock's single-season steals record. Henderson would end up with 130 steals -- still good for most in one season.

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Kind of weird to see Bryant in right. He played there and in CF in college though. Not so much in left.

Hey Royals fans, put the umbrellas away

After more than a 90-minute delay, the Royals have taken the field for the start of their home game against the Orioles. Follow live

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Greinke's ERA dips to 1.61 in win

Zack Greinke continued to make his case for NL Cy Young today with seven shutout frames in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds. Greinke is the only MLB pitcher with a sub-2.00 ERA. Box score

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Orioles-Royals in rain delay ... still

The game was scheduled for a 2:10 p.m. ET start, but the rain continues at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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@baltimoreorioles

#OsThrowback to 12-year old Jonathan Schoop at the Little League World Series as a member of Team Caribbean, the 2004 champions. #LLWS #tbt #Orioles

sfgiants @sfgiants

Welcome @indycar drivers Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Scott Dixon. All wearing #25 in honor of Justin Wilson. #SFGiants

ICYMI: Goldschmidt mashes 482-foot HR

Wednesday night, Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt crushed the third-longest homer of the season and longest by a player not named Giancarlo Stanton.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Yasmani Grandal: 2nd player this year with 3 GIDP in 1 game (Yadier Molina - 7/19 in 18 inn.). 1 of Grandal’s did score the game’s only run

Greinke out after 7 innings, 9 K's

Zack Greinke's day is done after striking out 9 and allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks over seven scoreless innings and 109 pitches. His league-best ERA is now down to 1.61. The Dodgers lead the Reds 1-0 in the 8th. Follow live

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Shelby Miller: MLB's unluckiest pitcher

The Braves starter dropped to 0-10 in his last 18 starts last night, despite owning a very solid 3.24 ERA in that time. By comparison, Giants SP Madison Bumgarner is 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in his last 18 starts.

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@kcroyals

?? Rain delay. #ForeverRoyal #Royals@

Greinke being Greinke through 5

Zack Greinke's MLB-low ERA has sunk to 1.62 with five shutout innings today vs the Reds. He's allowed just two hits as the Dodgers lead 1-0. Follow live

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

With Brett Gardner saying the Yankees' looked "flat" on Wednesday, I asked GM Brian Cashman today if he might summon a spark from Triple-A. Fans have clamored for Rob Refsnyder to replace Stephen Drew at second base. However, Cashman said the team will stand pat, noting that on Sept. 1 they will have call-ups when the rosters expand.

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Fowler missing a second game. Whole diff outfield than last night. Kris Bryant starts in right. Denorfia moves to left, Matt Szczur in CF

Mark Saxon @markasaxon

Justin Turner, batting .171 this month, decides to go with high socks and singles up the middle in his first at-bat. Coincidence?

Strong stretch of play from Verlander

Justin Verlander came up 3 outs shy of a no-hitter Wednesday, the 4th no-hitter lost in the 9th inning this season. Verlander now has a 0.31 ERA in his last 4 starts -- his lowest ERA in any 4-start span in his career -- after a 5.05 ERA in his first 9 starts of the season.

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