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Sale scratched over reported issue with uniform

Chris Sale reportedly expressed displeasure over having to wear the White Sox's throwback uniform, leading to the team scratching him from a scheduled start against the Tigers.

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Yankees 'nearing finish line' on Chapman trade (0:50)
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Monster night for Story (0:48)
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8hKyle Brasseur, Special to ESPN.com

Red Sox fall apart against cellar-dwelling Twins

A struggling David Price and a faulty bullpen were the reasons why the Boston Red Sox dropped a second straight game to the woeful Minnesota Twins.

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Scherzer Ks 10, Nationals walk off (1:26)
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Griffey: 'It is what it is' with A-Rod's accomplishments (0:41)
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Kurkjian: Red Sox best positioned to win AL East (1:04)
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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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Dodgers facing tough decisions at trade deadline (1:02)
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3dJim Bowden

Ranking MLB trade options at each position

Jim Bowden ranks the trade options at each position, finding a strong supply of relievers and outfielders but not starting pitchers and infielders.

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11hJerry Crasnick

Carew backs Rose over Ichiro as career hit king

Rod Carew will gladly welcome Ichiro Suzuki into the Hall of Fame fraternity when the time comes. But baseball has only one career hit leader in Carew's estimation, and his name is Pete Rose.

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#MLBRank, Nos. 30-21: Mix of then and now

Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout were two of five active players to appear from Nos. 30 to 21 in our #MLBRank survey. But where did they land among all-timers like Jackie Robinson and Jimmie Foxx?

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce right-hander Joe Kelly has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and struggling right-hander Heath Hembree has been optioned.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Shout out to Ken Griffey Jr for Ken Griffey Jr baseball N64. I definitely didn't stack the Mariners with all the big-yellow-circle batters.

OTD: Ruth hits longest homer at Comiskey

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth crushed a ball into the upper deck of Comiskey Park, becoming the first player to do so. The mammouth blast off White Sox pitcher Tommy Thomas was Ruth's 31st home run of the season, and proved the difference in the Yankees' 3-2 victory. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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Willie Weinbaum ESPN 

From our Cooperstown interview, new Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr. on the temptation for him during the PEDs era: "None. You look at it, my dad wasn't the biggest or strongest or fastest. He always said, 'just don't let anybody outwork you.' Well, I take that back, my dad was fast (laughs)...and I was never the biggest or strongest or fastest on my team...when all of this stuff was happening, I had my own shoe, I was in commercials, I had my own video game, where else could I go? And I was the highest paid ballplayer. So the temptation wasn't there, because I had all these things. I ask people all the time, if you're a 25-year-old kid, you've got two kids, and you're on your way out, maybe. And these things are going take you to a new level and you're going to support your family -- what are you going to do? And people have this look like it's shocking to them, they're like, 'Oh, I would do it,' and then I'm like, 'Oh, okay, so the guys who got busted and the guys who did this, you're mad at them but you would do it?'"

Willie Weinbaum ESPN 

From our Cooperstown interview, new Hall of Fame inductee Mike Piazza on the temptation for him during the PEDs era: "First thing, it was illegal...you heard certain overtones of players that did them, but it was just one of those things that was never really in the forefront...it wasn't anything overt, it was just one of those things for me....I've said many times, I've trained as hard as anybody in the gym."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

This week's power rankings: 1. Nationals 2. Cubs 3. Indians 4. Red Sox 5. Orioles 6. Giants 7. Dodgers 8. Astros 9. Marlins 10. Rangers

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Twins (Milone) at Red Sox (Porcello), 1:35 ET Rick Porcello (BOS): 9-0, 2.98 ERA at home this season

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Giants: win snaps season-high 6-game losing streak...Nelson Cruz: 4th career 7-RBI game and 3 of those games have been against the Blue Jays

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Most HR as a SS - Rookies in MLB History 1997 Nomar Garciaparra 30 2016 Trevor Story 26 2007 Troy Tulowitzki 24

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Most HR – Catchers in MLB History Mike Piazza 427 Johnny Bench 389 Carlton Fisk 376 Yogi Berra 358

Sale's tension not just about throwbacks

Jerry Crasnick said: "This is something that arises when you have ongoing tension and a little thing gets blown up into a big thing."

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Ken Griffey Jr.'s electrifying career

Before he gets enshrined in Cooperstown, soak in some of the best highlights of his 22-year journey.

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Ken Griffey by the numbers: 630 HR, 6th all-time 10 Gold Gloves, T3rd-most by OF 99.3 pct of HOF voters put him on ballot, most in history

Mike Piazza's legendary career

The top moments from arguably the best power-hitting catcher captivated the hearts of baseball fans.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Among those who played at least 50 percent of their games at catcher, Mike Piazza is 1st in HR, 4th in RBIs, 6th in hits, 6th in WAR

Trevor Story puts up monster night

Story's 4-for-4 outing including two homers, three runs and five RBIs. Whew!

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John Travolta approves of this home run

Cincinnati's Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer, earning applause from the actor.

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