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1mSteve Wulf

How Chris Sale became Chicago's other ace

On the other side of Chicago, Chris Sale is 9-0 and better than ever. But to go from the best starter on a bad team to a Cy Young candidate on a contender, he had to change his entire mindset.

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Yankees should trade Carlos Beltran

Buster Olney explains why the Yanks should trade veteran Carlos Beltran and examines his trade market, details Giancarlo Stanton's struggles and more.

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How well do you know The 100 Club?

CC Sabathia won his 100th game for the Yankees on Friday. In another lifetime, he won 106 for the Indians. Think of the trivia possibilities! (Actually, Jayson Stark did think of them -- so come test your knowledge!)

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Harvey wants the ball. Are the Mets right to let him have it?

Matt Harvey was rocked Thursday by the Nats, but Mets manager Terry Collins is showing faith in his struggling righty by sending him out to face Washington again. Which is exactly what the Dark Knight asked for.

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Cardinals walk off with win over Cubs

Randal Grichuck sealed the victory with a home run in the ninth after Matt Adams tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh, and the Cardinals knocked off the Cubs.

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22hEddie Matz

Daniel Murphy: Best. Plan B. Ever.

As crucial as Daniel Murphy has been to the Nationals' early success, it's easy to forget that a guy hitting .387 wasn't their first choice at second.

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10hDan McCarthy

Perhaps things are looking up for Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols homered to lift the Angels to a win. Although the numbers don't look great in 2016, there are some positive indicators moving forward.

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Cubs still on top, but who is No. 2?

Despite an up-and-down week, the Cubs remain firmly on top of the Power Rankings for the eighth straight week. But there's a new team behind them at No. 2.

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The Braves' 2016 to-do list

The Braves have plenty of items on this season's to-do list, but winning lots of games isn't one of them. Jerry Crasnick lays out the six biggest considerations.

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2dEric Longenhagen

Draft needs, possible fits for NL West teams

Eric Longenhagen takes a comprehensive look at each NL West organization's strengths/weaknesses heading into the 2016 draft and possible draft fits.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees announce DH Alex Rodriguez will play tonight with Double-A Trenton as part of a rehab assignment.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Four players have managed 125-plus runs and RBIs and 30/30 numbers in a single year: Ken Williams (1922), Ellis Burks (1995), Larry Walker (1997) and Jeff Bagwell (1999). Mookie Betts' paces: 144 R, 122 RBI, 33 HR, 29 SB.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Darin Erstad had 100 RBIs as a leadoff man in 2000, most in the past 100 years. Mookie Betts is on pace for 122.

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Look at him go. Are Yoenis Cespedes' 15 homers enough to make him #ASGWorthy? @esurance #ASG ballot: MLB.com/vote

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

When Clayton Kershaw starts, the Dodgers play like a 146-win team (9-1, .900 win pct). With anyone else pitching, they play like a 99-loss team (14-22, .389 win pct). So to recap: With him out there they're the greatest team in history. With anyone else they'd pick first in the draft.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Enormous blow for Red Sox, who announce reliever Carson Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery today and therefore will miss remainder of the season.

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Yoenis Céspedes: 15th HR of season--has 32 HR in 97 games with Mets. 32 HR since Aug. 1 matches Chris Davis and Khris Davis for most in MLB

Kershaw throws shutout versus Reds

Clayton Kershaw went the full nine innings, sitting down the last 17 batters in a row, in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds.

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Cubs: 4-8 in last 12 games after starting season 25-6..Clayton Kershaw & Johnny Cueto both tossed shutouts in 1-0 wins.

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Salvador Perez: 1st career 5-hit game..Ichiro Suzuki (MIA): 4-5, now 10-for-13 in last 3 games; 40 hits away from 3,000 in MLB

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Todd Frazier (CWS): 14th HR of the season (takes sole possession of AL Lead)..Albert Pujols 569th career HR; ties Rafael Palmeiro for 12th