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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 -- including a pair of Cubs starters. One of them, Jason Hammel, is on the hill today in Miami.

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How to fix the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Jim Bowden says it's not time for the Pirates to panic, because he knows what changes are necessary to make this team a real contender.

Happy 42nd birthday Derek Jeter (1:58)
Expect Nationals to upgrade bullpen around deadline (0:51)
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Dodgers to Clayton Kershaw: S.O.S.

After a second straight loss to the Pirates, the Dodgers, plagued by inconsistency, again look to ace Clayton Kershaw to get them rolling (8 ET on ESPN/WatchESPN: Dodgers at Pirates).

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Where do Cubs go without pitching and defense?

When John Lackey and the defense struggled to get the job done against the Marlins, the Cubs got a sense of how tough things can get when everything isn't going their way.

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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17hMark Simon

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.

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At 34, Tigers' Kinsler is powering up

Speedy and spry, yet still able to hit for power, Ian Kinsler is causing a lot of problems for opponents and making a case that he's the Tigers' MVP.

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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2dKen Woolums, ESPN Stats & Information

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.

The Rays are HR-robbing machines (0:57)
Baez dives, flips and sticks the landing... in the stands (0:40)
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2hBuster Olney

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.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw, who starts for the Dodgers on Sunday night at Pittsburgh, had a 1.77 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and a 7.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio when he won Cy Young and MVP awards in 2014. This season, Kershaw has a 1.57 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP and a 20.1 K/BB.

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Trends for the last month: Team leaders in Defensive Runs Saved. 1. Giants 28 2. Braves, Dodgers 17 4. Rockies 13 5. D-Backs, KC 12.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Chad Kuhl will make his major league debut on Sunday, potentially lining him up for a Saturday start at Oakland. His performance tonight would influence the Game Score projection; I'll try to update that afterward.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals scratched Stephen Strasburg on Sunday, which casts doubt upon his Week 13 status. Barring good news in the next 24 hours, he's too risky to keep in.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Chi Chi Gonzalez joins the Rangers' rotation on Monday at the Yankees, with a 47 projected Game Score.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Wade Miley rejoins the Mariners' rotation on Wednesday versus the Pirates, with a 50 projected Game Score. He's a "no" for me, though the Pirates' offense is cold.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Sean Manaea rejoins the A's on Wednesday versus the Giants, with a 50 projected Game Score. They're lefty heavy but I'd prefer to wait a week before activating him.

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ELIAS: Clayton Kershaw leads MLB by a wide margin in 1–2–3 innings––with 63 total. 2. Chris Sale 49 3. Johnny Cueto 48 Julio Teheran 48.

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ELIAS. Highest winning pct. in MLB history among pitchers w/ at least 100 Wins: 1. Chandler .717 2. Ford .690 3. Kershaw .687 4. Pedro .687

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Juan Lagares, who landed on the disabled list with that partial tear in his right thumb, is doing baseball activity in Florida. He could enter rehab games in the near future. Assistant GM John Ricco said Lagares still will need to learn whether he can play on a regular basis before a determination of whether surgery will be avoided can be made.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Zack Wheeler is due to long toss in Port St. Lucie on Monday. It will mark his first time throwing since receiving the cortisone injection last week in New York for elbow discomfort. The Mets say Wheeler's surgically repaired elbow is structurally sound. It certainly appears as though Wheeler will not reach the majors until August, although the Mets have been noncommittal on a revised timetable.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said Jeurys Familia is likely unavailable Sunday and Addison Reed may not be available, either. Hansel Robles or Erik Goeddel may close on Sunday against the Braves.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera both needed a day off. Granderson's legs are tired, according to Terry Collins. Cabrera, who never does, asked for Sunday off. At least they'll be fresh for Nationals series.

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This week's power rankings: 1. Cubs 2. Rangers 3. Giants 4. Indians 5. Orioles 6. Red Sox 7. Jays 8. Nats 9. Mets. 10. Marlins. Fire away.