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8hMarly Rivera

Suzuki talks hit No. 3,000, Pete Rose and retirement

As he nears 3,000 hits, Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki sat down to talk about Pete Rose -- too defensive -- and Lou Piniella -- too affectionate. Oh, and another 200-hit season? Totally doable.

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17hWalter Villa, Special to ESPN.com

Dee Gordon goes hitless in return to Marlins lineup

Dee Gordon didn't do anything at the plate Thursday in his return from suspension, but he remains focused and has the support of Marlins teammates.

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1dBuster Olney

How Chapman trade altered reliever market

The Cubs made the first big relief pitching splash has reset the reliever trade market, so what's next for other buyers looking to add bullpen talent?

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20hAdam Rubin

Source: Mets' Lagares likely back to the DL

With a partially torn ligament in his left thumb that may require surgey, the New York Mets will call up Brandon Nimmo and likely put Juan Lagares on the disabled list, a source tells ESPN.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant tied a career high getting on base 5 times on Friday via 3 hits and 2 walks while the Cubs scored at least 10 runs for the eighth time this season. They did that a combined 8 times in 2014 and 2015.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

As NYM look OFers, Brett Gardner an interesting option. .346 OBP in '16, signed thru '18, can play 3 OF spots. But NYM/NYY dynamic in play.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Rumors swirling that Mariners and Reds could be discussing trade that would send Jay Bruce and Zach Cozart to Seattle for Ketel Marte and Tyler O'Neill but for now it's just a rumor nothing more

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Rain has stopped and the tarp is coming off the infield. Cubs-Mariners game will resume at approximately 5:10pm. CST at Wrigley Field.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Athletics have only three choices with Rich Hill now not able to pitch on Sunday because of his blister: 1. Sell low (not happening with Beane in charge) 2. Trade for prospect and player to be named later with level of prospect based on how many starts he makes for assignee club or 3. Make 16.7m qualifying offer in off-season and hope he rejects it and get first round pick or if he accepts it ...hope he stays healthy enough to trade him at next year's trade deadline.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Rich Hill 18 GS '15-'16: 105 IP, 69 hits, 126Ks, 2.06 ERA, 201 ERA+. So yes, a legit candidate for $16.7m qualifying offer if not traded.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Cubs ahead 11-0, this just came up as an area of research in the pressbox: What is the minimum delay time before an umpire can call a game that has been delayed? According to Rule 4.03e, it's 30 minutes.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Although Zack Wheeler had tentatively been expected to face batters this week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, that did not occur. Manager Terry Collins said there has been no setback with Wheeler. Regardless, it looks like Wheeler will be back no earlier than September -- if then. Once Wheeler throws batting practice for the first time, he still is about 10 days away from a minor-league rehab assignment that could last for as long as a month. Logan Verrett has capably stepped into the rotation spot formerly occupied by Matt Harvey as the Mets bide time for Wheeler to return.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Delay alert: They're unrolling the tarp at Wrigley Field with a steady drizzle falling. Cubs lead Seattle 11-0 headed into the bottom of the seventh.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN Stats & Info: The Cubs have their eighth game of the season with at least 10 runs. They scored 10 runs or more a total of eight times in 2014 and 2015 combined.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

In promoting the lefty-hitting Brandon Nimmo, the Mets concluded they did not have an attractive righty-hitting option who could play center field. They considered promoting 27-year-old Travis Taijeron, who is hitting .297 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 347 at-bats with Las Vegas. But they were dissuaded because Taijeron has 122 strikeouts -- the third-highest total in the Pacific Coast League -- and might have difficulty making contact at the major league level.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

No surprise with a righthander (Jake Odorizzi) starting for the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, but Alex Rodriguez is not in the lineup for the sixth straight game. Here's who is: Gardner 7, Ellsbury 8, Beltran DH, McCann 2, Teixeira 3, Gregorius 6, Castro 4, Headley 5, Refsnyder 9, Nova P

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

If Athletics can't find a suitable deal for Rich Hill over next 34 days, it could make sense for them to give him $16.7m qualifying offer.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Juan Lagares has been placed on the disabled list and will undergo surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his left thumb. Terry Collins estimated a six-week absence.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mariners have inquired about Reds SS Zack Cozart. Not a perfect fit with Ketel Marte due back sooner than expected. But the M's are on both Cozart & Jay Bruce

Boston should trade for Ryan Braun

ESPN's David Schoenfield says the Red Sox could just slug their way to a pennant.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly promoted Brandon Nimmo relays the story of how Wally Backman informed him of his second call-up to the majors and discusses what he learned during his initial stint in the majors.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward hit just his 5th home run of the season on Friday against the Mariners and first since June 11. His manager has wanted him to elevate the ball more which he did in the third inning homering to right field.