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The year of bruised Birds and Dodger black and blue

Injuries have hampered the Cardinals and Dodgers all season, but both are still in contention. Watch Cardinals-Dodgers live on ESPN & WatchESPN

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Yankees take rubber match from Giants (1:19)
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Yankees 'nearing finish line' on Chapman trade (0:50)
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Altuve hits two home runs as Astros rout Angels (0:40)
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Caple: The 10 worst MLB uniforms ever

How bad were the throwback uniforms that Chris Sale carved up? Bad enough that the original articles have an honored place among MLB's all-time worst.

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Some of the worst uniforms in sports (0:51)
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On this date: George Brett's pine tar incident (1:56)
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Ten memories that defined Mike Piazza

A look back at the Hall of Fame moments and highlights from the career of Mike Piazza, arguably the best hitting catcher of all time.

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Monster night for Story (0:48)
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Griffey: 'It is what it is' with A-Rod's accomplishments (0:41)
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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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#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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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasmani Grandal and Andrew Toles are the only Dodgers to have not reached base ... in two innings.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Howie Kendrick, who extended his hit streak to 16 games in the first inning, added a two-run HR in the second to make it 9-1 Dodgers.

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Tough debut for Mike Mayers ends, after Howie Kendrick's homer makes it 9-1 Dodgers with one out in the second inning.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

After a misplay in LF by infielder-turned-outfielder Howie Kendrick, Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir has now given up 18 first-inning runs, his most of any inning this season. The Dodgers lead St. Louis 6-1 after one inning.

Gonzalez hits grand slam in first inning

Adrian Gonzalez took Mike Mayers -- who's making his MLB debut -- deep for his first grand slam since 2010. The Dodgers now lead 6-0 on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers built a 6-0 lead at St. Louis in the first inning for their starter Scott Kazmir, who has an 8.05 ERA in the opening frame this year. Kazmir drove in two of the runs with a single.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Gleyber Torres is a 19-year-old shortstop in the Cubs' system. He is hitting .275 with 9 homers and 47 RBIs at Single-A. He has a .791 OPS. Colleague Buster Olney reported the Yankees are high on him, making him a possible target in an Aroldis Chapman trade. If the Yankees were to make a deal for Torres, it would demonstrate their commitment to adding overall talent to the organization instead of just looking for certain positions since shortstop is a franchise strength led by Didi Gregorius.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

A few days ago, one AL executive said he had "no idea what [Chris] Sale would cost, but would think it would be off the charts." No sense around the league that anything has changed. Expectation is the White Sox aren't prepared to accept anything less than a massive package for a 27-year-old ace with one of most team-friendly long-term contracts, regardless of his disagreements with the team.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Known for their offense in July, the Dodgers showed more of it with Adrian Gonzalez's first-inning grand slam. The Dodgers entered play Sunday leading the NL in hits (183), doubles (42) and on-base percentage (.348) this month.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The temperature at first pitch of Dodgers-Cardinals at St. Louis was announced at 96 degrees, while AccuWeather reports a RealFeel temp of 99. No precipitation is expected.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Word out of Myrtle Beach is that Gleyber Torres was scratched about 20 minutes before first pitch due to a "headache" but there's no actual confirmation on that being the actual reason he wasn't in the lineup. He was in the dugout for most of the game. Cubs farm director Jaron Madison is there as rumors swirl about a trade going down involving Torres.