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New Nationals woe: Scherzer gets wild

One thing the Nationals thought wouldn't be a problem for Max Scherzer was his control, but a few too many walks made a bad night worse for the workhorse.

Piscotty's grand slam blows open game (0:27)
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One for the aged: A-Rod and Beltran power Yankees win

By hammering homers off Rays ace Chris Archer, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran showed that they can still make a big impact on a Yankees team climbing back into the AL East picture.

Donaldson's second HR the difference for Blue Jays (0:28)
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Granderson's blast caps late drama

After first enduring their own epic ninth-inning collapse, the Mets got a walk-off win from an unlikely hero thanks to Curtis Granderson's wind-aided home run.

Bogaerts pushes hit streak to 20 games (0:11)
Beer can pyramids, more exciting than a baseball game (0:14)
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Diary of Myles Thomas: The secret life of Sam Rice

Sam Rice's life before baseball involves a secret tragedy so terrible it seems impossible for one man to bear. And yet, somehow, he plays on. Our 1927 Yankees chronicler relays Rice's tale, one so heartbreaking it impacts all who hear it.

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Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

Friday Flashback: How did we go from the beginning of baseball to an official sock provider? Uni Watch offers a selective timeline of baseball's hosiery history.

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Bryce Harper goes deep to bury slump

One of the major leagues' most controversial days off paid instant dividends on Thursday, as Bryce Harper connected for a monster blast to help power the Nationals past the Cardinals.

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FiveThirtyEight: Hitting hard, or into hard luck

Diving into the data from MLB's Statcast gives you a view into who's been killing the ball, and who's been getting more than his share of breaks at the plate.

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Jackie Bradley Jr.'s streak ends at 29

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. failed to extend his hitting streak beyond 29 games, going 0-for-4 against Jon Gray and getting left on deck in the ninth inning in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

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Does baseball have a beanball problem?

After getting thrown at repeatedly over the weekend, reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson spoke out against baseball's indulgence of pitching more than just a bit inside. Does he have a legitimate beef?

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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's?

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Dodgers de Los Angeles suben a mexicano Julio Urías

Después de semanas de rumores y expectativas, los Dodgers de Los Angeles anunciaron la noticia más esperada por sus fanáticos en los últimos tiempos: El ascenso del súper prospecto mexicano Julio Urías desde las ligas menores al equipo grande.

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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.


Fans battle for HR ball outside Wrigley

Kris Bryant absolutely crushed that ball out of the park. And fans outside of Wrigley instantly fought for it.


Granderson smacks walk-off HR for Mets

The Mets blew a 4-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, but Curtis Granderson came through clutch in the bottom of the inning with a walk-off home run.


107-year-old shows off moves at MLB game

Virginia McLaurin danced her way to fame at the White House -- and she boogeyed again at her first baseball game with the Nationals.


Beer can pyramid at a baseball game

During the seventh inning of the Orioles-Indians game, a couple of fans decided to make a very tall beer can pyramid ... because, why not?


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Tigers take first game of series against Oakland, 4-1, led by a dominant performance from rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer.

Donaldson's second HR marks difference

Josh Donaldson hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, which snapped a 5-5 tie and eventually got the Blue Jays a win.


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According to ESPN Stats and Info, pitcher Michael Fulmer is the first rookie to throw 7 2/3 scoreless innings since Justin Verlander did back in 2006.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Seven scoreless innings for Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, who continues to make a strong case to remain in rotation. Hard to imagine him getting bumped, even once Shane Greene is healthy. Last two starts have been terrific.

Dick Vitale @DickieV

Had a chance after Yankee game to shoot the breeze with @AROD & he seems very content with how things r going on in his life .

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Curtis Granderson reacts after delivering his first walk-off homer since 2005. The solo shot salvaged a victory for the Mets after closer Jeurys Familia allowed four runs in the top of the ninth.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Cameron Maybin's fourth-inning RBI double extended his hitting streak to ten games. Tigers CF has made huge impact since his return from DL. Entered tonight's game hitting .545

ESPN @espn

The Cavs are rolling and these Indians fans created a masterpiece. What a night to be alive in Cleveland, Ohio. es.pn/1P5kpQQ

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals badly needed some semblance of order in their starting rotation and Mike Leake and Jaime Garcia gave it to them on back to back nights in Washington. Garcia talks about the adjustment he made from his previous start, one of the worst of his career and the lack of intent when he threw two pitches up around the heads of Washington batters, causing umpire Alan Porter to warn the benches:

Bogaerts pushes hit streak to 20 games

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hit streak might have come to an end at 29 games, but teammate Xander Bogaerts continues his run making it 20 straight games with a single in the fourth inning.