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Astros' Jose Altuve having a season for the ages

Buster Olney breaks down just how Jose Altuve has progressed from great to better than great this season.

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Law disappointed Mets are bringing Reyes back (1:16)
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1hMark 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.

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Is Reyes the boost the Mets need? (1:33)
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Kurkjian: Indians are for real (1:09)
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What concerns do the Cubs have? (1:50)
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Will Teheran be on the move? (1:45)
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22hKen 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.

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The Rays are HR-robbing machines (0:57)
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Baez dives, flips and sticks the landing... in the stands (0:40)
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2dKen Woolums, ESPN Stats & Information

Zack Greinke is not what he used to be

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not getting what they need from their ace. What is different between this year and last for Zack Greinke? We take a look.

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Identifying why Travis Shaw struggles on the road

Eno Sarris identifies why Travis Shaw has struggled to hit in road games, referring to spray charts, data comps and even speaking with the Red Sox third baseman, and offers up a solution.

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4dJim Bowden

Which teams are interested in Jose Reyes?

Jim Bowden offers up the latest on Jose Reyes, combining what he's hearing with a little speculation as to where the veteran shortstop could end up.

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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.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On behalf of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus present David Ortiz with custom cowboy boots with "Papi 34" and a Red Sox logo and a belt with a big, old buckle that undoubtedly would draw the approval of ex-teammates Josh Beckett and John Lackey.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz hit the first homer of his career here in Arlington on Sept. 14, 1997, against Texas reliever Julio Santana. The Rangers will honor Ortiz with a pregame ceremony in a few minutes.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Van Slyke delivers the Dodgers' first hit off Pirates starter Jeff Locke, a double to lead off the sixth inning.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pirates' Jeff Locke has retired the first 15 Dodgers to come to the plate. Pirates lead 1-0, B5.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon breaks down his team's 9-6 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey discusses his 7 run outing in the Cubs 9-6 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

No hits through three innings in Pittsburgh as Dodgers and Pirates "clash."

Indians shutout Tigers, win eighth straight

Francisco Lindor hit two home runs and Carlos Carrasco went the distance on a four-hitter as the Indians took down the Tigers 6-0 for their eighth straight win.

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Don't you dare run on Bryce Harper

Talking to you, Ryan Braun. Bryce Harper isn't interested in your scoring aspirations.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

My friends at Faith and Fear in Flushing keep what they call a list of "Recidivist Mets." It begins with Frank Lary in 1965 and goes through Kelly Johnson this season. Jose Reyes becomes No. 42. The list of homegrown Mets who departed and then returned includes Tim Foli, Mike Jorgensen, Tom Seaver, Lee Mazzilli, Alex Trevino, Hubie Brooks, Jeff McKnight, Jeff Tam, Bill Pulsipher, Pete Walker, Jeromy Burnitz, Tsuyoshi Shinjo (homegrown as far as U.S. play), Mike Jacobs, Jason Isringhausen and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Deep to the warning track ... with fries

A fan dropped a bucket of fries on the field and Yankees LF Brett Gardner ran down the slices of spuds.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Not since last Aug. 19 has a Cubs starter given up 7 earned runs as John Lackey did on Saturday against the Marlins. It came on seven hits and three walks as Lackey left some balls in very hittable spots as they crossed home plate. His ERA rose from 2.78 to 3.29 after the outing which lasted 4.1.

Ian Kinsler is powering up

At 34 years of age, the second baseman has topped his 2015 home run total before the calendar flips to July. Relentless work ethic

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins explains what he saw Friday that prompted him to recommend Michael Conforto be demoted for a brief period.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell alluded Friday to Red Sox facing a decision once Ryan Hanigan returns from DL. While they typically view catcher as a "two-man position," Farrell said, red-hot Sandy Leon is out of options and might not clear waivers. Christian Vazquez is in lineup tonight to catch knuckleballer Steven Wright, but if he doesn't hit more, he might lose playing time -- or even his roster spot, unless the Sox carry three catchers.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Nimmo discloses how Triple-A manager Wally Backman informed the 2011 first-round pick of his promotion to the majors. Nimmo will get his first major league start on Sunday. Terry Collins preferred avoiding Nimmo starting Saturday against Julio Teheran after a full day of travel.

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Why is Bryce Harper struggling?

Tim Kurkjian is not concerned about Harper's trouble with the curve.

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