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3hJayson Stark

No aces to deal: Where are the starting pitchers at this trade deadline?

Contenders looking to add starting pitching at the trade deadline have a bigger problem than striking a deal. This year, there simply may be no top-shelf starters to be had. But why is that?

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3hJim Bowden

What would it take to trade for Chris Sale?

Jim Bowden looks at what five teams -- the Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers -- would have to part with to land White Sox ace Chris Sale.

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White Sox fan takes hilarious stance on uncomfortable throwbacks (0:22)
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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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Melvin Upton brings lots of options to Blue Jays (2:02)
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White Sox looking to stay hot on Wednesday Night Baseball (2:18)
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12hMark Saxon

Jedd Gyorko powering Cardinals' slugging surge

Led by the red-hot Jedd Gyorko, the St. Louis Cardinals continued to hit for power on Tuesday. But will all the home runs ultimately be enough?

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3hESPN Stats & Information

It's time for the Royals to sell

The Royals are three games under .500 for the first time this season. We look into why they should be sellers at the deadline.

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1dDoug Glanville

Why hasn't the slide rule increased double plays?

A close play at second base to start a double play no longer involves the take-out slide. It is a free pass to convert, and yet conversions are not increasing in percentage.

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20hSarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

History does not favor the Giants

The Giants have lost eight of nine games to start the second half, a trend that historically has not boded well for a team's playoff chances.

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Vote now: How does your MLB team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite MLB team stack up? Vote now!

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Teams talking to the Phillies about Jeremy Hellickson say they're being told they don't have to trade him unless the return beats the draft pick.

Hilarious spectator agrees with Sale

This White Sox fan has a great sense of humor about Chris Sale's objection to the team's uncomfortable throwback jerseys.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Unveiled: Logo to next year's MLB All-Star Game

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers P Drew VerHagen is having season-ending Thoracic Outlet surgery. He had previously tried the rehab and physical therapy route to avoid surgery but was shut down last week.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers CF Cameron Maybin out again today vs. BOS. Tyler Collins in CF

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Dilson Herrera actually slept funny on the bus from Las Vegas to Fresno and was scratched from the PCL game on Tuesday for that reason. It was just a coincidence in timing that he was scratched nearly simultaneously with Jose Reyes' intercostal injury, I'm told.

Ortiz crushes 25th homer of the season

David Ortiz continues his final season in fine fashion with a three-run home run over the wall in right field at Fenway Park to increase his season HR tally to 25.

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Ichiro smacks hit No. 2,997

On the road to 3,000, Ichiro Suzuki records his 2,997th career hit with a single to left field on Tuesday.

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It's time for the Royals to be sellers

At three games under .500 (48-51), the defending champion Royals are at their low point on the season. Here's why they should be sellers at the deadline. Wave the white flag

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Rick Sutcliffe pulls a Chris Sale on his tie

Rick Sutcliffe pokes fun at Chris Sale by cutting his tie in half on the air during the Cubs-White Sox broadcast on ESPN.

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Gyorko earns title of 'Mr. Doubleheader'

For the second time in a week, Jedd Gyorko played both ends of a doubleheader and went deep in each game, crushing five home runs in the four games.

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Upton brings lots of options to Blue Jays

Alex Cora loves the trade that sent Melvin Upton Jr. to the Blue Jays due to how versatile he'll be for the Jays as they look to defend their American League East crown.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 3, Rays 2, Final. Bud Norris 6.1 scoreless innings, Kenley Jansen the save, Yasmani Grandal with a home run.