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Houston's short-term gain and long-term pain

The moves to win in 2015 instead of continuing their methodic, rebuilding process have hurt the Astros in 2016 and may have set them back for years to come.

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Who has the edge: Cubs or Nationals?

The Cubs and Nats have MLB's two best records. By the end of the weekend, we should have a better grasp on how they stack up against each other. But why wait until then when we can obsess now?

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Lincecum on the move? (2:12)
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Braden: Too much money involved to deter PED usage (1:49)
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Are PED violators cheaters or are they just trying to make a living? (1:10)
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Yankees are too reliant on Alex Rodriguez

The Yankees' problem is not that Alex Rodriguez is hurt. It is that their success depends too heavily on a 40-year-old with two hip surgeries.

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Ortiz puts Red Sox back in first place

David Ortiz drove in three runs with a home run and a single against the White Sox, and the Red Sox reclaimed first place in the American League East.

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MLB-best Cubs and Nationals set to face off (1:59)
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Harper smacks 10th home run (0:26)
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Tim Kurkjian short stories: Torii Hunter's shoes

Former Twins center fielder Torii Hunter was so insistent that his shoes remain spotless that if they got dirty during a game, he'd head back into the clubhouse to clean them.

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Halos in playoffs? Hal-NO (2:33)
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Decline in velocity for King Felix (1:19)
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Trout makes adjustments to get out of slump (0:30)
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Rays mascot KO'd by Adrian Gonzalez (0:31)
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Correa over Harper, Trout, and Machado (1:37)
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Stanton got all of that one (0:23)

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated last night that he thought left fielder Brett Gardner may not be a player for the next couple of days. The first sign that is the case is that the Yankees have called up outfielder Ben Gamel. Gamel, 23, was hitting .286 with a .709 OPS for Triple-A Scranton. He is a left-handed batter.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

It is going to be another raw night at Camden Yards. The AccuWeather forecast calls for periods of ran during the Yankees and Orioles game. The temperature will be in the low 50s. Bring a park and an overcoat, if you are in town.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Adams, one of the Cardinals' hottest hitters, left today's game with a bruised left knee. Adams had to squat to catch Jaime Garcia's one-hop throw in the first inning and his knee collided with the leg of the runner, Darin Ruff. Adams has a .956 OPS in his last 14 games. The Cardinals are are calling his removal "precautionary."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Another lovely day in Seattle, Washing -- oops, I mean Baltimore.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alienación de Orioles contra Yankees para el tercer partido de la serie, empatada a una victoria por bando

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Cubs v. Nats. Two best records in baseball. Chicago's sweep in Pittsburgh was impressive, but so was Washington taking five of six in St. Louis and KC. Here's a fun fact: If the Nats manage to take 3 of 4 at Wrigley, then despite having managed nearly 5,000 combined games, Dusty Baker and Joe Maddon will have the same exact winning percentage (.528).

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, who enters his second start tonight after making a successful MLB debut on Friday, knows that any decisions over his immediate future are up to the club's front office, but he would like to make it difficult one. "Obviously, I have no control over that, but I do have control over the outcome of the way I pitch. As long as I put zeroes up and get this team a 'W' that's my ultimate goal." Fulmer is currently the organization's top-ranked prospect

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

A few lineup changes for Tigers heading into tonight's contest vs. the Indians: Mike Aviles in at SS, Andrew Romine at CF. Michael Fulmer to make his second MLB start after impressive MLB debut in Minneapolis on Friday.

Adrian Gonzalez KO's Rays mascot

The Dodgers got the best of Raymond for the second night in a row.

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