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Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.

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Was big win a big tease for the Yankees?

The Yankees rallied from four runs down entering the ninth for a 9-7 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. Will they finally build on a big game, or does another fizzle await?

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2hJesse Rogers

Joe Maddon on Mets: 'Last year is last year'

As they enter New York to face the Mets for the first time since being swept in last year's NLCS, the Cubs aren't dwelling on the past.

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1hJim Caple

Not-so-Jolly Roger: Flagging Pirates look for a rest

Thanks to a brutal schedule, the Pirates have hit some rough seas in the past month. The Bucs are hoping a day off Thursday will help them avoid taking on any more water to their playoff hopes.

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Jose Altuve's season one for the ages

The season Jose Altuve is putting up for the Astros makes him not only an MVP candidate, it might make him the favorite while placing him among all-time great performers at second base.

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2hBuster Olney

Terms for possible Yanks reliever auction

Teams expect the Yankees to try to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but the price won't be cheap, especially for Miller.

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2hBuster Olney

Terms for possible Yanks reliever auction

Teams expect the Yankees to try to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but the price won't be cheap, especially for Miller.

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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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Kid overjoyed to get Kris Bryant card

Pure joy.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite a knee contusion after crashing into the fence Wednesday, Yasiel Puig was in the Dodgers' starting lineup Thursday in the series finale at Milwaukee.

Coastal Carolina on verge of history

If Coastal Carolina wins the College World Series (1 p.m. ET on ESPNU), it would join an elite group of teams to win a title after being down to their final out.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Starlin Castro gets the day off today, and Ronald Torreyes gets a rare day on as the Yankees go for the split against the Rangers this afternoon. Here's the lineup vs RHP A.J. Griffin: Ellsbury cf, Gardner lf, Rodriguez DH, McCann c, Teixeira 1b, Headley 3b, Gregorius ss, Hicks rf, Torreyes 2b. Pineda pitching

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Of course Madison Bumgarner should make the DH defunct tonight! Slugging pct. over the last 3 seasons: Bumgarner .443 Pedro Alvarez .442 Evan Longoria .441 Jay Bruce .440 Mark Teixeira .439

OTD: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit 25th HRs

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit his 25th home run of the season. This was just the beginning of an epic race that would eventually see Ruth hit a record-breaking 60 home runs. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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MLB Future Power Rankings

Yes, just like our regular power rankings, the Cubs top our list that projects the next five seasons, too. Built for the long haul (Insider)

Mikey Burton

Indians rotation is incredible bargain

Their starters lead the AL in ERA this season, including an MLB-best 1.91 ERA during their current 12-game winning streak. The primary rotation is making about $13.5M this season combined. Five things from Wednesday

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A big win -- or a big tease?

Wallace Matthews writes that the Yankees' comeback win was tantalizing -- and also possibly horribly misleading. More to come?

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How does Didi Gregorius unwind?

The Yankee likes to sit back, relax and uncork some Two Buck Chuck. Gregorius' 2-run walk-off HR went down smooth for New York, but is going to leave a hangover for the Rangers.

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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Bruce Bochy said he will hit starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner Thursday at the Athletics instead of using DH

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Cubs visit the Mets in an NLCS rematch. Chicago went 7-0 against the Mets last regular season but was swept in the NLCS

Concern in Dodgersland growing?

The Dodgers have a lot to worry about if Clayton Kershaw goes down, and the Baseball Tonight crew breaks down a potentially busted season for Los Angeles.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Right-hander Seth Lugo, who can serve in a starting or relief capacity, is being promoted to the Mets, according to the Record. Lugo is 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 19 appearances (13 starts) this season with Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets obviously need coverage in case Steven Matz has an elbow issue and needs to depart. Logan Verrett threw 92 pitches Wednesday in Washington and would be unavailable for that role. Lugo, 26, already is on the 40-man roster.