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Game 7. World Series on the line. Which pitcher would you rather have start for your team?

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell spoke "at length" Monday night with Red Sox first base prospect Sam Travis, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. "In the face of a lengthy rehab and surgery that's pending," Farrell said, "I thought he was able to handle it in as positive a manner as he could."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

According to AccuWeather, rain in Chicago will stop right around the first pitch for Dodgers-Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m. CST/5:05 p.m. PST). Puddles accumulated in both bullpens from heavy late-afternoon rain, and the tarp remains on the field, but no delay has been announced.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs/Dodgers should have a short delay at Wrigley Field as rain moves through the area. The tarp is still on the field with game time less than an hour away.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

This Cardinals team figures to be the most powerful that manager Mike Matheny has ever managed. Through 52 games, the Cardinals have hit 70 home runs. Through that many games last season, they had hit 40. Since Matheny took over as manager four years ago, the Cardinals' highest home run total was 159 in 2012. This team is on pace to hit 218.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Guerrero was designated for assignment by the Dodgers after completing a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City for a knee contusion. He is in the third year of a guaranteed four-year $28 million deal that stipulates he must be traded or released if he is not on the major league roster. A defensive liability, Guerrero played 106 games for the Dodgers last season batting .233 with a .434 slugging percentage.

Seattle digs the long ball in rout

The Mariners homered five times in their 16-4 victory over the Padres.


John Buccigross @Buccigross

Pirates: .795 OPS this season is 2nd in MLB (to Red Sox); were 18th in OPS in 2015..Gerrit Cole has allowed 1 ER in 18 IP (0.45 ERA) #Pens

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Xander Bogaerts (BOS): 23-game hit streak (longest active MLB streak); longest by Red Sox shortstop since Nomar Garciaparra in 2003 (26)

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Watch Brazilian soccer star Neymar of FC Barcelona take batting practice from Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, meet outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, juggle a soccer ball and talk about his experience at Citi Field on Tuesday.