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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Pretty epic battle between Adam Wainwright and Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh inning. Wainwright was riding a string of eight quality starts in his previous nine outings and he has regained manager Mike Matheny's trust late in games, so he was facing Cespedes even though his pitch count had gone over 110 with two runners on in the seventh inning. After Cespedes fouled off a good high fastball on 3-and-2, Wainwright hung a curveball on his 117th pitch and Cespedes hit it off the facing of the second deck for a two-run home run, his 22nd, that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs don't have a hit off White Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo through 4 innings as their offensive slump continues. Meanwhile Ranaudo's first major league hit is a home run off Jason Hammel. Sox lead 1-0 Top 5

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper is hitting .138 in his past 18 games with a lowly .527 OPS. One of the interesting stats from his season has been the inability to crush fastballs like last year: .219 average and .841 OPS versus .352 and 1.189 in 2015.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the biggest mysteries of 2016 is the decline of Jose Abreu. While everyone else is hitting more home runs and producing more offense, Abreu has just 11 home runs and his OPS is down 200 points from his 2014 season when he finished fourth in the MVP voting.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy was perfect through 5.1 innings (with 8 K's). Then came a walk. Then came a homer. Then came another homer. The Rockies lead 3-0, and Bundy's done after 5.2 and 89 pitches (standing O upon removal), but it looks like the O's might have something special with the 23-year old righty - assuming he can stay healthy.

Rock, paper, scissors ... water jug to head

Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler decide to battle it out in a game of rock, paper, scissors where the loser gets hit in the head by a water jug.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Lull before the storm in terms of the trade deadline....keep in mind over the last 5 trade deadlines close to 80% of all trades were made in the last 3 days of the deadline....

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh throw out the first pitch at the Cubs/Sox game on Wednesday.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The next three games and four days could determine what Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto decides to do. They're three over .500. Win three and he may try and get Jay Bruce and pitching help; lose three and he may offer up Hisashi Iwakuma.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Seattle Mariners are among the teams that have expressed interest in Cincinnati's Jay Bruce, who is likely to be on the move by Monday's trade deadline. Seattle has received middling production from Seth Smith, Nori Aoki and Franklin Gutierrez at the corner outfield spots this season, and Bruce would provide a major upgrade in 2017. He has a $13 million club option next season.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Huge standing ovation at Camden Yards as Orioles slugger Chris Davis bunts down the 3B line to beat the Rockies' shift. Hard to tell what the fans were most happy about - the shift-busting strategy, or that fact that the single broke an 0-for-24 slump for Davis.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Birthday boy Alex Rodriguez on still being on a major league roster: "When I first started to play this game, as a a young lad, I never thought I'd be playing in the major leagues for so long; especially at 41," A-Rod said. "I'm representing all the senior citizens." Rodriguez will start the game on the bench Wednesday for the fifth straight time.