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Katie Strang 

Don't hold your breath if you were hoping the Detroit Tigers might engage in big-game hunting at the trade deadline. GM Al Avila said standing pat remains "the most realistic option." "It might not be the sexiest thing, but it is what it is." Views the return of pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris as the big acquisitions. Also optimistic that J.D. Martinez will be back in time to make an impact in potential playoff race

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees No. 7 hitter Mark Teixeira lines a single to right, and Didi Gregorious scores from first due to an error from Mac Williamson. New York 1, San Francisco 0, fourth inning.

Katie Strang 

Tigers GM Al Avila said there have not been any discussions yet about contract extension for manager Brad Ausmus. Ausmus does have a fourth option year in his contract. Avila expressed confidence in him but said any discussions are unlikely to commence until after the season ends.

Griffey hopes Ortiz doesn't retire

Ken Griffey Jr. remembers a young David Ortiz from his "Thin Papi" days.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

With storms in the area, the roof is closed at Miller Park. And with no air conditioning in the stadium, the Cubs-Brewers game promises to be a sultry affair.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants righty Johnny Cueto is so much fun to watch on the mound -- especially when he's switching things up by quick-pitching out of the windup.

Griffey: 'It is what it is' with A-Rod

Ken Griffey Jr. can't help but marvel at what Alex Rodriguez has been able to do.


Ken Griffey Jr.'s electrifying career

Before he gets enshrined in Cooperstown, soak in some of the best highlights of his 22-year journey.


Nelson Cruz has monster day

This grand slam helped give Cruz his fourth career game with at least 7 RBIs. The only active player with more is Alex Rodriguez.


Giants, Rangers breaking down

The San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers lead the NL West and AL West divisions, respectively, but they've played like cellar-dwellers so far in the second half.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda discusses his progress as he works back from a stress fracture in his lower back. He started doing dry swings today and has not yet faced pitching.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers called RHP Ross Stripling back to the major leagues. He was sent down May 23. Left-handed Grant Dayton was optioned back to AAA OKC after pitching two scoreless innings in his big league debut Friday at St. Louis.

Dan Shaughnessy amazed by Theo Epstein

And it's not only his success with the Cubs. His continued impact on the Red Sox since leaving the team following the 2011 season counts too.


Flashback: The bat throw at Piazza

During Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, Mike Piazza's bat shattered which led to a piece of it almost hitting Roger Clemens. The pitcher then threw it in the direction of Piazza.


Mike Piazza's legendary career

The top moments from arguably the best power-hitting catcher captivated the hearts of baseball fans.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants' decision to flip-flop Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija in the rotation has nothing to do with the team's losing streak and was decided into advance, according to the team.

Lasorda on the greatness of Vin Scully

Longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda says baseball will be losing something special when Vin Scully retires.


MLB lineups for Saturday

Mookie Betts is not in the lineup for the Red Sox as they look to avenge Friday's loss to the Twins at 7:10 p.m. ET. All the lineups

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Tough day for R.A. Dickey as he's out after 3+ innings, his shortest outing of the season, and leaves with bases loaded and down 5-1. He also had some bad luck: Two infield tricklers that went for hits, a bad throw by Justin Smoak on a double play ball, and a liner off Troy Tulowitzki's glove that should have been caught.

Nelson Cruz with 9th career grand slam

Cruz's 3rd-inning grand slam was calculated at 432 feet, his 10th home run this season of at least 425 feet which his the most in the AL. Follow live


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says 1B Mark Teixeira is hitting seventh because he wanted to move other guys up in the order. Girardi thinks it has been difficult for Teixeira because of all the injuries. "I gave him a heads up before," Girardi said of his conversation with Teixeira.