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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Disappointed by high school draft picks in the past, then Mariners owner George Argyros at first wanted to take Mike Harkey over Griffey Jr.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Nelson Cruz loves hitting against the Blue Jays and he crushes an R.A. Dickey knuckleball over the center-field fence for a grand slam. Dickey got himself in trouble by hitting two batters to load the bases.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira has not hit seventh since 2012, when he had two starts in that batting slot.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Corey Seager's streak of 7 consecutive hits, that ended in his 5th AB on Friday, was tied for second longest ever by an MLB rookie. Oddibe McDowell went 8 consecutive for TEX in 1985.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees lineup Saturday vs. Giants: Gardner LF Ellsbury CF Beltran DH McCann C Castro 2B Gregorius SS Teixeira 1B Headley 3B Hicks RF/Nova RHP

A true Hall of 'Framer'

Mike Piazza, who will be called to Cooperstown on Sunday, was one of the great pitch-framing catchers of his time. Student of catching

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers positives despite the marathon loss in STL: Howie Kendrick hitting .404 on a 14-game hit streak; Corey Seager had 4 straight hits in his return from a stomach bug; Justin Turner has 3 HRs in his last 2 games, and 7 in his last 12; Grant Dayton had 2 scoreless IP in his big league debut; Adam Liberatore's scoreless streak now at 28 straight games; Bud Norris will still start at home Tuesday.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Schmidt was happy to see Philly kid Mike Piazza overcome the "politics" and reach the Hall of Fame.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers concerns on top of the 4-3 loss at St. Louis in 16 innings last night: Closer Kenley Jansen now has five blown saves (2 in last 3 outings); the offense had just 1 hit over the final 7 innings; starter Bud Norris had to absorb 1.1 IP, taking the loss; failure to move within 3 games of NL West-leading Giants.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants are starting Johnny Cueto against the Yankees on Saturday, pushing the right-hander up a day as they try to snap a six-game losing streak.