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New baseball bat brings tears to 12-year-old’s eyes

Braheim Fowler thought his dad forgot about his 12th birthday, but little did he know his father was planning to surprise him with a new baseball bat -- Fowler's reaction brings both he and his dad to tears.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Nathan is on to make his Cubs debut.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Conforto discusses his diving first-inning catch in his first professional start in center field as well as his hitting success since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN Stats & Info: Cubs starter Jon Lester failed to get through five innings for the third time in his last four starts. That happened once in his first 16 starts of the season.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Four of the top 14 NL batting leaders for the month of July are Dodgers: Howie Kendrick (4th at .375), Corey Seager (T8th at .333), Yasmani Grandal (12th at .327) and Justin Turner (14th at .324).

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz reacts to tossing six scoreless innings against the Marlins on Sunday to earn his first win since May 25.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

As trade talks involving Aroldis Chapman continued, the Yankees took two out of three from the Giants with a 5-2 win on Sunday. New York is 6-4 since the All-Star break.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell left today's game with a left heel contusion. He fouled a ball off his foot in his first at-bat of Saturday's game. He played through it yesterday but apparently it tightened up on him, so he's taking the rest of the day off.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees just turned a really slick 4-1-5 double play to end the eighth. Starlin Castro and Mark Teixeira both dove for a Ramiro Pena grounder in the 3-4 hole. Castro came up with it and fired to pitcher Chad Green covering first. Green then fired to third, and Chase Headley scooped the throw before applying a tag on Mac Williamson.

White Sox GM remains confident in Sale

Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says Chris Sale cutting up the White Sox's throwback uniforms does not change the team's opinion that they can win multiple championships with the pitcher.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

ELIAS: Aledmys Diaz hitting .283 (45 for 159) with 2 strikes in the count this year, 2nd in NL (min: 100 ABs), behind Martin Prado (.285).

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

ELIAS: Dodgers/Cards have been NL rivals since 1892, and in 2056 games since then, LAD 1,021 has wins, Cards 1,019, with 16 ties.

Junior's memorable derby homer

During the 1993 Home Run Derby, Ken Griffey Jr. launches a towering home run that hits off the B&O warehouse behind Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Hard to see what, if anything, happened on the field, but the Cubs pulled Addison Russell after he flied out to end the fourth. Javier Baez is in at shortstop. I'll update when more information becomes available.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants on the board as Buster Posey delivers a two-out, two-run single in the seventh. New York up 5-2. Final line on Nate Eovaldi: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. It was Chad Green who surrendered Posey hit.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

J.A. Happ with 6 one-hit shutout innings today vs. a Mariners team that scored 14 runs yesterday. Since the first week of last August, he's 20-4 in 30 starts, with a 2.66 ERA. One of the best signings of the winter.