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Sport Science: Madison Bumgarner

Bumgarner's release point for three of his pitches are all within a half-inch of each other, which leaves hitters with only .25 seconds to determine what pitch is headed their way.

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20 MLB players most likely to be traded

Does your team need a pitcher? How about Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir or Aaron Harang? According to MLB Insider Jim Bowden, those pitchers are as good as gone from their teams. The interested teams (Insider)

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Mag: The pitcher strikes back

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, MLB teams used to score runs. No more. Pitchers have risen to take over the game. And here's how

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Giants racking up shutouts

The Giants capped a Dodgers sweep Thursday and did not allow a run in any of the 3 games -- the second time this month the Giants have recorded 3 straight shutouts. According to Elias, San Francisco is the first team to notch 3 straight shutouts twice in the same calendar month since the 1969 Mets -- who went on to win the World Series.

OTD: Ted Williams enlists in military

On this date in 1942, the season after hitting .409, Williams enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps to train to become a fighter pilot. He would go on to hit for the Triple Crown before missing the next three seasons while on duty.

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BBTN's Thursday Web Gem

Alex Gordon couldn't stop Alex Gordon from becoming the 22-time reigning Web Gems winner -- does Chris Carter's sliding catch stand a chance?

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Freddie Freeman on Will Smith/sunscreen: "Every pitcher does it so they'll have a better grip so we won't get hit in the head."

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

More candles: Collin Cowgill turns 29 today. ... Casey Meisner, who tossed seven scoreless innings Thursday for Savannah, is 20.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

MLB should defer Will Smith's discipline case until officials figure out what to do with the antiquated foreign substance rule.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Feel bad for Will Smith: He's like the guy getting his license suspended for going 56 mph in a 55 mph zone. Not the only one who does it.

Hendricks dominates Padres

Kyle Hendricks threw a complete game shut out (giving up only five hits and striking out seven) and Kris Bryant extended his hit streak to 10. Box score

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Salazar sizzles in Indians win

Danny Salazar threw six shut out innings and allowing just five hits against the White Sox. This is the Indians third straight win. Box score

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Brewers' Smith: Substance not pine tar

Milwaukee P Will Smith, who was ejected for allegedly having pine tar on his arm, said it was a mixture of rosin and sunscreen that he forgot to remove before coming in.

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Mujica fractures thumb, headed to DL

Edward Mujica, who took a hard-hit grounder off his pitching hand, needed stitches on his fractured right thumb. Oakland's reliever has a 3.32 ERA over 19 innings this season.