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Cole Hamels pitching well at key time

Tim Kurkjian breaks down why Hamels is crucial to the Rangers' playoff hopes: "They acquired him so he can pitch them into the playoffs this year. And so far, at least the last two starts, he looks like the Cole Hamels who can do just that."

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Blue Jays' Goins scores from 2B on sac fly

Toronto added to its lead when Ryan Goins scored from second base on a Josh Donaldson fly ball when Detroit CF Anthony Gose lost track of how many outs there were. The Blue Jays lead 6-1 heading into the fifth. Follow live

Catwalk leaves Kevin Kiermaier hanging

The Rays CF had no chance on this Kendrys Morales blast, so he decided to strike a pose instead.

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David Wright out of lineup

The Mets 3B is dealing with shoulder stiffness after playing two straight extra-inning games. Juan Uribe will play third this afternoon against the Red Sox.

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Cameraman hit by home run

Rangers C Chris Gimenez crushed a home run to center field -- directly off the cameraman. No worries, he shrugged it off and kept right on filming.

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Encarnacion gets Jays off to fast start

Edwin Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a 3-run HR, his 27th of the season, in the first inning to give Toronto the early 3-0 lead over Detroit. The Blue Jays enter today's game having won 8 of their last 10 and hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. Follow live

Vin Scully returning for 67th season

The legendary Dodgers broadcast made the announcement Friday, and got some help telling Dodgers fans from Jimmy Kimmel.

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Olney: Mariners in pretty bad shape

Buster Olney has a piece of advice as Seattle looks for a new GM: "If anyone walks in the door and speaks glowingly about the core in place and the opportunity for a quick and easy turnaround ... [be] suspicious. ... The baseball operations department needs a makeover, not one or two holes patched at the big league level." Far from contending (Insider)

Conger turns two with quick reflexes

Astros catcher Hank Conger showed off his impressive skills behind the dish, bare-handing Byron Buxton's bunt in mid-air, then throwing to first base to get a double play.

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With no DH, A-Rod to get rest this week

The only action Alex Rodriguez has had in the field since May 23 is "catch with [his] daughter," and that isn't likely to change in the Yankees' series against Atlanta. A-Rod hopes the break can snap his monthlong slump: "You can talk about swing mechanics, but it comes down to having a fresh body."

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Goldschmidt sends one deep in D-backs win

With his 470-foot homer in Arizona's 6-4 win over the A's, Paul Goldschmidt has hit the two longest homers by a Diamondback this season in the past four days.

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Kershaw matches season high in K's

Clayton Kershaw had 14 strikeouts in Friday's win. It was his 11th game this season with at least 10 K's, tied for third-most by a Dodgers pitcher since 1900, according to Elias. Only Sandy Koufax (21 in 1965, 15 in 1966) had more.

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Swihart's inside-the-park HR

Blake Swihart produced an inside-the-park homer against Carlos Torres in the 10th inning, sparking a 3-run inning that powered the Red Sox to a win over the Mets.

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Rookie sends Giants to walk-off win

Kelby Tomlinson lined a bases-loaded single up the middle to down the Cardinals 5-4.. Marlon Byrd cleared the bases in the 3rd inning, giving the Giants a franchise record eight grand slams for the season (via Elias).

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The "inside-the-park" HR that wasn't?

Juan Lagares didn't chase after Blake Swihart's inside-the-park home run very hard, and Yoenis Cespedes never moved from his spot in left field to back up Lagares. Why? Lagares explained: "It hit over the [home run] line. That's why the ball came back that hard."

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Red Sox outlast Mets in 10 innings

David Ortiz smacked his 27th HR of the year and Blake Swihart hit an inside-the-park home run to spark a 3-run 10th that pushed Boston to a 6-4 win.

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