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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo clears the bases with a double in the gap to give Chicago a 5-4 lead, then pumps his fist as he pulls into second base. How big is it now that Joe Nathan recovered the last inning to strike out the side and keep the score at 4-1?

Griffey Jr. ends HOF speech in style

Ken Griffey Jr. concludes his Hall of Fame induction speech by putting on a hat backwards -- a signature style he often sported during his playing career.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers' Sunday night lineup at STL: Utley 2B Seager SS Turner 3B Gonzalez 1B Kendrick LF Grandal C Toles RF Pederson CF Kazmir P

Katie Strang 

Pitching line for Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez today: 6 IP, 10 H, 4R, 4ER, 5K, 1 HR. White Sox starter Jose Quintana also out of the game. He threw a season-high 118 pitches today.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman on trade talks: "There's a lot of rumors and stuff out there right now. I don't have any information but my agent did say they're talking to him, but that's all I have."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

It's official, we've now hit 100 degrees at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, with all the humidity to boot.

New 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.


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.


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.


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.


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).