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Rookie Report: Top 10 rookies so far this season

Corey Seager and Nomar Mazara have been two of baseball's top rookies. Where do they rank halfway through the 2016 season?

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The beginning of the end for Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is determined to prove people wrong, but with the Yankees benching him for a second consecutive game, he will need to find some magic beans to discover his past success.

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Kris Bryant drives Cubs with historic performance

Kris Bryant is the first in major league history to hit three home runs and two doubles in one game, which almost made us forget about the issues with Jake Arrieta and the bullpen.

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Will Lucas Giolito live up to the fantasy hype?

Tristan H. Cockcroft looks closer at the fantasy value of Nationals starter Lucas Giolito, who is making his debut Tuesday against the Mets.

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Jurickson Profar 2.0: Has he finally emerged?

Former scout/front-office exec Tony Blengino shares his scouting observations of hot-hitting Jurickson Profar from many years ago and how they apply now, then puts it all in perspective.

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Despite a rough patch, it's been a special season for the Cubs. But will it be 1908 special? Let us know what you think in our weekly poll.

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have activated Brayan Pena and designated Eric Fryer for assignment. They are hopeful the move will get Yadier Molina more rest. Pena was signed to a two-year, $5 million contract to be Molina's backup, but has been out all season after left knee surgery.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In a move that corresponds to Eduardo Rodriguez's demotion after Monday night's game, the Red Sox have called up reliever Pat Light from Triple-A Pawtucket. So, the Sox will defer a decision on replacing Rodriguez in the rotation. With a day off Thursday, they could buy themselves a few extra days to figure it out.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Before last night's rain-delayed game, the Yankees had won 160 consecutive games when leading after 8 innings. They are now 160-1 in such games, dating back to June 1, 2014. The Rangers beat the Yankees 9-6 in a game that was delayed for 3 hours and 35 minutes. The Yankees had a 6-5 lead going into the 9th inning before play was stopped after Aroldis Chapman walked Robinson Chirinos and had a 3-1 count on Shin-Soo Choo. Rangers scored 4 runs after the game resumed at 2:15 am.

Top 10 rookies of MLB season

Corey Seager and Nomar Mazara have been two of baseball's most impressive rookies. Where do they rank halfway through the 2016 season? Rookie report (Insider)

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Still trying to digest this amazing fact: No player had ever had 3 HR & 2 doubles in one game before Kris Bryant did it last night!

Bryant prefers mashed over baked

Three homers from the Cubs' Kris Bryant against the Reds on Monday night? No big deal. They just traveled a cool, combined 1,265 feet.