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5hJeff Sullivan

Walk this way: How Giants keep winning

Jeff Sullivan looks at how the NL West-leading Giants have succeeded with contact and patience despite injuries and plenty of early-season adversity.

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Cubs having special season (1:06)
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Indians have talent for postseason run (0:55)
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Maddon: 'We were down to almost nothing' (0:53)
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Yanks view A-Rod as part-time player (1:29)
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Lindor steals home with genius baserunning (0:32)
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Lenny Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts or I don't play' (0:44)
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14hMark Saxon

Cardinals continue their strong road work

Chicago to Seattle and back to Kansas City -- the Cardinals navigated an unusual trip pretty well. Can they now start to iron out their blues at home?

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Rizzo has a history of catches near tarps (0:58)
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Are the Mets mishandling their pitching staff? (1:25)
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33mKeith Law

Futures Game: Top prospects, who's missing

Keith Law highlights key names on the just-released 2016 MLB Futures Game rosters -- and key names NOT on a roster -- and has other relevant tidbits.

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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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33mKeith Law

Futures Game: Top prospects, who's missing

Keith Law highlights key names on the just-released 2016 MLB Futures Game rosters -- and key names NOT on a roster -- and has other relevant tidbits.

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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.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers go back-to-back with home runs from Steven Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. That's the sixth time this season the Tigers have homered in consecutive at-bats. DET leads 8-2.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks threw a career high 117 pitches on Wednesday after a 15 inning game for the Cubs on Tuesday. He came out with 2 outs in the 7th with the Cubs leading 8-2, saving the bullpen as much as possible.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox go quietly in the top of the ninth, lose 4-0 to the Rays, and finish a mostly miserable road trip with a 2-4 record, having been outscored 42-28 in Texas and Tampa Bay. Boston went 10-16 in June and is 42-36 overall.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The Yankees are currently 9 games out of first place in the AL East, their largest deficit of the season; have not been closer than 5.5G out since they were 4.5G back on 4/28. Going into their third game of the series against the Rangers tonight, the Yankees have lost 5 consecutive games to Texas at Yankee Stadium dating back to 2015 (0-3 last season).

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hanley Ramirez is replaced here before the bottom of the eighth inning. He appeared to injure his back on a ferocious swing-and-miss in the sixth. He was due to bat second in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox trailing 4-0.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris has eight strikeouts through four innings. Quick, easy fourth. Tigers lead Marlins 5-2 after a four-run first inning.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Yulieski Gurriel is scheduled to work out with San Francisco Giants soon according to club sources.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Including today, David Price has allowed at least four earned runs in six of his 17 starts. Last season, he gave up four or more earned runs in only five of his 32 starts. Rays have hit lefties well all season, but they're without lefty-mashers Steve Pearce, Steven Souza Jr., Logan Morrison and Oswaldo Arcia.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

David Price has eight K's through four innings ... but four runs allowed, and that's what matters. Given his high K rate, I still think he can work through some of these issues, but this is the sixth time in 17 starts he's allowed 4+ ER, after doing that five times all of 2015.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

When Joey Votto starts to swing well -- like he has been lately -- he looks like he's squaring up the ball with a tennis racquet.

Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts'

Lenny Dykstra revealed how he blackmailed umpires to manipulate game outcomes.

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Yanks view A-Rod as part-time player

ESPN's Wallace Matthews says the Yankees don't trust him against right-handed pitching.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Travis Wood and Hector Rondon would but unavailable on Wednesday afternoon after Tuesday's 15 inning win. He's hopeful he can get at least 7 innings out of starter Kyle Hendricks in order to rest the bullpen while the Cubs continue a stretch of 24 games without a day off.

Matt Cassel was a little league celebrity

In 1994, ESPN's Paul Kuharsky interviewed the 12-year-old whose team advanced to the championship game. They met again recently to chat about old times.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran outfielder Chris Young underwent an MRI in Boston on Monday that revealed what John Farrell described as "a little bit more injury to the hamstring than the physical exam in the training room." Initially, Farrell said Young was diagnosed with a Grade 1 (mild) strain. Timetable on Young's return not yet clear, but won't be before the All-Star break.