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19hScott Lauber

Boston's Price on early struggles: 'Unacceptable'

David Price says the quality of his performance sixteen starts into his first year with Boston is "unacceptable," and insisted he's healthy despite his fastball velocity falling to 92.4 mph.

Cubs having special season (1:06)
Indians have talent for postseason run (0:55)
Maddon: 'We were down to almost nothing' (0:53)
Yanks view A-Rod as part-time player (1:29)
Lindor steals home with genius baserunning (0:32)
Lenny Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts or I don't play' (0:44)
13hMark 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?

Rizzo has a history of catches near tarps (0:58)
Are the Mets mishandling their pitching staff? (1:25)
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20hKeith Law

MLB 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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    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.


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.


Yanks view A-Rod as part-time player

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


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.


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.

L.A. crossing its fingers on Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw will return to Los Angeles Wednesday to have his lower-back stiffness further examined. The Dodgers have been a losing team this season in games not started by their ace.

Stats & Info

Miggy made his mark in Miami

The Marlins are in town to visit Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers this week. In his short time with the then-Florida Marlins, Cabrera did plenty of damage at the plate.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets issued this statement to ESPN's Darren Rovell on why Mike Piazza's NYPD helmet from the first game back after 9/11 (like the jersey) found its way outside the organization and to an auction house: "This item was sold in 2013. In April this year, we instituted a new process with internal controls to prevent something like this from happening again in the future."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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