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Buzz in the industry in recent weeks is that Dombrowski could end up in Toronto as next president of the "BlueJays but didn't foresee this

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Mike Illitch's statement says he's "releasing" Dave Dombrowski "in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities."

Dave Dombrowski out as Tigers' GM

Assistant GM Al Avila was promoted to executive VP of baseball operations and GM today, taking over for the released Dombrowski, who took over in 2002. Under Dombrowski, the Tigers reached the playoffs five times, winning two AL pennants.

Aaron Sanchez suspended 3 games

The Blue Jays RHP received the suspension and an undisclosed fine for throwing at the Royals' Alcides Escobar with warnings in place during Sunday's game. The suspension is scheduled to begin tonight vs. the Twins.

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This is SportsCenter: Yasiel Puig

The Dodgers OF doesn't only have walk-up music during home games -- he also has it during staff meetings. Stan Verrett tried to follow suit. It didn't work so well.

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Remembering the Ryan-Ventura fight

Nolan Ryan's famous fight with Robin Ventura happened 22 years ago today. Did you know that the 46-year-old wasn't ejected for throwing these punches? Other fight facts

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The resurgent Mets

Pedro Gomez describes the domino effect that has overtaken the Mets with the acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.

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OTD: Watch Ryan pummel Ventura

On Aug. 4, 1993, Nolan Ryan showed why, even at 46 years old, it was never smart to test the flamethrower. Just ask then 26-year-old Robin Ventura.

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Happy 54th birthday, POTUS!

And may the White Sox beat the Rays tonight as a gift.

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Some interesting family dynamics

Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole is engaged -- to Amy Crawford, sister of Giants SS Brandon Crawford. Cole explains how Amy decides who to root for.

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Baseball's rain delay shenanigans

Human bowling. Giant slip and slides. Bill Murray running across the tarp. If you can dream it, it can be done during a rain delay.

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Astros GM: 'I couldn't be more excited'

Houston's 60-47 record has even surprised Jeff Luhnow: "We knew we were going to be a competitive team. Thought probably about .500, maybe have a chance to be in consideration for the wild card and start to really get some energy and excitement around Houston."

ICYMI: Inciarte fires rocket to second

Diamondbacks RF Ender Inciarte caught Yunel Escobar like a deer in headlights between first and second base and got him out with a barehanded grab and throw. Escobar didn't stand a chance.

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Braves lose Freddie Freeman again

Freeman's time off the DL lasted just 10 games. After leaving Monday's game with a right oblique injury, the Braves placed him on the DL today. He previously missed a month with a wrist injury, before being activated July 25.

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This is latest into a season that Mets & Yankees have each been in sole possession of 1st place in their division since end of 2006 season

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Rays (Chris Archer) at White Sox (Chris Sale), 8:10 ET. Sale, Archer are 2nd, 4th respectively in MLB in strikeouts (1: Kershaw, 3: Kluber).

Nationals reeling since start of July

Earlier this season, the Nats ranked in the top 10 in several key areas. But since?

  • Runs per game: Had been 8th; now, 28th
  • BA: Had been 9th; now, last
  • RBIs: Had been 9th; now, last

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New York state of mind in the standings

This is the latest into a season that the Mets and Yankees have each been in sole possession of 1st place in their divisions since the end of the 2006 season.

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Are the Nationals in trouble?

Jayson Stark discusses the struggles for Washington, which is now in second place in the NL East: "When you look at what the Mets have become; are the Nationals better than the Mets right now? I'm not sure they are."

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Dads: North or south of the border?

Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy missed a flight to be with his wife but was on FaceTime during the birth of his daughter. But, if he had been present, he told Mike & Mike he would have been "south of the border" to catch his fourth child.

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