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OTD: Cloninger hits two grand slams

On this date 49 years ago, pitcher Tony Cloninger of the Atlanta Braves hit two grand slams in a win against the Giants. He is the only pitcher to accomplish the feat.

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The kids are all right

Baseball is going through one of its biggest youth movements ever. Plus, FiveThirthyEight found that players aged 33 and up have produced only 24 Wins Above Replacement so far this year, on pace for the second-lowest total of the past quarter century. Future is now

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Dodgers pick up pitching help

The Dodgers have signed Trevor Cahill to a minor league contract, according to MLB's website. He had a 7.52 ERA in 15 appearances for the Braves this season.

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How the Cubs landed Addison Russell

This weekend last year, the Cubs got the prospect from the A's. Said Theo Epstein: "[Billy] Beane and I re-connected sometime in mid-June and he said he wouldn't do Russell for just [Jeff] Samardzija. He asked if there was a way to get Samardzija without Russell? We said no." Then what?

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Mets' season is crumbling

Buster Olney is astounded that "the Mets' decision-makers are idly standing by, like firemen watching a burning building with the hoses and axes stowed away on the truck" as its pitching staff continues to get no support. Help needed (Insider)

A-Rod: 'I'll walk to Cincinnati'

Alex Rodriguez badly wants All-Star appearance No. 15, telling ESPN's Wallace Matthews: "I would walk there, like the guy who walked to Yankee Stadium. I would walk to Cincinnati," adding "It's every player's dream to make the All-Star Game. I'm not an exception to that." He's currently in 5th place among DHs. Vote for ESPYS Best Comeback athlete

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Full day of MLB on ESPN

Get a jump on your holiday weekend with a full slate of games today:

  • 2:10 p.m. ET: Marlins at Cubs (ESPN2)
  • 6:00 p.m. ET: Giants at Nationals (ESPN)
  • 10:00 p.m. ET: Mets at Dodgers (ESPN)

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Yankees won't get Ellsbury back yet

Jacoby Ellsbury, out for six weeks with a knee sprain, won't come off the DL today after missing another rehab game Thursday. Said GM Brian Cashman: "He's going through a spring training-like progression. With all the sprints and work, he is going through, he is slowly getting his legs back."

Scherzer worth every penny to the Nats

Pedro Gomez says that Max Scherzer's value to the Nationals goes beyond his ridiculous numbers because he's single-handedly keeping the bullpen fresh.

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Max Scherzer's incredible run

The Nats RHP threw his third complete game in his last four starts Thursday. Prior to that, he had one complete game in 210 career starts. During those four starts, he has allowed a total of 11 hits and four runs while striking out 42 and walking one.

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Crazy Stat of Day: Max Scherzer has thrown three complete games in last 4 starts. He'd thrown 1 complete game in 210 career starts prior.

James Loney returns today

The Rays 1B, out since May 24 with a broken left middle finger, will play tonight vs. the Yankees. Said manager Kevin Cash: "We're excited to have him back. To be able to plug our first baseman that we anticipated being with us all year back in the lineup, that'll help."

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2015 Body Issue: Bryce Harper

"I take a lot of pride in working out. ... Your lower half, your core -- those are the biggest things you need in baseball."

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