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Sale apologizes for clubhouse incident

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has taken ownership for his actions, but says he was disappointed that the team put business ahead of winning.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman vs Cubs potential Oct opponents: Washington - 12 APP since 2012, 1 run, 26 K, 15.1 IP SF - 5 APP last 2 years, 10 K, 6.2 IP, 2 R & BS last Sept LA - 9 APP in career, 0 runs, 17 K, 5 hits, 9 IP

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Blue Jays need pitching more than another outfielder. But Melvin Upton gives them some OF insurance with Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders headed to free agency in November. He's also tied for 3rd among MLB left fielders with 9 Defensive Runs Saved, and he has 20 stolen bases this season. The Blue Jays have only 32 steals as a team, so Upton provides some speed they've been lacking on the roster.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

This Thursday night, 710 WOR-AM, the Mets flagship radio station, will rebroadcast the famous Piazza HR game, 1st game in NY after 9/11

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The Toronto Blue Jays are 2nd in the AL in defensive runs saved since May 24 behind only the Houston Astros. The expected acquisition of Melvin Upton Jr from the San Diego Padres will make that defense even better as Jose Bautista will probably be moved to DH, Edwin Encarnacion to 1B opening RF for Upton. Despite his low on-base percentage, he is on pace to join the 30/30 club. 30 Home Runs and 30 Stolen bases. The fact he's controlled past this year could indicate the Blue Jays are resigning themselves to losing Jose Bautista and/or Michael Saunders to free agency at season's end.

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Giants: 1-8 since All-Star break; worst in MLB..Albert Pujols has 16 RBI since All-Star break, most in MLB

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Jay Bruce (CIN): 20th career multi-HR game; passes George Foster and Johnny Bench for 4th-most in Reds history

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Phillies pitch 11th shutout of the season (most in MLB).. Ichiro Suzuki (MIA): grounded out pinch hitting in 8th (4 hits shy of 3,000)

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Aaron Sanchez (TOR): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7 K; has not suffered loss in 16 straight starts, the longest active streak in MLB

Theo on Chapman trade: 'If not now, when?'

Cubs GM Theo Epstein believes the time was now for the Cubs to acquire Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees.

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Cubs pay a heavy price for Chapman

To get Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs not only gave up a lot of talent but also paid a high moral price, Keith Law writes. Baggage (Insider)

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