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ICYMI: Spieth throws first pitch at Fenway

Golfer Jordan Spieth tossed some high heat before the Yankees-Red Sox game.

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ICYMI: Rockies turn triple play in 9th

With Paul Goldschmidt at the plate, the Diamondbacks sent the runners on 1st and 2nd on the pitch. That worked out well ... for the Rockies, who ended the inning in an instant.

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Donaldson or Trout for AL MVP?

Another year, another Mike Trout MVP debate. This time he's battling Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson -- and Donaldson's leading among ESPN experts. All MLB awards

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Elvis Andrus steals home -- straight up

The Rangers SS pulled off perhaps the riskiest and most exciting play in baseball Tuesday night.

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Hammel tries for series win on birthday

Jason Hammel is looking to help Chicago take two of three from Cincinnati on his 33rd birthday. Over the last 20 years, only one of 13 Cubs pitchers starting on their birthday earned a win (via Elias). Follow live

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De La Rosa forgets how to pitch

It's really unclear what Diamondbacks SP Rubby De La Rosa was thinking here. But his chucking of the ball at the backstop resulted in a balk.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

After today's game in Boston, the Yankees are off on Thursday before a season-long tying 10-game homestand that ends next weekend with four against the first place Toronto Blue Jays. Before the showdown with the Jays, the Yankees play three against both the Rays and O's. The Yankees begin Wednesday a game-and-a-half behind the Jays in the AL East.

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Kyle Schwarber has been scratched from today's lineup due to right rib soreness.

Marlins SS Hechavarría injured

Adeiny Hechavarría left today's game vs. the Braves with hamstring tightness after beating out a bunt single in the second inning. Hechavarría had emerged as one of baseball's top defenders this year. The Marlins lead 2-0. Follow live

Picking MLB's award winners

ESPN's Keith Law lays out his choices for all of MLB's awards, highlighted by a surprise AL Cy Young winner and Josh Donaldson over Mike Trout for AL MVP. Hypothetical ballot (Insider)

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'I kind of blacked out running the bases'

Blue Jays 2B Ryan Goins after his first career walk-off home run: "I didn’t even feel the water get dumped on me at home plate."

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Stanton still alive in NL homer race

Nolan Arenado holds a one HR lead over Carlos Gonzalez and Bryce Harper. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton, who's nearing a return from a broken hand, lurks in the background.

The Royals' biggest threat? Chickenpox

All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera and OF Alex Rios will miss a couple weeks after being diagnosed with chickenpox. The diagnosis' raises concerns that other Royals players and opponents may have been exposed. Kansas City leads the AL Central by 12 games.

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Mets trending up. Nats? Not so much

Oh how things have changed in the NL East since the beginning of August.

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Pirates now have a losing record vs every other NL Central team this year after loss to MIL. They are 58-21 against the rest of baseball.

What makes the Cardinals so dominant?

Tim Kurkjian on the 86-46 Cardinals: "They have great, great pitching. ... Their overall ERA is 2.66 which is by far the best [in MLB]."

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The 73-year-old fighting for Shoeless Joe

Arlene Marcley isn't a baseball fan. She doesn't know or care about the statistical benchmarks of a Hall of Fame player. She fell asleep the first time she watched "Field of Dreams." But no one has done more to clear the name of Joe Jackson, who remains banned from baseball and ineligible for the Hall of Fame. Story

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Miami to ask skipper Jennings to step down

In May, the Marlins made GM Dan Jennings manager, but they'll ask him to return to his previous role after the season, per Fox Sports. Jennings had no managerial experience when hired. Miami is 54-79.

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Stanton just 'OK' in first rehab game

Playing in Class A, Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first game of any kind since breaking a bone in his wrist June 26. Stanton told MLB's website he "just felt OK" and was "not 100 percent."

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Andrus steals home in Rangers' win

Elvis Andrus stole home in the 7th, part of a four-run inning, and -- despite Matt Kemp’s best efforts -- the Rangers held on to win 8-6 over the Padres.

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