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Iron Man: 'Hard to believe' it's been 20 years

The Orioles will honor the 20-year anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record tonight. Ripken Jr. discussed what it means on SportsCenter.

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MadBum-Greinke matchup huge for Giants

The Cubs and Pirates running away with the NL wild cards leaves a "level of desperation in tonight's [Giants-Dodgers] game" writes ESPN's Buster Olney. SF needs it more (Insider)

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Another Orioles player is the new Iron Man

Baltimore's Manny Machado has a long, long way to go to catch Cal Ripken Jr.'s record of 2,632 straight games played. But his 131 games played in a row is the current MLB record (via Elias). Machado, who can't break Ripken's record until 2031, is the only MLBer to play every game this season.

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Who caught it better: Kiermaier or Trout?

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping grab at the wall, reminiscent of Angels CF Mike Trout's catch from the same area at Camden Yards in 2012.

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'I tried to give him the abracadabra'

That's the way Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon described his nifty slide after Monday's walk-off win. "I knew I was going to be dead out," Blackmon said, so he simply pulled his leg back. "And it worked. I was very surprised.”

The good and ugly slides of the Rockies

The Rockies experienced the highs and lows of stealing second base in their walk-off win vs. the D-backs. Charlie Blackmon gets style points for his tricky steal, while Brandon Barnes got a a face full of dirt.

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Jordan Spieth will throw out another first pitch tonight, this time at Fenway. It's the playoffs. Even young arms don't have a pitch count.

Josh Hamilton to be limited rest of season

The Rangers OF has been fighting a left knee injury, and will be relegated to pinch hit duty for the remainder of the year. Said GM Jon Daniels: "With the number of outfield options we have and with the number of runners we can have, we can run for him and then play somebody in the outfield. We will take whatever he can contribute."

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Giants tie it up

RF Marlon Byrd doubled to right to score Matt Duffy and give him 15 RBIs in 10 games with the Giants. The late rally put the Giants in a position to compete neck-to-neck with the Dodgers. The two are tied 4-4 at the bottom of the ninth. Follow live

Bartolo Colon makes Mets history

With the 3-1 win over the Phillies, Colon is now the oldest pitcher in Mets history to have an outing of 8-plus IP and 0 runs allowed. 40-year-old Miguel Batista threw a two-hit shutout vs. the Reds in the last game of 2011.

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Rockies score four in ninth to walk it off

Ben Paulsen hit a two-run, pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Rockies past the Diamondbacks 5-4 in the series opener.

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Giants grab OF De Aza from Red Sox

The Giants acquired OF Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Red Sox in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Luis Ysla. De Aza is batting .261 with seven homers and 32 RBIs.

Dodgers aquire OF Ruggiano from M's

The Dodgers trade to get OF Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations. Ruggiano played 36 games for the Mariners this season and 49 games for AAA Tacoma.

Dodgers take the lead over Giants

A busy sixth inning helped the Dodgers catch up. Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier homered to give them a 4-3 lead. The HR marked Ethier's 18th hit by the Dodgers in 13 games vs. the Giants this season. Follow live

Machado makes shortstop look easy

The Orioles' Manny Machado, in his first career game at shortstop, shows excellent range as he throws out a runner at first from the outfield grass.

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Cards rally past Nats, win third straight

Jason Heyward's two-run double in a five-run seventh inning gave St. Louis the lead to good in an 8-5 win over Washington.