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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts'

Lenny Dykstra revealed how he blackmailed umpires to manipulate game outcomes.


Kanell: Sports has lost humility and class

Kris Bryant's humble reaction to his record-breaking performance has Kanell thinking players should exercise humility more often.


Melvin Upton Jr.'s master plan

  • Rob a homer
  • Double off a runner
  • Rule the world (probably)


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember all the uproar over the auctioning of the jersey Mike Piazza wore in the first game back in New York after 9/11? Well, now the same auction house is selling the "NYPD" helmet Piazza wore from that game. The announcement does say that 50 percent of the buyer's premium will be donated to the charity Tuesday's Children. Piazza's jersey from that Sept. 21, 2001 game eventually was purchased by some Mets minority owners before auction for $365,000 in May and will be displayed at museums.

Lucas Giolito shines in debut

The prospect's Nationals debut was cut short by rain, but he did pitch four shutout innings, allowing just one hit and two walks. Mother Nature intervenes

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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Indians have won 11 straight games, tied for the 4th-longest single-season streak in team history and their longest such streak since 1982

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Orioles: 3 home runs (54 this month, 4 shy of MLB record in a single month according to Elias; 1 shy of most HR in month of June)

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Astros: Have won 9 of last 10 games; 11-2 since June 2nd..Rangers: MLB-best 29-8 since May 20

Coors Field or Coors Lake?

Storms passed through Denver causing flooding in the park before the Rockies-Blue Jays contest.


Greinke out early with tight oblique in loss

Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke left after two innings of work after suffering tightness in his left oblique in 4-3 Dbacks win over the Phillies.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite a bruised shoulder joint, that came from running into the wall Tuesday at full speed, Dodgers CF Joc Pederson was hopeful he could be back to action "in no time."


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 19-year-old rookie pitcher Julio Urias, with translator Jesus Quinonez, was not at a loss for superlatives when describing his first major league victory.


Nationals blank Mets in Giolito's debut

No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito pitched four scoreless innings in his major league debut as the Nationals defeated the Mets 5-0.