Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs
Welcome to Toronto, Mr. Price
In the top of the second inning, Torii Hunter greeted new Blue Jays pitcher David Price by hitting a solo home run to center field, his 17th of the season. Follow live
WATCH: David Price takes the mound
SportsCenter will be keeping an eye on Price's first start for the Blue Jays, including in-progress highlights. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Price's debut means trouble for Twins
New Blue Jays SP David Price makes his first start today with the team, which comes as bad news for his opponent Minnesota. Price has a 2.21 ERA in 14 career starts vs. the Twins. Follow live
Price good when making debut
David Price is making his first start with the Blue Jays this afternoon. His first starts with each of his previous two teams went pretty well:
- 2008 with Rays: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K's
- 2014 with Tigers: 8.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 10 K's
Take a bow, Mets fans
Buster Olney writes: "[I]t was the fans' passion, their declared frustration, their anger that drove the front office to making the series of changes that have made an enormous difference so far; the Mets are 6-2 since the first reinforcements arrived." Standing O (Insider)
What to watch for in MLB 2nd half
With the trade deadline behind us, it's time to ponder over other matters such as: do the Blue Jays have the firepower to catch the Yankees in the AL East? And: are the Mets a real threat to the Nationals? 10 big storylines
ICYMI: Benches empty in Pirates' win
Frustration from multiple beanings boiled over, nearly resulting in an all-out brawl between the Reds and Pirates on Sunday.
MLB power rankings: Cards not budging
For the 10th straight week, St. Louis tops the list. And why not? The Cardinals' 67-38 record is best in MLB by 4.5 games. The other 29
Blue Jays-Royals still sparring
First, Edinson Volquez called Josh Donaldson a "little baby". Then Jose Bautista took umbrage with comments by Royals manager Ned Yost. Now, according to Yahoo Sports, Yordano Ventura is in the mix, calling Bautista a "nobody" in a since-deleted tweet.
ICYMI: Tensions very high in Toronto
A Blue Jays win was overshadowed by manager John Gibbons' ejection, the benches clearing and lots of chin music for 3B Josh Donaldson.
Cubs entering crucial juncture
Chicago, tied for the 2nd wild card, starts a huge 3-game series tonight (7 p.m. ET on ESPN) with the Pirates, the 1st wild card holder. After that, the Cubs play 4 vs. the Giants, who are tied with Chicago for the 2nd wild card. Key stats
Laughingstock no more
Remember when the Astros were a perennial 100-loss team? Those days are over. Houston, the AL West's 1st-place team, won its 60th game of the season Sunday -- and 46 games remain. The Astros averaged 54 wins from 2011-2013.
Haren's retirement fear? Pulling a Favre
Cubs SP Dan Haren is considering making his 13th season his last: "I would say right now the chances are this probably would be it. But I don't want to say this is it and then pull a Brett Favre."
Meaningful summer baseball in NYC
The Yankees (59-45) are 6 games up in the AL East. The Mets (55-50) are tied with the Nationals for the NL East lead. The last time both New York teams were in 1st place in August was 2006.
Beware of the Mets
Because of their ridiculously good starting pitching, if New York were to make the playoffs, "they'll be the team nobody wants to play," Mike Greenberg says.
Is David Price the Jays' pitching savior?
Toronto's 3.99 team ERA ranks 5th worst in the AL. The Blue Jays' 455 runs allowed is the worst among any contender in all of MLB.
This is SportsCenter: Walk-up music
Nothing gets the crowd going like good walk-up music. Let Kenny Mayne explain...
Make or break week for the Cubs?
For the next 7 days, the Cubs will face the two teams they are chasing in the NL wild card race. The Cubs are 4 games back of the Pirates for the 1st spot and tied with the Giants for the 2nd spot.
Mets would be a problem in postseason
Said Curt Schilling after the Mets swept the Nationals with a 5-2 win to pull even atop the NL East: "No one is going to want to play this team in a one-game playoff or a seven-game series."
On this date: Shoeless Joe banned for life
On Aug. 3, 1921, despite being acquitted of conspiracy charges, Jackson and six other White Sox were banned by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis: "No player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are planned and discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball."
David Price @DAVIDprice14
Happy Russell Martin bobble head day!!! Excited I get to pitch on this national holiday!!