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OTD: Watch Ryan pummel Ventura

On Aug. 4, 1993, Nolan Ryan showed why, even at 46 years old, it was never smart to test the flamethrower. Just ask then 26-year-old Robin Ventura.

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Baseball's rain delay shenanigans

Human bowling. Giant slip and slides. Bill Murray running across the tarp. If you can dream it, it can be done during a rain delay.

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Eddie Matz @ESPNeddiematz

Strange but true: In 9 starts after Nats loss, Max Scherzer is 2-5 w/3.90 ERA. In other 12 starts, he's 9-3 with a 1.17. He goes tonight.

Happy 54th birthday, POTUS!

And may the White Sox beat the Rays tonight as a gift.

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Mason Williams to have shoulder surgery

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the rookie OF's surgery is scheduled for Aug. 7. Williams went on the DL on June 21 after hurting his right shoulder diving back into first. He hit .286 in eight games in the big leagues.

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Strasburg unsure of when he'll return

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in his first rehab start since injuring his oblique, but he doesn't have a timetable for his return to the team. "I feel good," he said. "Stuff's there, so it's just trying to keep doing the same things and keep working at all the stuff I've been doing. I'm going in the right direction."

Freddie Freeman lands on DL again

The Braves slugger was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury. Freeman missed 30 games earlier this season with an injured wrist. His 14 HRs lead the team and his 45 RBIs are 2nd.

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Fantasy lineup notes for tonight's games

All 30 teams are in action tonight starting at 7 p.m. ET. Of note: Troy Tulowitzki has a .478 wOBA in his first 21 PAs vs. right-handers since joining the Jays. Know that as veteran RHP Phil Hughes takes the mound for the Twins. More analysis

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Stark: Dombrowski-Red Sox 'natural fit'

Jayson Stark wonders if Boston will pursue Dave Dombrowski: "Larry Lucchino just stepped down over the last few days. Dave Dombrowski's worked with [Red Sox owner] John Henry with the Marlins."

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Dave Dombrowski out as Tigers' GM

Assistant GM Al Avila was promoted to executive VP of baseball operations and GM today, taking over for the released Dombrowski, who took over in 2002. Under Dombrowski, the Tigers reached the playoffs five times, winning two AL pennants.

Rollins hopes for a happy homecoming

Jimmy Rollins makes his return to Philadelphia tonight when the Dodgers take on the Phillies at 7:05 p.m. ET. What does Rollins expect? "Hopefully, four hits and a win."

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Lester will start on fri instead of sat. after the short outing yesterday. Hendricks sat now. Wada activated from DL and optioned to AAA

Yanks' Pineda (forearm) out all month

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says RHP Michael Pineda (on DL with strained forearm) will not be back in August. Pineda is 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA this season.