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Olney: How the Yankees can win the east

The Yankees hold the AL wild card's top spot but need a boost from Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner to win the AL East. With the older players wearing down, Buster Olney said: "Those two guys are going to have to lead this offense."

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The Blue Jays have scored 10+ runs in 21 games this season, 9 more than any other team & more than double the number they had last year.

Olney: Mets have a Matt Harvey problem

"Harvey has only a handful of innings remaining under the number prescribed by surgeons -- 180. Harvey has thrown 160 this season, with four weeks remaining in the regular season and the month of October to come. What happens next is unclear.” They have options (Insider)

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Happy Birthday to a World Series champion and a #Phillies great, Tug McGraw. #WeMissYou

Can the Rangers sustain their success?

"They can," ESPN's Buster Olney told SportsCenter. Texas leads the 2nd wild card spot after going 25-14 since the All-Star break. They are "gathering momentum as we head down the stretch," Olney said.

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Terry Collins said Juan Uribe doesn't like to play first base, and wanted to get him at the lineup.

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Juan Uribe started one game with Atlanta this season at 2B. Otherwise, he had not played there since 2011. 193 career starts there.

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This week’s Top 10: 1. St. Louis 2. Kansas City 3. Pittsburgh 4. Toronto 5. Houston 6. Dodgers 7. Cubs 8. Mets 9. Yankees 10. TEX Fire away.

ICYMI: Fans celebrate HR hat trick

Edwin Encarnacion capped a 3-HR, 9-RBI afternoon with a grand slam in the seventh inning, and fans tossed their caps onto the field to celebrate.

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Cubs' to add another young bat

Cubs' manager Joe Maddon expects Javier Baez to get a Sept. 1 call-up. "There's a lot of things he can do to help you win now," Maddon said. Baez has hit .316 with 13 HRs at Triple-A this season

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Final: Dodgers 5, Cubs 2

Jose Peraza matched Chicago's run total himself and drove in a run in Los Angeles' fifth straight win. Box score

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Votto helps Reds snap 4-game slide

Joey Votto's go-ahead homer in the 9th sparked a 4-run inning that lifted Cincinnati to a 12-9 win.

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Lester's day done after allowing 3 in 7th

The first four Dodgers batters got a hit to start the 7th inning, with Jose Peraza and Andre Ethier tallying RBI knocks to give L.A. a 4-2 lead. Jon Lester, who was unable to get an out in the frame, surrendered eight hits and struck out seven on the night. Follow live

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Pirates: 21-4 vs NL West teams this season Mark Melancon: 43rd save. Only Pirates P with more in season- Mike Williams, 46 in 2002

Ramirez's three-run shot fuels Pirates

Aramis Ramirez homered at PNC Park as a member of the Pirates for the first time since July 2003 to help Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over Colorado. The Pirates are 14-3 over their last 17 games.

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Gomes slams Indians over Angels

Yan Gomes' grand slam in the 8th was part of a 5-run inning that sent Cleveland to its 4th win in a row.

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