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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Trayce Thompson, who is still getting treatment for a lower back issue that forced him to miss a few games in late May, does not have a hit in his last 16 at-bats after hitting into a force out in the first inning. Thompson did say this weekend that his back is much improved.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are calling up 40 year old righty Joel Peralta who they signed recently. He pitched for Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay and is better against lefties than righties over the course of his 12 year big league career. Lefty Gerardo Concepcion is going down to Triple-A Iowa opening a spot for Peralta.

Rankings: Giants nipping on Cubs' heels

While the Cubs remain our No. 1 team for the 12th straight week, the Giants could be poised to make Week 13 an unlucky one for Chicago. Cubs' streak in jeopardy?

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Reyes addresses Mets' deficiencies

Jose Reyes isn't the premier shortstop he once was, but he doesn't have to be. If he can play third base and hit leadoff, the Mets will be happy. 'We think he can help us'

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Mets did the wrong thing by signing Reyes

Keith Law says the Mets sent the wrong message by signing Jose Reyes. Second chance ... why?

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Is it smart to pester Clayton Kershaw?

The Pirate Parrot drove a remote control car by the Dodgers' ace, who appeared visibly annoyed.

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McCutchen slams bat, gets ejected

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was ejected in the seventh inning after slamming his bat to the ground in reaction to being caught looking on a strikeout.

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Astros looking to stay hot in primetime

The Baseball Tonight crew previews the Monday Night Baseball matchup between the Astros and Angels.

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