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11hBradford Doolittle

Don't call Heyward a bust: No reason to think Cubs blew it with big-money signing

Jason Heyward, a $184 million mistake? Hardly. Bradford Doolittle explains why it is far too soon to discount the outfielder's worth to the Cubs.

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9hChristopher Crawford

September call-ups preview: Prospects to watch

Christopher Crawford looks at prospects who could get called up after rosters expand in September and make an impact at the big league level, such as Dodgers pitcher Jose De Leon.

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Hanley's grand slam clears the monster (0:31)
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Gomez's grand slam gives the Rangers a big lead (0:34)
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Stephen A. is steaming about Tebow comparisons to Jeter and Harper (2:14)
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Tigers walk off to sweep White Sox (0:39)
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Rob Zastryzny needs a nickname (1:12)
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Who are the top X-factor players in MLB? (2:35)
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Tebow pursuing what he's 'passionate about' (1:22)
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Stark: We've been down this road before with Kershaw (1:27)
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McAllister makes hacky sack-esque catch (0:30)
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Is Davis' bat snap better than Bo's bat snap? (0:35)
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Tebow mashes a homer (0:17)
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Tebow shows off his glove (0:18)
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1dKeith Law

Why September call-ups are no longer a big deal

Let's face it: The quality of September call-ups these days just isn't what it used to be. Keith Law explains why -- and how -- times have changed.

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10hBuster Olney

Players who are pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights players such as Yoenis Cespedes who will play key roles in their teams' playoff chances, and explains why they're so crucial.

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Who's the best shortstop in the game? (2:57)
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Sport Science: Benintendi, Dyson flash good leather (1:54)
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10hBuster Olney

Players who are pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights players such as Yoenis Cespedes who will play key roles in their teams' playoff chances, and explains why they're so crucial.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Well that didn't take long. With fans at Camden Yards still taking their seats, Jose Bautista deposited the very first pitch from Yovani Gallardo over the left centerfield wall to give the Blue Jays an early 1-0 lead over the Orioles.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Teixeira has apparently recovered from his neck woes sufficiently to return to the Yankees lineup after missing two games, but Aaron Judge, who hit his first HR in 15 days in Tuesday's 5-4 Yankees win over the Kansas City Royals, gets a seat on the bench tonight against RHP Ian Kennedy. "Just a day," said manager Joe Girardi. Here's the Yankees lineup: Gardner lf, Ellsbury cf, Sanchez c, Teixeira 1b, Gregorius ss, Castro 2b, McCann DH, Headley 3b, Hicks rf, Cessa p

Rockies pinch hitter blasts first career HR

Stephen Cardullo was called up last week and came off the bench today to hit his first MLB home run in the Rockies' 7-0 win over the Dodgers.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees made two trades on Wednesday, the day before rosters expand, sending OF Ben Gamel, named International League Player of the Year on Tuesday, to Seattle for a couple on teenage RHPs, Juan De Paula and Jio Orozco. Both pitched in rookie ball this season. The Yankees also announced they had acquired OF Eric Young Jr. from Milwaukee in exchange for cash considerations. Young, a former Met, Colorado Rockie and Atlanta Brave, played in AAA this year and was assigned to the Yankees Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate. But Joe Girardi indicated he is likely to join the Yankees tomorrow when rosters expand to 40.

Rich Hill scratched from start

Dodgers lefty Rich Hill will not pitch the second game of today's doubleheader against the Rockies, with Bud Norris taking the mound instead. ESPN's Doug Padilla reports that Hill is not injured, but the area of his finger blister was tender after warming up Tuesday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said Tommy La Stella addressed the team before Wed game and seemed to be accepting by his friends/teammates. Maddon called it the concept of a team working at its best.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers starter Rich Hill is not injured, but the area of his finger blister was tender after warming up Tuesday. Dodgers playing it cautious.

Matt Moore looks good again for Giants

After coming within an out of a no-hitter in his last start, Matt Moore went just 5.1 innings (92 pitches) today, but held the Diamondbacks to just 1 ER. It's the first time all season he's given up 1 run or fewer in consecutive starts. Follow live

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Luis Avilan will be the Dodgers' 26th player for the second game of the doubleheader at Colorado.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill will not pitch in Game 2 for the Dodgers. Bud Norris likely to start.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Here is the scouting report on Mariners newly acquired outfielder Ben Gamel who the acquired from the Yankees for two minor league pitchers: Solid athlete/baseball player. 24 year old w/ above avg hit, above field, 55 runner w/ 55 arm. More gaps type than HR power. Gets on base, can steal a base and can play all three positions. Fits Mariners team and Safeco Park well. ML ready but was blocked with Yankees behind Brett Gardner. The Yankees get Orozco and De Paula both projection guys w/ good arms.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have not had an RBI hit since Saturday.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Yankees' intention is to deploy Eric Young, Jr. as a pinch-runner in pivotal spots over the last month.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockies 7, Dodgers 0, Final, Game 1. The Dodgers have just one run in two games at Colorado in this series.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Two starts since coming back from his shoulder injury, Steven Wright said there are "still some lingering effects definitely going on." Like what? "It's just been off," Wright said. "It was hard for me to throw a pitch with conviction. A little bit is trusting the arm to make sure that it's good. It feels OK."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Adames with a triple and the Rockies have 5-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth, Game 1 of a DH. SF leads D-Backs 2-1 bottom of the sixth.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols (who's been bothered by some mild plantar fasciitis) are both getting a rest today for the Angels against Cincinnati. "We're trying to add depth to our team," said manager Mike Scioscia. "I guess we found one way to add bench depth."

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Read into this what you will: the Tigers found two praying mantises in the dugout this series, one in the actual dugout, one peering over "with two little eyeballs" as manager Brad Ausmus described. Ausmus said he finds it "amusing" that Kansas City Royals have a "rally mantis" but then again "they've been hot so I guess I can't really argue with it." Ausmus, however, seemed disturbed at the suggestion of bringing the pair of mantises with them on the road to KC. He grew up in CT, which passed legislature in 1977 to name the European "praying" Mantis the state insect. Sounded wary of violating any laws protecting or transporting the bugs. I'm not making this up.