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Cubs waste no time against Cardinals

The Cubs opened the night with six runs in the first inning, as they look to break out of their current slump on the road against the Cardinals (Live on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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Harvey wants the ball. Are the Mets right to let him have it?

Matt Harvey was rocked Thursday by the Nats, but Mets manager Terry Collins is showing faith in his struggling righty by sending him out to face Washington again. Which is exactly what the Dark Knight asked for.

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9hBuster Olney

Three potential suitors if Yanks trade Beltran

Buster Olney explains why the Yanks should trade veteran Carlos Beltran and examines his trade market, details Giancarlo Stanton's struggles and more.

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How well do you know The 100-100 Club?

CC Sabathia won his 100th game for the Yankees on Friday. In another lifetime, he won 106 for the Indians. Think of the trivia possibilities! (Actually, Jayson Stark did think of them -- so come test your knowledge!)

Story Time: Why 19-year-old Ozzie Guillen got beaned and charged the mound with his bat (3:11)
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10hSteve Wulf

How Chris Sale became Chicago's other ace

On the other side of Chicago, Chris Sale is 9-0 and better than ever. But to go from the best starter on a bad team to a Cy Young candidate on a contender, he had to change his entire mindset.

Kyle Rudolph's unique way of announcing wife is pregnant (0:56)
Brandon Phillips' 2-year-old son has a blast at practice (0:27)
Will Gwynn's tobacco lawsuit be a deterrent? (3:50)
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Cardinals walk off with win over Cubs

Randal Grichuck sealed the victory with a home run in the ninth after Matt Adams tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh, and the Cardinals knocked off the Cubs.

Vogelsong leaves game after drilled in head (0:18)
The secret to Bradley's hitting success (2:06)
Fans: Be aware of foul balls, and beer (0:30)
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1dEddie Matz

Daniel Murphy: Best. Plan B. Ever.

As crucial as Daniel Murphy has been to the Nationals' early success, it's easy to forget that a guy hitting .387 wasn't their first choice at second.

Stanton needs to commit to process to break slump (1:10)
Pujols ties Palmeiro with 569th home run (0:24)
A's most likely to be traded out of Oakland (2:34)
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Cubs still on top, but who is No. 2?

Despite an up-and-down week, the Cubs remain firmly on top of the Power Rankings for the eighth straight week. But there's a new team behind them at No. 2.

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2dJerry Crasnick

The Braves' 2016 to-do list

The Braves have plenty of items on this season's to-do list, but winning lots of games isn't one of them. Jerry Crasnick lays out the six biggest considerations.

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2dEric Longenhagen

Draft needs, possible fits for NL West teams

Eric Longenhagen takes a comprehensive look at each NL West organization's strengths/weaknesses heading into the 2016 draft and possible draft fits.


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Murph continues to haunt his former club.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

43-pitch inning for Chris Sale in the third. Four. Three. Not a typo.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez left tonight's game with a contusion of the right big toe after being hit by a Jorge De La Rosa pitch. X-rays were negative.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Two-out walk to Jose Ramirez bites Chris Sale as the Indians go up 2-1 after Mike Napoli's triple; Ramirez worked Sale for 10 pitches, getting three balls on sliders. Great AB with big repercussions.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees fans understandably are starting to get restless with Mark Teixeira. Teixeira entered Tuesday with a .193 average, three homers and 12 RBIs. Teixeira is 0-for- 3 with three strikeouts. He has now struck out 47 times in 150 at-bats. Teixeira said the other day he is the type of guy who can carry a team. Right now, he is dragging the Yankees down. The fans are beginning to boo.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Nathan Eovaldi may have been in the middle of a shutout, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is going to his Big 3 relievers every chance he gets. So with Eovaldi having thrown 100 pitches, Girardi has taken the ball from Eovaldi and handed it to Dellin Betances, who presumably will pass it to Andrew Miller and then Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees lead the Blue Jays, 2-0, with one out in the seventh.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Stephen Strasburg has 10 K's through six innings against the Mets. It's his fifth double-digit whiff game this season, and the 26th of his career.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Julio Teheran did the mathematically impossible tonight: 7 K's over 2 innings. The Elias Sports Bureau says he's the first to do it since Alex Cobb on 5/10/13

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Hard to say whether it's the warm weather or Matt Harvey that's making the ball travel further, but the Nats have three bombs in five innings, including a Daniel Murphy three-run shot that landed well into the second deck. Washington leads 5-1 after five.

Diaz's impressive backward catch

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Díaz makes a nice one-handed backwards catch to start the double play in the top of the second inning against the Cubs. (Live on ESPN, WatchESPN)


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Five scoreless innings for Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Has retired seven straight. At 70 pitches through five.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 and played seven innings at first base as his rehab assignment began Tuesday with Double-A Binghamton. Flores is eligible to return from the disabled list on Friday, when the Mets open a series at Citi Field against the Dodgers. He should supplant Eric Campbell at first base at that point. Flores had landed on the DL with a mild left hamstring strain.

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Ben Revere doubles to lead off the bottom of the fifth; Werth singles. And the Mets' bullpen goes to work with the score at 2-1.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Fun thing about Adam Eaton's fifth career lead off home run, I was talking to White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson about Eaton's power spike last season, and about how that's going to remain part of Eaton's game. Stay tuned.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr. ranks 17th among regulars in "well-hit average" at .219 -- the percentage of balls defined as hit hard. Last year, his figure was .121, which ranked 219th of 311 players with at least 250 PAs.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Three innings into tonight's Boston-Colorado game, Jackie Bradley Jr. has a double and an infield hit. His 28-game hitting streak ties him with Wade Boggs for the fifth longest in franchise history. Bradley's next target: Johnny Damon, who hit safely in 29 straight games in 2005.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Declining velocity? In the first inning, Chris Sale threw 11 fastballs, eight of them for 95 MPH or more.