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2hDavid Schoenfield

Have the Tigers handled Michael Fulmer with proper care?

Rookie Michael Fulmer has been one of Detroit's most reliable starters, and it has managed his workload well but might need more to make a run.

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5dWright Thompson

Inside Theo Epstein's master mind

Theo Epstein walks to and from Wrigley, eats lunch in the empty bleachers and wants Chicago to see the ivy turn red in October. The Cubs president may be nearing middle age, but his love of the game is shining through more than ever.

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Marlins players see Jose Fernandez off one final time (2:05)
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The healing power of sports (1:30)
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Tim Tebow reacts to homering in first at-bat (2:04)
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10hDoug Mittler

Young pitchers proving helpful in speeding up pace of play

As commissioner Rob Manfred ponders bold measures for shortening game times, a nice trend has surfaced from within. Young pitchers are moving the game along quicker than their older counterparts.

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Fernandez's joy reminds us why we love baseball (1:41)
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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda was scratched from the game on Wednesday night. The Mets will provide more information later.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Michael Fulmer goes for the Tigers tonight and while helping Detroit win the wild card is obviously the top priority, he also has a chance to win the ERA title, but needs 6.1 innings to qualify. With a 2.95 ERA he could become just the fifth qualified rookie starter to finish with a sub-3.00 ERA since 2000 (Jose Fernandez, Brandon Webb, J.A. Happ, Jeremy Hellickson).

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Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers against the Indians tonight (7 ET, ESPN). Fulmer leads the AL in ERA (2.95) and leads AL rookies in Wins Above Replacement (5.0). Fulmer and Justin Verlander are a combined 27-15 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. All other Tigers starters are 28-38 with a 5.18 ERA.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' 30 victories from rookie pitchers are the franchise's most since 1952, when they had 51. Jose De Leon can make it 31 when he starts Wednesday night against the Padres. Dodgers rookies are 30-23 this season in 67 starts, with an impressive 3.61 ERA.

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Something to watch from Giants starter Jeff Samardzija tonight (vs Rockies, ESPN, 10 ET): Samardzija has thrown more than twice as many sinkers in 2016 (173) as he did in 2015 (82). He had 4 K with his sinker in his last start, his most in a game. He's also throwing a curve 15% of the time since the All-Star Break, after not throwing it at all before. Opponents are hitting .184 against it.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs owner Tom Ricketts explain what he's learned about Theo Epstein.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss more of his extension with the Cubs and what was important to him.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

In what was essentially a must-win game for both teams, the Mariners beat the Astros 12-4 behind a three-run homer in the first from Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager's late blast to ice it. Now the Mariners turn to the scoreboard, rooting for the Blue Jays and Indians to win tonight, and head home probably needing to sweep all four from the A's.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs owner Tom Ricketts announce the 5 year extension of President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss signing a new 5 year extension with the Cubs.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna have been chosen by Jose Fernandez's family to speak at the pitcher's funeral Thursday. They'll each read a Biblical verse and then share memories of their late friend. "I talked to Jose a lot about how to go about business and how to respect the game," Prado said. "He always listened to me."