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Cubs' rotation has stolen spotlight from Mets

Last year's NLCS was billed as a battle between the Mets' arms and the Cubs' bats, but it's Chicago's pitching that stands out as the teams meet again.

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9hJesse Rogers

Joe Maddon on Mets: 'Last year is last year'

As they enter New York to face the Mets for the first time since being swept in last year's NLCS, the Cubs aren't dwelling on the past.

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Should Trout want out of Los Angeles? (2:03)
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5hDan Szymborski

Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.

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9hJim Caple

Not-so-Jolly Roger: Flagging Pirates look for a rest

Thanks to a brutal schedule, the Pirates have hit some rough seas in the past month. The Bucs are hoping a day off Thursday will help them avoid taking on any more water to their playoff hopes.

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Jose Altuve's season one for the ages

The season Jose Altuve is putting up for the Astros makes him not only an MVP candidate, it might make him the favorite while placing him among all-time great performers at second base.

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10hBuster Olney

Terms for possible Yanks reliever auction

Teams expect the Yankees to try to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but the price won't be cheap, especially for Miller.

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10hBuster Olney

Terms for possible Yanks reliever auction

Teams expect the Yankees to try to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but the price won't be cheap, especially for Miller.

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    MLB's delicate balance with big data

    Technologies that track player performance are the next frontier in baseball's analytic revolution. But the ever-growing quantification of things never tracked is now forcing MLB to balance big data with "big brother," Rian Watt writes.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Not long after Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager crushed his 17th home run of the season, his manager, Dave Roberts, made a plea for his young player, on the final day of All-Star Game voting: "Corey Seager is what this game is all about. It's not a calling out, but it's an encouragement of the fans of really wanting to see the best player at each position. The numbers speak for themselves and this guy deserves to be in the game."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm assuming this was said by Theo Epstein for the media on the other side of town: "I'm looking forward to seeing Kyle Schwarber playing for the Cubs on opening day next year." Was smiling as he said it.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

5,546 combined hits

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw was diagnosed with a mild disc herniation and surgery will not be required. No timetable for a return has been given. He will officially go on the disabled list Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

If all goes well for Adam Warren starting at Triple-A Iowa tonight he'll go for the Cubs next Tuesday or Wednesday against the Reds giving other Cubs starters an extra day of rest as planned.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright spent a little quality time with kids who have speech impairments before Thursday's game. "Does anyone know what I do for a living?" he asked.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon's latest coming out just in time for July 4.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough day with the Kershaw DL news, but Dodgers down Brewers 8-1 to feel better about things. Take series in Milwaukee.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

In an odds-defying minor injury, Stephen Piscotty inadvertently kicked Alcides Escobar's bloop double down the line in the same spot on his left ankle where he had fouled a ball off earlier Wednesday night. As a result, Piscotty is out of the Cardinals' lineup Thursday. He has been getting treatment since 1 p.m. and is hoping to be able to pinch hit.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here was Sandy Alderson's sobering language with respect to the trade deadline: "What I've said before is that there is no single acquisition, at least that I can see, that's going to change what's transpired over the last two months. It's going to have to come from within. There may be things that we can do that can improve the team. We've done various things over the last couple of months to try to improve the team. Certainly we'll be monitoring the market. But I don't believe right now that an acquisition is going to make a big difference for us. We get Juan Lagares back, [Jose] Reyes makes a contribution, who knows where little marginal improvements -- hitting with men in scoring position across the board -- those are the kinds of things that are going to make a difference over the next three months."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta discusses the possibility of starting the all star game after hearing the news of Clayton Kershaw's injury.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Aledmys Diaz still isn't in the Cardinals' lineup, but he said he thinks he can play tonight. The inflammation around his right eye is much better than it was Monday, when a foul ball struck him on the eyebrow.

Five things at stake in Mets-Cubs series

After getting swept in Washington, Terry Collins and the Mets face a big test as their homestand begins with Chicago coming to town. Cubs seeking revenge

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Brayan Pena always seems happy, but the Cardinals' backup catcher is particularly excited for his first start of 2016.

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Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Notable teams Coastal Carolina beat in postseason to win National Title: -NC State -No. 8 LSU -No. 1 Florida -No. 5 Texas Tech -TCU -Arizona

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson projected three to six more games for Jose Reyes with Double-A Binghamton before he joins the major league club. Reyes is 1-for-13 in the minors so far.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson explains Curtis Granderson injury and says Juan Lagares may be activated from the DL on Friday.

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