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Mets start breaking out at the plate

James Loney and the Mets are breaking out against the Cubs while playing around multiple rain delays.

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3hEddie Matz

Can anyone catch the six division leaders?

Every divisional leader is at least five games up in their division. Can they all hold on to their leads the rest of the way?

Mets Paying Bobby Bonilla more than nearly a third of their team (0:39)
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Indians run win streak to 14 in 19 innings

It took 19 innings to pull it off, but Carlos Santana's blast in extras extended the Tribe's franchise-best win streak to 14 games.

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ESPN's National League All-Stars

With Clayton Kershaw on the DL, who deserves to start for the National League in the All-Star Game? Our experts pick full 34-man rosters for the Midsummer Classic in San Diego.

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13hKeith Law and Christopher Crawford

Top international prospects and where they're likely to sign

Keith Law and Christopher Crawford rank the top teenage talents expected to sign after the international signing period begins this weekend, including highly touted Venezuelan Kevin Maitan.

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Can Dodgers do this without Clayton Kershaw?

It's a lift, but the Dodgers know that without staff ace Clayton Kershaw available, they're all going to have to contribute to their continued contention.

Passed ball leads to Yankees scoring winning run (0:49)
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2dJesse 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.

Should Trout want out of Los Angeles? (2:03)
E:60 - Perfect (1:13)
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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.

MLB player celebrates CWS win all alone in the outfield (0:37)
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2dJim 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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Dan 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.

Little kid overjoyed to find Kris Bryant baseball card (0:43)
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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.


Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

The All-Star Game countdown continues on the side of the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Outside the new Padres Hall of Fame, there is a wall of plaques dedicated to former players and coaches who have been enshrined in Cooperstown. On one side of the wall, there is a monument to the late Tony Gwynn; on the other, to Dave Winfield -- the first player to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Padre.

ESPN's National League All-Stars

Will Jake Arrieta get the nod to start over Madison Bumgarner? We're not sure, but we know that he'll be joined by some of his Cubs teammates. The picks

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Inside the new Padres Hall of Fame is memorabilia and tributes to the team's inductees, plus a board that lists the franchise's all-time leaders.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

In anticipation of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, the Padres opened their brand new Hall of Fame to the public today, prior to their game against the Yankees.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox manager John Farrell on his job security (or lack thereof): "My communication with Dave (Dombrowski) is very consistent. I think he's confident in my focus, and that is to win each and every day. That's where we stand."

Goins' warm-up pitch just a bit outside

Called upon to pitch in the top of the 18th inning against the Indians, Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins hit the backstop with one of his warm-up tosses.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who was ejected Thursday night for arguing after the Royals took a long time to ask for a replay review, said he discussed the issue with MLB official Joe Torre Friday and Torre said the league is looking into "cleaning up," the issue. What made it so frustrating for Matheny is that his team had vacated the field and begun to prepare to hit. The Royals had run off the field without arguing initially because, Matheny thought, they were embarrassed that Salvador Perez had stopped running on what looked like a sure double play. Matt Carpenter dropped the ball, but still nearly turned two.

Jake Arrieta in the Body Issue

"My flexibility is probably my No. 1 asset. Three years ago, the splits was something I told myself I was going to be able to do by the end of that offseason; it took me two years to actually do it." Able to be himself

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Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

From Jay Paris on-site in San Diego for ESPN.com: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran will be idle this weekend in San Diego. "He's improving," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's just not where he needs to be.'' Beltran's sore right hamstring had him out Friday against the San Diego Padres. He could be down the next two games, too. "I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't play,'' Girardi said. Beltran walked as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's win over the Rangers. He didn't play Wednesday, one day after getting hurt. "As I've said the last few days this was what worried me that he would have to play the field,'' Girardi said. "If he was DHing, it might be a little bit quicker. But we have to make sure he is OK.''

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Reds' rally ends with Suarez getting thrown out at third for the final out, left-handed hitter at the plate. Not good.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

In Toronto, Darwin Barney joins this distinguished group of recent position-player losing pitchers: Leury Garcia, Casper Wells, Darnell McDonald, Joe Mather. Good group!

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

What a win for the Indians, beating the Blue Jays in 19 innings to set a franchise record with their 14th win in a row. Trevor Bauer, tomorrow's scheduled starter, got the win with five scoreless innings in relief as the Indians' pitching continues to dominate. Team of destiny? 1948 was a long time ago.