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Jackie Bradley Jr. falls short in quest for 30

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. failed to extend his hitting streak beyond 29 games, going 0-for-4 against the Rockies and left on-deck in the ninth.

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FiveThirtyEight: Hitting hard, or into hard luck

Diving into the data from MLB's Statcast gives you a view into who's been killing the ball, and who's been getting more than his share of breaks at the plate.

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Saxon: How the Dodgers found Julio Urias

Julio Urias, one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, is set to make his major league debut on Friday as a 19-year-old rookie. Here's a look at how the team scouted him.

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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.

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Dodgers de Los Angeles suben a mexicano Julio Urías

Después de semanas de rumores y expectativas, los Dodgers de Los Angeles anunciaron la noticia más esperada por sus fanáticos en los últimos tiempos: El ascenso del súper prospecto mexicano Julio Urías desde las ligas menores al equipo grande.

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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's?

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Five things we learned Wednesday: Where's Bryce?

Why is Bryce Harper getting a mental day off when the Nationals are facing the Mets? We question Dusty Baker in our look at Wednesday's action.

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Giants finding a way to win every close game

The offense hasn't been there, but the Giants are getting both great starting pitching and great defense. Stats & Info looks at their 14-game run.

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Quietly, Steven Matz looking like Mets' ace

Less thunder than Thor. Less drama than the Dark Knight. Less hair than deGrom. Fewer home run heroics than Bartolo. Still, Steven Matz has more wins than anyone on the vaunted Mets staff.

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The Big Three: Machado in same class as Trout, Harper

Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper. That's usually where the discussion goes in a debate of MLB's best players. But there's a new superstar in their midst, and his name is Manny Machado.

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Baseball HOF tour will stop in 6 Midwest cities

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced this year's National Baseball Hall of Fame tour will stop in Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee; St. Louis; Minneapolis; and Las Vegas.

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Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting streak ends but don't run away in fantasy. Two at-bats could have been homers. Hit ball hard. His emergence is real.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak is done and in the books at 29 games. He went 0-for-4 against Colorado's Jon Gray and fell one short of tying Nomar Garciaparra and Tris Speaker for second place on the Red Sox career list at 30. Bradley was standing in the on-deck circle when Mookie Betts grounded out to end the game.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper's first homer in almost two weeks helped Dusty Baker become the 17th manager with 1700 career wins, as the Nats beat the Cards 2-1 in the opener of a four-game set. The W extends Washington's NL East over the idle Mets to one game.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The longest hitting streak of the MLB season is in serious jeopardy. Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-4 after an 8th inning groundout against Colorado's Jon Gray, and the Red Sox will need several men to reach base if he's going to get another shot in the 9th.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Matt Wisler continues to be a bright spot for the Braves, delivering his seventh quality start in nine outings. He's not going to get a W, but his consistency has been a plus and he's shown more strikeout ability of late, with seven K's each of his past three stars.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Apparently that mental health day did the trick. Bryce Harper just crushed one off the facing of the third deck at Nats Park. His first bomb since May 13th ties it up at 1-1.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr. crushes a Jon Gray pitch to dead center field, but Charlie Blackmon catches it at the fence about 400 feet from home plate. It takes luck to keep a hitting streak alive, and Bradley's hasn't been good tonight. Two long flyouts in his first three at-bats.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals hottest hitter, Matt Adams, had to leave Thursday night's game in Washington with what the team described as mid-back stiffness. He will be re-evaluated on Friday. Adams is batting .383 with a .700 slugging percentage since April 28 and essentially seized the everyday job at first base in a competition with Brandon Moss.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr. grounds out on a soft comebacker to Jon Gray in his second at bat. Bradley has seen a total of four pitches in his first two plate appearances tonight. He got a curveball and a changeup in his second AB.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Julio Urias, 19, will make his major league debut with the Dodgers on Friday in New York VS Mets. He did not allow a run in his last 26 inning in the hitter friendly PCL....the Dodgers AAA affiliate. He was promoted to LA with an overall 1.10 ERA. He has a mid-nineties fastball., a Wipe out knee buckling curve ball and fading deceptive change up. He has the ability to change eye levels, add and subtract velo on all his pitches and keep the ball out of the middle of the plate. He has the poise and composure of a 10-year veteran and was considered the best left-handed pitching prospect in minor league baseball. The only question left is how the teenager will handle the pressure of making his major league debut in New York City against the defending NL Champs New York Mets in a close to sold out CitiField and millions of people watching on TV. Most scouting reports say he can handle the pressure......We'll soon find out.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackie Bradley Jr. flies out to right field warning track in his first at bat against Rockies Jon Gray. Put a good swing on it, but got under it just a tad.