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Price, Blue Jays eyeing AL East prize

As David Price makes his first start for the Blue Jays, he and his new team aren't just aiming for the wild card, David Schoenfield says. They want to catch the Yankees.

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How MLB deflated potential equipment scandal

Remember The Great Glove Grapple of 1990? Probably not, because unlike the NFL with Deflategate, MLB took the air out of rampant mitt growth without creating controversy, Steve Wulf writes.

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White Sox call up a Thompson

Trayce Thompson, brother of Warriors guard Klay Thompson, joins Chicago today from Triple-A Charlotte. Thompson, an outfielder, earned his promotion by hitting .260 with 23 doubles, 13 HRs and 39 RBIs at Triple-A.

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Donaldson 2, Twins 1

Josh Donaldson's 2-run home in the fifth gives the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead. He also has a double. Donaldson drove in Troy Tulowitzki with his 27th HR of the season, 2 shy of his career high. Follow live

WATCH: David Price on SportsCenter

Toronto's new pitcher is living up to the hype so far. Despite giving up a 2nd-inning HR by Torii Hunter, Price has 7 K's in 4 innings. SportsCenter will continue to provide updates on his start. Live on ESPNEWS, WatchESPN

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What to watch for in MLB 2nd half

With the trade deadline behind us, it's time to ponder over other matters such as: do the Blue Jays have the firepower to catch the Yankees in the AL East? And: are the Mets a real threat to the Nationals? 10 big storylines

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David Price to Brian Dozier: Sit down

Price already has 7 K's through 4 innings of his first Blue Jays start, including Dozier twice. It's the 89th times in 203 career starts he has at least 7 strikeouts. Jays and Twins are tied 1-1. Follow live

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MLB power rankings: Cards not budging

For the 10th straight week, St. Louis tops the list. And why not? The Cardinals' 67-38 record is best in MLB by 4.5 games. The other 29

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Goins goes yard for Blue Jays

Light-hitting Ryan Goins hit his 3rd HR of the season to give the Jays a 1-1 tie with the Twins. David Price takes the mound for his 3rd inning of work, already having 4 K's. Follow live

Welcome to Toronto, Mr. Price

In the top of the second inning, Torii Hunter greeted new Blue Jays pitcher David Price by hitting a solo home run to center field, his 17th of the season. Follow live

WATCH: David Price takes the mound

SportsCenter will be keeping an eye on Price's first start for the Blue Jays, including in-progress highlights. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Price's debut means trouble for Twins

New Blue Jays SP David Price makes his first start today with the team, which comes as bad news for his opponent Minnesota. Price has a 2.21 ERA in 14 career starts vs. the Twins. Follow live

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Price good when making debut

David Price is making his first start with the Blue Jays this afternoon. His first starts with each of his previous two teams went pretty well:

  • 2008 with Rays: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K's
  • 2014 with Tigers: 8.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 10 K's

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Take a bow, Mets fans

Buster Olney writes: "[I]t was the fans' passion, their declared frustration, their anger that drove the front office to making the series of changes that have made an enormous difference so far; the Mets are 6-2 since the first reinforcements arrived." Standing O (Insider)

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ICYMI: Benches empty in Pirates' win

Frustration from multiple beanings boiled over, nearly resulting in an all-out brawl between the Reds and Pirates on Sunday.

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Blue Jays-Royals still sparring

First, Edinson Volquez called Josh Donaldson a "little baby". Then Jose Bautista took umbrage with comments by Royals manager Ned Yost. Now, according to Yahoo Sports, Yordano Ventura is in the mix, calling Bautista a "nobody" in a since-deleted tweet.

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ICYMI: Tensions very high in Toronto

A Blue Jays win was overshadowed by manager John Gibbons' ejection, the benches clearing and lots of chin music for 3B Josh Donaldson.

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Cubs entering crucial juncture

Chicago, tied for the 2nd wild card, starts a huge 3-game series tonight (7 p.m. ET on ESPN) with the Pirates, the 1st wild card holder. After that, the Cubs play 4 vs. the Giants, who are tied with Chicago for the 2nd wild card. Key stats

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Laughingstock no more

Remember when the Astros were a perennial 100-loss team? Those days are over. Houston, the AL West's 1st-place team, won its 60th game of the season Sunday -- and 46 games remain. The Astros averaged 54 wins from 2011-2013.

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Haren's retirement fear? Pulling a Favre

Cubs SP Dan Haren is considering making his 13th season his last: "I would say right now the chances are this probably would be it. But I don't want to say this is it and then pull a Brett Favre."

Meaningful summer baseball in NYC

The Yankees (59-45) are 6 games up in the AL East. The Mets (55-50) are tied with the Nationals for the NL East lead. The last time both New York teams were in 1st place in August was 2006.

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Beware of the Mets

Because of their ridiculously good starting pitching, if New York were to make the playoffs, "they'll be the team nobody wants to play," Mike Greenberg says.

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