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4hEddie Matz

The 35 days of September: Race to the AL East title

The Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles should provide a supremely entertaining stretch run that will ultimately determine the division champion -- and possibly more.

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Hosmer gets splashed on SportsCenter (0:43)
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Carlos Beltran did what to his hair? (1:41)
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4hJeff Sullivan

What do the Rangers see in Carlos Gomez?

Jeff Sullivan searches for something -- anything -- the AL West-leading Texas Rangers could have seen in Carlos Gomez to give him the opportunity he's getting, and doesn't find much.

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4hESPN.com

Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Will the stretch run bring any drama to Wrigley Field, or will the ride into -- and through -- October be a breezy one in the Windy City? Vote now!

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Kid is ecstatic after receiving signed ball from Trout (0:20)
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Machado doing Machado things (0:32)
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Maddon on loss to Dodgers: 'We blinked and they win' (0:57)
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Ortiz moves into tie with Jimmie Foxx on HR list (0:27)
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18hRoger Rubin, Special to ESPN.com

Ailing Mets fall back to uncertain reality

Despite rattling off six wins in seven games, the Mets' 5-1 loss to Philadelphia renewed concerns about the team's health for the rest of the season.

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New York wins first LLWS since 1964 (0:28)
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Panik hits two homers on way to crushing Braves (0:52)
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1dMichael Bonzagni, ESPN Stats & Information

David Ortiz's best moments on Sunday Night Baseball

The Red Sox slugger could be playing his final game under the Sunday Night lights. Stats & Info looks at his success on that stage.

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Olney will remember Ortiz's passion for hitting (0:45)
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Ortiz: My mind is telling me it's time to go (1:36)
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Best web gems from LLWS (2:09)
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Back-to-back homers lead Rockies over Nats (0:40)
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1dDanny Knobler, Special to ESPN.com

Gary Sanchez giving Yankees postseason optimism

Powered by Gary Sanchez, who homered again in Saturday's win, the Yankees pulled to within 2 1/2 games of the Orioles for the second AL wild-card spot.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs announced today a four-year extension of their agreement with Single-A Myrtle Beach, S.C., that will run through the 2020 baseball season. The Pelicans will be making their sixth straight postseason appearance next month.

Derek Carty

The elite pitchers have tricky matchups Monday, meaning that you should spend big on bats in DFS. Derek Carty identifies the right ones to choose. Spend big on bats for Monday's daily fantasy slate

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AJ Mass

Can't keep up with all of the fantasy-relevant news around the MLB? AJ Mass gets you caught up on Gerardo Parra's new position, John Lackey's health and more in the Fantasy 30. Fantasy 30: Lackey's return, Parra's opporunity

USA TODAY Sports

MLB Week 21 Power Rankings: Rangers AL's top team

Very little changed in the top five of this week's rankings, but the Rangers managed to move past the Blue Jays as the American League's top team. Movin' on up

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Beltran did what to his hair?

Outfielder Carlos Beltran was seen on the Rangers' bench with hair dye that looked eerily similar to what Carlos Boozer pulled with the Bulls once upon a time.

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What we learned: Donaldson has a day

Josh Donaldson's three homer game on Sunday padded Toronto's lead in the AL East as the Blue Jays enter a stretch of games against their division rivals. Call it a hat trick

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Cubs travel in style, head home in onesies

The Cubs didn't have much reason to celebrate after losing to the Dodgers on Sunday, but they were comfortable as they headed home. Photos

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Hosmer gets splashed on SportsCenter

While being interviewed after the Royals' 10-4 win over the Red Sox, Eric Hosmer gets doused with ice cold water by teammate Salvador Perez.

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Royals use big sixth inning to top Red Sox

Kansas City scored eight runs in the sixth inning en route to a 10-4 win over Boston on Sunday.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

An eight-run implosion in the sixth inning dooms the Red Sox to a 10-4 loss to the surging Royals on Sunday Night Baseball. Boston is two games behind Toronto in the AL East and one ahead of Baltimore for the first AL wild-card berth. Kansas City, meanwhile, has won 17 of its last 21.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

August ERAs for relievers who began the month as high-leverage options for Red Sox manager John Farrell: Matt Barnes (11.17 in 11 appearances), Fernando Abad (5.63 in 10 appearances), Junichi Tazawa (11.25 in nine appearances entering the ninth inning tonight). If Boston doesn't win the AL East or misses the playoffs entirely, the bullpen will be an enormous reason.

Raul Mondesi hits bases-clearing triple

Raul Mondesi smacks a bases-clearing, stand-up triple in an eight-run sixth inning for the Royals.

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