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Finally healthy, Yadier Molina helping fuel Cardinals' offense

After a sluggish start to his 2016 season, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina feels as healthy as he has all season, and he and the Cardinals are back in the thick of the postseason mix.

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Jay Bruce not bummed out by brief benching

New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce was out of the lineup Saturday after an 0-for-4, four-strikeout night, but he seemed confident he would rebound.

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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.

Harper's antics lead to ejection (0:39)
Trumbo belts MLB-leading 39th homer (0:22)
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Meet the 2016 Little Big Leaguers

Ever marvel at how young some major leaguers look? We celebrate them here with a look at those whose facial appearance most resemble Little Leaguers.

Blue Jays take lead on horrific Twins miscue (0:50)
Scherzer heating up at right time (1:16)
Ellis trade 'somewhat risky' for Dodgers (1:37)
Ortiz's final season 'stunning' (0:52)


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Wow. That was something. A very animated Victor Martinez practically dragged off field by manager Brad Ausmus after being tossed by home plate umpire Mike Everitt. Martinez just tossed his helmet onto the field from dugout, Everitt taking notes. Tyler Collins in as DH. That's Martinez' fourth career ejection and it is fair to to say he got his money's worth...

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Lorenzo Cain did not look comfortable after that swing against David Price. Dropped to a knee, walked around a bit.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says he called for the first inning bunt by Ben Zobrist though he was looking to catch the Dodgers off guard so was hoping it was a bunt for a hit situation. It turned out to be the first sac bunt by a cleanup hitter in the first inning all season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jason Hammel discuss being pulled in the third inning of Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. He and manager Joe Maddon had to have a discussion after the game about the situation.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel and Joe Maddon had a one on one conversation after the manager pulled the pitcher after just 39 pitches on Saturday. Hammel declined to discuss the particulars while Maddon had no problem with the pitcher being upset. Similar situations popped up last year between the two. The Cubs lost 3-2 to the Dodgers.

Blue Jays capitalize on horrific Twins miscue

Cue the SportsCenter Not Top 10 music.


Trumbo smashes MLB-leading 39th homer

Mark Trumbo with another one.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts is figuring out that good things can happen when he pulls the ball, too. He gets a middle-in 97-mph heater from Royals starter Danny Duffy and launches it over Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Bogaerts loves taking the ball the other way to right field, a la his idol Derek Jeter. But all 16 of his homers have been pulled.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs lose 3-2. Key storylines involve quick hook for Jason Hammel who was ineffective for the 2nd start in a row and Rob Zastryzny coming through against the lefty dominated lineup of the Dodgers. The Cubs also broke a string of scoring 3 or more runs in 24 consecutive games.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 3, Cubs 2, Final. Julio Urias with the victory and Kenley Jansen avenges his blown save from Friday. Series even 1-1.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Pending action in other games Travis Wood's 64th appearance of the season is tied for the MLB lead with three other players though his innings pitched ranks 68th among relievers. He's the one pitcher manager Joe Maddon needs to watch closely as the Cubs head towards the playoffs.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers went over the 3 million mark in attendance for the fifth consecutive season. They have now done it 30 times in franchise history and 20 of the last 21 seasons. They are the first team to reach the 3 million mark this season.

Harper's antics lead to ejection

After striking out looking in the bottom of the 10th inning, Bryce Harper angrily threw his helmet to the ground and was immediately ejected.


Just a little off...

This intentional walk couldn't have gone any worse.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers rookie Julio Urias needed 31 pitches in the first inning but just 51 over the next four. The kid continues to absorb knowledge quickly. The Dodgers lead the Cubs 3-1 in the fifth inning.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

If Koji Uehara (strained pectoral) is able to return and pitch well in September, it would ease many concerns about the Red Sox's bullpen. But will he? On Friday, he threw 53 pitches off a mound "with good intensity," according to manager John Farrell. Uehara will throw again Monday, possibly facing a few hitters. Said Farrell: "He's making some pretty good strides."