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41mDan 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.

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Little kid overjoyed to find Kris Bryant baseball card (0:43)
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Jose Altuve's season one for the ages

The season Jose Altuve is putting up for the Astros makes him not only an MVP candidate, it might make him the favorite while placing him among all-time great performers at second base.

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Hamilton injury allows Rizzo to hit inside-the-park HR (1:09)
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Fan drops a pair of home runs minutes apart (0:31)
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Sano's head gets the assist on the out (0:27)
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25mBuster Olney

Terms for possible Yanks reliever auction

Teams expect the Yankees to try to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but the price won't be cheap, especially for Miller.

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Cubs having special season (1:06)
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Indians have talent for postseason run (0:55)
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Yanks view A-Rod as part-time player (1:29)
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Lenny Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts or I don't play' (0:44)
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25mBuster Olney

Terms for possible Yanks reliever auction

Teams expect the Yankees to try to trade both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, but the price won't be cheap, especially for Miller.

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19hKeith Law

Futures Game: Top prospects, who's missing

Keith Law highlights key names on the just-released 2016 MLB Futures Game rosters -- and key names NOT on a roster -- and has other relevant tidbits.

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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.

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OTD: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit 25th HRs

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit their 25th home run of the season. This was just the beginning of an epic race that would eventually see Ruth hit a record-breaking 60 home runs. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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Kid overjoyed to get Kris Bryant card

Pure joy.

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MLB Future Power Rankings

Yes, just like our regular power rankings, the Cubs top our list that projects the next five seasons, too. Built for the long haul (Insider)

Mikey Burton

Indians rotation is incredible bargain

Their starters lead the AL in ERA this season, including an MLB-best 1.91 ERA during their current 12-game win streak. The primary rotation is making about $13.5M this season combined. Five things from Wednesday

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A big win -- or a big tease?

Wallace Matthews writes that the Yankees' comeback win was tantalizing -- and also possibly horribly misleading. More to come?

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How does Didi Gregorius unwind?

The Yankee likes to sit back, relax and uncork some Two Buck Chuck. Gregorius' 2-run walk-off HR went down smooth for New York, but is going to leave a hangover for the Rangers.

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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Bruce Bochy said he will hit starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner Thursday at the Athletics instead of using DH

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Cubs visit the Mets in an NLCS rematch. Chicago went 7-0 against the Mets last regular season but was swept in the NLCS

Concern in Dodgersland growing?

The Dodgers have a lot to worry about if Clayton Kershaw goes down and the Baseball Tonight crew breaks down a potentially busted season for Los Angeles.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Right-hander Seth Lugo, who can serve in a starting or relief capacity, is being promoted to the Mets, according to the Record. Lugo is 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 19 appearances (13 starts) this season with Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets obviously need coverage in case Steven Matz has an elbow issue and needs to depart. Logan Verrett threw 92 pitches Wednesday in Washington and would be unavailable for that role. Lugo, 26, already is on the 40-man roster.

Sano's head gets the assist on the out

Miguel Sano took a pop fly off the noggin, but his teammate made the save.

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If at first you don't succeed ... not again

While the Yankees were enjoying a wild comeback, one fan in the Bronx had a chance to catch both the game-tying and game-winning home runs. Result? Empty hands.

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Why did you fail me, bat?!

That's probably what Freddie Freeman was thinking when snapping his bat after striking out for the third time.

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Kruk: Price can figure it out

The Baseball Tonight crew breaks down David Price's pitching and still trust him to pitch great as long as he can go out there and execute.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Fun with Todd Frazier facts! He hit his 22nd home run and is on pace for 46. He's also hitting .202 with just six doubles. Only one player -- Mark Reynolds -- has hit 30-plus HRs while batting under .200. And the fewest doubles for a 40-homer guy was Harmon Killebrew's 11. It's shaping up as an all-time oddball season for Frazier.