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41mDavid Schoenfield

Grading the MLB playoff races from the wild-card frenzy to an NL Central snoozer

Which playoff races are the best? With teams battling for division leads and wild-card spots, there should be plenty of excitement down the stretch.

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2hDan Szymborski

Updated MLB playoff probabilities, including wild card

Updated standings, current rosters, remaining schedules ... Dan Szymborski's ZiPS projections take everything into account when determining the playoff probability for each team.

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Tebow pursuing what he's 'passionate about' (1:22)
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What happens to Puig if Dodgers don't make a trade? (1:58)
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Rob Zastryzny needs a nickname (1:12)
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Who are the top X-factor players in MLB? (2:35)
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Stark: We've been down this road before with Kershaw (1:27)
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Odor's two-run homer powers Rangers' victory (0:53)
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Is Davis' bat snap better than Bo's bat snap? (0:35)
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Orioles slug past Blue Jays (1:01)
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Tebow mashes a homer (0:17)
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Who's the best shortstop in the game? (2:57)
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On this date: Happy birthday, Frank Robinson! (0:25)
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1hBuster Olney

Players who are pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights players such as Yoenis Cespedes who will play key roles in their teams' playoff chances, and explains why they're so crucial.

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1dKeith Law

Why September call-ups are no longer a big deal

Let's face it: The quality of September call-ups these days just isn't what it used to be. Keith Law explains why -- and how -- times have changed.

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Tebow knows... just about everything (0:36)
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Sport Science: Benintendi, Dyson flash good leather (1:54)
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1hBuster Olney

Players who are pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights players such as Yoenis Cespedes who will play key roles in their teams' playoff chances, and explains why they're so crucial.

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Indians pitcher records mind-blowing out

Zach McAllister managed to snare this liner despite kicking -- yes, kicking -- it first.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers minor-league pitcher Warwick Saupold, who was arrested and charged with assault over the weekend, is due back in Toledo Municipal Court on September 13. He bonded out of jail on Sunday morning on his own recognizance and was arraigned Monday morning.

Man honors Big Papi ... with a corn maze

Because how else would you honor everyone's favorite DH?

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Fan goes nuts after catching foul ball

An Indians fan caught a foul ball and celebrated as if he caught a home run by running around and giving out high fives.

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Tebow: Workout not about getting publicity

Tim Tebow joined Scott Van Pelt to make clear that his baseball workout was about pursuing what he's "passionate about."

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees win a four-hours-plus nail-biter, 5-4, on an infield hit by Jacoby Ellsbury in the 10th inning. Chasen Shreve with the save, getting a strikeout and a fly out with the bases loaded

Machado crushes 100th career homer

Manny Machado smacks a two-run homer 445 feet to center field for his 32nd long ball of the season and 100th of his career.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets' call-ups on Thursday when rosters expand will include Michael Conforto, Ty Kelly, Gabriel Ynoa and Kevin Plawecki, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Another wave is expected after the 51s' season ends Monday.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

This has to come as a big relief for the Tigers: MRI results returned revealing no structural damage to Cameron Maybin's left thumb. The 29-year-old CF is unlikely to play Wednesday vs. CWS. With upcoming off day Thursday, team would like him to take a few days to heal.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright said he changed everything in an effort to change his luck, from his between-starts work to how he wore his pants to how he made his pregame peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The most important change was what he called a "more aggressive delivery." He held the Brewers to one run in seven innings.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for the first time since Aug. 14 on Tuesday, then joined the Kyle Hendricks love-fest after the game.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's red-hot Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks talking about the keys to his string of successes.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Rangers do it again! Amazing. Rougned Odor wins it by golfing a 2-2 pitch from Edwin Diaz over the center field fence for a dramatic two-run walk-off homer and a dagger in the heart of Seattle's season. The Rangers are now 30-8 in one-run games. Amazing. Hey, I just said that! 30-8

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Matheny gushed about Adam Wainwright tonight

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