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6hRobert Sanchez

Marcus Stroman won't let doubters stop him

He wants to be the best in the game, the ace you can count on. But Marcus Stroman is struggling, and he hears the negativity. Still, he says, it won't keep him from reaching his potential.

Indians looking for 14th straight win (1:37)
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ESPN's National League All-Stars

With Clayton Kershaw on the DL, who deserves to start for the National League in the All-Star Game? Our experts pick full 34-man rosters for the Midsummer Classic in San Diego.

Mets Paying Bobby Bonilla more than nearly a third of their team (0:39)
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Top international prospects and where they're likely to sign

Keith Law and Christopher Crawford rank the top teenage talents expected to sign after the international signing period begins this weekend, including highly touted Venezuelan Kevin Maitan.

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Can Dodgers do this without Clayton Kershaw?

It's a lift, but the Dodgers know that without staff ace Clayton Kershaw available, they're all going to have to contribute to their continued contention.

Passed ball leads to Yankees scoring winning run (0:49)
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1dJesse Rogers

Joe Maddon on Mets: 'Last year is last year'

As they enter New York to face the Mets for the first time since being swept in last year's NLCS, the Cubs aren't dwelling on the past.

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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.

MLB player celebrates CWS win all alone in the outfield (0:37)
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1dJim Caple

Not-so-Jolly Roger: Flagging Pirates look for a rest

Thanks to a brutal schedule, the Pirates have hit some rough seas in the past month. The Bucs are hoping a day off Thursday will help them avoid taking on any more water to their playoff hopes.

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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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    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.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Binghamton lineup has not been posted yet, but Juan Lagares and Jose Reyes remain with the Double-A club Friday. Sandy Alderson had mentioned Thursday that it was possible Lagares could be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Lagares is trying to demonstrate he can play with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb.

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Happy Bobby Bonilla Day, Mets fans! Like every July 1 until 2035, the man who retired 15 years ago gets $1.19 mill: es.pn/29b4ukw

Why Bobby Bonilla gets paid $1.19M today

Each year on July 1, the Mets have to bust out the checkbook to pay someone who hasn't played for them since 1999. Here's why

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Reliever Jim Henderson will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Friday. Henderson landed on the disabled list on June 21 with biceps tendinitis.

OTD: Tough-luck no-hitter

On this date in 1990, Andy Hawkins pitched eight no-hit innings for the Yankees, but he ended up losing.


Is Carlos Carrasco the best AL starter?

David Schoenfield writes that it's close, but Carrasco's 14 strikeouts in Toronto show he's worthy of the title. What we learned Thursday

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ICYMI: No DH, no problem

Batting in place of a designated hitter in an American League park, pitcher Madison Bumgarner went 1-for-4 and struck out four batters as the Giants beat the Athletics.


Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Yes, there are of course other players besides Bobby Bonilla getting deferred $. Highest interest rate? Braves paying Bruce Sutter 13%!

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Since divisional play started in 1969, there's never been a season in which every division leader had at least a five-game lead heading into July - until now. The O's, Indians, Rangers, Nats, Cubs, and Giants all have a cushion of five-plus games.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Cuban free agent Yulieski Gurriel worked out for the New York Yankees on Thursday. He had an hour workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where he was joined by Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo. Gurriel took batting practice and worked out at second and third base.

ESPN's American League All-Stars

Jose Altuve and Mike Trout are locks, but our experts were all over the board at shortstop. The picks

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