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Life after Jeter looking good for Yanks

Didi Gregorius doesn't have to be vintage Derek Jeter; he just has to be better than last year's version. He has been, and that's one reason the Yanks are firmly in first.

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Molly Knight: In Pursuit Of The Dream

Being a woman in the locker room with an unconventional career path didn't stop Molly Knight from building trust with players and the women around them for "The Best Team Money Can Buy."

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Cole talks proposing to Brandon Crawford's sister (1:46)
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Mets rolling behind Cespedes (1:09)
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The weird season of the Athletics (2:18)
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How MLB deflated potential equipment scandal

Remember The Great Glove Grapple of 1990? Probably not, because unlike the NFL with Deflategate, MLB took the air out of rampant mitt growth without creating controversy, Steve Wulf writes.

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Mets fans deserve standing ovation

It was largely the passion of Mets fans -- their declared frustration, their anger -- that drove their team's front office to make changes in Queens.

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What's gone wrong with the Angels? (2:23)
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Kang drills Russell at home to save run

Cubs LF Chris Denorfia doubled to center in the second, and 2B Addison Russell tried to score on the hit -- but Andrew McCutchen slid to stop the ball and threw to SS Jung Ho Kang, who launched a perfect bouncing throw home to end the inning. The Cubs lead 1-0. Follow live

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Yunel Escobar with leadoff bomb to straightaway CF. Crowd: "N-A-T-S...Nats, Nats, Nats...whoo!!!" Nats 1, Dbacks 0

Rollins gets standing ovation in return

Jimmy Rollins led off the game for the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, but not before the former Phillie was given a lengthy ovation by the fans and his former teammates. Rollins, who struck out, spent the first 15 years of his career in Philadelphia. Follow live

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Reds race out to early lead over Cards

Cincinnati got RBI hits from Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd and Eugenio Suarez off John Lackey to open up a 3-0 edge over St. Louis in the first inning. Lackey hadn't allowed as many as 3 ERs in his previous 9 starts. Follow live

OTD: Watch Ryan pummel Ventura

On Aug. 4, 1993, Nolan Ryan showed why, even at 46 years old, it was never smart to test the flamethrower. Just ask then 26-year-old Robin Ventura.

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Baseball's rain delay shenanigans

Human bowling. Giant slip and slides. Bill Murray running across the tarp. If you can dream it, it can be done during a rain delay.

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Strange but true: In 9 starts after Nats loss, Max Scherzer is 2-5 w/3.90 ERA. In other 12 starts, he's 9-3 with a 1.17. He goes tonight.

Happy 54th birthday, POTUS!

And may the White Sox beat the Rays tonight as a gift.

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Mason Williams to have shoulder surgery

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the rookie OF's surgery is scheduled for Aug. 7. Williams went on the DL on June 21 after hurting his right shoulder diving back into first. He hit .286 in eight games in the big leagues.

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Strasburg unsure of when he'll return

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in his first rehab start since injuring his oblique, but he doesn't have a timetable for his return to the team. "I feel good," he said. "Stuff's there, so it's just trying to keep doing the same things and keep working at all the stuff I've been doing. I'm going in the right direction."

Freddie Freeman lands on DL again

The Braves slugger was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury. Freeman missed 30 games earlier this season with an injured wrist. His 14 HRs lead the team and his 45 RBIs are 2nd.

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Fantasy lineup notes for tonight's games

All 30 teams are in action tonight starting at 7 p.m. ET. Of note: Troy Tulowitzki has a .478 wOBA in his first 21 PAs vs. right-handers since joining the Jays. Know that as veteran RHP Phil Hughes takes the mound for the Twins. More analysis

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Stark: Dombrowski-Red Sox 'natural fit'

Jayson Stark wonders if Boston will pursue Dave Dombrowski: "Larry Lucchino just stepped down over the last few days. Dave Dombrowski's worked with [Red Sox owner] John Henry with the Marlins."

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