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Dodgers' Urias, 19, chased in 3rd inning in debut

Nineteen-year-old Dodgers rookie Julio Urias gave up three runs in the first inning of his debut Friday night against the Mets and exited after 2 2/3 innings.

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13hMark Saxon

Young sluggers reward Cardinals' patience

Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk both persevered through early slumps and reductions in playing time to become critical pieces of the Cardinals' offense.

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55mKatie Strang

Tigers' Shane Greene: Starter or reliever?

Shane Greene has been used exclusively as a starter, but the Tigers say that could change if lightening his workload will help his blistered finger.

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9hMyles Thomas

Diary of Myles Thomas: The secret life of Sam Rice

Sam Rice's life before baseball involves a secret tragedy so terrible it seems impossible for one man to bear. And yet, somehow, he plays on. Our 1927 Yankees chronicler relays Rice's tale, one so heartbreaking it impacts all who hear it.

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11hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

Friday Flashback: How did we go from the beginning of baseball to an official sock provider? Uni Watch offers a selective timeline of baseball's hosiery history.

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Bryce Harper goes deep to bury slump

One of the major leagues' most controversial days off paid instant dividends on Thursday, as Bryce Harper connected for a monster blast to help power the Nationals past the Cardinals.

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Saxon: How the Dodgers found Julio Urias

Julio Urias, one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, is set to make his major league debut on Friday as a 19-year-old rookie. Here's a look at how the team scouted him.

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Rob Arthur

FiveThirtyEight: Hitting hard, or into hard luck

Diving into the data from MLB's Statcast gives you a view into who's been killing the ball, and who's been getting more than his share of breaks at the plate.

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Jackie Bradley Jr.'s streak ends at 29

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. failed to extend his hitting streak beyond 29 games, going 0-for-4 against Jon Gray and getting left on deck in the ninth inning in an 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

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Does baseball have a beanball problem?

After getting thrown at repeatedly over the weekend, reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson spoke out against baseball's indulgence of pitching more than just a bit inside. Does he have a legitimate beef?

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Yu Darvish's year of magical thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. After Tommy John surgery, scandal and a change in approach, can he still be the king of K's?

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Top trade candidates and best team fits

Jim Bowden lays out his first full listing of the top trade candidates for the 2016 season, addressing such big names as Jose Bautista and Aroldis Chapman.

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Dodgers de Los Angeles suben a mexicano Julio Urías

Después de semanas de rumores y expectativas, los Dodgers de Los Angeles anunciaron la noticia más esperada por sus fanáticos en los últimos tiempos: El ascenso del súper prospecto mexicano Julio Urías desde las ligas menores al equipo grande.

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Giants finding a way to win every close game

The offense hasn't been there, but the Giants are getting both great starting pitching and great defense. Stats & Info looks at their 14-game run.

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2dDan Szymborski

The Big Three: Machado in same class as Trout, Harper

Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper. That's usually where the discussion goes in a debate of MLB's best players. But there's a new superstar in their midst, and his name is Manny Machado.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer allowed a grand slam to Stephen Piscotty, just the second salami he's given up in his career, and the first since 2010. He also walked four, tied for his most since coming to DC last season. Add it all up, and the #Nats fell 6-2 to St. Louis. If the #Mets hold on against the Dodgers, there'll be a tie atop the NL East.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

During Dodgers BP at Citi Field, Melo made sure to take a picture of his son with Yasiel Puig!

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High fives for a high drive. #PapaSlam

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

In his second game back in the Yankees lineup after missing 21 games with a hamstring strain, Alex Rodriguez took Chris Archer over the centerfield fence with a man on to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was A-Rod's 6th HR of the season and career bomb No. 693.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasn't too happy after umpire Alan Porter issued warnings following a brush-back pitch from Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Nationals' Ben Revere in the fifth inning. That pitch came an inning after Garcia hit Daniel Murphy in the upper part of his left shoulder with a pitch and immediately after Danny Espinosa took Garcia deep. Porter apparently thought there was intent.

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Nothing like #MDW at the ballpark.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 19-year-old rookie starter Julio Urias lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his debut Friday against the Mets. He was limited to 90 pitches regardless of how he performed, but was lifted at 81 pitches after walking his fourth batter of the day and loading the bases. The Mets led 3-1 in the third inning when he departed.

Ross smacks 100th home run

David Ross hit his 100th home run, a three-run blast, to boost the Cubs' lead over the Phillies.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Carlos Urías on all the comparisons his son Julio has drawn to Fernando Valenzuela: "Those comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela have happened all over, mostly in the media. But my son and I have talked a lot about it, and we agree, and mostly he has told me himself that Fernando Valenzuela is Fernando Valenzuela and, honestly, there will never be another one like him. Like my son says, I'm going to work on having my own career and try to do it the best I can. He has to build his own name. Those comparisons are greatly appreciated, but not when it comes with the pressure to be Fernando Valenzuela."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dinger deterrence continues to be a problem for Max Scherzer, who served up a 3rd inning salami to Stephen Piscotty that put the Nats in a 5-0 hole. It's the 15th gopher ball allowed by Scherzer this season, most in the majors.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal told me that Julio Urías has the potential to be as good or better than any of the young starters in the talented Mets pitching staff: "(In Urías) we have a prospect that can pitch almost the same or better than them, because he has better secondary pitches and can throw up to 97-98 mph. I have never seen a pitcher that young with such good secondary pitches. The Mets prospects had success with those fastballs around 98-100mph, but their secondary pitches were not as good as Urias'."

Fans battle for HR ball outside Wrigley

Kris Bryant absolutely crushed that ball out of the park. And fans outside of Wrigley instantly fought for it.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals are in the midst of a rash of short outings by their starters, which is why Jaime Garcia's rough start to Friday's game must have sent some ripples of anxiety through the dugout. Garcia, who had gone 7 1/3 innings combined in his past two starts, started out allowing base hits to Ben Revere and Jayson Werth. But he got a sharply hit ground ball from Bryce Harper for a double play and another grounder to get out of the first inning unscathed. The Cardinals, stuck at .500, desperately need their starting pitching to improve.

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This could be the start of something special.