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12hDoug Padilla

Look at him now: Transformed Yasiel Puig has Dodgers in better rhythm

Having returned from the minors with a better attitude, Yasiel Puig is on an even keel as L.A. sees Madison Bumgarner once again before October begins.

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14hKeith Law

Law: Hendricks among guys I was wrong about

Sometimes you have to admit that a player has completely exceeded your expectations for him. Which players have silenced the naysayers?

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David Ortiz: The Last Walk Off - Yankee Stadium memories (5:22)
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7hLee Singer, ESPN Stats & Information

Setting up the final weekend of the season

Ten games on Friday have playoff implications -- for making the field or for seeding. Check out how things stand.

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16hJeff Sullivan

World Series contenders and pretenders

The regular season shows how well each team plays against the league's good and bad teams; in the playoffs, they're all good teams. Which clubs match up well against the big boys and which don't?

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16hScott Spratt

The year of the shift in Major League Baseball

The league is on pace to have more than 28,000 shifts in 2016, leading us to wonder: Have they become counter-productive at this point? See the full breakdown, plus players most affected by it.

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23hMark Saxon

Cardinals in receiving mood after gift win

The Cardinals' win against the Reds on a controversial call has brought St. Louis back from the brink of postseason elimination.

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O's beat Yanks, take top AL wild card spot

Adam Jones' and Mark Trumbo's home runs help the Orioles beat the Yankees 8-1 to overtake the Blue Jays for the top American League wild card spot.

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If this was indeed Matt Holliday's last at-bat as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, he sure made the most of it: es.pn/2d2P4x5

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

In his final tuneup before a scheduled start in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals, Dodgers starter Rich Hill gave up two runs on six hits over five innings. He threw 82 pitches,

Rodon fans first seven batters, ties AL record

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon strikes out the first seven Twins he faces, tying an American League record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game.

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Ramirez's catch gets rewarded with a hug

Hanley Ramirez makes a running catch in foul territory, and keeps running into the outstretched arms of a Red Sox fan.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals kept their postseason hopes alive with a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night. The Cardinals could catch the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card if the Giants lost to the Dodgers later tonight. The game had a 47-minute rain delay.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said on Friday he knows his postseason rotation but he isn't revealing it yet. At this point it would be a surprise if Jon Lester wasn't the Game 1 starter followed by Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and John Lackey.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Los Texas Rangers derrotaron hoy a los Tampa Rays y aseguraron la mejor marca de la Liga Americana para tener la ventaja de localía en cualquier serie de postemporada que disputen este año

Ramirez surprises Beltre at second base

Alexei Ramirez startles Adrian Beltre by clapping his glove when Beltre's back is turned.

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Trumbo belts 47th homer of season

Mark Trumbo puts the Orioles up 5-1 on the Yankees with this home run, his 47th of the season.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees' Mark Teixeira plans on learning to play guitar in retirement. Prior to tonight's game, Twisted Sister gave him a guitar. For years, Teixeira has walked up the plate to, "I wanna rock!"

Ortiz gives Red Sox lead with homer

In the bottom of the seventh, David Ortiz hits a home run to right field to put the Red Sox ahead of the Blue Jays 5-3.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Remember the movie "Freaky Friday?" That's totally the Orioles right now, who seem to have magically swapped identities with the Blue Jays during their three-game series in Toronto. The O's continued the transformation tonight (Friday, naturally), as they awoke from their lumber slumber, pounding out 10 hits (including three bombs) en route to an 8-1 win over the Yankees. The victory moves Baltimore a half-game up on Toronto for the top wild card spot in the AL.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

In the first meeting of Yasiel Puig vs. Madison Bumgarner since their "Don't look at me" incident from last week, Puig delivers the RBI double. Dodgers lead 1-0, B1.